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Jan 6, 2010 01:07 PM

Cheap persian in MONTREAL

Hi, I was wondering if there are any Persian restaurants on the island that have not mainly kebabs. Price range is around 15$

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  1. Byblos, on Laurier, is the first thing that comes to mind.

    1. Try Maison de Kebab... despite they name, they have more than kebabs!
      Definitely fits the price range too.
      There are always a lot of taxi drivers eating there which is a good sign to me.
      And they have Persian music videos playing on not one, but two screens, at all times.

      Maison de Kebab - 820 Atwater, corner St-Antoine

      1. Kababs aren't really a staple of Iranian cuisine, the other stuff are generally much harder to pull off by restaurants (complex dishes, very time consuming). Tehran's other stuff is pretty good and they're not as stingy with the Saffron, the quintessential Persian cuisine ingredient (though most of it is probably food colouring, Saffron is very expensive). It is by far the best Persian restaurant in Montreal (even though they lost an amazing chef), so try it. Much better than the embarrassing knockoffs near Concordia, but still not as good as it should be. 15-20 dollars ought to be enough.
        Byblos is sort of what you'd call "peasant food", it's a cute restaurant but don't take it too seriously. Maison de kebab isn't great either, but for the price you can't complain.

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        1. re: polymatheus

          Yes they are, but kebabs are usually not made at home but on large family bbqs or ordered from the local kebab maker. The reason is simple: not everybody has the charcoal bbq to make them. Often, families will make kebabs but instead of the long skewers they will make little patties which are easier to cook in the oven.

          The stews (khoresht) you are talking about are also a large part of persian cuisine but rarely served at restaurants due to the 2-3hr of cooking time. It's the same with any culture when you think about it: quebec or french food has a lot of stews but they are rarely served at restaurants as well.

          Tehran went downhill about 10 years ago when they renovated and included alcoholic bar. The meat isn't as tender, the portions got much smaller and the prices sky rockets.

          Maison du Kebab serves my favorite persian food. Don't let the look of a restaurant fool you! Their chicken and barg is much better, as is their ash (soup). They make great zereshk pollo. The restaurant is much smaller though then Tehran and just like Iran, they do not serve alcohol. They do takeouts and large orders as well.

          1. re: SourberryLily

            It sounds like you know your Persian stuff. I loved the ash soup at the now long defunct Saffron. I've had the one at MdK and it did not measure up. Did you ever try Saffron and what did you think of it? Did the chef/cook go elsewhere (on the chance I can have that yummy ash-reshteh soup again)? Also do you know anything about all the Persian restaurant on Sherbrooke West...anything worthwhile?

            1. re: hungryann

              I did not try Saffron. I heard it was very good but more expensive. I actually like the ash at MdK but Tehran's was also good. Ash isn't an exact science (no persian food is) so at this point it's personal preference.

              On Sherbrooke? I don't really know any restaurant there except Akhavan which is a grocery but has a food counter. Back in the day Akhavan was a tiny store, under 100square feet! but i digress...

              If you want to try other persian restaurants, Quartier Perse is good, serves really good appetizers but i haven't been there in years. I have heard great things also about Byblos Cafe though i have not tried it yet.

              If you ever go to Byblos, i'd be really interested in a review!

              1. re: SourberryLily

                There are a few small persian/iranian restaurants on Sherbrooke west between Decarie and Akhavan. I can never remember their names but I'll try to jot them down next time I am in the area.
                I've had the ash from Akhavan and I felt it was bland, compared to the version from Saffron.
                I went to Byblos about 10 years ago for dinner but it did not blow me away. I don't remember any details. I've wanted to go for brunch but the opportunity hasn't presented itself.

        2. Quartier Perse on decarie is often considered to be one of the best Persian food in the city. For slightly cheaper but still amazing food I recommend the Iranian supermarket akhavan in NDG that has a little stand serving very good Iranian food. I also heard very good things about a small place also in NDG " Kolbeh Amoo Jamal" which apparently serves authentic Iranian food.

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          1. re: Kebab

            Do you have an address for Kolbeh Amoo Jamal? I found a phone number but no address: 514-484-8073

            1. re: kpzoo

              Don't have the exact address but according to Google maps it's right next door to 6121 Sherbrooke West.

              1. re: Kebab

                Thanks! I've noticed that place before - it's across the street from Akhavan - and wondered how it was. Will have to check it out.

          2. has anyone ever tried Tehran, on de Maisonneuve near Vendome metro?

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            1. re: bakersdelight

              I've been there a few times, but I decided not to go back after the last time. Chicken (zereshk polo) is just dry, dry, dry. Nice ash (soup) though. Maybe their non-chicken dishes are better.

              1. re: kpzoo

                zereshk polo is actually rice with berbery berries. It has nothing to do with chicken. Polo = rice. Perhaps you were mistaken with the Spanish word pollo for chicken?

                1. re: SourberryLily

                  Yup, I meant that the dish I usually get is chicken with zereshk polo rice.

                  > Perhaps you were mistaken with the Spanish word pollo for chicken?

                  Ha - no. ;-) But thanks for clarifying, I can see how my post was unclear!

                  1. re: kpzoo

                    Also, just to further clarify, I'm pretty sure they refer to the chicken dish as "zereshk polo" there. Don't have a menu in front of me, but checked a Mirror review & Resto a Go-Go and both places refer to the entire chicken dish as "zereshk polo" - so, go figure.



                    1. re: kpzoo

                      They used to refer it to chicken Sultani, but i have not been there in years. I i said in a earlier post, my new fidelity lies with Maison du Kebab on Atwater.

                      1. re: SourberryLily

                        sorry, SourberryLily--should've noticed all you'd already said about Tehran before I posted! ya, walking home from the Atwater market a few weeks ago I couldn't help but notice the buzz around the Maison du Kebab! gotta try one of these days.

              2. re: bakersdelight

                I went just a few weeks ago and enjoyed it for the money. The eggplant appetizer was really fantastic and the soup that came with the kabobs was great. The kabobs were just okay though. I would say it's good value in comparison to other Persian places that I have been to. I do always wish that I could get tahdig with my rice though...