Have you ever heard of Levantine food? Neither had I, until I stumbled upon Rikkochez on the Danforth. This restaurant is recreating the native food of owner, Chrys who comes from Cyprus, a small island country in the Mediterranean with influences from Lebanon, Greece and other Middle Eastern cuisines. They do lunch and dinner service throughout the week and weekend brunch, but the food is far from standard. I would say one of the better places for a gluten-free brunch in Toronto.
Chrys takes the time to source the freshest, local ingredients, organic when possible, which explains why the place is always busy. When I stopped by for brunch, the restaurant filled quickly with patrons waiting to be seated. The dishes are made with care, from scratch and in-house. She has kept in mind dietary restrictions because she wants everyone to feel welcome. I was amazed there were so many gluten-free options, she even sources my favourite gluten-free bread from Cock-a-Doodle-Doo.
For brunch we ordered the smoked salmon and latkes platter and the vegan scramble, made with chickpea batter. The smoked salmon, from the Smoke Bloke was incredible, like wow. Sourced locally, it is the best in town. The chickpea batter was different, but somehow it works with the spices for a hearty, protein-packed vegan alternative that isn’t tofu.
There is something so cozy about Rikkochez. It’s their first restaurant and I’d say they’re doing a pretty good job navigating this world, with knockout food! They also really respect the trade of their partners, listing them all on the site. Love the local support!
Rikkochez is located at 341 Danforth Ave.