For a person who usually have light lunch during the working day, I was not too keen on doing this. That was until @604foodtography said the dessert he was talking about is one of the 101 Things To Taste Before You Die identified by the Vancouver Magazine.
That … is one thing I will not pass up.
That restaurant is located at the basement of the Dominion Building, one of the grand historic buildings in the young city of Vancouver. This 99 year old building was the tallest building in the British Empire when it was built. Because of its ornate structure, this building had been used to film many movies some of which includes The Neverending Story and Battlestar Galactica.
Nuba is the name of the restaurant we went to. The entrance to the basement restaurant is just at the corner of West Hastings and Cambie.
Nuba is a Lebanese restaurant. It was interesting to note that Nuba used to operate from the very spot that the La Taqueria Taco Shop is today. I guess business is good and they moved to this new location. Actually Nuba also has another smaller restaurant on Seymour too.
The decor is trendy and chic. It has a nice ambiance and just the perfect setting for a simple leisurely meal with friends.
Nuba menu is known for their Mezze. Mezze is like Spanish tapas … small plates. Nuba’s Mezze is quite reasonable too with prices ranging from $4 to $7.
Anyway, I am more interested in this one item of the 101 Things to Taste Before You Die. You know what it is?
Well, it is this …
The Najib’s Special is described as crispy cauliflower tossed with lemon and sea salt, and served with tahini.
I think they try to avoid describing it exactly what it is because it is more aptly described as Deep Fried Cauliflower. Yeah, the words “Deep Fried” is a taboo word to use on menus in our health concious city.
It was an interesting way to cook cauliflower. It is really crispy and the color is in deep brown. Not only it looked kind of almost burnt, it actually somewhat tasted like burnt too. The plate above is $6.25.
We also got Hummus ($5.50). Frankly, I am not a big fan of humus. It is the mashed chickpeas used to make this that sort of puts me off. I personally dislike mashed beans of any kind. But @edlau loved this … and he said this several times.
Hummus is a popular food in the Middle East. It is also known as the oldest prepared food in history although that claim is hard to confirm. Still it has a long history without a doubt.
The pita came with the Hummus.
The last item we ordered was the $6.75 Lam Kibbeh. It is grilled grain-fed halal lamb patty, vegetables, pinenuts, burghul and spices … and I am not familiar with half of these ingredients. It looked like it is a kind of pressed meat and grains into patties and then fried.
It was good. I like it. The thing is we had to share this between four people. So I got only half of the patty.
The bill just came up to about $24. I had a great time. During weekdays, I often go without a full lunch and will snack instead. All of us in the company got used to that because we often work with teams in different time zones. So lunch time in Vancouver is almost the end of day in the Eastern Time Zone and so we often take the opportunity to get more done over lunch time.
So it was great being able to get out of the office once in a while to have an extended lunch break.
Anyway, below is Nuba’s menu in case you want to check it out. As always, just click to see a larger image. I told Suanne that we should go and try their dinners because the menu looked so interesting.