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hungryann Jul 24, 2006 11:48 PM

I would like to try authentic and/or good turkish and armenian food. Any places come to mind in Montreal and surrounding areas? Also please suggest specific dishes to try?

TIA

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    grillit RE: hungryann Aug 3, 2006 10:34 PM

    Most Armenians in Montreal are diasporan Armenians from various middle eastern countries such as Syria, Lebanon etc. Therefore at most Armenian restaurants here you'll find the usual gamut of arabic foods like Tabouleh (salad), Lahmajoun(Baked bread with spiced meat topping), Kefta(ground beef), Dolma/Sarma(Stuffed vine leaves) and of course the essential: kabobs. I doubt you'd find any "authentic" Armenian cuisine. I have only seen one Turkish restaurant in Montreal, and I haven't eaten there, so I wouldn't feel comfortable referring you.

    I can suggest Restaurant Alep on Jean-Talon, which is Syrian-Armenian, and they also have a 'hip' little sister resto next door called Le Petit Alep, which is quite pleasant - they have art exhibits and such as well.

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      hungryann RE: grillit Aug 4, 2006 12:59 AM

      Thanks for the info. Which Turkish restaurant are you referring to?

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      grillit RE: hungryann Aug 4, 2006 01:18 AM

      I believe it's callled the Anatolien - and I only assume it's Turkish, since Anatolia was part of the former Ottoman empire, and is now the eastern most region in Turkey, inhabited currently mostly by Kurdish people. They may serve ethnically Kurdish food, I would have no idea about that.

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        carswell RE: grillit Aug 4, 2006 04:00 AM

        Hour's Maeve Haldane gave a thumbs-up to Doruk (630 Jean-Talon West, 514 273-6947) a couple of years ago. And it was praised in passing on ...an endless banquet in January of last year. Don't know if it's still around. www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iIDArticle...

        Anatolien got panned by Mike Elliot on his Food-Zen blog in February. http://foodzen.blogspot.com/2006/02/r...

        The only Turkish resto I can recall eating at in Montreal was the Vieux Istanbul on the east side of Bleury south of Ste-Catherine, but I believe it closed about a year ago.

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          Peter Cherches RE: carswell Aug 4, 2006 03:42 PM

          I was very sorry to see Vieux Istanbul go. They had killer pides and meze. I passed by shortly after they closed and they had a sign that said something (in French) like "look for us soon in a new location," but I haven't heard anything since, including a query here that got no response.

          Here's a piece I wrote about Turkish pides:

          http://petercherches.blogspot.com/200...

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            hungryann RE: carswell Aug 4, 2006 11:59 PM

            I looked up Doruk and it has closed. Thx Anyway

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          rocio RE: hungryann Aug 12, 2006 04:03 PM

          I highly highly recommend Resto Café Avesta at 2077 Ste. Catherine West (it is a Turkish restaurant despite the Persian-sounding name). The restaurant is located on Ste.Catherine W. after du Fort Street and you can't miss it because there are two ladies rolling out thin Turkish bread in the front window. The food is fresh, authentic and excellent. I have tried many of their mezze (excellent Babaganouj and Dolma among others)as well as their Lahmajoun and both the meat and spinach börek. I also really love their baklava. It is very comfortable and affordable. I will be going back with friends soon to have their manti--meat dumplings in yogurt.

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            Peter Cherches RE: rocio Aug 18, 2006 06:32 PM

            Hey, do they make pides in addition to lahmacun?

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            chilipepper RE: hungryann Aug 23, 2006 02:56 AM

            I second the vote for Avesta - very tasty and cheap. The hummus, stuffed grapevine leaves, babaganouj and borek delish. Ditto the manti (dumplings) -very addictive. There is also a place on Prince Arthur East (near Carre St. Louis) that has a similar menu - De Damas a Baghdad - that bills itself as Syrian and Iraqui food. But they have similar mezze. Oddly enough, the menu even looks the same, right down to the font. But they had other grilled meat and daily specials that looked intriguing. The mezze we tried were very good. The fattah (sp?) was also good: basically fried pita layered with meat and vegetable purees in an herbed yogurt sauce. Lots to soak up the pitas with.

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              grillit RE: hungryann Aug 23, 2006 05:19 AM

              Chilipepper -> There is also a place on Prince Arthur East (near Carre St. Louis) that has a similar menu - De Damas a Baghdad - that bills itself as Syrian and Iraqui food. But they have similar mezze.

              The wonderful thing about the dishes of this region is that they very seldom pertain to one culture/ethnicity or another exclusively. Manti, which was mentioned earlier in this thread, is also traditionally served by Armenians, however the Armenian version consists of tiny meat dumplings served in a sort of garlic yogurt 'soup'. (It's wonderful!) The stuffed/rolled grape leaves are known to Greeks as Dolmadas, are also served by Persians, Turks (Dolmasi), Lebanese, Syrians, Egyptians (in Arabic it's "warak 'inab" - my apologies for the terrible transliteration) and Armenians know them as any variation of Dolma or Sarma. Each has it's own regional variation, but they're all excellent IMO.

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                kit RE: hungryann Aug 24, 2006 05:30 PM

                Oh you must try KAROUN in Laval!!! Recommended by Armenian friends

                Excellent, tasty & not expensive at all. We can eat well for about $15 each including tip, tax & non-alcoholic drinks.

                Haven't been there in a while so I can't remember the specific dishes.

                Have some "adventurous" plates as well: cow brain, tongue etc.

                411 CURE-LABELLE BLVD, LAVAL Phone: 450-682-6820

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                  jennina RE: kit Aug 24, 2006 06:59 PM

                  Karoun is great! I second that!

                  For more of a restaurant atmosphere and the best fatouch I've ever had.
                  SHISH-KEBAB (original name!) on Acadie, in front of marché central.

                  It is so good, really.

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                  tkalayci RE: hungryann Feb 5, 2007 10:39 AM

                  There is also a new turkish restaurant in montreal now. Called "resturant su". Cozy and not expensive. They have recently reviewed by the Montreal Gazette. Here is the link for review http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette...
                  You can see the restaurant's web site at www.restaurantsu.com

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