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Dining at Yonge & Davisville this week. Is Tabule still the best of the bunch?

  • Googs Aug 30, 2010 05:32 AM

What's good these days?

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

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  1. I live in the area and eat out regularly. Tabule is still great and a terrific value.

    5 Doors North is probably the spot we eat at most. More expensive than Tabule obviously, but the price to quality ratio is still very good. The specials are uisually the best things in the menu.

    Zucca is the most expensive, but also very good.

    There are two new ice cream/gelato places within a 2 minute walk of all of these venues for your dessert. One (I think it is simply called Gelato) is owned by one of the guys from Il Gelatiere. It has an identical offering and quality as Il Gelatiere and I highly recommend it. Village Chill just opened up, but I have not tried any of their flavours from either this location or Forest Hill.

    Enjoy!

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

    Il Gelatiere
    647 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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    1. re: Amac

      Totally agree with you on Tabule and 5DN and probably on Zucca (though I don't go there that often). Love how many ice cream places are opening up but weird how they waited until summer was almost over to do it!

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

      Zuccabar
      299 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R2L4, CA

      1. re: Amac

        I was at Tabule a couple of days ago. The Combination Plate ($9.95) arrived with 4 warm pitas. It does not look like much food at first but I could hardly finish ! I did not like the mint tea because they add cumin in it (or something of the kind). Nice and fast service. I just wish they would use tableclothes, but that might be too much to ask for. Another spot I like is Coquine, a bit higher up, at Manor. Their Caprese Salad with bocconcini is delicious. Last year (when the weather was much cooler) I enjoyed their Onion Soup that was really good. I liked the mussels but the supposedly french fries were greasy and limp. Busy and noisy place on week-ends.

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

        Coquine
        2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

      2. Love Tabule. I haven't been to Quince in a while but I did enjoy my meals when I was there last. If you don't mind a few blocks, Zee Grill on Mt Pleasant north of Davisville is another great option. Just had dinner there on Saturday. Wonderful food (perfectly cooked halibut & black cod, the seafood poke salad is fantastic and the lobster fritters super yummy) and great service.

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

        Zee Grill
        641 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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        1. re: fickle

          Agree, Zee is great. I also have liked any of their calamari dishes I've tried over the years. Save room for dessert if you go. Surprisingly good desserts for North Toronto.

          Have only had good experiences at Tabule. Especially like their fried tomatoes, fried eggplant and fattoush.

          I find Zucca hit or miss foodwise, but the service has always been good.

          My only dinner at 5 Doors North was quite good. Have been meaning to return, but haven't gotten around to it ;-)

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

          Zucca
          2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

          1. re: phoenikia

            Ditto on all of the above from fickle and phoenikia. At Zee Grill, my favourite dessert is the frozen lemon meringue, which is two crunchy meringue discs, a big scoop of luscious/creamy/sweet/tart lemon ice cream and a raspberry coulis. Sooo refreshing.

            I love Tabule, but tend to make meals out of the appetizer menu. In addition to the items listed by phonikia (love the fattoush salad!), I'm rather addicted to the fried cauliflower. I always a side of their rice pilaf and ask for extra fried onions on it.

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

            Zee Grill
            641 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

            1. re: phoenikia

              With regard to Tabule and Zucca, I've actually had the opposite experience: hit and miss with Tabule and consistently great at Zucca. At Tabule, I found that the dishes were either delicious with delicate layers in the spicing, or they were bland and uninspired. At Zucca, I enjoyed everything I ate - salads, pastas and desserts.

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

              1. re: LTL

                A ciascuno il suo ;-)

                1. re: phoenikia

                  Always. Just thought I'd provide my perspective as well :) Perhaps you'd be willing to share the dishes you didn't enjoy at Zucca? I'm planning on going there again soon and the more input, the better!

                  1. re: LTL

                    The more perspectives, the better ;-) Sometimes this Board has too much consensus.

                    My last meal at Zucca was on a Sunday during the winter a couple years ago, and it looks like the menu has changed considerably since then. I guess the main thing I'd recommend is that you go sometime Tue-Sat, rather than on a Sun or Mon, because it's more likely Team A will be in the kitchen and on the floor on the busier nights. With regards to the food, I mostly remember being underwhelmed. I had ordered an insalata mista which was ok, a vegetarian house-made pasta that was ok, and a chestnut flour/cherry dumpling of some sort that sounded good in concept, but didn't deliver in taste. It wasn't a bad meal, it just was mediocre compared to a meal I had there before. The most disappointing meal I had at Zucca was still better than any meals I've had at Grazie, Amore Trattoria or La Vecchia.

                    summer 2010 menu: http://www.zuccatrattoria.com/Menus/S...

                    dessert menu http://www.zuccatrattoria.com/Menus/D...

                    Hope it's a good meal when you go. Please report back, and recommend any current dishes you think are good ones.

                    1. re: phoenikia

                      I agree about the salad. While nothing terrible, it was nothing special (giant plate of greens with an uninspired dressing).

                      I won't be going back until the end of the month but I'll definitely report back. Hopefully it's as good as I remember.

              2. re: phoenikia

                Zee's desserts are phenomenal in my limited experience. I wasn't that keen on the dinner but I'd go back for dessert.

            2. I've always liked Debu's on Mt Pleasant. More expensive, tho.

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              Debu's Nouvelle Indian Cuisine
              552 Mt Pleasant Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23322

              1. We had a delightful meal at Simple Bistro on Mount Pleasant last night. We didn't do the $40 prix fixe since we didn't want three courses each. Shared the Sweetbread Bonbon appetizer (brik pastry filled with sweetbreads, duck, pigs trotters, etc.) which was amazing, and I had the Roast Guinea Hen for my main while my husband had the steak frites. The hen was quite remarkable, as are the sauce-making abilities of the chef.

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                Simple Bistro
                619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

                1. Thank you for all of your help. We did indeed end up at Tabule and it was the same as ever. Good, healthy, and relaxing. Service was knowledgeable and friendly. The prices are still reasonable and the portions generous. A definite winner. I wish there was a place like it downtown.

                  As for the other suggestions, we were keeping it simple so we went with the closest place. Simple, Zee Grill, and Zucca are all terrific, but will have to wait for another day.

                  Never been a fan of Coquine and really don't get why people are. It's such a poseur restaurant. I adore 5 Doors, but I think of it as more of a Girls Night place.

                  Shamefully, I have to admit I haven't been to Debu's (I can't even call it latest) place at Mt P & Eg. Is he as creative as ever? Is it a special-trip-from-downtown Chow-Worthy Destination?

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                  Five Doors North
                  2088 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

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                  1. re: Googs

                    Most definitely. The $20 three-course lunch/brunch prix fixe is a steal. And a much nicer room than that horrible space on Wellesley. Haven't been since he opened his other place, tho.