jerusalem- northern location
Has anyone been here lately? I've been to the Jerusalem on Eglinton W several times, but this will be my first visit to the northern location.
Is there anything in particular that I should try?
Also, I was wondering whether it's located at 4777 Leslie or 125 Ravel Road- seems to be conflicting information on this restaurant when I compared the address in the whitepages to the address I found online.
Thanks for any tips!
I just took my wife and her sister tonight (May 10, 2006) to the Jerusalem Meditterenean Buffet. The sister in law was visiting from New York City; we're from Toronto. The restaurant is on the North-East corner of a street south of Finch (on Leslie).
In any case, here's my review of the entire experience:
We visited on a Thursday evening. Price was $16.95 and $1.25 (I think) for a refillable soft drink. The new location is next to a KFC which gives off a smell that's, well, very much, of a KFC. Once inside the J.M.B., though, one encounters very friendly and polite staff inside a very spacious courtyard-like restaurant. I was surprised to see a Jewish (Hebrew language) Toronto newspaper offered for free at the entrance, considering this is a Palestinian family owned establishment.
Politics aside, the restaurant had about 15 customers by 5 p.m., and about 90 by the time we left at 7:30 p.m. Generally, all the patrons were not typical pig-out buffet patrons I encounter at the Mandarin, etc. The food was extremely well laid out, each station had outstanding presentation. The appetizer selection (about 40 or so) was excellent; the only thing I didn't like were the hot green, greek-style marinated peppers; they were clearly the fake-green coloured Turkish ones masquarading as Greek marinaded green peppers.
The various dips were delicious. Our favourites:
1) Amazing lamb shank (wow !)
2) Delicious, flavourful, freshly made kefte-kabob
3) Talapia fish perfectly broiled
4) Superb marinated meat (chicken or lamb ?)
5) Excellent Barbequed huge shrimp and lobster/crab appetizers
(and many, many more items).
As for desserts, the bread pudding was too mild for my liking; the rice pudding was good; the creme caramel was outstanding.
Overall, out of 10, I would rate the service an 8.5, the food a 9, and the ambience a 9. As for the variety available, easily a 9-9.5.
My only real disappointment was the lack of schwarmas for us to taste. But since there was such a huge variety of other excellent dishes to eat, I don't mind the lack of this individual item.
I geniunely look forward to eating there again verry soon.
Our bill for 3 adults, with 2 soft drinks, tax included was $63. This was, in all of our opinions, an excellent value for what we got.
re: Mr. Dragon
Based on the strength of Mr Dragon's review, and having tired of yet another bad chinese buffet, we decided to try Jerusalem Buffet. Thank you Mr. Dragon!
Folks, please ignore the nay-sayers about Jerusalem. It's a buffet, and if you would never go to a buffet, or are expecting 5-star service and cuisine, you're not qualified to review a buffet.
We had excellent selection and quality of food that far surpasses the quality of food I've EVER had at an indian or chinese buffet, and while the occasional item was less than steaming hot, that's the price one pays for 'beating the rush' and dining at 5:30 pm instead of 8.
The whole roast lamb was outstanding, the falafel were the best I've ever had anywhere, the lentil soup was hot and fresh and perfectly spiced, the kabobs (kofteh and chicken) were amazing, delicious arctic char, astounding grilled tomatoes and zucchini, hummous and tahini were fresh and delicious, along with an excellent selection of salads that sufferd only from the pre-season tomaoes we are stuck with for another month or so, and the fruit and sweets (baklava-like and other squares) were simple and lovely.
It's an unusually pleasant atmoshpere for a buffet restaurant, (almost elegant with a little tacky thrown-in for good measure) without the typical families with a shovel-it-in mentality, and it was rather nice to see lebanese, palestinian and israeli folks laughing and dining and sharing in this day and age where one might be convinced by the media that this wasn't possible.
Lastly, our server, Kathy, was absolutely the most delightful, friendly waitress who spoiled us and provided personal, but subtle service - including a plate of chicken shawarma smuggled from the kitchen that was the best I've ever had. Her service was so good, that we forgot it was a buffet, and we tipped her generously and with great happiness.
All-in-all, a truly memorable dinner, with solid food, great service and lots of delicious flavours and variety - perhaps an experienced middle-eastern gourmand would find some faults when compared to the best lebanese restaurants in the city - but definitely a step-up from my typical buffet experience.
I was just there today, as a matter of fact. I wanted to try the buffet. It's $9.95 on weekdays.
Bottom line: it's not too bad, nor too good.
Falafels are overcooked and cold from sitting out too long. Humus, tahina, and baba ganoush were good as always. Pita was warm and quite fresh. Tabouleh salad was pretty good, but a little tired.
They had other things that I had no interest in: tuna salad, cooked sausage, and other things that have no place in a Middle Eastern buffet.
At the end of my lunch, I figured I would have been better to take my $10 to a falafel joint, and buy 2 good and fresh falafels, plus a drink.