Sinbad's

Tucson, Arizona

3.7 / 2 votes

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Middle eastern restaurant

Middle Eastern food, some vegetarian or vegan. Additional seating available on the porch. Service can be slow at lunchtime, so allow plenty of time.

Added by Gerry Morgan on Jun 29 04 (last updated Mar 22 10)

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Sinbad's is quite cute, & a nice place to sit on a sunny afternoon. The staff are friendly, and the food is fresh. The portions though are tiny. I had the Arabic Falafal wrap, which was supposed to contain potatoes and aubergines, but they were almost non-existent. The falafal was tasty, but there were just two small ones, wrapped in a pita that can't have been more that 6 inches in diameter. It did only cost 5 bucks, but still seemed more like an appetizer than a main course.


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I went here for lunch at about 3:30 on a Saturday to avoid parking problems. A good strategy -- my companion and I found a spot on University just a few doors down from Geronimo Plaza, where Sinbad's is located.

A good portion of the menu was devoted to vegetarian entrees, and judging from the descriptions all or most of them might have been vegan.

I had a cup of lentil soup, which was pureed and reminded me of split-pea soup. It came with lemon wedges, which allowed me to control the amount of juice that I stirred into the soup. It was delicious.

For my entree I chose the hummos plate, which was exactly what it sounds like -- a plate with hummos spread on top of it, with a circular reservoir for ample olive oil. It was garnished with paprika, fresh parsley, and a few whole chickpeas. There was plenty of pita bread to scoop up the hummos.

I don't know what else I was expecting from this dish, but I was a little disappointed that the appetizer and entree left me still quite hungry. I wished that it had come with a salad or some veggies to dip into the hummos.

My companion ordered a falafel salad. I sampled some of the falafel with my hummos and pita, and it might have been the best falafel I'd ever had.

Our three items together cost about $15. Maybe that's not so bad, but we did feel like the portions were too small to justify the price. There was also a <I>lot</I> of oil -- my hummos had a ridiculous amount of olive oil poured on top of it, and my companion's salad bowl had oil about a centimeter deep when he was done with it.

Overall, I feel positive about this place. It seems like there are quite a few vegan items to choose from, and the food itself was delicious. Next time I visit, I'll have to keep in mind how small the portions are, and I'll also request that they cut down on the oil.

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Neighborhood

Central

Directions

South side of University Boulevard, just east of Euclid.

Non-Smoking

Wheelchair Accessible

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Middle Eastern/Persian

Features

  • Outdoor Seating
  • Quiet

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Hours

11am - 9pm
11am - 10pm
noon - 10pm

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