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Windmill Resto & Bar (Middle Eastern?)

dxs Jun 23, 2009 01:15 PM

I was walking up Bay St. the other day and did a double-take when I saw a chalk board outside an unassuming restaurant listing 'Sayadiyeh' as a daily special - which was unexpected to say the least (Sayadiyeh is an arabic dish of baked rice and fish - somewhat akin to a biryani, but different spicing of course). A quick inspection of the menu revealed a mostly 'Mediterranean' slant (pasta etc, pretty generic stuff), but also a few fairly obscure and labour intensive arabic/middle eastern dishes, as opposed to the usual fast food type kebabs that seem to be the staple of middle eastern food establishments in the GTA.

I was only able to find a few suspiciously glowing Google reviews online - anyone actually been to this place and can comment on the food? It's at 1033 Bay, a few blocks south of Bloor. There's a sizable patio out front that was packed with the after-work happy hour crowd.

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    bluefirefly May 18, 2010 05:40 PM

    The place has been dark for months now, with a sign posted on the door saying it is temporarily closed. It looks more like a permanent move though to me. Patio has also been taken apart... another place along this stretch of Bay that has bitten the dust.

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      bluefirefly Jun 6, 2010 07:16 PM

      A minor update... there's now a sign posted on the windows indicating that this is going to be a pizza joint - Pizzeria Panetto, Nothing about the opening date, just the name. I wonder how it will do, considering there's a Pizza Nova just a couple of blocks down.

    2. Underdog Rally Dec 9, 2009 08:36 PM

      I live nearby, and have visited a couple of times since they opened. I'd say that the food is mostly Persian, with some Greek/Italian themed dishes. My wife and I have had their clay pot stews and their stuffed pastries. We generally enjoyed the food, but found it to be quite rich (especially the pastry... like eating a tablespoon of butter). I love that they use Israeli couscous (the bigger, chewier kind), and in fact I think that was the best part of my meals.

      The prices and portions were decent. It's not fast food - more like a Persian diner. We'll definitely go back, but mostly because of the proximity.

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        Dean Tudor Dec 10, 2009 05:07 PM

        I was just there on Sunday -- it is Palestinian-Turkish cuisine plus other stuff. I talked with the staff, and The Windmill refers to a Jerusalem flour mill. This extract is from Wikipedia(TM) --

        "The Montefiore Windmill (less-commonly known as the Jaffa Gate Mill[1]) is a landmark windmill in Jerusalem, Israel. Built in the Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood in 1857, which was then in Ottoman-ruled Palestine, it was designed as a flour mill."

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        radiopolitic Nov 25, 2009 11:06 AM

        Has anyone been here and if so - verdict?

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          radiopolitic Dec 2, 2009 12:31 PM

          I walked by today at about 1230pm and they were closed, no hours posted on the door.

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            canadianbeaver Dec 8, 2009 05:34 PM

            They are open though - I walk by at 5:30 on weekdays and it's usually pretty full

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          canadianbeaver Jun 24, 2009 12:13 PM

          The patio isn't as sizable as it seems, half of the patio belong to the pub next door, but it is still a nice size given the area. I've never seen people sit inside, just on the patio.

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            ddelicious Jun 24, 2009 12:00 PM

            its where the croissant tree used to be. very curious.

            1. OnDaGo Jun 23, 2009 01:47 PM

              Cant figure it out either... the sign say mediteranian, the logo & name is a windmill (dutch?) yet many dishes are middle eastern....

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                canadianbeaver Jul 17, 2009 12:30 PM

                They state on their signs that they are "Mediterranean MIddle Eastern" cuisine. Right now they are offering 10% off on all dishes. Still never been there!

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