Go Greek with these moussaka dishes in Toronto

The Ottoman Empire sure knew how to eat! Moussaka is a traditional Greeek casserole that layers savoury ground beef, potato, eggplant and creamy béchamel sauce. Dig in to mouthfuls of this hearty Greek dish on the Danforth and beyond at these Toronto restaurants.

Pappas Grill

1
440 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P4

There’s no shortage of Greek cuisine on the Danforth, but this contemporary multi-leveled restaurant sets itself apart with an enchanting garden patio. The sprawling open air space comes alive in the summer months with colourful flower baskets and local residents enjoying an al fresco meal and a glass of wine. You won’t find too many surprises on the crowd-pleasing menu, which focuses on Greek specialties and comfort foods. The moussaka — a ground beef casserole layered with eggplant and zucchini and baked under a rich béchamel sauce — arrives accompanied by a Greek salad and savoury rice.

Mezzetta Restaurant and Tapas Bar

2
681 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A7

This St. Clair West restaurant and tapas bar is known for its Middle Eastern and Mediterranean sharing plates. Each appetizer-sized dish is priced at $3.75 and groups are encouraged to order multiple “mezzes” to enjoy together. The baked moussaka is a small minced beef and potato casserole covered in a potato sauce puree and topped with sliced tomatoes.

Estiatorio Volos

3
133 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2L3

Named for a port city in the Greek province of Thessaly, this contemporary downtown restaurant serves up modern Mediterranean cuisine in a refined setting. The chic dining room features natural wood and stone throughout the space, while the elegant tables are set with high quality German porcelain and crystal stemware. The baked moussaka is thoughtfully prepared with beef, eggplant, zucchini, Yukon Gold potato, béchamel and three types of Greek cheese: Manouri, feta and kefalotiri.

Ouzeri Restaurant

4
500A Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P6

Diners can nosh on an array of affordable Greek fare at this casual spot on the Danforth. The portions are generous, the service is friendly and the 20-person patio is a nice shady spot to enjoy classic moussaka. The hearty casserole (available in regular and vegetarian varieties) is made with eggplant, zucchini, potato and meat sauce baked with béchamel cream and served with a side salad.

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