This newest location of Nuba features their signature Labanese fare, fresh squeezed juices and coffees as well as Middle Eastern baked goods, pastries and organic retail products.
Went to a pre-planned function at this restaurant with my hubby and a club he belongs to. The tickets (without any profit to our club) were $35 each ($70 per couple). This did not include beverages/alcohol.
We arrived at the restaurant expecting there to be a section for us. We were directed to an upstairs area. There indeed was a section for a party - another party. We were essentially told to sit at tables of four on either side of a stairwell - completely separated from each other. There was a band playing. They played well, but in this non-section which felt more like an after thought - the music volume was unbearablly loud - making conversation almost impossible.
The waiter came and took drink orders. I ordered a cocktail which was both overpriced and poorly executed.
The waiter plunked olives/feta/pita and other appies in front of the parties. I explained all the food as no explanation was offered and most members at my table had never had Middle Eastern food before.
The waiter came back after around 30 minutes and took our orders. I ordered the "lamb chop", hubby ordered the "chicken skewer". About 20 minutes later, a bowl of salad was brought to the table. We all shared from the plate. Then, about 20 minutes later, some pita and hummous arrived. After about 30 more minutes, my husbands "protein" arrived. Indeed - it was a single, small chicken skewer on a side plate. I got my "protein" about 15 minutes later. I single "lamb chop" on a side plate. We all had a good laugh at the portion size. I guess what we thought was appetizers were actually the side dishes!! How would we know - the waiter explained nothing.
A little later, what looked like large steak knives were brought out. I asked the waiter what they were for, as we were already served our "protein". The waiter advised that they were for a "vegan stew." We waited about 15 to 20 minutes more. My husband and I had to get home as it was getting very late and our babysitter would need to leave. I am still unsure what type of vegan stew requires a steak knife - LOL!!
The service was slow, disjointed and confusing. The food, although tasty, was not served with any consideration of tasteful flow. The venue should have been set up properly for our large party as they had PLENTY of notice and it was a table d'hote type of arrangement.
I felt badly for the club organizers as I know that they tried their best to put on a good dinner where there would be a chance to relax and converse. It was the restaurant which really dropped the ball on this one.
I won't be back.
Checked out their new Kits location during the week. Restaurant is quite large with upstairs and a back area. On this weeknight, the front area was full but the remainder of the restaurant was empty. Tried their grand fest which is a few grilled items such as prawns - good, lamb - good and chicken - avg. Also Najib's special - great and a some dips - pretty standard. Then ordered off the menu and tried the lamb belly - very good with lentils, grilled octopus - good but a bit on the small side and their mince lamb - just all right. The only sub par item was actually their pita bread, it was very had and seemed almost day old. You would think they can get or make better bread. Grand fest was $50 which should feed 2-3 people, other mains in the teens. They added the standard tip which I don't like as we had 8 people. Service was good and also a good selection of wine. Overall, a great addtion to the area. Would return.
Nuba is a great place to go when your looking to try something a little different and on the healthy side. The service can be a bit slow but the people who work there are very friendly. The crispy cauliflower and the tawook chicken are my favorite. This is a great place to go with friends and have some delicious cocktails and share a bunch of yummy dishes!