Both locals and visitors to trendy King West have noticed an increase in the number of international eateries on the block between Tecumseth and Niagara on King West. This short block is home to two Italian restaurants, a French café and an Irish pub. The newest entry to this international community is Simit + Chai which has brought the exotic food and drink of Turkey to King West.
At Simit + Chai, you will find Simplicity in the atmosphere + Complexity in the flavours and ingredients of their bite size sandwiches. You can also find Solitude + Community at Simit +Chai. If you need to focus on your work or be alone with your thoughts, Dee and John, the warm and welcoming owners, will find you just the right space. However, if you want to feel part of a community, there is one to be found at Simit + Chai – both neighbourhood locals and Turkish people from all over Toronto who have found a café that offers the best tastes and smells from home. You will get caught up in the embrace of Simit + Chai as Turkish tradition is one of kindness, generosity and hospitality.
Everything is baked fresh daily at Simit + Chai. There are simits which are very thin poppy or sesame seed covered bagels filled with tomatoes, feta cheese and/or olive paste. Other bakery offerings include: Dee’s yummy brownies and dense chocolate cake; almond cookies and three types of muffins: courgette, fig and walnut and white poppy seed. The fresh daily bite size sandwiches offer exotic combinations of flavours and ingredients and appeal to the diversity and sophistication of both visitors to and inhabitants of King West: asiago + olive paste; brisket + goat cheese + fresh greens; feta + tomato + lemon thyme; mozzarella + pepper paste + mint; pastrami + fava bean past + dill; prosciutto+ hummus + red pepper paste; and smoked salmon + cream cheese + capers + chives. You can also satisfy your simit craving with a bag of simit bites – perfect for snacking + dipping. Take them home with a container of homemade hummus and/or pepper paste with walnuts.
One of the most inspiring facts about Simit + Chai is the story of Dee and John, a dynamic duo – she, a respected and accomplished electrical engineer and he, a prosperous and successful architect and construction company owner who have traded in their respective professions to start what will eventually be a chain of cafes. They are pursuing their dreams through hard work, dedication and a commitment to excellence. Dee has been balancing the intense and exhausting demands of being a new mother and business owner while John has been balancing being a new father and business owner along with the inevitable sweat and challenges of converting and renovating a space on your own including building brick walls and painting huge walls.
So the next time you crave Simplicity + Complexity, Solitude + Community, Savoury + Creativity or you want to meet some truly positive and inspiring people, walk, ride or drive to Simit + Chai on the south side of King Street just east of Niagara.