خوش آمدید

ברוכים הבאים

Xoş gəldiniz

ողջույն

ԿենացըԿենացըԿենացը

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Established in 2005, Banu is an Iranian eatery and commissary. A collaboration between the Mohyeddin siblings, this family run joint is a destination in Toronto’s Queen Street West neighbourhood. Don’t expect any genies coming out of lamps or rugs hanging on the walls though; this room is decidedly modern, with food, music and mood paying homage to the cosmopolitanism of 1970’s Tehran, Iran - a time when wine and song were not prosecuted & prohibited in the country. Banu is the Persian word for ‘lady’ or ‘dame’ and the lady who figures prominently in this space is the mom of the owners. Banu is not just a bar or restaurant, it is a movement in restoration and revelry.

 
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In short, they are only poets while they are writing their poetry. When they have finished writing, they turn back into greedy, indulgent, oppressive, short-sighted, miserable, and envious people. So I do not believe their poems. I prize honesty in life, and when I find these people making fists and various claims – in their poems and essays – I get disgusted, and I doubt their veracity. I think to myself, perhaps it is only for a plate of rice that they are screaming.” - Forough Farrokhzad

Some of our favourites . . .

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Saffron chicken & barberry basmati rice (زرشک پلو مرغ)

Grilled saffron chicken served with barberry basmati (زرشک) rice

Smoked eggplant (میرزا قاسمی)

Charred eggplant, roasted tomato, garlic crisps

Okra and eggplant stew (خورشت بامیه)

Roasted eggplant and okra stew served with saffron basmati rice

Grilled Ribeye (س تیک)

16 oz / 8oz Dry aged Prime ribeye, charred tomato, fried mint butter

Braised beef & kidney bean stew (قرمه سبزی)

Braised beef with fenugreek, chives, cilantro, sour lime, kidney bean, & turmeric served with saffron basmati rice, & fresh scallions

Grilled lamb loin (گوشت بره)

Grass-fed Ontario lamb with pressed elephant garlic (موسیر) yogourt, & lemon

 

Roasted eggplant (کشک بادمجان)

Roasted Asian eggplant, whey, fried mint, caramelized onion served with nigella and sesame bread (باربری)

Sirloin angus skewers (کباب کوبیده)

The classic. Two skewers of grilled ground angus served with grilled tomato, sumach, mint, basil, tarragon, scallions & saffron basmati rice (add egg yolk for $1)

 

Cow tongue (زبان)

Braised cow tongue, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise served with house pickled goodies (ترشی) and lavash bread

Cheese plate (نان پنیر)

Sheep’s milk cheese, (لیقوان) brined walnuts, in-house sour cherry jam (آلبالو), fresh herbs, nigella sesame bread (باربری)

Yogourt (ماست موسیر)

Pressed yogourt, elephant garlic (similar to shallots), mint and nigella seed bread (باربری)

Marinated olives (زیتون پرورده)

Green Kalamata olives, pomegranate molasses, angelica, garlic, crushed walnuts

 


 
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Location

777 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M6J1G1

 

Kitchen Hours

Sunday – Thursday, 12pm -10pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm -12am

 

Contact

416 777 2268
banu@banu.ca

 

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