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“Disappointing”
Review of Tarbouch

Tarbouch
Ranked #136 of 1,546 Restaurants in Antwerp
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Lebanese
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 5, 2014

We have been here three times before and ate a la carte. Now they have changed this and offer a buffet on Fridays and Saturdays. This buffet was very disappointing. The warm dishes were cold and there was not enough supply from the kitchen when a dish was empty. Also the baklava was finished when we got to that. So all over not according our expectations based on former visits. We will not return there anymore if they have the buffet night.

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Thank LindaGvdV
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

You walk into the restaurant at 9.15 pm and even before you sit the waiter tells you that 10 pm they close - already puts you off! Food is vegan friendly but ambiance is poor .the food was good . Choice was ample. Price is very attractive, but we had to gobble the food keeping in mind the 10 pm target. Unless the personnel change I am not going to this restaurant again,

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1  Thank ABHAY1957
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

We went to Restaurant Tarbouch using a Groupon. The restaurant itself looked a bit shady from outside, but the inside had a nice Lebanese atmosphere, including matching music (which was pretty loud). Service was friendly, but seemed more interested in some private visitors sitting at another table. This caused us to wait for our drinks for like 20 minutes. They gave us some Lebanese bread and olives to start with, and a small alcoholic drink.
We didn't get to choose for the lentil soup or ‘soup of the day’, they just served us the lentil soup, which was good. Our starters and main course was served on one big plate, but we didn't really mind. Again, we didn't get to choose for lamb/beef/vegetarian as was promised on the Groupon. I guess you should to this when making the reservation. The starters and main course tasted excellent and fresh. The plate contained some:
* tabouleh
* hummus
* fattouche
* labneh (drizzled with awesome olive oil)
* okra in tomato sauce
* lentils with onion and tar
* a pastry filled with goat’s cheese
* one falafel
* a pastry filled with minced meat
* rice and lamb
Generous portions and the taste were great.
As dessert they served us a sweet pastry.
Overall it was an ok experience, especially for this price.

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Thank Abbey v
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

we filled a whole evening in this restaurant, chatting away while eating the delicious food. Especially the Humus and recommended salad where very good. As well as the gambas.

Atmosphere was very relaxed, changes in menus/dishes no problem. We had a great time there

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Thank liesebees
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We were a group of 8 friends using a Groupon voucher for dinner. The voucher mentioned that there would be a choice of fish/meat/vegetarian for the main course, and so when I made the reservation via phone, I did not make any special mention of the 2 vegetarians in our group. And boy, did that rub the wrong way with the restaurant!

It was a warm Friday night, and there were a few tables placed out on the curb but we were seated indoors. For a weekend night, less than half the tables were occupied but with just 1 waiting staff to serve us all, it made for terrible and grouchy service!

It took us several tries to flag the waiter down to order drinks.
We were first served lentil soup (tasted bland and could at best be called lukewarm), served with some hot chilli sauce on the side that wasn't that bad.
Next arrived a mixed plate of cold/warm appetizers - warm flatbread with hummus, tabouleh, a green salad, warm cheese and meat pastries, falafel, chicken in garlic sauce, okra in tomato sauce, etc. These were alright.
The main course were 2 huge plates of rice, one heaped with chicken and the other with shredded beef. Unfortunately, unlike what it promised on the voucher, we could not really choose what we wanted individually, but were just served what they had as common portions to share. The waiter had already made a huge fuss about me not warning the restaurant of the 2 vegetarians in our group when making the reservation but did mention that they would try and accommodate the vegetarians. When our main courses arrived, we were told that all the main dishes had meat in them and the okra (we thought this was one of the appetizers) was what the vegetarians had to make do with!! When I complained, they were served some mini dolmadas that were horribly sour and tasted really stale!

Dessert was a tiny cheese pastry drizzled with honey. Nothing to write home about.

When we ordered a bottle of wine, the waitress (there was apparently a 2nd waiting person in the wings, standing by doing almost nothing) dumped the wine bottle on the table and left. After several tries at asking for wine glasses, we finally got them but we had to do our own pouring. Not what I expect if I am sitting down at a restaurant and paying 30 euro for a bottle!!

In all, okay food but I could probably have thrown together something far more delicious in my own kitchen! Given the absolutely horrendous service (almost downright rude), I doubt if I'd step in here again.

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2  Thank golliwog17
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