My childhood friend and I went to Tabule for lunch ($15 + tax) this past Sunday. It’s quite close to Five Doors North. The lighting was quite dim although my friend thought that the decor is quite nice. We split the combination plate and the kubbeh for the appetizers. My friend had the kefta kebab while I had the beef kebab. For dessert we both had the knaffa ashta.
The combination plate composes of a basket of 4 pitas, hummus, tabule, babaganoush and falafel. I was slightly surprised at the portions although it may be because the plate was really large.
Kubbeh is a cracked wheat shell that’s stuffed with ground beef and lamb, pine nuts and onions with a yoghurt sauce and a leaf of lettuce on the side. It was quite tasty.
Kefta kebab is a kebab made from ground beef and ground lamb accompanied by salad and saffron rice. My friend asked for some yoghurt to dip the kebab with since the kefta kebab looked abit dry. My friend enjoyed the dish although she found the portions to be abit large.
Beef kebab is veal filet which I had made medium rare that’s accompanied by salad and saffron rice.
My friend ordered the knaffa ashta immediately while I noticed that Tabule’s online Winterlicious menu lists mango sorbet, blood orange sorbet or vanilla halva gelato as the choices for sorbet/gelato on the lunch menu. When I perused the Winterlicious menu at Tabule the dessert section made no mention of blood orange sorbet or vanilla halva gelato. There was only a choice of mango sorbet or pistachio gelato. At first I asked the server if I could have blood orange sorbet and he replied that they don’t have any left but they had pomegranate, lemon and pistachio. So I decided to try pomegranate. When we finished eating our appetizers and mains; the server informed me that they ran out of pomegranate so I could either choose lemon or pistachio or the baklava or the knaffa ashta. I decided on the knaffa ashta because I can easily get lemon sorbet and pistachio gelato at Food Basics or Metro. Knaffa ashta is angel hair filo on top of custard and drizzled with rose water syrup. The knaffa ashta was delicious.
Overall, I don’t completely recommend Tabule. I wanted to go mainly due to the allure of blood orange sorbet and I was severely disappointed that they didn’t have any. I would have consoled myself with pomegranate but there was none left by 2:30pm on the third day of Winterlicious. The portions of the appetizers were smaller than I expected although the portions of the mains made up for it. While the quality of the food is good; I could get something similar at a nominal price at other Middle Eastern restaurants. My disclaimer is that I got myself too psyched up for the blood orange sorbet but to be unable to eat it when I was there leads me to not be able to completely recommend Tabule.