Chowhound dinner at 93 Harbord
I arrived for the dinner 30 minutes late (because it took me 45 minutes to find parking, in an area that's a mess of one way streets and no left turns), just as everyone was getting ready to order.
I decided relatively quickly on the organic beef kibbeh with a pomegranate jus and the cheese and pear salad. The table also ordered some different appetizers, including beef wrapped asparagus and a mixed seafood plate. Pita with parsley and olive dips was also provided to the table.
The food was excellent. It was certainly middle eastern at its core, but much more than the 'here's a skewer of chicken and some rice' dishes that you get at many restaurants. The salad, with its poached pears and salty cheese was finely balanced. The appetiziers were excellent and accompanied by caramelized, tart apples that were wonderful.
I make a lot of sweet sauces from poemegranate, so it was interesting to taste the flavour in a savory dish. It worked surprisingly well. I was a bit surprised that the dish came with mashed potatoes at its base instead of one of the other, more appropriate grains. I expect it said that on the menu and I just didn't notice. The kibbeh was tender and aromatic and generously portioned.
If I had a complaint about the evening, it would have been related to the service. Arriving late, I couldn't get the waiter's attention to provide a drink order until he arrived to take my food order 10 minutes later. We had to continually ask for additional water throughout the meal, we'd eventually get a few refilled bottles, but it was never enough to even top up everyone's glass.