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Dec 10, 2006 02:05 PM

Best Lebanese in Toronto?

I am looking for a really good, upscale lebanese restaurant in Toronto. Any suggestions?

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  1. 93 Harbord is excellent upscale Middle Eastern. The chef is Palestinian and he cooks from across the region.

    1. What about Taboule on Yonge? I haven't been, but I think that it may be what you're looking for.

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      1. re: Yongeman

        I haven't been either but have heard many good things, im interested in knowing what people think.

        1. re: jen2202

          I just tried Tabule last week. Ambiance isn't great (very loud, pretty chaotic) but the food was solid. I had the fried cauliflower (excellent), the fattouche salad (pretty standard) and the kefte banadoura -- spicy meatballs in tomato sauce. The quality of the meat is good and it was well-prepared. Given the relatively slim pickings in this category in Toronto, I'd say it is certainly among the better places.

          I'd go back, but might avoid Friday or Saturday night in the hope of having a quieter, more leisurely experience.

          2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

      2. Tabule (the resto name is not spelled Tabouleh) was pretty good - ate there once this summer. Loved the roasted cauli app. Dinner was OK - I'm pretty picky re.Lebanese food. I would give it 4/5. There are not that many places that are also "nice" restos so it's kind of a tough category. I'd take Ghazeli's for falafel any day :-)

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          1. Had dinner with a friend at Tabule last night. Our reso was at 8 p.m. and the placed was almost full when we arrived.

            We had the hummus, garlic tomatoes, cauliflower and the fish of the day - striped bass. The garlic tomatoes and the fish were the highlights, both dishes being much better than average. The tomato dish was so tasty there wasn't a even a drop of sauce left on the plate!

            The other two were somewhat unremarkable but still decent. We each also had two of their fresh squeezed juices which were very tasty.

            The service was great all night with a good amount of attention considering how busy the room was.

            The one item which was do great was the table spacing or there for lack of between the tables. Our table was the first two top before the stairwell to the basement and the table behind us was so close that the fourth seat that touched the back of my chair couldn't be used. As I looked around the room the same scene unfolded time and time again - people virtually climbing over one another to get in or out of their seats.

            The bill was $60 with tax but before tip. Good value for money IMO. While it isn't a must visit type of place it will go into my rotation for tasty, comfortable, and affordable dining options north of Bloor.

            2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA