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Restaurant Nostos Souvlaki

maj54us Feb 17, 2011 09:06 PM

I never stopped by this place before The setup in this area on Acadie is not to enticing to go in. Just ging in the parking lot might cost you a set of new shock absorbers on your car. But hey today I had lunch there with colleagues and I'm so stupid to not have tried them before.

I had a pork souvlaki plate that is a really generous portion of food. I was full for the rest of the dau and havent had supper until 8pm.

The souvlaki were very tasty and freshly grilled. Nothing like fresh food off the grill.

Totally hooked and I thought this restaurant deserve it's own thread just for the pork souvlaki ;)

The address is 9540 de l'Acadie now, just one door down. I think it was a tiny place before because marché Adonis was next door before.

Restaurant Nostos Souvlaki
9530 Boul De L'acadie, Montreal, QC H4N1L8, CA

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    maj54us Aug 13, 2012 10:10 PM

    Had lunch at Nostos with 3 colleagues that never been there and I just made them fans of their souvlaki and grilled chicken.

    Excellent meal that was simple and full of flavors
    minus for the fries today. The oil wasn't hot enough and they were pretty oily!

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      sweettoothMTL Jan 6, 2012 07:39 AM

      I finally had a chance to try out Nostos. We at home are lazy and order our doner more often than we go in the restaurant, which is why we have been ordering Village Grec (Jean-Talon location). However, we felt for the last 2 years, quality was going downhill.

      Wow did Nostos knock Village Grec out of the park. If only they delivered, they would become a very regular staple in our household!

      Next time I go, I will bug them about delivering.

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      1. re: sweettoothMTL
        ios94 Jan 6, 2012 09:59 AM

        Nostos gyro is definitely tops and their fries are right up there too.
        They don't deliver anymore? They used to back when they first opened in the early 2000s.

        1. re: ios94
          maj54us Jan 6, 2012 07:53 PM

          Glad you guys enjoyed. It helps me realize that alot of people don't have taste buds and you can feed them anything. I argued with a few people that were telling me that Village grec is better but I was telling them that it was flavorless and they should try Nostos.

          As I was reading this thread, I saw the discussion I had with Eater Bob about the maillard effect and caramelization. He pointed out that meat doesn't caramalize but I notice since that conversation, most of the chefs on tv use the word caramelization when grilling meat. Eater Bob should write to those superstars chef and set the record straight with them. lol lol

          Back to Nostos, they cook their souvlaki fresh on the a flame gril. I love their souvlaki and gyros. I would recommend another greek place on van horne and cote des neige called parthenon. Their souvlaki are a different style but also a very good place for taste.

          on the subject of greek food. here's an interesting article about Milos owner going to greece and helping a food critic discover real greek food

          1. re: maj54us
            BarackHObama Jan 6, 2012 09:12 PM

            i haven't heard a tv chef refer to the caramelization of the meat unless it has some kind of sugary rub or sauce

            1. re: maj54us
              EaterBob Jan 7, 2012 01:13 PM

              Instead of writing letters,I find it easier to not watch TV... :-)

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          Fabulous1977 Mar 24, 2011 11:23 AM

          For the best gyros, I`ve never had better than Village Grec in Laval. But I accept the challenge. I`ll go try Nostos and tell u all about it !

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          1. re: Fabulous1977
            maj54us Mar 26, 2011 02:30 PM

            I hope it's not the same owner as the one on jean-talon. bland food was my expereince.

            can't find it in the chow data base. what street is it on?

            1. re: maj54us
              Fabulous1977 Mar 28, 2011 06:40 AM

              No its not the same owners. It is located on 4491, boul Samson, Laval. The restaurant is incorrectly name "Village Grecque" on google.

              After reading this posts, I`ve asked various of my greek friends to rate the Nostos Gyros vs the Village Grec one, and even though they find Nostos pretty good, they still stick to Village Grec as the best.

              As a matter of fact, some are even willing to say that not even in Greece they`ve had just as good.

              The restaurant has been at that location for years. Generous plates, greek ambiance. The decor is a little old and the place smells like fries and gyros, but its part of the experience.

              On another note, there is also a Nostos take out counter on Curé-Labelle, a couple of meters north of Adonis.

              1. re: Fabulous1977
                maj54us Mar 28, 2011 09:08 AM

                I'll try this place soon
                what is the official name of this place? It's not in the chow database when typing village grecque. Results are jean-talon and one in ville st-laurent.

                1. re: maj54us
                  Fabulous1977 Mar 28, 2011 09:16 AM

                  Sorry im having trouble posting a link. Just Google Village grec Samson Laval...

                  I always ask for the gyros (lamb and pork mix). Comes with rice/fries and salad. Huge plate.

                  1. re: Fabulous1977
                    maj54us Mar 29, 2011 04:50 PM

                    Sorry to say but village grec was not exceptional. Had supper there with my wife and my taste buds preferred Nostos by a good stretch.

                    It was good but not exceptional. Somehow the pork souvlaki didn't have that tender juicy maillard effect on it since it was also cooked on the grill.

