Jerusalem Restaurant combines our love of Middle Eastern food with H’s addiction to buffets!
They have three locations: Toronto (established in 1971), North York and Mississauga. Their lunch and dinner buffet is available at 2 of their locations – North York and Mississauga, and offers an extensive variety of Middle Eastern cuisine. On Friday and Saturday nights, there is entertainment, including a belly dancer.
We’ve dined at Jerusalem Restaurant numerous times over the years. The food is aromatic and flavorful. We love the fresh hot pita bread which arrives right after we’ve returned from the buffet tables – just in time to dip with creamy Hummus and Baba Ghanoush! I try not to make a meal out of this, but I fail each time 😦
The buffet items include a huge assortment of cold salads, appetizers, seafood, meats, pasta and rice, pizza, side dishes and desserts.
While I can’t recall every single dish, here are some of our favorites:
- Baba Ghanoush
- Eggplant Salad and Fried Stuffed Eggplant
- Cold Beet Salad
- Shish Kabobs (also referred to as Shish Kebabs)
- Falafel (our absolute favorite, so crispy)!
- Whole Sea Bass
- Bamia (Okra Stew)
- Kafta (Beef Kebab)
- Lebanese Rice and Chicken
- Lamb (dinner only)
- Vegetarian Pizza
- Baklawa (also referred to as Baklava)
- Sesame Cookies
- Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
- Rice Pudding
What’s On Our Plates (from the last several months, not during one visit)!
The service is friendly and very efficient; Cathy and Hagop (Jacob), who have been there forever, are the nicest servers you’ll meet. I will definitely have to update this review as I cannot remember everyone’s names, but we really enjoy ourselves each time we visit.
Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturday nights; they can get busy at times. Another tip is to get there shortly after they open, when all the items are fresh and hot.