Soufi’s is a Syrian kitchen on Queen West where the menu deals mainly in Manaeesh and Knaffeh.
Opened by the Soufi family, the cafe offers a casual atmosphere and counter service. The decor is contemporary and rich with patterned tiles and textures like raw brick and concrete punctuated by yellows and blues.
The menu, illustrated on a chalkboard, lists Kanaffeh and Manaeesh while a self-serve fridge is stocked with drinks and dips like mutabbal (eggplant), hummus, tabouleh, and fattoush.
The aforementioned Manaeesh (pizza-like flatbreads) is the main attraction and comes dressed in options like cheese, za’atar, labneh, halloumi, sujuk, egg and cheese, and muhammara (red pepper paste).
Baked fresh and served hot from the oven, the flatbreads can be topped with add-ons like labneh, avocado, sliced tomato and/or cucumber.
For dessert, Knaffeh, a cheese and phyllo pastry sprinkled with crush pistachios and soaked in syrup. Aside from the classic, Soufi’s also offers two versions made vegan; one simply substitutes that traditional soft white cheese for a dairy-free alternative, while the other, the Banoffeh, offers a playful spin on the English dessert featuring bananas and caramel.
Address: 676 Queen Street West, Toronto