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lamaranthe Jun 27, 2004 12:49 PM

Boujadi (999 Eglinton E.) got rave reviews in the Toronto Life 2003 Issue.
Has anyone been there? Any comments?

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    Cyril Jun 27, 2004 01:36 PM

    My wife and I were there a week ago for the first time and it's now become our favourite north-african restaurant in Toronto!
    We ordered the combo plate for two ("marhaba") which included olive lemon chicken, merghez, couscous, kafta, cigar and triangle.
    The food was really amazing with each ingredient bringing its own set of flavours. The amount of couscous was just right and did not overpower the meat/vegetable/sauces, as is so often the case in north-african restaurants of lesser quality.
    We finished the evening with a hot mint tea (containing fresh mint leaves) and vowed to return...
    Cheers,
    Cyril

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      juli Aug 26, 2004 07:17 PM

      the problem is they dont take reservations do they? i would hate to take a friday night with family and waste it waiting in a line. what is it like on the weekends do you have to wait foreveR?

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        Cyril Jan 2, 2005 10:17 PM

        Right, they do not take reservations. However, I've now been there 4-5 times including on weekends and never really had to wait for more than 10 minutes.
        Since the place is rather small, I could see it being an issue for groups of 6+ people though.

        1. re: Cyril
          Davwud Feb 15, 2007 01:21 PM

          There is a link on their website for reservations.
          They take them any day except Saturdays. They aren't open on Monday and Tuesday.

          Dt

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      Fickle Jun 28, 2004 01:17 PM

      I was there last month and had a fabulous dinner with my friends. We were really impressed. We shared the Kimya appetizer: combination plate with cigar, triangle, kafta, merguez, Eggplant dip and the Matboukha red peppers. For our entrees we had the Meatball Olive Tajine (really outstanding) and the Royal Couscous (both the chicken and lamb tajines). Service was great, food was great and we'll definitely be going back!

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        garp7 Jun 30, 2004 02:39 PM

        I used to go there a couple times a year but haven't been to in the last couple of years, mainly because it's not an area I usually find myself in. Good restaurant though (reason why I kept going back), a bit cramped but it adds to the homey atmosphere. Very friendly owners and service.

        1. d
          downtown Feb 13, 2007 03:53 AM

          I am surprised that nobody has mentioned the Harrira - you must start with the soup. Add a squeeze of lemon (provided on the side) and its heaven in a bowl, especially in the winter. They also have the soup to take out by the litre bottle.

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            erly Feb 13, 2007 04:34 AM

            I must concur that Boujadi is indeed very good.
            We were taken there several months ago by enthusiastic friends, and very pleasantly surprised.
            As someone who ranks middle eastern food at the bottom of my food preferences, I will return.

            1. Finnegan Feb 13, 2007 05:37 AM

              Bajoudi is good, but the Jerusalem, about a block east, is better...great kebabs, grilled fish, appetizers (hummus, falafel, grilled tomatoes, etc.) are out of this world...

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                FlavoursGal Feb 13, 2007 05:41 AM

                But they specialize in totally different cuisines, Jerusalem in Lebanese-like food (I believe the owners are Palestinian) and Boujadi, in Moroccan.

                Jerusalem is a great restaurant, and consistently so. Bouajdi is the best Moroccan you'll get in Toronto, and the food is flavourful and presented beautifully.

              2. Finnegan Feb 13, 2007 05:46 AM

                Is there another morrocan in Toronto ? I liked Bajoudi when it was at Eglinton and Mount Pleasant...was there a couple of week s ago and found the ood to be just okay...the dessert are sub-par and $3.75 for a glass of mint tea is sacrilege...

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                  pescatarian Feb 13, 2007 06:40 AM

                  I believe the only other Moroccan in Toronto is The Sultan's Tent, which I have never been to, but I hear is a typical Front St. tourist trap with frills and ho-hum food.

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                    pimentdespelette Feb 15, 2007 12:16 PM

                    I got stuck going to Sultan's Tent a few months back. Impressive decor, truly uninspired fud.

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                  fleisch Feb 13, 2007 05:51 AM

                  I love Boujadi.
                  I don't think Jerusalem in in the same league but chacun son gout.

                  There is one other Moroccan resto in T.O. but I haven't been there.
                  http://www.thesultanstent.com/
                  It seems a bit more themey and kitschy but that's just my impression.
                  I think you even sit on the floor and they have belly dancers etc. which might make it more 'authentic' if that's your thing.
                  The cuisine? No clue - someone here must be able to speak to it.

                  And that mint tea is so awesome it's worth the $3.75.

                  1. Finnegan Feb 13, 2007 06:12 AM

                    The sultans tent was kinda fun when I was 20 and it was located in Yorkville..at 40 I'm too fat to sit cross-legged on the floor. A few people have been to the Sultan's Tent and weren't all that impressed for the price they charge. Bajoudi is OKAY...the tajines are a bit overcooked like something in a pressure cooker...the chicken with prunes is not bad. As far as North African it's the best in Toronto...though if if you want good food and a good price...jeruslaem is far superior

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                      ddelicious Feb 13, 2007 06:25 AM

                      I've been to Jerusalem several times and never seen anything served in a tajine. Its not even the same type of food, Jersulaem is middle eastern and boujadi is morroccan, so I'm not sure why the comparison. I like them both, but the food is completely different!

