In upscale Yorkville, nestled amongst the likes of Gucci, Prada, and Hermès, is an intimate dining spot with Mediterranean charm. Amal Toronto is a stylish Lebanese restaurant that serves a variety of meze, skewers, and grilled meats along with inspired and unusual cocktails. Executive chef Rony Ghaleb takes guests on a journey via the palate, exploring authentic Lebanese cuisine.
Designed by hospitality mogul Charles Khabouth and interior designer Alessandro Munge, founder of Studio Munge, Amal’s fresh white interior includes touches of pastel blue, mint green, and burnt orange, while a large whimsical terrace wraps around the second-floor restaurant, providing ample seating. The combination of traditional Lebanese designs and contemporary decor reflects Mediterranean landscapes in an urban setting.
In Lebanese culture, food is about bringing people together. Amal offers a range of sharable dishes, such as freshly prepared grape leaves with just the right amount of tang, nourishing fattoush salad, and dips such as hummus and garlic labneh.
Although tradition is a recurring theme, Amal will still surprise you, especially with its cocktails. The Phoenician Connection is an unexpected and rather unorthodox combination of mezcal and arak paired with pistachio. An immediate smoky and spicy flavour is grounded by the pistachio, while arak, Lebanon’s national drink made from aniseed, adds smoothness. Like a Lebanese twist on a margarita, this cocktail in many ways represents Amal’s ethos: marrying the traditional and contemporary in its own unique way.
131 Bloor St W 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5S 1R1