Restaurant Buzz: Hungry Amoo

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A new upscale Middle Eastern restaurant is serving up modern versions of traditional dishes, in a cool sophisticated setting on Ossington Ave.

Hungry Amoo, which means “Hungry Uncle” in Farsi, first opened with a simpler menu of sharing plates and signature cocktails, but after being open for a few months and receiving feedback from the community, owner and chef Houman Pourmarz revamped the menu to offer more formal dining options that showcase his fine-dining culinary training while keeping a few of the popular sharing plates on the menu.

The menu includes the signature Koofte — a meatball, large enough to share — stuffed with a quail egg, placed on top of fried polenta with a prune purée and chopped tomato relish ($14); lamb kebob made with fresh local ground lamb combined with a mix of signature spices and paired with Israeli couscous, dehydrated mini tomatoes and a jalapeno and green-apple puree ($23).

Hungry Amoo’s interior features original exposed brick walls decorated with local artists’ work and seats up to 65 guests. There is casual seating up front and a more formal experience in the dining room by the open kitchen.

74 Ossington Ave.

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