Djerba La Douce
1475 Danforth Ave
Between Greenwood and Coxwell
Dinner only so far
Hallal and organic, so says the sign
Nicely but inexpensively done up room
This one should be your next one.
The Ms. says that our waiter speaks very good French
I am always interested in finding new middle-eastern restaurants(the old ones aren't very good, with the exception of Aladdin's Place, McNicol and Victoria Park). So I saw the favourable synopsis revue in NOW magazine and looked forward with great expectations. I called repeatedly and the voice on the phone said that the number was not in service. In the issue of NOW that I had that week, Djerba had disappeared. I thought, oh oh, but they are in a weird location.
Don't know why I did it, but I called again yesterday. I am happy to report that they are going strong. What happened was that they were without service for a number of days in the course of changing telephone service providers.
We attended last night. The cooking is Tunisian and I would think with influences from Italy and France. Forget about anything that you know about Arab food in Toronto (which is mostly Palestinian: generally akin to Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony played by an out of key (screwed up marinades and dressings) recorder orchestra. This is different; complex but refined and controlled flavourings and sauces, first class ingredients, nice European presentation. (The chef owner had worked for many years in nice western restaurants I was told.) Interesting, delicious, dirt cheap. I could have been (I think)in France for one of the amazing prix fixe lunches.
What we had: good whole wheat buns (not pita), a salad, seafood soup, vegetarian couscous, stuffed (young) kingfish fillets with vegetable sides, two pastries, cafe au lait, mint tea for two. $44.36 including tax.) Beautiful cooking, nice presentation, lots to eat and a bargain. A complete pleasure.
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