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Parallel Basta, Toronto, ON

Parallel Basta

4.8
4.8
27 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Middle Eastern
Simplicity, perfected
Starting with only the sweetest and highest quality sesame seeds from Humera, Ethiopia, our manufactory produces tahini and tahini-based goods, celebrating everything this mighty seed can do. We use tahini in all of our products and in most of the dishes we serve in our restaurant, in new and unexpected ways.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 10:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 585-2996
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Neighbourhood
    Chinatown / Kensington Market
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine

What 27 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Middle Eastern

  • Toronto

    Best Food

  • Toronto

    Great for brunch

27 Reviews
  1. LoriN

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great, service was pretty good considering there was only one server for the whole restaurant at Sunday Brunch. The restaurant was freezing cold. Many tables had their jackets on. That is my one negative comment.

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  2. Laksh

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience of this restaurant and the food were truly outstanding. Our server was friendly and attentive. We ate the shakshuka and the babaganoush with eggs, the shakshuka could use a little more spice and flavour to it, however the babaganoush was something that I will come back for. The hummus with pita and the side of fermented veggies just completed our meal beautifully. I would also recommend the halva - we tried almost all the flavours, however my favourites were the raspberry and vanilla. Would definitely recommend this place to everyone. :)

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  3. CarlaP

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was outstanding. The falafel were the best that I have ever had, crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. I had the Parallel salad which I totally enjoyed, the combination of the various ingredient flavors was just delicious. Portions are generous so I didn't have room for dessert, but they did look very tempting.

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  4. SidA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is really so amazing! Be sure to get an order of hummus to take home after your meal.

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  5. Telle17

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I shared a few different dishes and the were all delicious! Everything was really fresh and flavourful it was hard to pick a favourite. I loved the casual vibe and the service was amazing! I will definitely be returning! I recommend the sesame crisps to take home I wish I had bought more because they went quick.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waitress was fabulous! Feature of the night was great as recommended. All food was delicious and one of the few places in the area that takes reservations!!

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  7. ZackB

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was excellent and the service was fantastic. Food was incredible, drinks were amazing.

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  8. LisaR

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for brunch and absolutely loved the food! Only downside was that they didn’t have an espresso machine so only drip coffee was available.

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  9. ZolandeQ

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing breads, delish food! Everything was fresh.

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  10. StephanieT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious brunch at Parallel Basta! The food is fresh and the portions are perfect. They have the best pita and tahini!! Can’t wait to go back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    You've not eaten fabulous falafel until you've eaten at Parallel. Their hummus and pita are un 'paralleled'!! I cannot say enough about the food here and the folks who run it are fantastic as well!

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  12. JodiS

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place is so fun! The staff remember us and treat us like friends. The food is next level. What more can we ask for?!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! Enjoyed the food and service. Highly recommend this restaurant for middle eastern food.

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  14. Victoria

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was so delicious! My pal and I had been to the Geary location many times, and this was our first time coming to the new location. Thank you Jen for being so great as well :)

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  15. NoName

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh delicious food. Reasonably priced. Superb staff!

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  16. Randy

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was so absolutely delicious. The Parallel salad was a huge hit for the 4 of us. The bread was hot, fresh and so yummy. We had the gnocchi and shrimp, falafel and the calamari dish. Each one was unique and amazing. We ended the night with chocolate babka and tahini ice cream. Can’t wait to go back!

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  17. Officematt

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A very delicious meal. Lots of variety to have here.

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  18. SharonK

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A group of women who met in Newfoundland at a writers festival this summer gathered at Parallel for dinner before an event at The Supermarket. One of the women, Sara, knows the owners and recommended that we eat there. It was fantastic food and service. Meeting the owners was a bonus and the additional treats were wonderful. Thanks so much for a great evening. I’ll be back!

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  19. Shauna

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My new favourite restaurant. The food was absolutely divine. So tasty and lovingly prepared (we watched them make it). Service was impeccable. Wines were nice too. The decor is very casual but the culinary experience is high end. Loved it!

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  20. FlavourGalore

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked a high table at Parallel Basta in Kensington Market through Open Table. From our seats we had a view of the kitchen making fresh falafel, as well as soft and crunchy pita bread baked in seconds in the oven. We both had the Falafel Sandwiches which were so deliciously full of textures and flavour, it was like a symphony in the mouth. We'll be back!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved their falafels and cheese bread. Their falafels are a must try, crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The house bread was also very good. And we tried the lettuce chicken which was okay.

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  22. Partyof5

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Tried 6 different plates and the calamari and shrimp dishes were the best

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  23. FlaveMaven

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The deep-fried eggplant succulently burst in my mouth; the lamb chops floated on a bed of delicious swirls of flavour; and the beef ribs really did fall off the bone. Plate-licking good!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and professional staff. Very intimate room. Only open a week or two, but looks like it will be a great success.

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  25. ElizabethM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A big fan of the hummus bowls and breads. We really liked everything except for the Basta Salad. Service was great but getting the food was a little slow, as part of their growing pains I am sure. Our server felt badly and brought some hummus and bread which was appreciated and quite delicious. The halava is off the charts as are all their tahini products. I will be going back again and again of course.

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  26. Elan

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best falafel and Hummus in Toronto. Hands. Down! Great vibe, amazing service, quality top notch food.

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  27. DFMM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely stellar food, executed with good technique. The kitchen was fast and the food was perfect. This will be a busy restaurant hopefully for many years. Will definitely be back!

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FAQs

Parallel Basta is rated 4.8 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Google Map for Parallel Basta

152 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L5

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Chinatown / Kensington Market
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 10:00 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
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