A Taste Of Israel as Miznon Opens in Toronto

Israel Ministry of Tourism - Miznon

Israel’s beloved Miznon Restaurant has opened its latest location, bringing flavours, flair and fun to Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood.

If the ideal restaurant combines truly delicious and inventive food with a fun-crazy vibe and entertaining staff in a great location, Miznon – opened just 2 months ago at Bay and Bloor – truly fits the bill.

At a lunch last Friday 26MAY, chef Eyal Shani flew in from Israel to host some 50 media types, including Open Jaw, at a lunch that was so entertaining and creative you could see why it’s such a whopping success. Part of an international mini-chain with a total of 15 locations in Israel, the US, the UK, Europe, Australia and Singapore, the resto is already receiving accolades, including a spot on the “20 Best New Restaurants in Toronto” in the current issue of Toronto Life magazine.

Israel Ministry of Tourism - Miznon

Miznon is billed as street food which makes me think of quick, high carb, high grease eatings. But Shani and his team have created a sometimes-cheeky menu that varies, but last week included fish-n-chips (“not the British one” but with garlic aioli); a lobster roll “with tomato ovaries”; and “The best hummus you will ever eat.”

The chicken salad with hints of mint was slightly exotic and extremely delicious. A meal-in-a-pita is their trademark, and the cauliflower in a pita was to swoon over. Yup, a lot of it was sloppy and a sign on the wall actually tells you to eat with your hands, all adding to the fun and slightly crazy atmosphere.

Israel Ministry of Tourism - Miznon

Gal Hana, Consul Director for Canada for the Government of Israel Ministry of Tourism was at the event and is clearly a big fan. “The food seems simple but this chef has the magic touch – and when it comes to restaurants, the mood is part of the experience.” The Miznon restos in Israel, he assured me, have the same vibe, music, super-friendly staff and happy mood.

Israel Ministry of Tourism - Miznon

If like a lot of travel advisors you are selling more domestic travel this year, why not recommend Miznon for your YYZ-bound clients?  Or if you’re putting together itineraries for Israel, be sure to suggest Miznon.  As Toronto Life puts it: “Serious street food at its best.”

Martha Chapman


A contributor to Open Jaw since 2006 - and known to all in the business - Martha has worked in the travel industry all of her career and covers events, destinations, personalities and issues in the travel world.

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