Mersin Mediterranean Cuisine


Cuisine type

  • Mediterranean,
  • Turkish,


  • Shawarma,


  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,
1618 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1A7
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • < $10,

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Meet the owner

It's easy to see why Emin Kocacinar describes Mersin Mediterranean Cuisine as his "second family."

For one thing, his first family works there. Emin's wife, Seher, heads up the kitchen. Then there's the fact that the restaurant is named after the city on Turkey's Mediterranean coast from which the Kocacinar family hails. Mersin's 2011 departure from downtown Toronto was even family-driven, Emin says, as the current location, on Bloor Street West, between the Keele and Dundas West subway stations, is a short walk from their home and the schools their three children attend.

But the family feel is most evident in the care the Kocacinars take in everything from the delicious and healthy Turkish fare to the authentic decor and warm, speedy service.

"Anyone can say they care about their customers, but we prefer to show them," Emin says. "If someone orders takeout and we're really busy, everyone lends a hand to make sure the food gets there quickly. Many times, I've jumped behind the wheel to help with deliveries. It's not my job, but with a family business everything is your job."

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Mersin in short? Authentic comfort food made with fresh ingredients in a spot run by a sweet husband and wife who want to feed you large portions at a cheap price. They do a house-made hot sauce as well as a rich garlic sauce, famous across the Bloor West/High Park Area. The chicken skewers are tender and juicy, the rice is oh-so buttery and the tabbouleh is on point. Last but not least? Mersin also delivers.

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This may be as close as you’ll come to Istanbul because of its authentic, Turkish-style kebobs and plates in endless combinations of chicken, beef and lamb, alone or together. The Chicken Iskender features tender slices basted in hot tomato sauce over pita slabs with yogurt and salad on the side.

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