Insider Edition: Palestinian Food on Bank Street, and some perfect summer patios

We continue our tour south on Bank, bring you a new dish of the week, and suggest a great place for a date.

Ralf Joneikies
26 May

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Good morning, 

First I’d like to express gratitude to all those who have helped navigate this power outage, and facilitated opportunities for me to get behind the laptop and get this newsletter out into the world. And of course to those who offered to store some precious perishables in their freezers for me.

In gardening news — I’m one of those gardeners who can jump the gun and get seedlings into the ground a week or two early. This year I waited and my little plants remained safely under cover. A small stroke of luck as some seeds take a very long time to germinate and can be incredibly fickle in the seedling stage.

We continue on this week with:

  • Our tour of Middle Eastern business along south Bank Street;
  • An established Thai spot in Old Hull brings big flavours in the Dish of the Week;
  • An exploration of some fine patio options in Hull and Aylmer.

So if all is looking a little brighter where you are, let’s take our seat at the table.

—Ralf Joneikies, food and drink editor

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Continuing our Middle Eastern tour south on Bank Street

Sojok Sunflower at SemSem
Sojok Sunflower at SemSem. Ralf Joneikies/Ottawa Lookout

If you missed the first part of our tour of Middle Eastern shops on Bank Street, you can read it here. 

Located at 1742 Bank St. and just a block further south from Sultan Nuts and Rambutan, you’ll find a great destination for quality and well-priced fruits, vegetables, Lebanese olive oils, spices and all manner of other middle eastern staples. Mangosteen is the retail arm of the well-established produce wholesaler Fruits Express and they opened their doors just a year ago. 

It’s a spacious and colourful shop with a large-scale street graffiti mural greeting you as you walk in. Prices are very reasonable and yes they do have mangosteen fruit in the rotation when they’re in season.

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