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wilmagrace Dec 13, 2006 02:48 AM

Is this a tourist trap or can one have a good quality meal and at what price. Any experiences that you can share about this restaurant would be most appreciated.

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    embee RE: wilmagrace Dec 13, 2006 02:52 AM

    I'd say tourist trap. Try Boujadi on Eglinton W.

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      FlavoursGal RE: wilmagrace Dec 13, 2006 02:56 AM

      I've never been to Sultan's Tent, but I've been to Boujadi many times, starting back when they were located on Eglinton East.

      The food is flavourful Moroccan cuisine, with lots of variety and many vegetarian options.

      1. Food Tourist RE: wilmagrace Dec 13, 2006 03:15 AM

        I searched and found these:

        http://www.chowhound.com/search/std?q...

        Overpriced and they upsell from their prix fixe menu. Mediocre entertainment (on a Sunday night, not sure about other nights).

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          jcanncuk RE: wilmagrace Dec 13, 2006 03:24 AM

          Brutally touristy - went there by accident one night when couldn't get into JKWB..... Don't do it. Not thrilled with Boujadi either to be honest. Go to Tabule for tastier M-E food.

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            FlavoursGal RE: jcanncuk Dec 13, 2006 03:35 AM

            Moroccan and Lebanese cuisines share a few similarities, but are for the most part very, very different from one another.

            If one has a craving, or wants to try, Moroccan food, heading to Tabule won't fill the void.

            Granted, Boujadi does not compare to the great couscous restaurants I've eaten in in Paris, but it does provide a fairly authentic sampling of Moroccan dishes.

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              Yongeman RE: FlavoursGal Dec 13, 2006 11:15 AM

              Hey FG,
              Isn't there a place on the Danforth that serves North African cuisine? Djerba or something like that? It might be Tunisian--I've never been, though.

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                julesrules RE: Yongeman Dec 13, 2006 12:37 PM

                Djerba ladouce does claim to be Tunisian/mediterranean fusion. All I can say is best couscous I've ever had. I'm not an expert but I have had couscous in Montreal and Paris - I remember it always being good, but soupy. Djerba's version is not soupy and is so rich and delicious. Generous portions of meat, interesting selection of vegetables (way beyond carrots, potatoes and chick peas).

                The problem would be that with no license, and in a nowhere kind of location, it's not really a destination place for an evening out.
                http://www.djerba-la-douce.ca/

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                  FlavoursGal RE: julesrules Dec 13, 2006 12:58 PM

                  Actually the proper way to serve couscous is the way they do it in Paris and in some places in Montreal - each component is served separately, and assembled by the diner. The couscous, the meat, the vegetables, and the broth all come in separate dishes. Harissa (a spicy hot pepper paste) is served alongside, to be added to the broth according to taste. I happen to enjoy my couscous somewhat "soupy", flavoured with lots of the harissa-infused broth.

                  As a matter of fact, when I go to Boujadi, I always request a bowl of bouillon, as well as harissa, since their couscous comes pre-assembled.

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                    julesrules RE: FlavoursGal Dec 13, 2006 02:29 PM

                    Thanks for the info. I do prefer the Djerba style, although it is very rich/oily as mentionned below. No after effects though, but I'm no stranger to rich garlicky food...
                    Oh and they do takeout for those that want to enjoy some alcohol

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                  embee RE: Yongeman Dec 13, 2006 01:24 PM

                  It's called Djerba-la-Douce and it's in the general vicinity of Coxwell.

                  They call themselves Tunisian-Moroccan-French-Italian fusion. I think Moroccan-Italian may be more accurate. It's the polar opposite of Sultan's Tent -- Halal and no atmosphere at all.

                  It is a sweet little place with very flavourful food. But be warned that it can be extremely rich and extremely (often excessively) garlicky. I've been there several times and liked it a lot, but there were some unpleasant after effects every time. Service can be extremely slow when they are even a little busy.

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                    Yongeman RE: embee Dec 13, 2006 02:43 PM

                    Thanks julesrules and embee. Djerba-la-Douce sounds fantastic. I've been to North Africa and had many couscous and tajine meals. Can't wait to try it here.

            2. Charles Yu RE: wilmagrace Dec 13, 2006 10:36 AM

              Really HORRIBLE food when we ate there!!! Too salty and overcooked ultra-dry meat. THEY, rather than us, should be paying for that fiasco. Remembered a review in one of Toronto's newspaper a while back with similar eating experience.

              1. gregclow RE: wilmagrace Dec 13, 2006 02:15 PM

                A few of us went there for my wife's birthday a couple of years ago, and while the food was OK, it wasn't fantastic. And the whole belly-dancing floorshow thing was more annoying than entertaining. So I wouldn't recommend doing the dinner package there.

                However - we've also been there for lunch in Cafe Moroc, the lounge in the front part of the restaurant, and it was very good. The menu is more varied and less expensive, and the food seemed to be prepared with more care. If you're just going to eat, I'd recommend sticking with the Cafe.

                1. orangewasabi RE: wilmagrace Dec 13, 2006 03:16 PM

                  the only thing good about Sultan's tent is the tea. Go to the bar and get a pot of tea. That's about as much as you'd want to invest there.

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                    Amber RE: orangewasabi Dec 13, 2006 07:13 PM

                    Funny you should mention the tea, I went there last year and that's all I really enjoyed.

                    Price-wise, I believe we spent close to $60-70 per person, including tax and 1 drink. The food was good, but I don't think it was worth it.

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