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Kabab Village - Lebanese Mediterranean Cuisine · Sep 26, 07:16 PM

It is not a secret that I have a bias to the many great foods I enjoyed over the years I lived in Montreal.

Aside from traditional French Canadian foods, there are cuisines from all over the world in Montreal.

My first week there, some friends took me to AMIRS which serves Lebanese Mediterranean dishes and I quickly became addicted to the shish taouk wrapped in a pita.

I had a weekly visit to AMIR (see www.restoamir.com )

How to explain the joy I felt when I first saw Kabab Village.

Although AMIRS was awesome, the leboniese food at The Kabab Village is superb and the Shish Taouk with pita was one item I missed greatly and it took oh so little time to blurt out that that is what I would have.

An amazing sight to see as chicken seasoned with a blend of spices slowly cooks on a vertical rotisserie. Then with lighting fast swings of a blade from a master chef the chicken is shaved to fall lightly onto a plate, with side orders too many to mention.

However, I do wish to address the service. Superb!
By far it was some of the most courteous and considerate service I have had. They truly cater your meal with pita and a dipping sauce lightly sprinkled with paprika and extra virgin olive oil.

The host and waitress are happy to meet each customer and assure that everything is to their liking. And to this I must give them a bunch of stars for the service alone.

My parents had never had food from this region before, so I brought them with me the second time I went. Transfixed on my meal I all but ignored what they ordered… well, for the purpose of this article I’ll call Mom right now and ask her what she had and what my dad had as well…..

BRB
Here is some good music while I find out.

(humming “Lotus Flower” by Radiohead)

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“Hi Ma.”
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“Thanks Mom. Love ya. Tell Dad I’ll call him tomorrow”

LOL.
Anyways.. They had the same as me. I should have remembered that. I was too hungry, too excited.

So where is this magical place?

Well anyone who has lived in Thunder Bay for a long time remembers the Robins Donuts on Syndicate across from the old IBM building near where the Inntowner used to be by the Victoriaville parkade.

The location closed and went through a few transformations, until finally it became the Lebanese delight that it now is.

It was renamed Kabab Village and for food of this flare and other middle eastern and mediterranean cruises this place is excellent and the service, smile and politeness makes me want to travel to their home country, as they set an example of the service I wish other places would aspire towards, professionally, and many people personally.

Great place. 215 Syndicate Ave South for those who don’t know where the Inntowner used to be.

I asked them a few questions while I payed the bill and gladly tipped more than 20%.

Q: What foods and from what regions do you serve?
A: lebanese mediterranean

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Major renovations and opening another location

Q: Is there take out and delivery
A: Yes

Q: What item is most ordered.
A: The salads and the fish fatouch shawarma

Q: Tell me about your customers, what have they said.
A: Very positive. Just try food

And I am glad they have a website. www.kababvillage.com Click Here and go to their website now and check out what they offer.

Please understand that I am not literate in many (if not all) of these dishes, and I have never traveled to that part of the world. So please excuse much of my ignorance in spelling, or in my descriptions. I just know the food is wonderful and service is great.

And I also want to make sure that you are aware of the Kabab Village and that you take some time to visit and enjoy.

I hope they are here to stay for a long long time.

I will be a regular, and and in my opinion, they are far better than AMIRS in Montreal.

If you have been to AMIRS then you will known the magnitude of this compliment.

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UPDATE: Porto Divino - Reopened as DeLuca's · Jul 11, 12:48 PM

UPDATE:Porto Divino is closed and reopened as DeLuca’s

I have not had a chance to dine there under the new name DeLuca’s Family Restaurant.

If anyone has had a chance to dine there, please feel free to review your experience in the comments section.

They appear to still serve Italian cuisine but have added “Family Restaurant” to their signage.

Below is my original review of Porto Divino.
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Originally Posted July 7th, 2005
PORTO DIVINO

We sat out on the back patio, and as I drank a bottle of wine, waiting for our Pasta to arrive, we listened to the strangely tranquil sounds of the trains and rail cars adjusting themselves. I guess in the right atmosphere, anything can be pleasing.

