Rating: NNNNNAKRAM'S (191 Baldwin, 979-3116) Proving that all falafels ain't the same, this Kensington Market Middle Eastern grocery/take-away stuffs some.
AKRAM’S (191 Baldwin, 979-3116) Proving that all falafels ain’t the same, this Kensington Market Middle Eastern grocery/take-away stuffs some of the tastiest pita pockets in town — and they’re all two bucks! Expect shabby, not chic — hey, it’s the Market. Best: freshly deep-fried $2 falafels topped with strong onion and even stronger homemade hot sauce grilled veggie or fava-bean puree wrapped in pita or sold in containers jars of pickled eggplant spiced with walnuts, pine nuts and garlic. Complete dinners for $6 per person ($3 at lunch), including all taxes. Open Monday to Saturday 10:30 am to 8 pm, and Sunday noon to 7 pm. Unlicensed. Smoke-free. Cash only. Access: Four steps at door, no washrooms. Rating: NNN
SOUL SQUARE (19 Baldwin, 341-0777) Decked out with an awesome collection of pop culture flotsam — Teletubbies, Smurfs, Pez dispensers — this super-hip room offers up some inexpensive all-inclusive meals that eclectically sample Japanese, Hungarian and Indian fare. Just don’t expect fireworks.Best: garlic and Thai chili-topped sea bass with grilled veggies and cellophane noodles rack of lamb — three chops, really — with red-wine onion sauce. Complete dinners for $20 per person ($15 at lunch), including all taxes, tip and a glass of wine. Open Monday to Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday 12:30 to 11 pm. Closed Sunday and holidays.Fully licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms upstairs. Rating: NNN