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Meet the Family Behind The Hood Restaurant
Posted: Jan 24, 2019
The Hood in Village Square opened in May, 2018 and is quickly becoming a favourite in the food scene here in Downtown Burlington.  When you visit this family run restaurant the first thing you will notice is Albert (and not just because he’s well over 6 feet tall!), he is the face of the business managing the front and back of the house to ensure that customers have a great experience. Behind the scenes are co-owners Albert’s father, Tony and uncle, Bishara who are excited to bring the flavours of the Mediterranean to the core.

This family knows listening to their customers is vital and they have spent the last nine months talking to them about what they like and what could be better. The result is new hours that reflect the times that people visited, the interior has seen a little reno and in partnership with the community, works of local artists adorn the walls. On the food side, Albert has been channeling his creativity both in the kitchen and in designing a fresh contemporary new look for the menu.

“People love our menu items, but the feedback we received was that they wanted us to show them more of our Mediterranean side” says Albert, “with that in mind, we enhanced the flavour profiles and really focused on our family’s roots.”

Part of the Mediterranean lifestyle/culture is eat as few meals as possible by yourself, it is always better to share your table (and food) with family and friends. With that in mind, they added the Mixed Grill on to their menu. It is available for two or four people and is perfect for sharing. It also gives you a change to experience a little taste of all The Hood has to offer. This dish features; The Hood Chicken Souvlaki, Mediterranean Chicken, Lamb Kebabs and Kafta Skewers on a bed of rice, served with Fattoush Salad and seasoned roasted potatoes. A true taste of the Mediterranean all in one dish.

At The Hood, you will find menu items that have a Mediterranean spin on them, as well as, items that are more traditional like Kibbeh, Akawi Cheese, Kafta and more. The Sunday brunch features Shakshuka, a Mediterranean egg dish that combines baked eggs, sautéed onion and garlic, grilled red pepper, zucchini, eggplant, tomato sauce and is garnished with boccocini, fresh mint and parsley.  It really is a chance to experience flavours you can’t find anywhere else in the area.

Like all good businesses, Albert, Tony and Bishara are always listening and looking for ways to enhance the dining experience at The Hood … we can’t wait to see what comes next!


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