Great middle eastern restaurants in Montréal

Mayssam Samaha

I am of Lebanese origin and when I crave a taste of home, I turn to any of these Middle Eastern restaurants for a trip down my culinary memory lane.

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Kazamaza

I really can’t pick a favourite dish at this Mile End address. Set in a funky yet simple decor complete with brick wall, Kazamaza is a vibrant restaurant serving traditional mezes as well as mains and grilled meats. Try their cherry kebabs and the delicious omelette with kawarma (lamb confit) served at brunch.

Damas

Damas has to be one of my favourite spot for Middle Eastern food, specifically Syrian in this case. All the mezza are fresh and delicious but try some of the house specialties like the eggplant fatteh or the moloukhiya.

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BarBounya and Restaurant Su

Both these restaurants are helmed by Turkish chef Fisun Ercan. Restaurant Su serves traditional Turkish food including mezes and main dishes. BarBounya is a mezes bar with emphasis on small Mediterranean-inspired dishes that are meant to be shared. They also both serve one of the best brunches in town.

Sumac

Located in Saint-Henri, this bustling spot serves Middle-Eastern inspired dishes such as the best falafels and delicious kefta made with the freshest ingredients and served with their homemade bread. Try the garlic labneh with dukka, fresh mint and paprika oil.

Alep and Le Petit Alep

I have been a fan of Le Petit Alep for years. I head to this little bistro located across the street from the Jean Talon Market when I am craving a spicy terbialy kebab (filet mignon in a spicy sauce) or one of their daily specials. Its big brother Alep serves the same menu in a more upscale atmosphere. If you’re a wine fan, both restaurants have two of the best wine lists in the city.

Rumi

Rumi serves food inspired by the Silk Road, happily combining the cuisines of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa for a true culinary trip to exotic faraway lands.

Byblos Le Petit Café

Known for their impeccable feta cheese omelette served for breakfast daily, Byblos is a cozy café with a varied menu of delectable Persian specialties that include spreads, rolls, couscous, sandwiches and desserts.

Omnivore

Whether you’re an herbivore, an omnivore or a carnivore, Omnivore is a great spot to know. Located on the Main on the Plateau Mont-Royal, the grill specialist uses maple charcoal for all the grilled meats and the freshest ingredients for their many salads and spreads. The Omnivore grocery store and catering business just opened up at 54 Marie-Anne West for all your take-home needs.

On the go

Chez Apo: Head here for their delicate lahmadjun, an Armenian specialty consisting of a thin circle of dough topped with a slightly spicy mix of ground beef and tomatoes and baked in their wood-burning oven.

Crazy Falafel: A bit out of the way, I always head there for the French fries sandwich, which consists of fresh fries topped with garlic sauce and coleslaw, wrapped in pita bread and slightly pressed.

Chez Fourna specializes in one of favourite Lebanese street foods, a manouché (a round dough topped with zaatar, a mix of wild thyme, sumac, sesame seeds and salt).

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha, blogger

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city.

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