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Stamford's Tabouli Grill -- Fresh

louuuuu Sep 15, 2009 05:55 AM

Everything we had at lunch was just as fresh as the new grill that officially opened on Monday, replacing Margot at the Bulls Head strip mall. My delicious felefal in pita came stuffed with an israeli salad and tahini. And I added ingredients from small serving bowls of pickeled cabbage, a Yeminite hot sauce with cilantro, jalopena, and olive oil, and dill pickle slices. Also the eponymous tabouli on the plate. My partner had the felefal platter, replete with a delicous smooth hummus and a side of Megadarra, a tasty combination of sweet rice, carmalized onions, and green lentils. The baklava was generous, sweet and nutty and baked on premises.

As opposed to Layla and Myrna, this is a pita based middleeastern rather than wrap driven. I found my falafel sandwich less dense than the others, and somehow, there's that word again, fresher. I do prefer Layla's baklava, which are just the best I've ever had -- any where in the world. We checked out the brownie, which looked good, but did not have frosting and nuts -- which I like in a brownie.

This is Israli MiddleEastern, where as the othera are Lebanese.

There's a nice writeup on the menu of the auspices behind Tabouli -- one Judy Roll, with serious credentials from CIA (california), Wolfgang's Spago, and her own very successful and highly regarded bakery at the JCC on Newfield.

The menu offerings are bit too small. Just like the napkins (Judy agreed) But I have a hunch this place could be a big hit. There is a nice no nonsence simplicity here.

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    AdamD Sep 1, 2012 06:27 AM

    The place is good, their homemade hot sauces are awesome. But its really expensive for what it is.

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      stillnotdon Sep 1, 2012 07:07 AM

      I agree--but we went for a very late lunch and it was much more reasonable (not sure what time lunch ends, but we left at 4:15.

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        AdamD Sep 1, 2012 07:38 AM

        Ive only been there for lunch. $9 for a falafel pita a la carte. Falafel platter is $15. Thats pricey.
        The food is good and fresh though.

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          mushroomaffairs Sep 4, 2012 05:55 PM

          I've only been here for dinner and have ordered the falafel platter twice :) but it comes iwth hummus and israeli salad and two or three sauces. I totally agree about the freshness of the salads, it's incredible.

          I've only come on weeknights though and it's always a ghost town, oddly enough. This place deserves more patrons given the high quality. Maybe it's the location? The first time I came I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was since there were only a couple of patrons.

          The only thing I didn't care for was the chicken schwarma. My friend ordered it and she really enjoyed it.but to me it tasted like lamb. I'm guessing it could be that schawarma seasoning in general may not be for me.

          The waiter told us that the chef is CIA trained also.

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      stillnotdon Sep 1, 2012 06:17 AM

      Quick update on this place---We ate there twice this summer--I love the baba ganoush. Both times I've had the beef kofta pita (a ground meat spicy patty). I can't seem to get past that one when I order! Good place to stop between Boston and New Jersey. Desserts look wonderful--My MIL loves the ice cream with halvah on top. Next time.

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        malucci Oct 16, 2009 10:09 AM

        I must say that even though food tastes fresh, the menu looks a bit overpriced for lunch. I paid 10 $ for a lamb kabob of a size not deserving of a 10$ tag on it. I would have enjoyed it more if the pita bread was not overstuffed and the hummus/tahina was not dripping. It is worth checking different options for lunch.

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          juicypig Apr 8, 2010 02:35 PM

          Went recently, was excited to see another restaurant in this genre in the area. My feelings where mixed however. The grilled lamb skewer entree was outstanding, as was the rice pilaf, hot sauce, grilled veggies, greek & israeli salad's. All where fresh and spot on. Their Meze however was unremarkable, hummus, (we ordered the Ground Beef and Pine Nuts as well as the Masabacha (lemon) varieties), the babaghanoush and the falalfel where ok, but bland. The tabouli, while very colorful, tasted of nothing but red onions and the labneh was tasty but more of greek yogart than a labneh. All in all, we will return, but stick to the entree's & salads!

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          LTSomma Oct 4, 2009 11:30 AM

          I agree with Louuuu's review. Fresh, delicious and, best of all, close to my work!

          I have had lunch (take out) from there twice now, and both meals were very good.

          Even my Dad loved the baba ganoush ... something he usually detests.

          A very welcome addition to the rather thin Stamford scene.

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            fewdie Oct 7, 2009 05:29 AM

            LTSomma and Louuuuuu I too am with you. Took friends there on Friday night. Place was packed. Service was friendly, food fantastic. So much fresher than other Middle Eastern restaurants I have been too. We had the combo appetizer and loved it. Going back this week with coworkers. I think the prices are very reasonable.

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            rebeccafmartin Oct 3, 2009 08:58 PM

            Judy Roll does not own nor does she have relationship or affiliation with Sweet on You, the highly regarded bakery you mention located inside the JCC.

            1. adamclyde Sep 15, 2009 02:40 PM

              Thanks for the write up louuuuu. Since it's walking distance from my house, I'm looking forward to checking it out.

              What were the prices like? Do you recall?

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                gillyweed Sep 15, 2009 05:52 PM

                Their website has a sample menu with prices - I imagine this is their actual menu since they only just opened, but I haven't stopped by to check it out yet (hoping to this weekend!)

                http://www.tabouligrill.com/

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