Editor's note: The restaurant is CLOSED.
District Oven is one of the several Middle Eastern or Mediterranean restaurants of Toronto owned by Chef Isam Kaisi, who is also the owner of 93 Harbord, a restaurant that serves modern Middle Eastern and Moroccan cuisine. The restaurant serves halal meats, fully vegetarian plates, and pitas and flatbreads that are baked in-house in an authentic stone oven. Chef Isam describes his cuisine as “Middleterranean” and is a proud innovator of novel fares. Traditional dishes are updated with contemporary ideas at the restaurant as the chef makes tabbouleh out of quinoa instead of barley and the restaurant's shawarmas are re-imagined as spring rolls.
The District Oven restaurant derives its name from the ancient public ovens that existed in the Mediterranean villages for centuries. These public ovens, also known as district ovens, accepted dough and other ingredients from the public to cook food for a small fee that was paid to the baker. It was an ancient form of a culinary food pool that encouraged social gatherings, leading to a mixing of people to share conversation and ideas. The restaurant invites patrons to share innovative and inspired Middleterranean cuisine in a group-friendly setting.
District Oven operates 7 days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 10:30pm and on Fridays and Saturdays the restaurant is open from 5:30pm to 1:00am.
Dinner & Bar Menu
The District Oven menu offers assorted range of hot and cold mezze, stone hearth-fired flatbread, burgers, and sides along with the below menu varieties;
· Grain - herbed pearl couscous maftool, chickpea Moroccan couscous, turmeric-scented basmati pilau
· From the Grill - chicken taouk, tiger prawn, beef tenderloin kebab, lamb chops, and seabass filet
· To Share or not to Share - sample platter, kebab platter, and chef’s choice
· Desserts - District Oven's desserts menu offers chocolate coffee molten cake, chocolate gelato, salep custard, pear and walnut phyllo, and more. The dessert menu also offers coffee, tea, and digestifs.
· Bar - The drinks menu includes an assorted range of craft cocktails, martinis, beer cocktails, and craft draught beers.
District Oven accepts online orders made on the restaurant's website. The online orders are fulfilled by the YP Dine application, with which the restaurant has partnered for online orders. The restaurant also accepts food orders placed directly at the restaurant through phone call.
The restaurant is strategically located at the intersection of Little Italy and Ossington Village. While the eatery welcomes walk-ins, its website also offers an option to make online reservations that are fulfilled by the YPdine application. Since the online reservation option consists of limited tables, the restaurant encourages guests to make reservation via a phone call in case of online non-availability.
District Oven offers cooking classes conducted under the watchful guidance of Chef Kaisi, who shares his ideas on using traditional Middle Eastern spices and his ways of instilling a Mediterranean touch into every dish. Cookery classes need to be booked by calling the restaurant.
District Oven, 842 College St. Toronto, Ontario M6H 1A2, Canada, website, Phone: 416-901-7717
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