Lebanese Food at Tabboule in Ridgewood

Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

When my parents and I went to this year’s Ridgewood July 4th fireworks, we sat in the King’s parking lot and one of the restaurants – Tabboule Fine Lebanese Cuisine – had someone handing out menus.

Then on Saturday, October 1, 2011, my parents called me to see if I wanted to join them to check this place out. Always happy to try somewhere new, I said yes, and I met up with them there in the evening on Sunday, October 2.

They start you off with a complimentary order of Za’atar Chips and their take on tzatziki. It was a very nice way to start off the meal.

Za'atar Chips at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

Za'atar Chips at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

Next, we had a selection of hot appetizers. We had the Phool (fava beans sauteed in garlic, lemon juice & olive oil), Soujouk (sauteed beef sausage made with traditional Armenian spices & tomatoes), and Mousbaha (garbanzo beans with lemon, garlic & olive oil). Each was good on its own, but the Phool was the strongest. Mixing them together was yummy.

Phool at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

Phool at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

 

Soujouk at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

Soujouk at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

 

Mousbaha at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

Mousbaha at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

For our main courses, my mom and I each had the Beef Shawerma Pita. Of course, that’s how they spell it. It is often spelled shawarma. Anyway, it was tasty, but disappointingly small. It still have yet to find shawarma in America that compares to what I had across the road from an army base in Israel while on Birthright in January of 2002.

Beef Shawerma Pita Sandwich at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

Beef Shawerma Pita Sandwich at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

My dad had the Beef Shawerma Platter. That was much more substantial and, I’d say, a better value for your money.

Beef Shawerma Platter at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

Beef Shawerma Platter at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

The restauranteur suggested we try kenafeh for dessert. There were two options – pistachio or sweet Lebanese cheese. We (well, I) chose the Sweet Lebanese Cheese Kenafeh (shredded filo dough wrapped around sweet cheese topped with honey). I’d never had this before. I don’t think my parents had either. We liked it. Though I should tell you, it will require two utensils to get yourself a bite, as it is a bit sticky and caramelized.

Sweet Lebanese Cheese Kanafeh at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

Sweet Lebanese Cheese Kanafeh at Tabboule - Ridgewood, NJ - Oct 2, 2011

A return to sample other menu items is a distinct possibility.

Tabboule Fine Lebanese Cuisine
90 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-444-7044
www.tabboule.com
(BYOB)

- Evan Bindelglass
(Photos taken with iPhone 4)

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