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Laval recommendation for a Vancouver visitor

A downtown purist-sheepishly I must admit- never been to a restaurant in Laval
My days in Vancouver motivate me to choose a Lebanese rest. for my visiting friend (meat eater)
What else can i choose from.!

Thanks

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  1. Mmmm Laval has so many Lebanese places to choose from....First and foremost I would try Karoun on cure labelle. Always fresh, the portions are large and they have a lot of entrees to choose from. They are closed mondays. I recommend trying the taboule salad and asking for something that I always call "cigar cheese" as an appetizer. They have a great mixed grill with 3 brochettes- chicken, filet mignon and kafka- for about 10$ the last time I was there.

    Another good choice is Lordia, on Perron. More banquet style, they have the typical grilled meats and fish you will enjoy. I only went once but really enjoyed it.

    http://www.lordia.com/

    If you are on Marcel Laurin, really just 5 minutes from Laval, go to Poulet Mankal. Don't be put off by the shabby and plain decor...this place has AMAZING grilled chicken. They really give you your moneys worth and the taste is spectacular...grilly, charry, oh so good with some decent sides like salad and french fries. More fast food or take out but seriously the best chicken I have ever tasted. I much rather get some from there and slab on that garlic sauce than have some boring old Portuguese grilled chicken...there I said it!

    http://pouletmankal.com/

    Restaurant Karoun: 411 Boul Cure Labelle (corner 75th ave

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    Restaurant Karoun
    411 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval, QC H7V, CA

    Poulet Mankal
    12174 Boul Laurentien, Montreal, QC H4K1M9, CA

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    1. re: humbert

      thank you Humbert
      looked them up and food reviews seems to be good, just the service seems iffy but we being East-Indian; have the same nonchalant approach to customers :-)

      I am also considering taking him out for 'Ribs"- ?- if Lebanese does not get picked as the first choice.

      Anyone recommend a creperie nearby for dessert!

      1. re: divya

        If you,re staying in Laval, it may be fun to check out Omda: egyptian crepes both of the sweet and savoury variety. It's on my to try list.
        BTW, I also highly recommend Karoun and I've never had problems with the service but then again I'm a 'regular' there.

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        Omda
        784 Boul Cure-Labelle, Laval, QC H7V2V3, CA

        1. re: hungryann

          About Omda, I've ordered from there twice. It's good but it takes a long time and its sooo greasy. Its one of those places you go to once, then forget about it until you drive by again. Nothing special.

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          Omda
          784 Boul Cure-Labelle, Laval, QC H7V2V3, CA

        2. re: divya

          For crepes try Tango in centropolis. Their deserts are quite good, of middle eastern inspiration but you will find some classics on the menu.

          The ambiance lately has been loud and they have raised their prices. Thats the only downside to it.

        3. re: humbert

          Such high praise for Poulet Mankal, I live very close but never checked it out. Yet another place to add to my list!

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          Poulet Mankal
          12174 Boul Laurentien, Montreal, QC H4K1M9, CA

          1. re: hungryann

            We ordered from them last night after reading this post & I gotta agree with humbert. It took about 35 minutes to reach us (also VSL) and the chicken was really quite good albeit somewhat small. The salad was adequate, fries were good and they provided ample garlic/mayo sauce. I liked their bread as it reminded me of a variation of ultra thin freshly made pita but not quite. $18.95 delivered or eat in.

        4. I know you said Lebanese but if your friend is a meat eater there is also Milsa in Laval which is Brazilian grill. Truly for meat lovers only though.

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          1. re: nextguy

            Hungryann, if you don`t mind hole in the wall places, go for it! Cash only.

            And yes Omda is a really good place for a very different culinary experience. Usually noisy and service can be slow, but they have cool Egyptian type crepes that the baker makes in front of you on a huge counter. I had the sweet one once, filled with cheeses and honey, but I like the vegetarian one with green olives. Kind of like a pizza crepe :oD

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            Omda
            784 Boul Cure-Labelle, Laval, QC H7V2V3, CA

            1. re: humbert

              I just ordered delivery from them, you convinced me!! I'll let you know what I think.

                1. re: humbert

                  I had the whole chicken all-dressed. The price on the menu is 19$ but the total worked out to 24$ something. My husband didn't bother asking the details. It was pretty good. the salad was mediocre though, just iceberg lettuce with a generic dressing and the fries were obviously of the frozen variety. Next time, I will just order the chicken only with no sides.

                  1. re: hungryann

                    I hope you werent dissapointed...was the chicken worth it at least?

              1. re: humbert

                Omda, the kind of Egyptian crepes are feteer?

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                Omda
                784 Boul Cure-Labelle, Laval, QC H7V2V3, CA

              2. re: nextguy

                For those familiar with the Milsa downtown, this one is MUUUUCH better. The food is just as good but the difference is in the service. They actually ask how everything is, bring you more water and we were even offered seconds on the side dishes (apparently they ration it in the donwtown one).

              3. Laval is home to many restaurants. I guess we residents have nothing better to do here then spend our money and eat!

                Lebanese for me is usually fast food, sorry. Karoun is an exception, they are pretty good. It makes me happy to see that they just renovated and really upgraded their restaurant. I guess they are doing well =) Three cheers for the underdog!

                Look into Khyber Pass, a afgan restaurant slightly upscale (well, it is for middle eastern standards). They are truly excellent (mmmm kabob) and as a bonus it's a BYOW! Not sure if you drink, being east-indian and all but... Its good to know.

                Otheriwse, there are a lot of nice restaurants in Centropolis. They will be quite pricey but the ambiance is nice and the food is generally very good.

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                Khyber Pass
                1694 Boul Saint-Martin W, Laval, QC H7S1M9, CA

                1. A bit late but my thanks to all those who took time to reply- and to post links and names of restaurants. Here is what we did.

                  After a pit stop @Adonis; we went over to Restaurant Karoun. Service wise efficient. Was a family run , mildly busy place on a Thu. evening ~8 pm. Generous on serving pita with a side order of hummus.
                  we ordered a quails platter (~10$), mixed meat platter (~24$), and a regular kabobs platter.
                  The quails came as 4 in a plate -charred and spicy in a tomato base 'masala' (for the lack of a better word)-excellent.The mixed meat had mixed reviews- the chicken skewers type kabobs were soft and juicy- good spicing, but the chunks of beef(not ground) ? kabobs were tough and chewy , really bad. Salad and accompaniment were hum ho:- taste wise and quantity wise. NOT GOING BACK- unequal price-quality ratio for me.

                  Omda was great- as a fan of French crepes-this was a sensory experience. The nutella/nuts crepe and the custard crepe -dripping with honey (their best seller) were made in front of us-soft yet crispy- melt in the mouth. The sizes are 4" x8", rectangle -yup- one is often enough for 4; along with mint tea. Most of our neighbors were doing/having fruity seeshah- which scented the atmosphere-pleasantly. Crowd was mixed with loud teenagers- /business couples-bearable. Absolute must- even if just for the experience.

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                  Restaurant Karoun
                  411 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval, QC H7V, CA

                  Omda
                  784 Boul Cure-Labelle, Laval, QC H7V2V3, CA

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                  1. re: divya

                    I just saw your reply. that's too bad about the meat platter. I guess you caught them on a n offnight which they occsionally have but 8.5 times out of 10, they're ON! Try the machlouta combo or the kibbe naye if you're ever in the hood.

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