                    2. Finnegan Feb 13, 2007 06:52 AM

                      Jerusalem doesn't serve anything in a tajine...it's middle eastern not north african...just suggesting that given it's close proximity to Bajoudi, you may want to gve it a try if you're in the area.

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                        mickeyj Feb 15, 2007 03:49 AM

                        Can you give some idea of the cost of dinner at Boujadi?

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                          FlavoursGal Feb 15, 2007 04:35 AM

                          Here's a link to Boujadi's website. The menu is on it.

                          http://www.boujadi.com/index.html

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                            mickeyj Feb 15, 2007 06:19 AM

                            That's great. Thanks very much.

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                            magic Feb 15, 2007 05:16 AM

                            I was at Boujadi just once and found everything tasted like cilantro. Don't get me wrong, I love cilantro, but that's all I could taste in anything. The portions were nice and the food is obviously made with care and skill, but I wasn't liking it very much. I'm also not a green olive fan and that's half of what was on my plate. The service was very nice. Again, only there once, I’d give it another shot.

                            Jerusalem is very good but my fave middle eastern in without a doubt Mashu Mashu, on Spadina. Jerusalem used to be by number one but once Mashu opened they easily took that spot, in my humble opinion:)

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                              FlavoursGal Feb 15, 2007 05:25 AM

                              Again, Jerusalem and Mashu Mashu serve different cuisines, the name of the former restaurant notwithstanding.

                              Jerusalem serves Lebanese-style Middle Eastern food, while Mashu Mashu is typical Toronto Israeli.

                              1. re: FlavoursGal
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                                magic Feb 15, 2007 05:40 AM

                                Yup, but both cuisines are still middle eastern.

                                At any rate, there is certainly a difference yes. Both are very good however and I think both are accessible to a vast clientele.

                              2. re: magic
                                orangewasabi Feb 15, 2007 12:26 PM

                                can you compare and contrast the fried eggplant and fried tomatoes at Mashu Mashu vs Jerusalem? Do they have em?

                                I'd love a 'local' source for those but am totally biased in believing that anywhere can do it better than Jerusalem (in Toronto, anyway)

                                1. re: orangewasabi
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                                  FlavoursGal Feb 15, 2007 12:29 PM

                                  Mashu Mashu serves neither fried eggplant nor fried tomatoes. I've not had either of these dishes in Toronto other than at Jerusalem.

                                  What Mashu Mashu calls "fried eggplant" is a cold salad consisting of eggplant chunks in an overly sweetened, tomatoey sauce. Nothing like the fried, thin slices of eggplant at Jerusalem.

                                  1. re: FlavoursGal
                                    orangewasabi Feb 15, 2007 12:41 PM

                                    you've never had em anywhere else in Toronto, eh? well then I'll just stop looking for a second source. Not that there's a thing to complain about with the ones at Jerusalem but I love em beyond all reason and it seems a bit ridiculous to do so without ever having any others

                                    oh well, sometimes your first love is your best love

                                    1. re: FlavoursGal
                                      orangewasabi Feb 15, 2007 12:42 PM

                                      ohhh, I just re-read your post . . . are you hinting that you've had them in other cities? Montreal perhaps?

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                                        FlavoursGal Feb 15, 2007 01:37 PM

                                        There are numerous, very good Lebanese restaurants in Montreal. Some are sit-down restaurants specializing in kabobs, shish taouk, and other grilled meats and fish, in addition to the usual dips, kubbeh, and the wonderful fattouche salad (which is not on Jerusalem's menu - it's Lebanese and, I presume, not a Palestinian preparation). I don't believe that I have have seen fried eggplant or fried tomatoes on the menus at these restaurants.

                                        There is also a fabulous chain of Lebanese fast-foodish sit-down/take-out restaurants called Amir, which has wonderful shish taouk and shawarma, both available in platters or as pita sandwiches, grilled-to-order meats, and dips, salads, and fried vegetables. I have seen fried eggplant available there, as well as fried cauliflower and great sauteed dandelion greens.

                                        I haven't found any Lebanese restaurants in Toronto to compare with those in Montreal.

                                        1. re: FlavoursGal
                                          orangewasabi Feb 15, 2007 01:39 PM

                                          thanks, another thing to add to my continually growing list of things to eat when in Montreal

                                          1. re: FlavoursGal
                                            pescatarian Feb 15, 2007 01:39 PM

                                            Sounds yummy - I believe the Lebanese population is much larger in Montreal, which probably accounts for why they have better Lebanese food there. I bet you could find some good Lebanese food in Windsor (I went to school there).

                                            1. re: pescatarian
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                                              FlavoursGal Feb 15, 2007 01:45 PM

                                              There is, indeed, a huge Lebanese population in Montreal, probably because, in addition to Arabic, French is a main language spoken in Lebanon. Hence, many more Lebanese, as well as Moroccan and Egyptian, people settled in Montreal.

                                              There is a fabulous Lebanese supermarket in Montreal called Adonis, which puts Nasr Foods on Lawrence East to shame.

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