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Jul 21, 2014 10:17 AM

Great group dinner at Tabule

Tabule does get some love here, but tends to fly under the radar because it's been around for a while. I just had a dinner for 14 there last night and wanted to report back on what a great experience it was.

For large parties, they ask that you pick a set menu. I normally don't like set menus, but in this case, the options are what I would have picked anyway. There are 8 options, that range in price from $25 - $39/person (this was for Sun - Thur, not sure what the prices are like for a Friday or Saturday). All of them are variations on a theme: platters of their apps and dips and pitas, followed by family-style servings of their kebabs, rice and salad, then some baklava for dessert.

Corkage is only $15, though they do have some nice cocktails on the menu, as well as great fresh juices for the non-drinkers.

Service was great -- our server handled our large group of exuberant diners with equanimity and aplomb. She was there when we had a request. She didn't blink at dealing with our bottles of champagne or the cake and candles the group brought in. She was wonderfully gracious about packing up the leftover desserts, even though the cake wasn't from the restaurant.

The food was, as always, delicious. I could happily make a meal out of the appetizers. In this case we had: tabule, hummus, babaganouj, fried cauliflower, falafel, grilled eggplant, and garlic tomatoes. For the mains, we had their tasty rice, salad and grilled chicken, beef, kefta and lamb. Everything was cooked well (beef was medium rare and juicy -- a feat when grilling kebabs) and really tasty.

So many restaurants struggle with large groups, but Tabule seems to have it mastered. It probably helps that the style of food lends itself to family-style eating. So if you're looking for a good venue for a casual dinner with a large group of friends or family, Tabule is a good choice.

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    1. Yum. Had take-out from them a few weeks back, soo delicious. Were you at the original Yonge St location with this large group?

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      1. re: Klafouti

        Yes, the original location on Yonge! In the newer, expansion area. As we walked through the restaurant to our table, I saw 2 other tables of at least 8.

        Good stuff. As a few of my friends said, "I always forget how good they are."

        1. re: TorontoJo

          I don't know - that cauliflower haunts my dreams! :)
          I tried the Queen location in December and thought it was also great.
          It's really nice that they were so smooth with a large party, and good to know for future reference - thanks for the post!

          1. re: Klafouti

            Oh that cauliflower! We sample different things from the menu every time we go, but always always order the cauliflower.

      2. I love, love, love Tabule too! Service is always great, and the food is delicious and absolutely reasonably priced! I'm a vegetarian, and always have a yummy meal by sharing only apps. I'm constantly recommending this place.Their hummus and babajanouj are the absolute best!