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“Good food and ambience”
Review of Banu

Banu
Ranked #2,628 of 8,722 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $24 - $24
Cuisines: Persian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Buffet, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Queen Street and West Queen West
Cross street: Euclid
Reviewed November 18, 2013

We had the chicken and beef skewers, the plate came with this very light/yummy flatbread, roasted tomatoes, a minty yogourt and some sort of spice meant to be sprinkled on the meat. It was a delicious meal; simple flavours that worked so well together.

I think this place is so pretty inside - tiled tables, and very light colours with splashes of red.

The one thing I found offputting was that the tip is pre-fixed at 18%, which is odd. I'm not saying this place isn't deserving of an 18% tip, but I do believe that customers should have the option to input whatever they want. I'm not sure why Banu does this.

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Thank thatgirlyouknow
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We were introduced to Banu through friends who know the people who run it, who are all Persian themselves. The food is gorgeous and authentic, my boyfriend is Persian and he also agrees! The staff are all lovely and it's cute inside, and great location near/on (can't quite remember) Queen Street.

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Thank JasmineArchie
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

I make a point of eating here when in Toronto. We even took our 4 yr old grandson one lunchtime. He behaved well & the staff made a real fuss of him. We have also eaten there with Iranian friends in the evening.
The food is first class, fresh, mainly organic and very very tasty.
If you happen to be on Queen St W between Niagara & Tecumseh streets I would thoroughly recommend a visit.

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1  Thank Nuala871
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I was advised by one of my colleagues from Boston to go to banu when I come to Toronto to visit my family. I went there with my friend. The Hostess was very friendly . I ordered olive pomegranate walnut for appetizer which still I am thinking of it and my mouth watering, medium rare tenderloin kebob for dinner it was the best medium rare meat I ever had. My friend ordered grilled eggplant with tomato which was so delicious and for main she had tiger shrimp which was the size of lobster tail and so well cooked. I forgot our drink, something pink for me and emerald for my friend which was absolutely heavenly delicious and fresh . The service was excellent and we had nice chat with owners about The city of Boston and Toronto. Thanks Banu for a wonderful evening . I will come for sure next time when I am in Toronto.

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1  Thank evitaa1975
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

My best friend and I have been on a quest lately, for new hangouts, new cuisine, and even more specifically, trying shisha at many different places. We stumbled across Banu through online reviews.

We wish we listened to the negative reviews.

Upon entering Banu, we were "greeted" by a young man at the door. He seemed polite enough, even took our coats, but he didn't seem that warm, compared to staff from other places we've visited. What truly defined our poor visit was the waitress who then attended to us for the evening.

We weren't in the mood for food at the moment, and only wanted to drink and puff on some shisha. When we told her we were not going to order any food (at the moment), her demeanor changed towards us and she became VERY cold, hastily snatching the menus away from us.

My friend and I were appalled at the cost of the hookah: $21 for one flavor and only ONE coal. Other places we've visited gave us three, even FOUR coals, and charged us at half the price!

Turned off by our waitress' attitude towards us, we wound up not ordering any food. As a vegetarian, I found the choices on the menu to be sparse... Putting a little faith into the reviews I read online about the small portions and hefty prices, I decided ultimately to not order anything, even dessert.

Not even an hour into our hookah, the smoke began to feel coarse at the back of our throats. We would have ordered another coal, and even some dessert, but our waitress, correction, all staff, only seemed to be happy to serve other customers who ordered the "whole she-bang" of food and expensive wine.

When the time came for us to pay, my one Stella Artois, my friend's one mixed drink, and our hookah with one measly coal cost us about $50. My friend decided she would pay with her credit card. Here's the kicker: the machine would NOT allow her to choose how much gratuities to pay; it was fixed to 20%. We were only a party of two, in a not-so-busy time of day, didn't order much, AND got terrible service! There is NO WAY our experience at Banu deserved a 20% tip!

We felt like the staff wanted us gone the entire duration of our stay. The interior decor may have been sleek and trendy, but the staff were not hospitable. My friend and I are not "cheap" diners; we have hearty appetites and are quite generous when it comes to tipping our servers.

That was an experience I will NEVER forget, and I will tell my friends if they are looking for a positive dining experience, to take their money elsewhere.

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7  Thank Michelle A
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