“We grew up in a home where sesame butter (tahini) was consumed regularly alongside flavourful Mediterranean cuisine. Parallel was born from our history and love for sesame butter. It’s part of our culture and upbringing, and we want to share that with you.
There are few ingredients that are as versatile, nutritious, and just as damn tasty as sesame butter. That’s why we decided to make it in all its forms: try it in our dressings, salads, dips, bowls, and our famous homemade halva, and seed what is possible.
The three of us share a passion for simple meals with fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and innovative techniques. That, along with our love for good coffee, art, music, and community, is what shapes the Parallel experience.”
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Fresh herbs | chickpeas
Parsley | mint | cilantro | cauliflower couscous | beets | red onion | scallions | dried cranberries | pine nuts | sesame butter | pomegranate vinaigrette | house made labaneh
Kale | napa cabbage | sweet potato | scallions | black lentils | walnuts | mint | goat cheese | beet sesame butter | lemon & honey vinaigrette
Went for brunch on a Sunday. The service was good but the food was subpar. We got shakshouka which should’ve been more runny and saucy so that was disappointing. The tabouleh was a modern version which was interesting. The cappucino was awful. Overall, it had potential but for the price I expected a lot more.
Overall good experience
some dishes were better than others
I really wanted to like Parallel. I love Geary and the idea of a trendier-than-usual Middle Eastern/ Israeli place. The truffle hummus was great as always but I was not blown away by the chicken and lamb beef wrap dishes we had as our entrees. Lacking in flavour.
Love this place - everything tastes fantastic, down to the mint leaves on the salad!!!
Service ese excellent.
Food is always the best.
Best falafel ever.
Felt very safe with indoor dining. They have plexiglass sheet in between tables. Great service and food. On the noises side though😞
A series of surprises from the streetview (wasn't sure we were entering a restaurant or a factory), the decor (shop, kitchen, warehouse, packages of food), the service (hip and casually efficient) and the food (how to describe ... re-envisioned Middle Eastern).
A delightful lunch where the food deservedly takes centre stage. This wouldn't be my choice for an elegant date night or a special occation but boy, I'd run there if I was looking for comfort, pleasure, happiness and food that is just so good!
The pitas are plush and perfect, the hummus the best ever and the tabouli something special. Falafel is not something I seek out, but it was good and the arias were very tasty.
Dishwasher leaked over cashmere coat. Ruined my headset inside. Poor service.
It was “Meh”. Impersonal service, small menu, I was disappointed overall yet liked many of the things we ordered
Delicious food, excellent service. They don't have their own parking lot and street parking in the area is limited.
So delicious and fresh, and beautiful presentation too. Such a delight to eat in the restaurant after months of ordering online. Doesn’t compare !
The food is truly spectacular gastronomically and visually. Amazing to remember what real hummus tastes like, and the innocent combinations was a delight to the palate
The only negative- way too noisy and for my generation truly difficult to conduct conversation
The food is so amazing, I always order too much!
I love their food! So fresh and tasty
Wonderful food, friendly service. Counter seating leaves much to be desired.
The food and service here is always spectacular!
The food is so delicious here. Great neighbourhood place. The food doesn't come out very fast so if you're on a time crunch, its not ideal. Its great for leisurely lunch! Service is great!
Food is amazing will definitely be coming back!
Went to parallel with my grandmother for lunch, and had the most amazing time! Food was delicious and flavourful and the industrial interior was super cool.
Really good experience. Great food and service. We did not feel rushed yet the server was very attentive. Perfect balance.
Delicious and excellent service! I wish I had left with some take away from the shop too.
Great spot to catch up with friends over a great meal
Great food as always. We love the parallel salad, the taboule,the falafel and the arais. We had a lovely server. Overall, one of the nicest restaurants in Toronto!
Wonderful service and food.
Need some noise baffling.
Hostess was able to seat us earlier than our reso which was very nice! Other than that the service wasn’t super great… not sure if they are doing a rotating server program but some of our requests got lost and we had to ask a few times. Truffle hummus was okay, pitas were exceptional! Overall not too bad, but wouldn’t try again.
Falafels are one of the best I’ve tried in the city! Hummus and babaganoush were delicious and warmed the heart! Celebrated a birthday with one of their delicious cookies! Would absolutely recommend and go again:)
The food was simply amazing
Parallel Salad & Falafel are always my go to! Delicious every time!
Everything was great. Felt covid safe.
Service was great and the food was excellent. Great flavors and fresh ingredients and sizable portions.
A fantastic meal. The baba ganoush and labneh were fantastic. As were the arais and sweet potato with labneh. We couldn't leave without picking up some tahini and treats to go!
I love Parallel. The food is the best middle eastern food in the city (in my opinion :). The service is refreshingly authentically friendly. Love this place.
food was so good
service was great
best falafel in the city
The service was excellent.
The food fantastic
I appreciated that the staff fully checked our vaccine status before seating us inside. This is very important for me when I select a restaurant to frequent.
Will definitely return over the winter months
Amazing dinner definitely coming back!!
We'll be back - fluffy pita, babaganoush and ful felafel..I could go on!
Parallel, as always, was delicious. Terrific food, excellent service, and the outdoor patio was a welcoming and pleasant dining environment. My partner and I had four dishes which ended up being more than we could handle, but everything was wonderful.
Great food and great service. Would definitely go again.
Amazing experience. Would definitely keep coming back here, the food and set up is incredible.
Indoor eating space not finished, so unless the weather turns awful there is only patio dining. Servers are good, food is very good, and the whole experience is pleasant.
Parallel does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. Parallel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 516-7765.
Parallel is rated 4.7 stars by 365 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.