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Winterlicious: Tabule

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.

Combination Plate

Combination Plate

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

Kubbeh

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

Kefta Kebab

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

Beef Kebab

Beef kebab is veal filet which I had made medium rare that’s accompanied by salad and saffron rice.

Knaffa Ashta

Knaffa Ashta

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.

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Safa Kebob

Afew weeks ago, I went to Safa Kebob with a friend since it’s been a while since my last visit there. Originally, Safa Kebob was part of my list of decent restaurants to eat in KW however I was sorely disappointed on my last visit. On my first visit I had the Chicken Gahlfiarazi with rice, salad, bottled water and naan. This time around, I got the Goosht Biryani with salad and naan while my friend got the Beef Tikka and Beef Shami Kabob. The service we received the first time we went there in 2012 was friendly and welcoming. The service we received when we went back there in early May wasn’t quite as welcoming and bordering on unfriendly.

Our dinner

Our dinner

The Goosht Biryani was ok, it wasn’t as spicy as I thought it would be and there wasn’t much ingredients in it, just lots and lots of rice with minimal meat and some sauce. There wasn’t much flavour to it and Indian cuisine is known for its spices and flavour. I actually prefer the Chicken Gahlfiarazi since it was very spicy and had a balanced portion of rice and meat. The salad was nothing special.

Goosht Biryani with salad

Goosht Biryani with salad

My friend thought the Beef Tikka and Beef Shami Kabob were ok.

Beef Tikka and Beef Shami Kabob

Beef Tikka and Beef Shami Kabob

Overall, we both prefered the quality of the food the first time we went in 2012 and the service was much better and friendlier in 2012. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for Indian food in Kitchener.

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