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Shakshuka at Aroma - anyone tried it?

The last few times I've been to Aroma, I've found myself mesmerized by the picture of shakshuka (eggs cooked in a spicy thick tomato sauce with peppers). I've only been there for takeaway so I haven't had the chance to order it. Looks like solid hearty comfort food - anyone tried it?

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  1. I didn't know they have it. Are you writing about Bloor/Albany? If they've put it on the menu, I'll try it next time I'm there.

    Mashu Mashu makes good shakshuka. I think it's only on their brunch menu. They put big dollops of goat cheese in the pan before just before they serve it.

    Lately, I've been making it at home because it's hard to find the good stuff.

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    Mashu Mashu
    387 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, CA

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    1. re: acd123

      I didn't love Mashu Mashu's shakshuka. I thought the tomato sauce was too acidic? I agree though, haven't found the 'good stuff' here either.

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      Mashu Mashu
      387 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, CA

      1. re: acd123

        I usually go to Bloor/Albany but I was actually writing about the Yonge and Eglinton location, which is where my last few visits have been. I would have assumed they had the same menu at all locations but I don't know for sure. I'll have to make a point of going there the next time I feel like a hearty bowl of food - the rest of their menu is pretty well executed so I'm optimistic they'll do a decent job with this dish.

        1. re: peppermint pate

          What else have you enjoyed on the menu at the Yonge & Eg Aroma, peppermint pate? Have been meaning to visit. Now I'm curious about the shakshuka, too.

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          Aroma Espresso Bar
          20 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R, CA

          1. re: phoenikia

            I see Aroma as a health food kind of place. Nothing too delicious but easy on the palate and fresh ingredients. I like their Quinoa salad and Ice Aroma.

            1. re: garfield

              Ingredients on the haloumi sandwich: Fried haloumi cheese, cream cheese, pickles
              lettuce, and tomato. Not sure that qualifies at 'health food' in my mind.

              1. re: acd123

                Ha - true, but it's a fine little sandwich all the same.

                Phoenikia, I love the "burekas treat" (pretty sure acd123 turned me on to that a few years ago). The sandwiches are all pretty tasty, with the halumi and chicken ones being my 2 favourites. The bread is always fresh and soft, although I could do with thinner slices. I like the chicken salad and I sometimes take out the quinoa salad (with chopped cukes, tomatoes, mint and a couple of slices of fried eggplant) and sub either tahini or evoo + lemon juice for their vinaigrette. At breakfast time, I like their yoghurt, fruit and granola and I actually thought the french toast was decent as well. And their hot chocolate - warm milk poured over a couple of squares of chocolate that you stir together - totally hits the spot.

                1. re: peppermint pate

                  Thanks so much for everyone's feedback.

                  peppermint pate, the halumi & chicken sandwiches sound great, as do the salads. Happy to hear their take-out salads are worthwhile. Thanks for mentioning that you sub tahini or evoo + lemon for the dressing- good to know they'll make substitutions.

                  Sorry for this naive question, but is the "Burekas treat" a bureka stuffed with hard boiled egg, tahini, tomato & pickle, or it a bureka served with egg, tahini, tomato and pickle on the side? Or it something completely different?

                  1. re: phoenikia

                    Hey phoenikia - just to clarify, I've taken the quinoa out to eat later on so I've just added my own toppings at home. But they're very accommodating so I suspect they'd be open to making changes And the burekas treat is a warn sandwich - the first option you described. Sooo good.

                    1. re: peppermint pate

                      Hey peppermint pate, thanks for the clarification.

                      Sounds like a neat place, esp. for that neck of the woods ;-)