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Jul 2, 2009 05:32 PM

Antep Kabab: 1626 Maisonneuve

My girlfriend and I just got back from this new Turkish place and I have to say we were both thoroughly impressed by the food there. We ordered a mixed plate of beef and chicken kabobs which also came with salad, couscous, onions, and most importantly: bread. The bread is the main thing at this joint and their sandwiches looked to die for (I really regret not getting one). It's that type of bread you just look at and you know it's good.

The kabobs were great (better than Chateau Kabob) but the salad was nothing special. Couscous was a nice substitution to rice.

Back to the bread. It was fabulous! All fresh made in their own oven (which looked like a pizza oven to me). I will definitely be stopping by in the near future to grab one of the four or five sandwiches (VERY small menu, maybe ten items).

The plate was $12, and the sandwiches are all $5.

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  1. I tried a half of the antep kabab sandwich and the lamb sandwich and both were really good. I totally agree about the bread. It made the sandwich. I can't wait to try the other menu items. Their still working out the kinks so the wait was a little long but i think they'll figure it out. Not all the menu items are available yet.

    1. The lamb sandwich rocks the house!!!!

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      1. re: bigfellow

        It does indeed. Girlfriend brought one home for me since I'm having trouble getting around these days. It's a really great sandwich. The bread is very similar to the one they make at the Turkish pizza place in Hochelaga: Les Jardins de la pizza. Although the fillings at Antep Kabab are way better.

        1. re: SnackHappy

          Tried buying the bread only--but this is not possible.

      2. Yeah sorry I forgot to mention it did take a really long time to get our food. Maybe fifteen/twenty minutes. There were three people working in the back. The staff were very friendly though.

        1. The kebab sandwich hit the spot this afternoon. The meat was nicely spiced and expertly grilled, the bread fantastic (charred just right), the "salad" stuffing (cukes, tomatoes, onion and garlic-yogurt sauce, I believe) a perfect complement. I added a little salt and would have preferred a bit more heat (as in spice), but those are niggles. Service was disorganized but friendly and fairly prompt; I was eating within ten minutes of placing my order. Saw another client digging into an impressive lamb plate. Along with Coke and company, they have a small selection of Turkish soft drinks; I tried a Camalica lemon soda. Big, empty refrigerator cases hint at things to come. Suspect this will become a regular stop for a quick bite when in the area. Anybody know what their business hours are?

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          1. re: carswell

            Tried their grilled chicken kebab sandwich Saturday. Found it very good(their chicken was excellently grilled & tasted great).

            1. re: carswell

              A Turkish hound on hiatus mails in a correction: the name of the lemon soda is Çamlica (the cedilla means the C is pronounced something like "ch" instead of like the "j" in jam).

              She continues: "Historically made in the Çamlica hill of Istanbul, one of the beauties of the city (the video below doesn't do the justice, but this was all I was able to find). It is also one of my favorite soft drinks."

              1. re: carswell

                My friend and I tried it and to be honest we though it tasted just like Sprite or 7up. We also tried Cola Turka. At $1.75 each I think they were priced a bit steep, but I can see how there can be a nostalgia factor involved for some.

                1. re: mainsqueeze

                  «we thought it tasted just like Sprite or 7up.»

                  Similar for sure, though minus the lime flavour and, it seemed to me, a little less sweet (didn't check but I now wonder what it's sweetened with).

                  1. re: carswell

                    It's sweetened with sugar - the first three ingredients are water, sugar, and lemon juice. No other sweeteners listed that I could see. There's also mint in it, surprisingly. I liked it, but again, at $1.75, it is a bit pricey. But, oh, those sandwiches...yum...

                    1. re: cherylmtl

                      Thanks for checking. I guess the novelty factor outweighs the 50- or 75-cent premium over 7up for me. YMMV.

                      About those sandwiches, though. While I really enjoyed mine at the time, I didn't think it was exactly rave-worthy. But, man, I've been jonesing for one like crazy yesterday and today. That's gotta be a sign they're doing something right, eh? Too bad I'm chained to my desk on the other side of the mountain for the foreseeable future...

                      1. re: carswell

                        Resistance was futile.

                        Made a quick swing through downtown and dropped by for dinner. The lamb kebab is a thing of beauty: masterfully grilled (charred edges, bit of pink in the centre), filet mignon tender and supremely flavourful (smoke, a little lamby "gaminess," present but not overpowering marinade, a bit of chile bite). Served on a bed of al dente tomato rice with red pepper chunks. Sided with a green salad; sliced tomatoes; sliced onions and parsley; a sizeable dollop of thick yogurt with cucumber, garlic and dried mint; two quarters of a small round of bread. The rice and sides were well made if unexceptional but the lamb was something else entirely. A Cola Turka didn't push many of my buttons. Not exactly cheap at $15 but definitely not overpriced.

              2. re: carswell

                «Anybody know what their business hours are?»

                Just called and asked. 10 a.m. till at least 11 p.m. or midnight and even later (up to 2 or 3 a.m.) if business justifies it. Seven days a week.

                1. re: tombombadillo

                  Between Pierce and Guy, according to Google Maps:


                  Metro: Guy-Concordia

                  1. re: kpzoo

                    Google maps is off by a few meters. It's on the south-west corner of Maisonneuve and Pierce.

                    1. re: SnackHappy

                      Google maps is correct. I was there yesterday and it's on the south side of de Maisonneuve just EAST of Pierce.

                      1. re: davyboy

                        Oh crap, I guess this is what happens when you get old.

                        1. re: davyboy

                          By the way, I ididn't mention that I was there just after they had opened - around 11:45 a.m. I asked for a lamb sandwich, but the owner (I think) informed me that the lamb was marinating, wouldn't be available for about 3 hours and offered me a filet mignon sandwich which I accepted. I have noticed comments about a wait, but what I saw explains it - everything is prepared to order after it is ordered. The owner told me it would take about 10 minutes so I did some fast errands in the area and returned 10 minutes later and he was in the process of preparing my sandwich. I had ordered it for takeout and when I returned home, I attacked this sandwich and it was fantastic. The bread, as everyone has commented, is exceptional, and the meat was fabulous - expertly seasoned and cooked to a perfect medium rare, with a very tasty white sauce, as Carswell commented, probably a garlic/yogurt sauce and crunchy veges.

                          I can't wait to try the other sandwiches. And an excellent value at $7.00 tax in.

                          1. re: davyboy

                            Ya i was there at around noon and we were told that the filet mignon and lamb sandwich weren't available since they were still marinating and the meat would be too hard. I tried the chicken instead and it was really nice.

                            1. re: davyboy

                              The yogurty sauce has mint in it, too.

                      2. re: tombombadillo

                        Yeah it's right off guy beside the double pizza, on the south side of the street. Across it is a Starbucks, Quiznos, and Al Taib Grillade place.

                        1. re: hafizrealmadrid

                          I stopped by the other day after visiting Maison du Nord to check out the menu. No pides yet even though they have pictures of them on the menu. The people seemed very nice.


                          1. re: Peter Cherches

                            They had pides yesterday. The owner told me, they are looking to hire someone to make the pides daily(right now he's too busy with the other stuff, to always make the pides daily).

                            1. re: BLM

                              They're still not making pides daily. They keep telling me it's coming soon(making it on a daily basis). I won't believe them, until they do it regularly.