An ornate dining space, Diwan features stunning décor that evokes the luxury of a private 19th-century Syrian home. Decorated wooden panels, hand-carved and painted in Damascus in 1799, adorn the walls of the restaurant, and a sunlit patio overlooks the gardens of the Aga Khan Park.
We are excited to announce that renowned chef Mark McEwan now brings his culinary magic to all food & beverage services at the Museum, including Diwan, Courtyard Café, and catering.
For Mark McEwan, his new role at the Aga Khan Museum is his most exciting challenge yet in a stellar career that has seen many firsts. In the 1980s, he became the youngest-ever executive chef at the upscale Sutton Place Hotel before revolutionizing the Toronto dining scene with his landmark restaurant North 44. He then created The McEwan Group, which now manages four critically-acclaimed restaurants (North 44, Bymark, ONE, and Fabbrica) in addition to two gourmet grocery emporiums at The Shops at Don Mills and TD Centre.
At the elegant Diwan at Aga Khan Museum, Chef McEwan offers a wide-ranging lunch menu that showcases his innovative approaches to Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian cuisine. On select evenings this year, Chef McEwan will also be offering special themed dinners. Look for the latest updates and menus at agakhanmuseum. org.
Diwan’s stunning décor evokes the luxury of a private Syrian home in the early 19th century. Its wooden panels, hand-carved and painted, form part of the Aga Khan Museum’s “Damascus Room” acquisition. The oldest examples of such panels date to the early 17th century in Aleppo, and similar rooms are preserved in Damascus, Hama, Sidon, and Antakya. The mirrors, partly original, and the repertoire of motifs of the Aga Khan Museum’s “Damascus Room” suggest the influence of European Baroque and Rococo art.