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lamaranthe Oct 9, 2010 12:16 PM

Which is best : Tabule or Millie's ? Thanks for letting me know your opinion.

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

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  1. Herb Oct 9, 2010 01:34 PM

    Didn't Millie's close several years ago?

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    1. re: Herb
      pescatarian Oct 9, 2010 04:02 PM

      Yes, it closed. Maybe a couple years ago.

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        lamaranthe Oct 10, 2010 07:28 AM

        I am referring to Millies 1980 Avenue Rd.

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        breezey Oct 10, 2010 06:33 AM

        Tabule is wonderful. If you go, try their cauliflower appetizer. MIni florets quickly fried (you would never know it) drizzled with tahini. YUM!!!

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

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          juno Oct 10, 2010 10:00 AM

          Millie's, on Avenue Rd. south of the 401, has been out of action, as pescatarian says above, for quite a while. It was very good for a number of years, leaning as it did toward an imaginative Moroccan menu. But after the original chef/owner sold, it went rapidly downhill before pooping out entirely. Which leaves the OP with Tabule, which is strong on Middle Eastern appetizers, and respectable on mains (you could easily make a meal of appetizers). Attractively priced, good service, deservedly popular, lively atmosphere - and, as a bonus, no corkage charge on bring-your-own wine Mondays and Tuesdays. But there are any number of Middle Eastern spots with similar menus that are almost as good, such as Mashu Mashu, Me Va Me, Mr. Combo, Sababa, several others north of Lawrence Ave. roughly between Dufferin and Bayview whose names escape me - and, considerably farther north, Hanna's on Rutherford Rd. between Bathurst and Dufferin (there's a second Hanna's almost around the corner, on Bathurst near Rutherford that I haven't sampled). All are slightly cheaper than Tabule, but without Tabule's verve.

          Mashu Mashu
          387 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5P, CA

          390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

          1. re: juno
            lamaranthe Oct 10, 2010 01:30 PM

            Thanks. This is the kind infos I was looking for.

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              Ediblethoughts Oct 10, 2010 06:36 PM

              Not to mention The Jerusalem on Eglinton near Bathurst. I'd say they do many dishes equally well as Tabule.

          2. jingloh Oct 10, 2010 03:39 PM

            Tabule is fantastic, their portions are huge and the variety in dips are great, not to mention yummy!

            I would recommend that you check out The Pomegranate Restaurant or the one beside it which I can't remember the name. The owners are really friendly and are very helpful in navigating the options available. I was told by them that the dishes they serve are the ones you normally find in homes in Iran, not your typical kababs and rice. For that, you can just go next door.

            You guys should try Chinese Muslim food and their version of kabobs too. Amazingly good and very spicy!

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

            420 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1T3, CA

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              hari mirch Oct 11, 2010 12:53 AM

              Where can one try Chinese Muslim food in Toronto?

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                jingloh Oct 12, 2010 06:40 PM

                Xin Jiang Restaurant up north in Markham around Warden and Steeles. It's Halal I believe.

                It’s been near impossible to find this kind of food that comes from the Xinjiang province in China, a province that borders Central Asia and is known for its Uyghur people and for its “not-so-Chinese” food. But this is quickly changing now in Toronto, I've found numerous places serving "yang rou chwar", you can even find a street food style store on Dundas and Spadina.

                Xin Jiang Restaurant
                3636 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON L3R1K9, CA

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