Diwan @ Aga Khan Museum

Located inside the Aga Khan Museum (Twitter: @AgaKhanMusuem / Facebook: Aga Khan Musuem Toronto)  is a beautifully decorated establishment serving Middle Eastern, North African and South African foods. Diwan – is a restaurant recently managed by The McEwan Group. At Diwan, Master Chef Mark McEwan and Chef de Cuisine John Kovac offer an abundance of choice on a menu that balances Silk Route spices with local and international ingredients. The wide-ranging lunch menu showcases McEwan’s innovative approaches to Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian cuisine, a completely new territory for the Chef in what he describes as his most exciting challenge to date.

Aga Khan Museum is located 7 Wynford Dr, Toronto, ON. There is a $10 flat rate parking fee upon arrival at the museum. Diwan is only opened for lunch service Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30AM – 2:30PM

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My friend and I arrived on a Saturday afternoon. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with hand-carved and painted wood panels and lots of windows surrounding the entire establishing – enabling beautiful natural light flow into the restaurant.

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{Right} Mango Lassi ($6.50)
{Left} Cactus Juice with Lychee & Pear ($6.50)

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Lamb Kibbeh ($15.00)

  • Toasted Pine Nuts, Golden Raisins, Citrus Tahini, and Shirazi Salsa

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Grilled Octopus ($17.00)

  • Green Chickpea Salad, Moroccan Olives, Sweet Stewed Peppers, Sujuk, and Aleppo Pepper Aioli

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Crisp Manakeesh ($20.00)

  • Braised Beef Short Rib with Pickled Shallots, Akkawi Cheese, Charred Eggplant Spread, and Pomegranate Molasses

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Grilled Beef Shish Kebab ($23.00)

  • with Brown Zataar Butter, Chickpea Purée, Sticky Saffron Onions, Roasted Heirloom Beet

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Here is their array of tea selection in a box. The box gives you a brief description of the tea and you can also sniff the different scents!

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Walnut and Pistachio Filo Rolls ($10.00)

  • Honey Lavender Syrup, Fig Gelato

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Carrot Halva Upside Down Cake ($10.00)

  • All Spice, Brown Sugar Reduction, Cream Cheese Icing

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My friend and I genuinely liked all our selections throughout each course of our entire meal. Highlights were the lamb Kibbeh, grilled octupus and Crisp Manakeesh. Everything was perfectly seasoned, combinations of flavours and the dishes itself were well composed. I really enjoyed the presentation and textures + flavours of the Manakeesh. For desserts, I thought the walnut and pistachio filo rolls was just ok but was completely blown away by the carrot halva upside down cake – especially with that topped off cream cheese filling.

Aga Khan Musuem has some upcoming fantastic performing arts program available and for many of their shows they offer a special dinner package at Diwan.

*Dinners begin at 6 pm on performance night and are $75 per person (performance ticket price not included). To reserve, please visit agakhanmuseum.org.

GREAT POET SERIES

Reflections on Rumi
Saturday, April 16
The incomparable voices of sisters Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat unite with the kamancheh, piano, and percussion to deliver exquisite interpretations of Rumi’s poetry.

 Reflections on Kabir and Khusrau
Friday, April 29
Master sitartist Shujaat Khan and singer Ramneek Singh, known for her pure, meditative style, interpret the works of two beloved Sufi masters.

 WORLD MUSIC SERIES

 DakhaBrakha — Showcase Performance
Saturday, April 23
Ukrainian quartet and self-described “ethnic chaos” band returns for another original performance.

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  1. March 24, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    Holy moly, Indian fine dining, it seems a bit pricey though. Was it worth it?

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