Sunday, May 4, 2008

29. Tunisia: Djerba la Douce

Djerba la Douce
1475 Danforth Avenue
416 778 7870
(just west of Coxwell Subway station)

When I phoned ahead to make a reservation, I was told to come in after 6 pm as that's when the server started work. Everything is prepared fresh so plan on a leisurely meal. Our server recommended we start with the traditional Tunisian before dinner drink - mint tea drunk out of small glass tumblers. We order two large pots for the table, and then a third one at $6 a pot.
Our starters were:-salad grill mushwa [pictured here]- garlic, onion, peppers and fresh tomatoes blended with spices olives, bread, $4.95; salad Tunisienne - Tomato, cucumber, garlic, onion, radish and olive oil, $4.75; brique - pastry stuffed with potatoes, parsley, egg and tuna, $3.99; calamari Djerbieno - green onion, garlic, chili peppers and tomato sauce, $5.95; Shrimp la Marseillaise - grilled shrimp, garlic and tomato sauce, $7.50 and
Djerba la Douce soup - pureed vegetable soup, $4. 25. The calamari and shrimp get rave reviews.
For main courses we try: veggie couscous - carrot, chick peas, greens, cabbage on a bed of couscous $9.95; lamb couscous, $13.99, chicken merguese couscous, $12.95; lamb with mint, served with either veggies or couscous $13.95; and the trout and grouper specials.
We round out the meal with Tunisian coffee which separates in to layers and is attractively presented in glass cups, $2.75. Baklava(not overly syrupy) and "sea shells" (small round pastry shells filled with walnuts and caramel) satisfy the sweet tooths.
The Djerba la Douce serves halal food and does not have a liquor license. It's cash only as they accept neither credit nor debit cards.

Ambiance (2)
Service (2)
Food Presentation (4)
Food Quality (3)
Value for Money (4)

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