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Recs for a Turkish or Armenian restaurant

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?

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  1. 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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    1. re: grillit

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

    2. 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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      1. re: grillit

        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.

        1. re: carswell

          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...

          1. re: carswell

            I looked up Doruk and it has closed. Thx Anyway

        2. 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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          1. re: rocio

            Hey, do they make pides in addition to lahmacun?

          2. 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.

            1. 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.