Parallel

4.6
161 reviews
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Mediterranean
Parallel brings together the experience and background of the three Ozery brothers, Alon, Guy, and Aharon, to create this unique space and product.
“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.”
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Western NC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience. Tasty Israeli food, fantastic service, and a unique setting. I will visit it again.

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AC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I took out a friend for lunch and we both enjoyed the experience: the service was extremely nice and the food excellent ! I will come back again !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing! Food was delicious and very cool vibe.

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Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, a lot GF and VG, highly recommendable

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

While still eating our main dishes Our party was told to hurry up and order dessert since they needed our table in less than half an hour. Basically we were being kicked out.
Reservations were for 7:00 PM. We did get our table early but 2 of 4 arrived a few minutes late. AT 8:20 we were told that they needed our table at 8:45 so we’d better order dessert then if we were interested. I’m sure this was no fault of the waiter just the manager, who although I’m sure she knew we were less than impressed didn’t bother to come over to apologize!! (Even though we suggested to the waiter that we’d be happy to discuss it with the manager). About 15 minutes later he mentioned to us that they found another solution. It was interesting to note that at no time were there people waiting for a table.

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OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeremy was a great waiter and we loved our meal and celebrating my daughter’s birthday.

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NB
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is good but SUPER expensive for the portion size. I’m sorry but $16 for a small “shared plate” is pushing it. Over $100 for three people with no booze.

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VB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you haven't been, go check it out! The food is so fresh tasting! Delicious! The sesame butter is the best I have ever tasted, I brought home a jar of the beet one. Portions are perfect for sharing so you can taste more items but would also likely be good size for one. The big open warehouse is cool, and unique to see the giant vat where the house made sesame butter is made! A great place for brunch and lunch (I have never been for dinner).

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W
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Too much garlic

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M
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food in a trendy industrial facade. Great value too!

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A
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food is average, and starts to all taste the same. Staff push the tapas sharing plate mentality, but in the end it is overpriced for what you get. Shrimp dish is $24 for 8 shrimp. Value isn’t there. Nothing special.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Half price bottles of wine on Sunday make it just the best

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ML
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a delicious meal. Each dish had a unique Mediterranean touch, which was outstanding experience. The falafels were so rich in herbs flavors -we even ordered double order. The parallel salad was also a delicious one.
We celebrated our son birthday and the service was out of this world. (Very friendly staff)
Must try place!!!♥️😋♥️

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Most authentic hummus I had in Canada !

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D
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met our kids for a splendid meal. The homemade halvah was awesome! The felafel was exquisite and the schug was very good. Yummy eats. We were well looked after.

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KG
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The place is organized in a very poor way, it is extremely noisy, food is not tasty at all, and the price... it is unbelievable, just unbelievable.... Hummus and falafel are not real, hummus is diluted too much and not clear with what, labaneh was good, but provided in a miserable amount (such a tiny plate, max. 50gr for 10CAD). Pitas are good and warm... A small cup of hot water with one leave of mint is 2.25CAD- unbelievable... So, for 2 plates of cold diluted hummus, 1 little plate of labaneh, and 2 small cups of water with meant we paid 70CAD!!!
Music - just to die!!!
Staff is nice and friendly.

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a
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Was offered 2 seats at the bar, which would have been completely fine any other day, but it was right by the main door and it was rainy and windy today, so every time the door opened, I'd feel a gust of cold wind. The hostess was kind enough to move us to a table shortly after we ordered as we had a reservation. We ordered the Green Shashuka, Black Sabbath, and 3 Falafels. The shashuka was a bit disappointing; I much preferred the original one. The black tahini in the Sabbath was super delicious with the poached eggs and avocado toast, but the eggs were just a touch too under, and so was the roasted tomato. All dishes were slightly under-salted, which is usually fine for me, so I asked for hot sauce, but that was extra! (I declined...) The falafels were vibrant green and great with the tahini as I remembered. We finished off our brunch with a warm chocolate chip cookie in a cast iron pan with vanilla ice cream and tahini drizzled on top, and for someone who is not a dessert person, that was actually my favourite dish of the day! Can't wait to come back for dinner!

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MH
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum-o food and make sure you try the tahini smoothie! And if you like garlic you are in the right place. Fun place to for brunch.

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PB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, fun vibe, and outstanding service - my girlfriends and I had a terrific evening. Highly recommend it

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f
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here many times, for lunch and for dinner. Love the food, especially the parallel salad and the herb salad, but everything else is delicious too.
Make sure to book ahead, as it's very busy.

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CD
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ever since my 3 week visit to Israel I have craved a Tel Aviv experience: creative menu and ambience and delicious food. Parallel is this and more! So thrilled to have celebrated my boyfriend’s birthday here and have the best service ever! Jeremy is a real treat and added that extra oomph to our dinner. The salad, falafel, hummus, kofta, halva and lemonade were fabulous! That tahini omg!!! Yes!!! Thank you to the 3 brothers who opened up this little gem in Toronto! See you again soon!!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot get enough! Amazing food and service!

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MF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very interesting menu which puts its own stamp on middle eastern cuisine. Food is well presented. Good service.

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AG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

If the noise weren't so overwhelming that it makes conversation impossible, a meal at Parallel would be delightful. The food is interesting and excellent. The service is just fine. But, the conversational and ambient noise are exacerbated by the music which wants to drown out everything including hearing what your mealtime companions are trying to say.

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H
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, and extremely friendly and generous staff! Will be back many times.

Parallel
Responded on April 12, 2019

Thank you ! Glad you enjoyed it.

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BL
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it there!
Nice staff, Nice menu, Nice venue.
Parking sucks!
Brenda Lass

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a
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

great food but restaurant too noisy, rather pricey, and no parking.

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L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Parallel will definitely be back!

Parallel
Responded on April 12, 2019

Looking Forward to having you back in ! Thank you !

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MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious! We will definitely go back, a bit noisy

Parallel
Responded on April 12, 2019

Looking Forward to having you in again. Thank you !

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G
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were great but it was our server who made our dining experience amazing!
Thank you for a great night.

Parallel
Responded on April 12, 2019

Glad to hear it ! Thank you for stopping by !

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MM
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the time I was there I felt like I’m back in Tel Aviv and it made me completely happy.

Parallel
Responded on April 12, 2019

That's our main mission ! Glad to hear it brought you there, Thank you !

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GP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I love Mediteranean food, but this was unique and wonderful. The place has energy. the service was friendly and informative but not "scripted". Parking was a challenge but worth the inconvenience. The tahini machine was cool and produces an amazing product. Servings are generous and good for sharing. Bring a few friends, but not if you want to have an intimate chat. Noise comes with the high energy atmosphere.

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PC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Offer better options in brunch menu on weekdays
Veggies in hummus disappointment, onions overpowering not many veggies compared to instagram

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A wonderful find in an industrial area. Lunch was delicious and flavourful. Our server was very helpful and knowledgeable regarding the menu.
Overall a great experience

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about parallel was amazing. From the cocktails, to the service, the recommendations, the wine and the food. We were beyond happy with our experience. A must-try!

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SG
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the service was fantastic, and the portions are generous. A wonderful place.

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s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

the falafels are very good but i almost broke a tooth on the bread sticks

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r
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. A bit cramped and noisy but food and ambience made up for it.

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GF
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is DELISH ! The server was a very happy , jovial felllow- who made the first experience fantastic ! I’ll be back !

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