For appetizers, we had a Caesar Salad and the Eggplant Fritters. Both were excellent.

I did not leave a drop of sauce to my Lasagna, and cleaned the plate with bread, almost sad to see it all finished. My partner in crime had the spaghetti and meatballs, and only left some on her plate to take home because she absolutely loves cold spaghetti for breakfast.

The wait staff was exuberant to have us there, and were very pleasant. The slight sarcasm in their friendly humour, lightened the mood and brought laughter and smiles to our face.

I once heard some bad reviews about this place from a friend and another from a family member, but my experience was great. Additional points to the fact that we arrived 5 minutes before close, and they still served us a full meal, and at no point caused us to rush.

I will go back here again. Excellent food, good wine, fair price, good atmosphere, and friendly staff that go a little extra bit out of the way for you.

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Waterfront Restaurant · Jun 14, 05:30 PM

Chinese foods are the main items on the menu, however, you can order other items common to Thunderbania Cuisine, such as fish and chips.

My partner in crime had the Fish and Chips, prequelled by deep fried wontons and a spring roll.

I went for the consommé soup, spring roll and schezuan mein noodles (spicy).

A pleasant dining experience all around, add to the atmosphere the variety of birds chirping away as we sat on the deck overlooking the marina; the passerbyers walking about, enjoying the cool late spring evening. With Thunderbania to the back of us, and our eyes to the waterfront, we could almost imagine we were somewhere else.

The wait staff was well timed (very well timed), polite and friendly. The food was very enjoyable.

For dining and experience, I would suggest this place to anyone on a warm summers evening, after a stroll through the marina, and to go out of your way for.

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Roosters Bistro · Jun 04, 10:25 PM

What the hell is wrong with these people?

Ok. Food aside for a moment, and let’s focus on the dining experience.

1. Unless your wife and daughter are cooking, cleaning, doing the books or something, DO NOT bring them to the restaurant to ‘hang around’. We are trying to eat here and listening your wife grill your daughter for an explanation for the small insignificant bruise on her lip, totally… let me say that again… TOTALLY detaches away from the whole dining experience of your patrons.

2. Do not treat your dining area as your private office. We can clearly hear you talk on the phone to your advertising guy when you are standing right behind us. The dining area is for DINING. The Private Office is for running the business operations, well out of earshot of the customers. No accounting, no business planning, no business calls, no discussions about websites and yellow page ads. None of this should occur where and while I am trying to eat your food.

3. If you are going to rant on your staff, do not do it in earshot. Go more then 10 feet away from our table. I do not want to hear about your cook’s girlfriend and how her visiting disrupts business. You, yelling at your staff, disturbs us customers more. Yell at your staff after hours, or in a meeting, or over coffee down the street. Not while we are trying to eat.

With that said, the entertainment was great, even the drunken girl peering through the windows at our lunch added to the hilarity of the whole event. Worth going just for the show.

The food was status quo for Thunderbania. The Rooster Toes are strips of battered white chicken meat that has been mass-produced, frozen and shipped straight to their deep fryer and into your belly. The dill dip was actually really good. Home made or store bought, it was good none the less.

THE POUTINE! They have got the closest to poutine yet. The fries are great, the gravy is just about right, and they actually use cheese curds. Well not real cheese curds, but mass-produced, single serving packed pasteurized cheese curds. They got the concept right, but the supplier wrong.

For the records, the best choice in Thunderbania for cheese curds is Thunder Oak Cheese Farm Gouda Cheese Curds . These cheese curls have topped anything I have tried in Montreal. And I will say it again.

Thunder Oak Cheese Farm Gouda Cheese Curds beats any cheese curds from Montreal to Winnipeg… maybe even the world…

So back to the review… I also had the Philly Cheese Steak…

...Ahem… excuse me… shaved roast beef, green and red diced peppers, and cheese. This is not a Philly cheese steak by any means, but for what it was, it was ok.

In conclusion, I will go back for the poutine until I find a better place, but will keep coming back for the entertainment.

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