4.50 Stars – Overall Experience
4.25 Stars – Price
4.00 Stars – Service
4.75 Stars – Food
4.25 Stars – Atmosphere
Smack dab in the Canary District of Toronto is Souk Tabule Restaurant, a Middle Eastern restaurant that delivers “Fast, Fresh, Casual” and colourful dishes that are bursting with flavour. Best falafel in the city!
Definitely a casual place, but with a sense of style and sophistication, Souk Tabule is clean and modern with subtle hints of Middle Eastern inspiration. It offers a well laid-out dining space, complete with table booths mainly and a few larger tables for groups at the back. The walls have beautifully designed shelves that are adorned with Middle Eastern food and knick-knacks. On a Wednesday night, I was pleasantly surprised to see the place quite full as that usually means good food is to come. Everything was clean and comfortable…almost like being in a home. Great for families, dinner with a group of friends or even a casual date.
Souk Tabule offers a “do it yourself” style of service. When you arrive, you line up at the counter to order your food, you are then given a number to place on a table of your choosing and, eventually, the food is brought to your table. There is also a cool water station where you can get a clean glass and free water either at tepid or cold temperature (looks like a beer tap) whenever you want. When you are finished, you leave your dishes there to be cleaned up. The staff are all friendly and quick. The service approach allows you to dine at your own pace (no waiting to catch the eye of a waiter for the check). Overall, I really enjoyed it and have noticed more and more newer restaurants are adopting this style.
I have to confess I am a soup person, so much so that I will enjoy a nice bowl even in the heat of summer. I decided to give their Lentil Soup a try and I was not disappointed. The soup was served in a beautiful bowl and the colour immediately popped out at me. It was flavourful and had a great texture. I enjoyed it a lot.
A friend and I decided to share the Chef’s Sampler and an order of the Falafel (this was more than enough for two with the soup). The Chef’s Sampler came with Babaganouj, labni, muhamara, beet mutable, quinoa tabule, arabic slaw and their incredible homemade Saj Pita. Now when I say homemade, I literally mean they make it when you order and serve it straight away. For the dips, lets first talk about the look…C-O-L-O-U-R-F-U-L! They were so bright and beautiful and really took to heart the concept of “you eat with your eyes first”. I fully enjoyed everything on the plate, but my favourite was probably the beet mutable. The Saj Pita was thin and was the perfect vehicle for the dips. I would highly recommend mixing some of them on a pita to enjoy an explosion of deliciousness.
We also got a side of the falafel which you can order either baked or fried (we went with fried). Once again, the dish was beautiful, right down to the bowl it was served in. And the falafel…well, as a vegetarian, I have had a lot of falafel in my day and I can say with all certainty that this was hands down the best I have ever had. In fact I am craving another serving as I write this up…mmmmm. A must order if you go here!
This place is not only extremely vegetarian friendly, but it also has many gluten free and vegan options as well. There was so many choices for me on the menu, I almost felt overwhelmed…as you can imagine I typically don’t have many.
The price is absolutely fair for the quality and portions. For the 3 dishes we ordered, the bill was around $33 after tax for two of us. There are lots of options to choose from, all at very decent prices.
Time of Dinner: 7:00pm
Date: Wed Aug 16th, 2017
For more information be sure to visit their website at http://souktabule.com/