Weekday brunch is such a rarity that the opportunity to brunch at Maha’s is a must. A popular spot in the east end with line ups on the weekend, Maha’s serves brunch classics with Egyptian flavours. Different, yes. But is it worth the line up?
I got a small size Honey-Cardamom Latte ($4.25). Smooth, slightly sweet and hints of cardamom. This is definitely not your chai latte. The cardamom is not overpowering at all. There’s a lot of recommendation for this and it’s definitely justified.
My brother got the Basturma Scramble ($11), a dish of egg scramble, thinly sliced cured beef with fenugreek, garlic and Egyptian spices. It is served with house salad and their homemade balady bread, which is like a pita flatbread used to scoop and mop up the sauces.
I got the Sunny Egg and Foole ($11), two sunny side ups a top a bed of foole, a fava bean stew. Served with the balady bread, which really help mop up the sauce and yolks. Really flavourful with the tomatoes, onions and herbs. It was also hearty and filling.
Service was pleasant. The food took a bit long to get to the table, but on the other hand, it was hot and fresh when it arrived.
Worth the line up? I personally would not line up for meal, and that is merely out of principles. I can see why it garners lineup every weekend though, it’s comfort food with Egyptian classics (it’s also a small restaurant) and I don’t think there’s many Egyptian restaurants in the city.
Update: Two years later, I’m back at Maha’s; not much has changed in terms of line ups to get a table. In fact, my friend and I were lucky that there was a table for two available that we snagged it while everyone else in line were a party of 3 or more. More seats are available during patio season.
Maha’s Mind Blown Chicken ($12) – marinated chicken, parsley, onions, tomatoes, toasted egg bun, tomeya, homemade mayo and tehina. This is one of Maha’s famous dish on the menu. It looks huge in pictures, but it’s actually not a big sandwich. Rather, it’s just a lot of chicken.
226 Greenwood Ave.