599 College Street
Toronto, ON M6G 1B5
Had a little get together with some friends. SO obviously, we went on a food crawl. In Little Italy, that isn't very hard to do because there are so many places within a certain block. B'saha was a place I had actually never heard about but was drawn in by the idea of Moroccan street food. So in we went.
The place itself is pretty small and the counter also acts as the kitchen so you can order and watch them cook and prepare the food for you. The menu offers Moroccan fare, which I found very similar to Middle Eastern cuisine. The tagines are something I have tried before, but unfortunately you have to order at least 24 hours in advance to get them. You can get sandwiches or turn them into platters, so that's exactly what we did. We got two platters to share.
We tried the Merguez Platter with Olive Tapenade and Fries to start. The Merguez was their housemade sausage that was a mixture of beef and lamb. It was very nice as it had a mild gamey flavor from the lamb. The beefiness helps to cut that gaminess down and leads to a more fuller flavor. The olive tapenade was rich and smooth. They pureed the olives wonderfully and was surprisingly not as strong as a primarily olive dish sounds. The fries were beautifully crisp and seasoned.
We also had the Lemon Chicken Platter with Beet Salad and Zaalook. The Lemon chicken comes shredded and though I enjoyed the flavor, I did find it a bit dry. I imagine they use chicken breast as opposed to the tender dark meats. The beet salad was refreshing actually and a tad sweeter than most other beets I've had. Still very enjoyable. The Zaalook is a smooth blend of tomatoes and roasted eggplant. I loved it as it was thick enough to enjoy as a full side as opposed to a dip.
Service is fantastic. They were joking around but still very professional, quick, friendly, and really seemed passionate about the food they were making. To go along with the meal, they provided us warm loaves of bread that seemed necessary with the zaalook and tapenades. As mentioned earlier, they also have tagines available for dinner, but you have to call 24 hours in advance. I will definitely have to make my way back for it.
Do yourself a favor and come here if you've never indulged in Moroccan cuisine before. Good introduction to it.
Ambience: B | Service: A | Price: B+ | Food: B+