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Stopped in a Avesta Tonight.

UnConundrum Nov 24, 2009 04:22 PM

Tonight we decided to go cheap and stopped at one of our favorites, Avesta ( www.restoavesta.com ). 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.

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

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  1. blond_america RE: UnConundrum Nov 25, 2009 10:18 AM

    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. afoodyear RE: UnConundrum Nov 26, 2009 11:33 AM

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

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        torontrealais RE: UnConundrum Nov 28, 2009 08:11 PM

        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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          sharkbait88 RE: torontrealais Nov 28, 2009 09:14 PM

          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.

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            afoodyear RE: sharkbait88 Nov 29, 2009 07:09 AM

            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 :)

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          annalimey RE: UnConundrum Nov 8, 2011 02:56 PM

          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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            kpzoo RE: annalimey Nov 8, 2011 02:58 PM

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

            http://www.restaurantsu.com/

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              hala RE: kpzoo Nov 8, 2011 07:17 PM

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

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                deborahm RE: hala Nov 8, 2011 09:13 PM

                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.

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                  annalimey RE: hala Nov 9, 2011 06:42 AM

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

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                    SnackHappy RE: annalimey Nov 9, 2011 07:22 AM

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

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