By:  Monica Kucharski

To get to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan—a world heritage site and one of the new Seven Wonders of The World—tourists need to walk a kilometer through a rocky ravine that narrows to a couple of meters in places, squeezed between walls that soar 200m.

To get a taste of Petra in Mississauga, you can just drive to central Mississauga and stop at 110 Burnhamthorpe Road!

Named after the famous, ancient Jordanian archeological site, Petra Restaurant had a grand opening a few weeks ago, attended by local dignitaries, including Mayor Bonnie Crombie, who helped cut the official red ribbon.

This new Mississauga venue offers an authentic Middle Eastern experience that starts with the interiors.  Patrons are welcomed with the vibrant colours and the long, traditional communal seating of a Bedouin lounge.

The dining halls are elegant, and create a feeling of a grand, lush Bedouin tent in a desert oasis—complete with a rock waterfall and palm trees.  Guests are transported to another place and time from the second they enter the restaurant, and that feeling is sustained with Petra’s authentic Middle Eastern cuisine.

From Mashawi (classic Arab food of barbecued meat and poultry), to a plentiful selection of Mezze (appetisers traditionally offered to unite people around the table in a spirit of sharing), to an array of seafood prepared the traditional way, Petra’s cuisine reflects the true essence of the Middle East.

The restaurant’s specialty is their desert, the mouth-watering Middle Eastern delicacy, Nabulsai Kunafa.

Once you taste this gooey, hot, and rich pastry baked with a stretchy sweet cheese stuffing, and topped with thick syrup, your transportation to the Middle East —not to mention the complete satiation of your taste buds—will be complete!