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Feb 22, 2008 03:37 PM

Best Souvlaki in Montreal???

Best souvlaki in Montreal is???

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  1. Do you mean real souvlaki (i.e. pork cubes in pita) or gyro (in pita)? In any case and IMHO, I think by far the best is Nostos on L'acadiemostly for their gyro pita but also for their souvlaki pita. Good runner-ups are Village Grec (Parc-Ex location mostly) and Marathon. I never understood the polls that claim George Souvlaki is the best; I thought it was very average and so is Arahova (with some locations being downright awful. Then again, if you've had it in Greece, you will never want to eat anything here; it just doesn't compare. BTW, avoid Kojax Souflaki at all cost; not only is it horrible and vile, they don't even spell it right!

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    1. re: hungryann

      I haven't tried Nostos (will do), but with regard to the rest of your opinion I do agree with.

      1. re: hungryann

        George used to be very good a few years back, but there was a change of management (possibly ownership as well but I'm not sure) and it went downhill fast. I think the fact that they keep getting voted best souvlaki in the city has more to do with brand loyalty than with their current offerings.

        1. re: Moosemeat

          My favourite place is Agora on Somerled in NDG.
          It takes awhile as they cook everything fresh, but well worth the wait.
          They have insanely cheap lunch specials

          Also pretty good is Parthenon on Van Horne & Cote Des Neiges.
          Hands down the best Tzatziki in Montreal and it is also a BYOW

          1. re: InterFoodie

            Parthenon is the best tzatziki cos it makes my mouth burn with garlic!

        2. re: hungryann

          I agree that Nostos & Village Grec are best by far, if you're talking about gyro. Never tried the souvlaki at Nostos, & I think I tried the souvlaki at Village Grec once, but it was longtime ago. Marathon for their souvlaki I presume? Does it make a difference at which Marathon location(their laval locations & Decarie Expressway location)?

          1. re: BLM

            No diffrence...both are equal. There is also a WI location, which has the same quality. Marathon also does gyro; both the gyro and souvlaki are good but the pita is a little chewy. I prefer the fluffier pita and that's more traditional than using the arabic pita.

            1. re: hungryann

              The Marathon locations throughout Montreal, I'm guessing are owned & run by the founding family(meaning they're not franchise operations)?

          2. re: hungryann

            "Real" souvlaki is not necessarily porc. In fact, lamb is more authentic. If done well, any meat is good. (And, of course, gyro is not souvlaki, tho I love a good gyro sandwich. )

          3. Had to mention two souvlaki components that are top notch: the tzatziki at Village Souvlaki (Decarie & Sherbrooke) is excellent - very creamy, lots of cucumber shreds, but not too garlicky like I find the one at Arahova. I also love the fluffy pita bread at Terasse Lafayette (Villeneuve & Jeanne-Mance) - not sure if it's homemade or what they do that makes it different, but it's tremendously tasty and fluffy. Will try some of the other recs here - if I could ever find amazing chicken, pita & tzatziki in one place, I'll be in souvlaki heaven for sure. :-)

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            1. re: kpzoo

              Yes, all the breads at Terrasse Lafayette are house made. Their tzatziki is excellent too. Add high-quality grilled meat and you have the makings of one of the city's better souvlakis. Plus it's BYOB. Too bad their doner isn't up too snuff.

              1. re: carswell

                Lafayette is horrible. Went for takeout souvlaki and stood around forever and finally got like yesterdays food. Cold garbage. Sorry.

              2. re: kpzoo

                I have never had great chicken souvlaki anywhere in Montreal. I never knew about TL. I will give it a go soon!

                1. re: kpzoo

                  It's Villa du Souvlaki on the corner of Sherbrooke and Decarie. And it's by far one of my favorites. Go before 3 for lunch specials. I always get extra tzatziki to dip their yummy fries in.

                  1. re: causeimhungry

                    Thank you for correcting my 2+ year-old error. ;-) Must have been mixing it up with Village Szechuan up the street on Decarie.

                2. La Ligne Rouge (a.k.a : the Red Line) on Jean-Talon corner of Saint-Denis (next to the Jean Talon Metro's most western exit -Direction Marché) is my guilty pleasure and the only place I can still recommend for souvlaki.

                  The pork is fresh (not manufactured and frozen in Markham), tender and spiced right. The tzatziki will assure you people (even bank tellers behind protective glass) asking where you ate for at least a week. Drive back home with the windows open even in a snowstorm and enjoy!

