A Saturday lunch with my besties at Nuba at the gastown location~ We made reservations at Nuba the day before because we were afraid of it being a full-house… like the last time we wanted to go here for dinner but couldn’t wait! Anyways, it was basically empty when we arrived probably because we came so early. Nuba opens at 12!
We heard beforehand that the portions are small, although very very delicious, so we came here expecting that as well. On the contrary, we found that the portions were large for lunch and quite filling. A couple of us couldn’t clean off our plates!
Most of us ordered what you call “plates” at Nuba which are “served with hummus, salad, pickled cabbage, olives, pita and choice of organic brown rice or roasted potatoes. All served with tahini (except lamb pitas with tzatziki) and hot sauce (optional).”
Chicken Tawook Plate: “Grilled Mount Lehman chicken breast (not thigh) marinated in paprika, thyme, lemon and garlic confit with hummus and avocado”
The chicken tawook plate came first (because we ordered it before the rest) and it looked delish *-* When I saw it, I thought “dang, I should’ve ordered the same thing” because I was going to haha. G and G who ordered this said the chicken was good.
Lamb Kafta Plate: “Grilled grain-fed halal lamb patty, seasoned with onions, parsley, and spices”
I ordered the lamb kafta plate because we were ALL going to order the chicken tawook at first LOL. E also ordered this along with me. I thought that the lamb patty was okay. It was fluffy and loose when cut apart, and the flavour was not too strong. E thought that the lamb patty was a bit too “sour” though and I could taste where that was coming from. It was an enjoyable dish.
For all the plate dishes, you can choose either organic brown rice or roast potatoes. I opted for the roast potatoes because I don’t like brown rice, and they were awesome. The roast potatoes had the perfect amount of spices and flavour, and they were cooked just right. I also got the optional hot sauce, which comes on the side, and it was quite good as a sauce. It wasn’t very hot per se, more of a sour-ish taste, but appetizing. It’s the green sauce, made from jalapeno peppers.
Mjadra: “Organic green lentils and rice with onions and jalapeño, served with avocado and caramelized onions”
S ordered the mjadra because she likes lentils. I don’t know anything about lentils but she said it was good, so yea it’s good. Later on, she said she should’ve gotten a meat dish because she forgot that Nuba serves halal! X)
It was an exceptional dining experience at Nuba. The waiters were friendly and patient with our orders, and explained the dishes well to us. It was our first time eating Lebanese food. The food was good as well, and the portions are quite filling for lunch! I will definitely re-visit Nuba to try their chicken tawook!
Until next time~! Happy eating ~<3
*food descriptions are from the Nuba website* :)