Buffet Lunch at Tibisti Grill on Victoria Dr, Vancouver

On a Friday afternoon, Ben came home to pick up an old notebook to return to the office. I accompanied him and we had lunch on the way.

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It’s been a long while since we had Lebanese food. We stopped at Tibisti Grill to have the lunch buffet.

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It looks like Tibisti Grill had a face lift. It looks better now.

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Tibisti All You Can Eat

Ben saw a new banner at Tibisti on his way home from work. Tibisti now serves buffet.

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We went to check it out on a weekend evening. Frankly, we were kind of disappointed when we saw the spread for the dinner buffet.

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I started off with the above plate of appetizers and salad. The appetizers include Dolmah which is grape leave stuffed with marinated rice and hummus with pita bread. There were two types of salad. The first salad is Fatoosh which is a Mediterranean style salad made with fresh lettuce, cucumber, onions, tomatoes with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice and garnish with oregano. The second salad is Greek Salad.

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For main, there are baked potatoes, rice, chicken, chickpeas curry and sausages. That’s all in the buffet.

Ben did enjoy the rice, chicken and sausage.

When Ben went to pay for the dinner, the owner only charged us for the lunch buffet price. That’s a more reasonable price for the spread of food. The owner/chef told us that we should order from the menu. The buffet is for people to grab a quick bite.

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Nuba Authentic Lebanese Cuisine on West Hastings and Cambie in Downtown Vancouver

Just as we were walking out of the La Taqueria Taco Shop having just had 4 tacos for lunch. @604foodtography suggested that we all go for dessert.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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Falafel Town in Downtown Vancouver

This was a pretty random pick.  Suanne and I was walking along Granville St checking out the place.  We wanted to just grab something light to eat and came upon the sign that says “Best in Town”.

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I was thinking that Falafel Town could be as good as Abdul’s Sharwarma in Burnaby which I enjoyed a lot.

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Falafel Town is a Lebanese restaurant. We know very little about Lebanese food, as a matter of fact we only got to learn what a Falafel really is here. No, we did not try the “best in town” Falafel here.  They looked kind of too dryish for our liking that day.

The owner was a really friendly chap and he put up with our questions.  As a matter of fact he was quite eager to educate us.  We were told that contrary to the spicy hotness of some of the Vancouver Mediterranean food, Lebanese food in essence are not spicy.  One thing to describe Lebanaese food is that they are almost always garlicky.  They commonly use olive oil and lemon for seasoning too.

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