We were two at Tabla on Friday. Tabla, on Yonge at Lawrence, calls itself an Indian restaurant and wine bar. I should have known not to go, just based on that. But, we thought we'd try it. We won't go back. This place is completely pointless.
The room is nice enough. One immediately notices the comically oversized but cheap wine glasses begging you desperately to please order some wine.
The service was quite poor. It was very slow. When they mistakenly poured sparkling water into the half-empty glasses of tap water (which they provided first), they should have offered to replace the $7.95 bottle. I mean, if you want to go high end, train your staff accordingly. The restaurant was almost entirely empty, but it was quite impossible to get the attention of anyone most of the time. It was 35 degrees outside, and they didn't even spring for some AC; so we asked them to turn it on; they agreed, and put it on, lowering the temperature to around 34 degrees. It was sweltering inside, and that did not make their selection of marked up Aussie shiraz any more tempting.
I know, these service issues are relatively small infractions. The real problem with this place is that it is so confused. It doesn't know what type of restaurant it is. The wine list features mostly wines that would be God-awful with any type of Indian cuisine. Mmmm... just what I like, a deep dark Italian red to go with channa masala! Or a $50 bottle of wine, to be drowned in Vindaloo. Come on, guys. If you must open a "wine bar", do some research. Or better yet, stick with what you know and forget about a wine bar altogether.
The menu offers some Indian dishes, and then a peculiar selection of Italian dishes like Penne with mushrooms. Huh?
Of course, during our visit, I realized that this place is not for people who love Indian food. It's for people with very white skin and grey hair who may have never ventured away from the Yonge & Lawrence area for dinner, but are willing to try something new (to them), as long as there are tablecloths and the food is somewhat unthreatening.
The food is okay. Put it this way: the lunch buffet at Little India is much much better. And this place is $50pp.
We should have gone to Lahore Tikka House. But, ironically, we feared that LHT would not be adequately air-conditioned. (Yes, I know, we're a bunch of old ladies).
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