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phoenikia Oct 26, 2008 11:44 AM

The version at Tabule is the best I have found so far. Which lentil soups do you like the most?

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    Helen Oct 30, 2010 07:06 AM

    Shoom Shoom (next to Longo's on Bayview) has a terrific lentil soup

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      TOChowDawg Oct 29, 2010 08:05 PM

      Armenian Kitchen on Victoria Park Ave. South of Eglinton Ave. E. Nice smoky flavour!

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      1646 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto, ON M4A, CA

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        Toronto Fastfoodie Oct 29, 2010 05:13 PM

        I can't believe no one has mentioned Sababa on Steeles. Really is the best in the city...along with the rest of their delicious middle-eastern food, especially their in-house made pita.

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          Flexitarian Oct 29, 2010 05:00 PM

          Jerusalem on Eglinton, hands down.

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            webpiggy Feb 18, 2010 07:46 AM

            Ultimate Cafe, at King and John... their Spicy Lentil soup is good. Also, when they have it, the butternut squash.

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              1sweetpea Feb 18, 2010 09:05 AM

              I had a really nice bowl of whole lentil soup at Ouzeri a while ago. It was much different from the Middle Eastern variations that exist around town. This one had carrots and celery and onions along with the whole lentils, floating in a clear broth. I suspect many of the Greek restaurants along the Danforth offer a version of this soup. At home, I make a Turkish version that calls for split red lentils and bulgur. If anyone knows of a decent Turkish restaurant that serves this soup, called ezogelin, I'd love to hear about it.

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              phoenikia Feb 18, 2010 06:03 AM

              Bumping this thread- has anyone found any restaurants serving an amazing lentil soup lately, in addition to the great restaurants already mentioned in this thread?

              Sadly, Halleluia on Eglinton is now out of business.

              Also, can anyone recommend a place serving a good lentil soup in East York?

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                embee Feb 18, 2010 07:32 PM

                The closest to East York that I can think of (though it's not really all that close) is the Armenian Kitchen. It's reliably tasty and I've been known to order a double portion. That said, it is not a change your life experience.

                I don't know whether Djerba la Douce serves it, but it would be worth trying if they do.

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                  phoenikia Feb 19, 2010 06:42 AM

                  Thanks embee. Gives me one more reason to finally try Armenian Kitchen.

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                  jnine Feb 20, 2010 02:06 PM

                  I just had the lentil/chicken soup at Sofra Grill Express at Dufferin and St. Clair. Pretty tasty. Brothy, fresh herbs, slight pepper hit, hint of tumeric and big chunks of chicken. I really love their lentil soup at the original Thornhill location, I'm excited that they opened a spot close to home.

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                  cardinalTO Feb 6, 2009 05:25 PM

                  Ravi Soups on Adelaide makes a sublime curried red lentil with apricot.

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                    urbandreamer Feb 6, 2009 04:18 PM

                    Halleluia has the best soup. But if you like your lentil soup spicier (like me:)) New York Sub on Queen West at Portland has an amazing bowl of soup, for really cheap.

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                      Snarf Nov 5, 2008 07:46 AM

                      When they do it, Tablaa's is very nice.

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                        phoenikia Oct 29, 2008 03:58 PM

                        Looks like I have to head to Eglinton W or Forest Hill;) Thanks for all the suggestions!

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                          farmgirl1836 Oct 28, 2008 05:23 PM

                          My husband would definitely second Jerusalem on Eglinton!

                          1. Finnegan Oct 28, 2008 06:30 AM

                            Jerusalem on Eglinton West Toronto

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                              juno Oct 28, 2008 07:22 AM

                              Most middle-Eastern restos in town do a creditable lentil soup - it's a simple recipe that's hard to louse up - but I find, like acd123, that Mashu Mashu's version at $3.99 a bowl is somewhat more flavorful. The rest of the standard middle Eastern menu, though a tad more expensive than most of its competitors (I guess you have to pay for the Forest Hill setting), is also executed with more finesse than most of the joints along Eglinton Ave. W., off north Bathurst St., and along Steeles Ave. W.

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                                canadianbeaver Oct 28, 2008 07:34 AM

                                Go across the street to Halleluia. Ten times better than jerusalem.

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                                  fleisch Oct 29, 2008 07:14 AM

                                  Halleluia has a place in Thornhill too, called Yummy Grill. I don't know if they have the same soup.
                                  there are so many of these "Mediterranean grills" now (Me Va Me, Meron, Sofra, etc etc) with the same menu etc, I'd be curious to see how people rank them. They all seem about the same to me...

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                                    canadianbeaver Oct 29, 2008 07:30 AM

                                    I think Yummy Grill is like a fast-food, lesser version of Halleluia. Halleluia is amazing. For real.

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                                acd123 Oct 26, 2008 03:27 PM

                                Mashu Mashu on Spadina Road.

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                                  MeMeMe Feb 18, 2010 07:05 AM

                                  I second this! I saw the posting and immediately thought of mashu mashu. Even better with a squeeze of lemon. Coupled with a side of their glorious beets and you have a super meal.

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                                    phoenikia Feb 18, 2010 07:28 AM

                                    Does Mashu Mashu do take-out?

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                                      MeMeMe Feb 18, 2010 08:41 AM

                                      yes they do...and a lot of it.

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                                        phoenikia Feb 18, 2010 12:08 PM

                                        Thanks MeMeMe. Look forward to trying it out soon!

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                                          TorontoJo Feb 18, 2010 12:26 PM

                                          If you're ever North on Bayview, Shoom Shoom has yummy lentil soup. They are a sister restaurant to Mashu Mashu, so not surprising.

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                                            phoenikia Feb 18, 2010 12:32 PM

                                            Thanks TorontoJo! Chances are that I'll be closer to Shoom Shoom than Mashu Mashu this week-thanks for mentioning the connection between the 2 restaurants!

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                                              Shoom Shoom Oct 29, 2010 09:59 AM

                                              Shoom Shoom is not a 'sister restaurant' to Mashu Mashu. Shoom Shoom is a completely independent restaurant with no affiliation to any other restaurant.

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                                              387 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, CA

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                                        cuterscooter Feb 20, 2010 05:54 AM

                                        Mashu Mashu's lentil soup is great. So is the one at Tabule on Yonge (halfway btwn Davisville and Eglinton).

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