One of Toronto’s busiest restaurants is opening a Kensington outpost

A familiar face for Middle Eastern cuisine on Geary Ave. is opening a second location in March 2023.

The Parallel Brothers, owned and operated by actual brothers Aharon, George, Guy and Alon, have purchased a spot in Kensington Market at 152 Augusta Ave. The three-storey space is currently vacant, but once housed a dive bar.

With a focus on creating Middle Eastern classics with a modern twist, the new take out menu at the Kensington spot will be similar to Parallel Geary, but several menu items have been designed specially for the Kensington location. Some of these dishes include the bureka sandwich (feta cheese, hard-boiled egg, pickles and tahini sauce).

At night, the daytime menu will be swapped for an evening menu which closely mimics Mediterranean tapas-style offerings. “There will probably be about 10 tapas dishes that will change frequently according to market availability and beyond,” says Aharon Ozery, one of the four owners of Parallel Brothers.

Must-try dishes at both the current location and the new spot on Augusta include the Mashweya hummus (a thick blend of roasted red peppers, tomatoes, onions, chopped garlic, amba: a tangy, pickled condiment, chickpeas, parsley, sesame butter, schug: a spicy, green Arabic hot sauce, and sumac), falafel, the fan favourite Parallel salad (a colourful display of chopped kale, Napa cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, black lentils, walnuts, mint, goat cheese, beet sesame butter and drizzled in a honey balsamic vinaigrette) and the savoury knafeh (spinach, onion, goat cheese, chilli, shredded phyllo, spicy green sesame butter, diced tomato, parsley, za’atar.

While the Parallel Brothers team has not yet hired a bartender for the new location, Aharon says the Arak-based cocktail program will continue. Arak, sometimes spelled “araq”, is a type of distilled Levantine spirit made from the anise fruit. At Parallel, Arak cocktails include options like the house Arak Cocktail made with lemon juice, cane sugar and fresh mint, which can also be purchased as a pitcher for the whole table. Of course, other drinks will also be on offer just like at Parallel Geary, including a selection of red and white wines, beers and ciders, and even non-alcoholic drinks and mocktails made from fresh juices and florals.

Parallel Geary is currently open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and from Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. For updates on the opening of Kensington Geary, be sure to check out their Instagram page for the latest news and updates!

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