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Souk Tabule: Toronto, Canada

Souk Tabule: Toronto, Canada

Name: Souk Tabule
Address: 494 Front St E #9, Toronto, ON M5A 1H7, Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @tabulemiddleasterncuisine
Wifi: Yes
Tender: Debit, Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood: Corktown/Canary District, Toronto
Type: Middle Eastern

Souk Tabule is located in Toronto’s Corktown/Canary District neighborhood right next to Corktown Common. With several Tabule restaurant locations across Toronto already, Souk Tabule differs from the other locations with a more casual and quick-style of service.

The space is large, seating around 50-60 people with high ceilings, a flood of natural light, and pops of blue from the tiled coffee bar, and graphic wall paper in the back space communal seating.

Souk Tabule: Interior
Souk Tabule: Interior

A large pantry area flanks the entrance of the space. Various Middle Eastern spices, oils, and jarred pickled goods are available for sale should you wish to take a little bit of Souk Tabule home with you.

Souk Tabule: Pantry Area
Souk Tabule: Pantry Area

The beverage list is extensive. All espresso based drinks are available in addition to Pluck Teas, various chai beverages, an array of lemonades, craft sodas, fresh juices, beer and wine.

Souk Tabule: Coffee Bar
Souk Tabule: Coffee Bar
Souk Tabule: Family Style Seating
Souk Tabule: Family Style Seating

It’s sweltering hot on the day I arrive so I try out one of their house made lemonades, the Mint Lemonade ($4.50 CDN + tax). There’s just the right amount balance between tang and sweetness and the generous of amount of fresh mint leaves make this drink perfect on the hot day.

Souk Tabule: Mint Lemonade
Souk Tabule: Mint Lemonade

Like the beverage menu the food menu is also extensive and serves all day brunch, lunch/dinner options, as well as snacks and pastries.

We start with the Chef’s Sampler ($16 CDN + tax).  Various amounts of dips (hummus, beet mutable, babganuj) are served alongside tabülè and a basket of their saj pita bread which is also made in-house. The pita is warm and fresh and perfect for dipping into the selection of dips which are all flavorful and vibrant. I did think that more pomegranate could be used to garnish the hummus and  tabülè.

Souk Tabule: Chef's Sampler
Souk Tabule: Chef’s Sampler

Next we try the Shashuka, $11 CDN + tax. A mix of tomatoes, peppers, and spices are stewed and baked. Three eggs sit on top and then the entire dish is garnished with chopped parsley.

Souk Tabule: Shashuka
Souk Tabule: Shashuka

Lastly we try the Phoenician Fries ($4.50 CDN + tax), which consist of French fries that are seasoned with zaatar spices and then drizzled with a tahini-style dressing with chopped parsley as garnish. I was slightly disappointed in this dish as I found the tahini dressing didn’t add much in terms of the lively flavors that I’ve come to know and expect from Tabule. A stronger and more flavorful sauce that can stand up and pair well with the zaatar spices would be a better fit.

Souk Tabule: Phoenician Fries
Souk Tabule: Phoenician Fries

Souk Tabule is a much welcomed addition to the East-end and to Toronto in general. Like the other Tabule restaraunts the quality of food and service is nothing short of outstanding.  While the atmosphere is decidedly more casual (albeit still stunning in décor) than their other locations it is this casual feel that easily makes this a good go-to choice on a daily basis – especially since their menu is extensive and spans options for everything from all day brunch, to lunch/dinner, to casual coffee and sweets. I personally could eat here daily and be perfectly happy, and given their wide range of options both for vegetarians and omnivores most of the city would be as well.

 

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, nor was anything gifted to me. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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