This 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.
I have read the reviews and thought I would give it a try, since I was walking pass it. I ordered their Lamb Pita to go and the server was somewhat friendly. I didn't like how he was on a personal phone call, and should have been attentive to the people who came in, then walking around with the phone..
My Pita arrived wrapped up and ready to go, smelling very yummy, but when I got to eat it, that's when I dislike it. I found the lamb didn't taste that great, and one of the spices, if they do use it, was cinnamon/nutmeg. I had a variety of veggies and like the tzaski that was inside it, but the taste of the lamb, had this over powering taste of Cinnamon/nutmeg. It could have been an off day for them, but I doubt I will return. Too many other places to eat.
After waiting almost forever for this place to open I've eaten there a number of times in the past few months-never been disappointed.
The decor is a little bare bones as befits a brand new place I mean they had to completely refit the place from the walls out.
The food is the same delicious fare as the older store-always tasty always a bargain.
It was pouring outside in July this year, and it was a little chilly so I stepped inside and had some soup. It was warming and delicious.
The other time I went, I had their salad. Really, there's nothing much to write home about this place, but you can find some great vegetarian options here anyway.
Ambiance: small, and clean. Order at the counter.
After hearing great things about Nuba, I decided to go there to grab something quick to eat with a friend; it was the perfect place for that. My chicken was very moist and barbeque nicely. It came with a bunch of other accompaniments like salad, hummus, pita and potatoes(which were oily, but good!). We were both stuffed for under $30!
I'll probably go back when I'm in the area and looking for a big lunch :)
Happily surprised, lunch at this restaurant s was one of the best meals in this area. The tabouli was the best that I had (I think it was the olive oil that was used), and the chicken wrap in pita as grilled beautifully. The service was attentive without being overly so. I will be going there for dinner soon.
Tried najib’s special which was a very unique dish and absolutely loved it! The ingredients are very fresh. It's a great spot to get quality food quickly. It's a small spot, and decor is minimal - not a big deal for a good in and out spot.
So I have given Nuba the third and final chance. Went there last night and waited 1/2 an hour for a take out order (2 wraps and some dry grilled potatos) no exageration. There was one other person waiting and one table of dine-in patrons so there was no reason for it to take that long. The girl behind the 'counter' was aloof and disinterested in taking my order, never apologized for the wait or offered any explanation. i heard her say to the woman in the kitchen "Do you think this would be easier if I wasn't stoned?" NICE. After waiting for the food, got it home to find they had not only messed up on both orders, but also that the food was cold and fairly bland. Perhaps Nuba could benefit from a more stringent hiring policy, instead of basing their hiring on how cool and thin and moody their aplicants are. Seriously will never be back.
food: I ordered the falafel plate. I found the falafels to be okay, a little on the dry side but add some hot sauce and it's tastier. The tabbouleh and hommous were of good quality.
service: it's a cafe - cashier was polite if not smiley
value: $9 for a falafel plate that is good for dinner is priced about right. it's not really cheap when you think about it but it's not highway robbery either
ambiance: place seats about 14-17 people. it's clean and the cashier did go around cleaning out the dish tray and wiping tables. i noticed that the dishrag that he used to wipe the table was clean b/c when he wiped my table it smelled lemony (very pleasant) and not that yucky old dishrag smell.
overall: I would go back if it's convenient but I wouldn't go out of my way to revisit the place. There are other falafel places priced similarly and of the same quality.
We stopped by Nuba on our way to a Canucks game for a quick bite- and what a surprise! It was great food. My boyfriend's chicken shish tawook was delicious, and my lamb kafta was a bit of a small portion, but very good nonetheless. The accompaniment of tabouleh was especially good.
It's a cute little place for lunch or a quick meal. It felt very healthy too.
We love Nuba for healthy fast well priced food. The garden falafel is really tasty with avocado and their homemade pickle. The vegetarian appetizer plate is a great sampler of all their goodies. I love the flavour of the lentil/rice/avocado dish, the crispy cauliflower is amazing and the mushrooms are great!
Nuba isn't a fancy restaurant but its design is clean and simple. And the food is always good, we've eaten in twice and picked up to take away many more times and never been disappointed.
We read a glowing review in the Westender magazine about this second of two Nuba restaurants, so thought we would give it a try. We have had Lebanese food before many times at Habibi's and Mona's, so this was not our first experience. We ordered the La Feast- a vegetarian sampler platter, lamb kafta and chicken shish tawook. The lamb was overcooked, black and hard as charcoal, and the falafels, which we had heard so much about, were also overdone and dry. The baba ganoush also had a smoky burnt taste. I wanted to tell the cooks to turn the temperature on their grill and deep-fryers down a tad so they could cook the food through without incinerating it. My companion said the chicken was okay, if a bit burnt as well. Overall, a disappointing experience that made it unlikely we will return or recommend this restaurant.