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Feb 1, 2009 08:46 PM

Tablaa/ Tabla restaurant... gone!?!?

I passed by Tablaa on the bus the other day and am pretty sure that I saw a for lease/for rent sign up in the window.

Could this place really be over and done? It seems (seemed) to have a strong following.

First Chakra and now Tablaa - Yonge north of Eglinton isn't doing so well with the Indian food.

Hopefully I'm wrong on this one...


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  1. It's definitely closed -- drove by it and saw the the signs in the window, too. Sigh. That was my go to spot for delivery.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Have you tried Debu's? Definitely different!

    2. I haven't dined there in a couple of months, so I can't comment on the recent trends but apart from the first time I dined there the place was always empty.

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      1. re: Apprentice

        The stretch of stores where Tabla was located is a wasteland of retail - businesses have been opening and closing up faster than you can find a parking spot in that area. I'm surprised it lasted this long.

        1. re: Apprentice

          It was either empty or closed every time I walked by on my way to physio next door and I've been going for 2 months now. I guess I waited too long to try it!

          1. re: fickle

            I've only been on Saturday nights but the few times I went it was full. Not "wait for a table full" but probably about 80% full. I can't imagine the weekend business was that swift.

            RIP Tablaa


        2. Yes - it's been gone for a couple of weeks now.
          Too bad - it will be missed.

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          1. re: estufarian

            Estufarian, have you found a replacement?

            1. re: Apprentice

              Not at that level.
              But I'm going through the menu at Madras Masala - and it's not bad.

              1. re: estufarian

                Estufarian, which dishes have impressed you at Madras Masala so far?

                1. re: phoenikia

                  Items I liked
                  Thool Bajji (not at all greasy although I still prefer my Bhaji's with onion - has a better texture (best at Trimurti))
                  Lamb Chettinad - had this once (on my most recent visit)-excellent

                  Dosas - a bit mixed. The Gunpowder was too dry and the Mysore Masala Dosa was good flavour, but the potato was too mushy.

                  Also liked the Xacutti

                  1. re: estufarian

                    Thanks for the recommendations, estufarian. I'm hoping to try some of these dishes this weekend.

                    1. re: phoenikia

                      And please try something 'at random' - and report back.

                      1. re: estufarian

                        I went to Madras Masala a couple of weeks ago. I got the recommendation from CH; might have been this thread.

                        The food was solid southern Indian. It's nice to see more Southern Indian places opening up. I would love to have one centrally located. If anyone knows of one, please reply.

                        Anyhow, MM was good, but not great. It was, IMHO, not as good as Anjappar Chettinad (a suburban minichain; I have been to the one in Brampton).

                        I still prefer Maroli. But, the emergence of regional Indian restos is a very encouraging trend.