Greek Doughnuts at Mr. Puffs

Mr. Puffs
Location
: 1425 Dundas Street East, Mississauga
Website: https://mrpuffs.com/

Mr. Puffs is a chain that specializes in fried doughnut holes — they’re basically Greek-style loukoumades, though the menu and website never uses that word, referring to them only as puffs.

The puffs come topped with various sauces and flavours; the woman behind the counter said that honey cinnamon and sugar cinnamon are the two most popular, so I got six of each (an order of 12, which comes out to about eight bucks, is the smallest you can get).

Mr. Puffs

This location has just opened, so I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they’re still working out the kinks.  This style of doughnut is generally soaked in syrup, but the syrup was just drizzled on here, resulting in a final product that was just barely sweet (and the sugar cinnamon variety had the same issue).  The doughnuts mostly tasted of the oil they were fried in.

Mr. Puffs

I also think that the oil might have been a bit too hot, because the exterior was aggressively crispy (I could barely put a fork through it) and the interior was soft and gummy.

Mr. Puffs

Still, despite the issues, it’s a fun concept — assuming they work out the kinks, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Crispy Pork Gyros at Alexandros

AlexandrosLocation: 484 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Website: http://alexandros.ca/

I knew as soon as I looked at my wrap from Alexandros that it was going to be tasty.  It’s a pork gyros wrap (chicken is also an option), and I mean, come on.  Look at that.  Look at those crispy bits.

Alexandros

And yeah, it was good.  Again: look at it.

It was maybe even too crispy?  They clearly waited a bit too long to carve it; some of the pieces were dried out.  But that’s a minor complaint.

Alexandros

Mostly, the meat is fairly tender, with a decent amount of fat, and — of course — a substantial amount of flavour and texture from the deeply browned exterior.

The bread wasn’t anything too special, nor was the tzatziki, but the pork was tasty enough to make the whole thing worth eating.

Sweet Greek Doughnuts at Lukumum

LukumumLocation: 484 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
Website: https://www.lukumum.com/

The Greek doughnuts (a.k.a. loukoumades) they serve at Lukumum are intensely sweet.  They’re also extremely delicious.

I tried loukoumades at Loukoumania Cafe in Vaughan last year; the ones at Lukumum are twice as sweet.  Three times as sweet?  They’re way sweeter.

Lukumum

I tried a couple of varieties.  I went with the classic, which is soaked through with syrup and topped with honey and cinnamon, and the hazelnut, which is soaked with syrup and topped with Nutella and hazelnuts.

Lukumum

Both were delicious, though I preferred the classic.  Despite being soaked through with syrup, the exterior remains pleasantly crunchy.  The inside is completely suffused with syrup, but it’s not mushy.  It’s great.  The honey adds even more sweetness, and a nice floral note that goes very well with the cinnamon.

The Nutella variety is tasty as well — Nutella makes anything delicious — but the original is more unique.

Mind-Blowing Souvlaki at Mamakas Taverna

Mamakas TavernaLocation: 80 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Website: https://mamakas.ca/

Mamakas Taverna had a booth at the recent OssFest street festival on Ossington, serving up chicken and pork souvlaki.  It was almost improbably good.  Like, is the food at a street festival even allowed to be this good?  It was easily the best souvlaki I’ve ever had.

It’s simple enough — it features pita bread slathered with tsatziki, and topped with chunks of pork and tomatoes (onions are also an option, though I skipped those).

Mamakas Taverna

Every element here is amazing.  The pork is cooked on a spit over coals, giving it a nice smoky flavour.  It’s perfectly cooked and amazingly juicy.

They chop the pork up and toss it in some kind of magical, zesty sauce; little touches like this make all the difference.  The pork would have been perfectly delicious if they had just served it as-is, but that sauce kicks up its flavour, adds additional moisture, and elevates the wrap from good to great.

Mamakas Taverna

The creamy, mint-and-garlic-infused tzatziki is just as delicious as the pork, and complements it exceptionally well.  And the bread is the perfect vehicle — it’s fresh, a little bit chewy, and amazing.  The whole thing is exceptionally delicious.

Tasty Greek Food at Fat Lamb Kouzina

Fat Lamb KouzinaLocation: 874 Yonge Street, Toronto
Website: https://www.fatlambkouzina.com/

Fat Lamb Kouzina is a delightful little Greek place near Yonge and Bloor that, as you’d guess from the name, specializes in lamb.  It’s mostly a take-out joint, though they do have a communal table and some stools.

Fat Lamb Kouzina

The menu’s pretty simple — you can either get lamb, pork, chicken, or eggplant, and you have the choice of getting it on a pita, or with a side of potatoes or salad.

I went with the lamb; it’s right there in the name.  It’s an easy enough choice.

Fat Lamb Kouzina

There’s nothing better than well-prepared lamb — there’s something about its distinctive flavour that’s fairly irresistible.  And they prepare it very, very well here.  It’s slow-roasted and seasoned perfectly, with a zippy, herb-packed flavour.

It’s also incredibly tender.  Maybe a touch too tender?  I would have liked it to have a bit more texture, but it’s hard to complain when it’s this delicious.

Fat Lamb Kouzina

I got it with the potatoes on the side, which were perfectly creamy, and just as herby and delicious as the meat.  It comes with a cup of creamy tzatziki that amps up everything’s flavour.  It’s good stuff.