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                  1. re: Junior Warden

                    Is there a lamb souvlaki to be had in Mtl?

                    In Greece is souvlake ever made with lamb as opposed to Pork?

                    1. re: VivreManger

                      I have never found a greek one in Mtl; Abu Elias has a lamb sandwich that is really good.
                      Yes, in Greece, they have lamb souvlaki, however pork is more popular. Also most gyro in Greece is made with a combination of pork, lamb and beef and it is out of this world!

                      1. re: VivreManger

                        I had lamb souvlaki the other day at the souvlaki place opposite st. viateur bagels (sorry forgot name it is a chain) and i enjoyed it and it was reasonable cost then crossed the street to get my bagels and smoked salmon spread!

                        1. re: wilmagrace

                          Arahova Souvlaki St-Viateur from your description. That would be the chain's flagship & original location.

                          1. re: BLM

                            I hope I won't be kicked off the board (or worse, laughed at and ridiculed). But I am still a big fan of the Original Arahova (on St. Viateur) souvlaki pita and tzatziki. The fries have gone downhill ( I think they are using McCains or something like that), but the pita is still great. And I love their rice pudding. I don't order anything else from them.

                            ok. you can stop laughing now...

                            We used to have a Village Grec that we could order from in the Plateau, but that closed. Those were great souvlakis as well, and I have been meaning to go to the other store. But we are just too close to Arahova... it is too easy. The sins of laziness....

                            1. re: moh

                              They might of been the first souvlaki establishment in Canada, when they first opened on St-Viateur. No problem with liking Arahova Souvlaki St-Viateur, & they might still do these differently(for the better) than the other Arahova Souvlaki locations.

                              1. re: moh

                                Don't sweat it. I used to like it too until I discovered Village Grec and Nostos and then married a Greek man! It's good for what it is but I know for a fact Greeks refer to it as souvlaki for non-Greeks.

                                1. re: hungryann

                                  Gotcha... thanks for the distinction. I recall the Village Grec souvlaki well, it was really great and I obviously need to reconnect... will also keep eyes peeled for Nostos!

                                2. re: moh

                                  nothing hits the spot at 3am on a saturday like a plate of their old fashion gyro and grilled octopus. the grilled octopus is seeping with oil but at that hour, gotta take what you can get

                            2. re: VivreManger

                              VivreManger you still coming back to Montreal often? You can get lamb souvlaki at Yia Sou, a Greek eatery at 5375 Queen Mary(a little off Decarie blvd I think). It gets a very high rating in today's Saturday Montreal Gazette paper, reviewed by Sarah Musgrave. I haven't eaten there, so I can't comment on their food. Their menu is vast & varied.

                              1. re: BLM

                                I had the lamb souvlaki there about 1 month ago and it was very good. Highly recommended!

                                1. re: hungryann

                                  Anything else good there? Their menu is large.

                                  1. re: BLM

                                    The gyros was also pretty good. I haven't tried anything else.

                                    1. re: hungryann

                                      What kind of meat do they use for the gyro? I'm crossing my fingers for all-lamb.

                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                        hungryann, could elaborate more. If you haven't seen their menu yet. On their menu, they list authentic gyro & chicken gyro. Real Greek gyro is suppose to be all-lamb?

                                        1. re: BLM

                                          No, their gyro is a combination pork/lamb. I have never found all lamb in Montreal.

                          2. I was told by a Montreal restaurateur recently that most souvlaki eating establishments in Montreal, use a bit of mustard in their marinade of souvlaki(besides lemon juice, garlic, oregano, olive oil..etc). This is also the case with grilled chicken breasts, in many restaurants that serve them. Is this correct?

                            1. did anybody mention marven's in park-ex? they have my all-time favourite souvlaki. their lamb chops are good and i like their fried calamari too. it's best to go for lunch or an early dinner. line-ups out the door on weekends!

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                              1. re: djou

                                Marvins used to be one of the best...that is up to about 3or 4 years ago, when all of a sudden the quality dropped. I had gone back a few times, but the food is just not the same. The Pita on my last visit was so stale it was inedible.

                                I suspect that from the change in decor (most all the stuffed animals decorating the place were gone) that it may have changed ownership. Too bad, I really liked Marvins.

                                1. re: fedelst1

                                  i haven't noticed any drop in quality of the food (the same can't be said of the service)... but then again, i've been eating there for almost 20 years, so i probably wouldn't like any other greek food i try (i'm a creature of habit).