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Diwan (Aga Khan Museum): Toronto, Ontario

Diwan (Aga Khan Museum): Toronto, Ontario

Name: Diwan
Address: 77 Wynford Dr, North York, ON M3C 1K1
Website: Website
Instagram: @agakhanmuseum
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: North York, Toronto

Diwan is located in Toronto’s Aga Khan Khan museum and serves a Middle Eastern influenced menu. I have to say this place is easy to miss. Despite the grand space of the restaurant I often forget that it is even inside the Aga Khan at all since the entrance is tucked away to the side immediately upon entering the museum and the entry blends a little too seamlessly with the with the rest of the space. In fact if I had not specifically been looking for it I may have assumed the entry to the restaurant was a coat check room or a place for employees only. It is however not a coat check room or an employee lounge area and with floor to ceiling windows, Islamic, Iranian, and Muslim artwork it easily provides a cultural feast for the eyes in addition to filling those hunger pangs. Out back there is an adorable patio with brightly colored furniture and tall evergreens to provide privacy from the city that surrounds it.

Diwan: Interior
Diwan: Interior
Diwan: Patio
Diwan: Patio

We start off with drinks including a Mango Lassi ($6.50) and a Blood Orange Prosecco ($12). The mango lassi is pretty typical of what you would find at most Middle Eastern or Indian restaurants but it’s still enjoyable, smooth, and creamy. The blood orange prosecco is composed of orange tea, gin, and of course prosecco. It’s refreshing and bubbly and perfect for a sunny afternoon.

 

Diwan: Mango Lassi + Blood Orange Prosecco
Diwan: Mango Lassi + Blood Orange Prosecco

We start off with the Heirloom Tomato & Halloumi Cheese Salad ($18). Mint, basil, sherry vinaigrette, pomergranates, chopped heirloom tomatoes are topped with halloumi cheese ($18). It’s actually the dish I’m most looking forward to but I find it disappointing. The halloumi seems to lack the flavor that I typically love.

On the side we try the Masala Spiced Fries ($8). It comes with tamarind ketchup and garlic aioli. The fries are a bit soggy but the spices are nice and the house made ketchup and aioli are done well and perfect for dipping.

Diwan: Heirloom Tomato Salad & Halloumi Cheese + Masala Spiced Fries
Diwan: Heirloom Tomato Salad & Halloumi Cheese + Masala Spiced Fries

We also try out the Red Lentil Soup ($7). It’s warm and comforting and has the perfect blend of spices.

As for main dishes we order the Grilled Octopus with Chickpea Salad ($17) and the Chicken Jalfrezi ($20). The grilled octopus comes with Moroccan olives, stewed sweet peppers, and Aleppo aioli. The octopus is grilled well and the chickpea salad adds a nice and fresh complement to the lone tentacle.

The chicken jalfrezi arrives and it is a tomato-based curry studded with peppers, onion, basmati rice, cashews, and yogurt. It is served with a side of naan which is perfect for dipping into the curry. The flavors are subtle but blend perfectly together and it ends up being my favorite dish of everything we tried.

Diwan: Red Lentil Soup + Grilled Octopus with Chickpea Salad
Diwan: Red Lentil Soup + Grilled Octopus with Chickpea Salad

The space is beautiful and tastefully decorated and the dishes are plated and served equally as beautifully as the space is. While I do think the flavors can be bolder overall it still provides an atmosphere and a meal that is reflective of artifacts that surround it. It would be a perfect way to end a day of culture if you can remember that it is there and you can find the entrance.

 

 

 

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