Restaurants & Bars Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tabule - loved it

TorontoJo | | Mar 10, 2007 08:19 AM

I don't see this little gem discussed much on the board, so I thought I'd post about my dinner there last week. Tabule is a Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurant in the old Stork on the Roof space (Yonge, 3 blocks south of Davisville). Four of us met for an early dinner (6:30 is the latest reservation they will take on a weekend) and we were so drawn by all the appetizers that we ended making a dinner of 8 appetizers and one main course, shared among us. For apps we ordered: hummous, babaganoush, fried cauliflower, fried eggplant, garlic tomatoes, kubbe (aka kibbe or kibbeh), fatoush salad (chunks of cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and pita chips tossed in oil, vinegar and herbs), and another basic salad. The main was a whole, fried european sea bass, served with deliciously char-grilled onions and peppers and the tastiest rice pilaf I've had in a loooong time.

Here is a cuisine where I could happily eat vegetarian all the time. The highlights for me were 1) the addictive cauliflower, which was very lightly fried (no batter) and drizzled with tahini, 2) the eggplant, which was tender and savoury with no hint of bitterness and the 3) garlic tomatoes, which seemed to be stewed in a tomato sauce. The fish was delicious as well -- a whole fish that had been deep fried so that it was crisp on the outside and wonderfully moist and tender on the inside -- and would have been a huge serving for one person. Everything was full of flavour and very fresh. The four of us stuffed ourselves for $135 (before tip), which also included two pomegranate martinis, two desserts and 3 coffees.

Atmosphere is simple and casual, service is warm and friendly. The place was packed all evening (a Saturday), so it's clear that others feel the same as we did. This is not a "destination" restaurant for a first date, but is a solid choice for a casual dinner any night of the week.

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