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Snaubar - Halifax, Nova Scotia


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Snaubar - Halifax, Nova Scotia

chilibeanpaste | Feb 1, 2009 05:26 PM

Upon arrival this large restaurant was empty but for two people. The waitress asked "Do you have a reservation?". We were tempted to ask if she could squeeze us in. The decor is rather glitzy, more reminiscent of a bar than a Lebanese Restaurant. It was only when the menu arrived that we realized we were in the right restaurant.

There were four of us and we decided on 2 kebob platters - one lamb and one chicken - and 2 squid dishes - one deep-fried, one temptingly noted as char-grilled. "Would this be enough for the four of us?" we asked. "Oh yes", the response.

The squid arrived first. The deep-fried, a large generous portion and enough to split between the four of us, a tad rubbery, taste slightly off but passable. The char-grilled was one squid tube - $11.95 - already partially cut into rings and a tiny plate - about 75 cents worth at the grocers. It was tough as a rubber boot. When the waitress made an appearance and asked "Is everything ok?" we mentioned the squid was very tough. The response was "Oh, it's an acquired taste", turned around and walked away! Unbelievable.

By the time we had started on the squid the 2 kebob platters arrived. Four pieces of meat per kebob and two kebobs per plate. We looked at one another - the pieces of meat were about an inch square. How is it possible to have them tender at that size when grilled? It isn't. The lamb was dry, pretty tasteless, the chicken barely passable. The platters included rice, less than half a cup.

Dessert was order by one in our group and another ordered a coffee refill. The baklava arrived. They were round pistacchio, not really baklava, but at least there were two sizeable ones - looked like they had been purchased at the local Mid Eastern Deli. With coats on the coffee refill arrived.

The bill - $88 included two beers and two coffee.

Compared to other Lebanese and Turkish keboberies in town this one doesn't measure up. If you insist on Lebanese try Kababji in Burnside for generous portions and a good variety of starters on the kebob platters (circa $12.95) , the kebobs are very big, juicy and tender as can be. As well it has atmosphere ands the staff knows how to treat customers. Alternates try these Turkish spots - Cafe Istanbul or Anatolia - both have similar food beautifully prepared and served. For a cheap spot try Turkish Delight featuring the same big portions as the others. Any of these beat Snaubar hands down.

Upon leaving the Snaubar we asked the waitress to kindly tell the cook that the grilled squid was over-cooked. She disappeared, returning only with the cheque and no feed-back despite an overly generous and ill-advised tip by one in the group. Will we go back or recommend to friends? You bet we won't there are too many other good restaurants in town.

Returned home and had a sandwich

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