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With a focus on healthy Lebanese cuisine, the culinary masterminds at Mazaar line the menu's pages with both shareable and solo offerings of tender meats, veggies, and certified halal meals. To jump-start edible expeditions, diners split up communal helpings of spicy falafel ($6.49) or raw kibbi, a ground beefsteak tartare that chefs infuse with cracked wheat and, like each of their business cards, top in a drizzling of olive oil ($9.99). Seasoned in a blend of herbs and light spices, four New Zealand lamb chops ($23.99) warm up on the grill before taking centre stage on plates alongside an entourage of beryani rice and veggies. Customers can sink their teeth into pan-seared lemon tilapia ($14.99), and tear pieces from the fresh-baked pita bread that accompanies each order. A full drink menu complements meals, calling bar mavens to pour wine, sling beers, or pull on a full snowsuit to whip up frozen strawberry-shortcake cocktails ($7).
In their September 26, 2007 edition, the Windsor Star lauded Mazaar as "simply a delight, with attentive service, a wide selection of food and a decor lush with earthen tones, wood, mural art and tall, plush leather chairs as well as comfortable booths." In addition to the eatery's permanent features, belly dancers entertain guests on Wednesday evenings, and live musicians fill the air with groovy tunes and paper airplanes made of sheet music each Friday and Saturday.
Mazaar's decor blends urban chic with traditional design details. Sleek, shiny tables line up beneath rough-hewn stone archways, and white tassels create silhouettes of iwan arches against textured crimson walls. And though it tends further toward tradition, the eatery's Lebanese cuisine gets equal consideration and care. Chefs mix fresh lemon and cracked wheat into tabbouleh, grill up tender shish kebabs and shawarma, and flavor pan-seared seafood fillets with pepper- and lemon-based sauces. Complimentary, made-to-order pitas accompany every entree to the table, much like government chaperones accompany every MP to the House of Commons annual mixer.
Located blocks from the Caesars Windsor casino, Mazaar cultivates a party-friendly atmosphere through flowing libations and live entertainment. Recessed lighting glows beneath the sleek bar where mixologists shake cocktails and pour wines and beer. On select nights, belly dancers weave between tables, mesmerizing diners with their fluid dance moves and slowly swaying pocket watches.
372 Ouellette Ave.
Windsor, Ontario N9A 1A6