Middle Eastern Turkish cuisine. Vegetarian and meat dishes. A cozy restaurant for lunch or dinner.
I ate here twice in the past month... I used to live in Ottawa which had an extremely competitive Lebanese cuisine scene... no bad shawarma here... I had been very disappointed with the arab fast food scene since I moved here over a couple of years ago... until I came to Baghdad Cafe... Their chicken shawarma pita was amazing... you could really taste the carbonized bits and the mint in their sauces. All of their condiments are really fresh. My only complaint is the narrow width of their restaurant... you can't move inside without bumping into the weird counter chairs behind you... Anyway, if you're looking for good "fast-food" arab fare, this is the place to go downtown...
This was the first time I tried Turkish food and I enjoyed the experience very much. The Baghdad cafe is small and stylish inside with knick knacks on the walls and cozy seating. The first impression I had for the restaurant was positive, and food and service did not disappoint.
I tried the eggplant vegetarian dish which was served with rice, salad and pita bread. Although it was on the spicy side it was delicious and both mouth watering and eye-watering. The flavours were so good that despite the spiciness I couldn't just let the food go to waste! (for next time, I will ask for no spice - not a problem since the waitress asked each of us for spice or no spice!)
With the meal, my co-workers and I ordered a pot of Turkish tea (black tea with mint - very good!), and shared two desserts - the Baghdad dessert and havla. Everyone of us paid about $13 for our dishes and were surprised at the value we were getting.
If you are looking for a new experience for your tastebuds, try this little place on Pender Street (cross street - Richards).
Judging by the previous comments, this restaurant should not be lissted as Turkish as it doesn't have Turkish Food, I should know, I am Turkish :0) Turks don't drink tea with mint, and we don't have Shawarmas, as that's an Arabic food. I've never tried this places food, but I thought I'd post this, just in case people go there thinking they've tasted authentic Turkish food, when they really haven't.
PS. I rated it, because otherwise i couldn't make this post.
Six of us went for lunch. Understandably that is a large number for a small restaurant to accomodate, but the server did it in a friendly way & all seemed fine. However, five people got their meals before our sixth friend was told the kitchen was out of chicken. Couldn't they have mentioned that earlier?! No one who ordered a meal got the pita that was on the menu. No waters were refilled. No one came by to see how the food was. The server had simply disappeared. We nearly walked away without paying because no one brought a bill. It was a shame that the service vanished because the food was good, but without service to match we won't be revisiting the Baghdad.