From Our Editors
Chef Abod Café & Catering's menu seems simple at first glance, brimming with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean comfort foods, but this familiarity belies the owner's ties to royalty. Armed with the experiences of training in Syria and running the kitchen of a four-star hotel in Bahrain, chef Abod Sadieh lent his culinary talents to Prince Moshal Bin Abdul Al-Azez of Saudi Arabia, serving as the prince's personal chef for more than two years.
Interestingly, though, this position didn't lead Chef Sadieh to devote the rest of his career to haute cuisine. Instead, he adopted an attitude as well as an unpretentious culinary style based on accommodation as opposed to ego.
Chef Sadieh adheres to this attitude in Halifax, where he creates hearty renditions of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean staples while incorporating locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Dishes like chicken kebabs and moussaka demonstrate the menu's commitment to these regions' most iconic recipes, but lamb burgers and paninis filled with falafel incorporate those recipes' flavours into slightly more Westernized dishes.
The restaurant's dining area also fosters a comfortable ambiance, surrounding guests with homespun touches such as checkered tablecloths and portraits of moms. Burgundy curtains hang over the windows, contrasting with the room's pale green walls.