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Nov 24, 2009 04:22 PM

Stopped in a Avesta Tonight.

Tonight we decided to go cheap and stopped at one of our favorites, Avesta ( ). As before I got the Manti, small beef filled dumplings, made by hand, in a yoghurt sauce for $12.99. There has to be well over 100 of the little dumplings in a serving. It's beyond my comprehension that someone would still make them by hand, but it you time it right, you can see her sitting in the window making them! They're tender, and the flavor is great. My wife had Menemen, a spicy tomato sauce with veggies and eggs that she just loved. I can't speak to the quality of the wine as that has never really clicked with me, but we had half a carafe for $11.95. I think our whole meal, including tax, came to $44. If you want an inexpensive night out, Avesta is great.

Avesta Cafe Resto
2077 Rue Sainte-Catherine W, Montreal, QC H3H1M6, CA

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  1. I love the manti there. They have such an interesting texture with the tiny dumplings and the creamy sauce. This place is one of my favorites around concordia.

    1. My favorite there is just the simple spinach gozleme thing. A nice $7 lunch :)

      1. Great food, yes, but I'd note that the service takes a while. Granted, I've never seen more than one server working, but don't bank on Avesta for a quick meal.

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        1. re: torontrealais

          perhaps i am misunderstanding and you are referring to the server in particular, but i have a turkish roommate and was told that turkish meals are very long, and in some ways, like that of european meals where they take hours and hours, course after course. with lots of socializing in between. so that may be why.

          1. re: sharkbait88

            This restaurant isn't really like that though. It's kind of like having dinner in a cafe. If the service is slow, it is unintentional, I think (I hope!) Perhaps I just eat wrong :)

        2. Yeah Avesta is great! I had the homemade Manti and Lavach there today and they were so good. Anyone know any comparable Turkish places in Montreal?

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          1. re: annalimey

            I've heard good things about Su in Verdun but haven't yet been.


            1. re: kpzoo

              Su is wonderful. My grandmother is Turkish and Su tastes like her cooking. Heavenly. Avesta is great, but I love love love Su.

              1. re: hala

                I was at Avesta on Sunday afternoon for the first time and the service was great and not slow at all. I had the beef bolek with two mezze and the price was very reasonable. The spicy lentil soup was fantastic, as was the muhammara. I haven't had a bigger main meal there but will definitely be going back. I would highly recommend trying it.

                1. re: hala

                  Thanks for the recommendation! The menu looks great. I'll definitely check it out!

                  1. re: annalimey

                    Add my name to the Su love list. It's really flavourful, well balanced, nicely presented food. Service is good and value is excellent.