                    The gyro (pork and lamb) wasn't seasoned to my liking, it had this strong flavors of lamb that overwhelmed the whole thing. It was good don't get me wrong but not to my liking. Also I noticed they cut bigger slices of meat for the gyro than the one I had at Nostos. That I liked! I guess it's a question of fine tuning the seasoning. One thing for sure. it wasn't bland like the one jean-talon.

                    So the quest continues ;) lol
                    so far in my book Nostos is still the winner of the battles of the souvlakis that are flame grilled.

                    Bring on the next challenger....have a good evening everyone.

                    1. re: maj54us
                      EaterBob Mar 29, 2011 05:13 PM

                      The Maillard reaction is the browning of the meat (or toast, or whatever)
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maillard... it has nothing to do with juiciness or tenderness.

                      1. re: EaterBob
                        maj54us Mar 29, 2011 09:15 PM

                        What I mean is that the grilled souvlaki didn't grill enough so the it caramelized the meat on the surface. Didn't have that crust on top of the juicy meat under. Was verry tender and juicy.

                        1. re: maj54us
                          EaterBob Mar 30, 2011 07:02 PM

                          In order to caramelize anything you need sugars.
                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carameli... Pork doesn't caramelize.

                          It sounds like your meat wasn't browned enough by the grill for your liking. But it still was juicy and tender. Or am I missing something?

                          1. re: EaterBob
                            maj54us Mar 31, 2011 08:25 PM

                            Thanks god I'm not a participant on jeopardy ;) lol
                            Tthe meat I was served didn't have a crust on it. and thanks for the 411

                            Always thought that the maillard reaction was created by grilling of meats at high temperature.

                            So searing a meat doesn't involve a maillard reaction if there's no sugars in pork meat? What is it called then? If the marinate has sugar does is then a maillard reaction?

                            1. re: maj54us
                              EaterBob Apr 1, 2011 05:26 PM

                              Using high-ish heat to make a food turn the color brown, like toast or grilling meat on a barbecue is the Maillard reaction. It also includes some sort of crust being formed.

                              Caramelizing is an entirely different process, that also turns the food brown, but uses a lower heat so you don't get a crust, and because of the sugar in the food ends up making whatever you are caramelizing sweeter. Just like caramel and Caramilk.

                              And you'd do fine answering Greek Food in Montreal for $500. Just don't go for Chemical Processes in Cooking for $100 without a little more studying.

                  2. re: maj54us
                    Fabulous1977 Mar 28, 2011 09:22 AM

                    ok here`s a map


                    1. re: maj54us
                      ios94 Mar 28, 2011 09:42 AM

                      The Village in VSL closed down in the last couple of years. I haven't been to the one in Laval for a few years but I do remember liking it better than the JT location. Don't forget Elatos on Jarry, top notch gyro as well.

                    2. re: Fabulous1977
                      hungryann Mar 28, 2011 09:47 AM

                      The Nostos take-out counter in Laval closed a few months ago; it was replaced by another souvlaki joint (Helios express), which we tried on the weekend and it was NOT good. For my souvlaki fix, I alternate Nostos, and Tripoli. For gyro: Nostos, Marathon and Village Grec (laval). I like Village Grec in Laval very much, I just find it takes forever to get your food and when I go for souvlaki or gyros I want something quick.

                      1. re: hungryann
                        Fabulous1977 Mar 28, 2011 10:10 AM

                        Yes at village grec they are not very quick. But it`s all worth the wait. Sorry about the misinformation for Nostos counter in Laval.

                        1. re: Fabulous1977
                          maj54us Mar 29, 2011 04:51 PM

                          let's just say that the lady serving us is very chatty that I almost told her to get busy somewhere else! But was saved by 2 couples coming in. fiew...... lol lol lol

                      2. re: Fabulous1977
                        hungryann Mar 28, 2011 09:49 AM

                        Also I believe the owner of Village Grec (Laval) may have opened up another place called le Vieux Grec; I will try it out soon and see if it gives the others a run for their money.

                        1. re: hungryann
                          Fabulous1977 Mar 28, 2011 10:10 AM

                          Do u know where its opened up?

                          1. re: Fabulous1977
                            hungryann Mar 28, 2011 10:22 AM

                            Restaurant Vieux Grec Souvlaki
                            3924 ch. du Souvenir, Laval

                            1. re: Fabulous1977
                              SnackHappy Mar 28, 2011 10:23 AM

                              3924, chemin du Souvenir


                              1. re: SnackHappy
                                humbert Mar 30, 2011 07:32 PM

                                Le vieux grec actually closed this summer so stick to the original.

                                1. re: SnackHappy
                                  humbert Mar 30, 2011 07:33 PM

                                  Also the Nostos on Cure Labelle closed too, quite recently...shameful, it was good when I went there.

                                  1. re: humbert
                                    VivreManger Apr 2, 2011 05:35 AM

                                    Do any of these shops have lamb souvlaki and all-lamb gyro? I much prefer lamb to the alternatives, but it seems to be less popular in Montreal.

                                    The smell of freshly grilled lamb fat is one of the great delights of summer cooking, imho.

                                    For instance I was shocked to realize recently that a restaurant offering a related cuisine (not Greek, but Armenian, to be sure) - - Alep on Jean Talon - - barely had one lamb dish on the menu. Lamb is a staple of eastern Mediterranean and Anatolian cooking. Do Montrealers not like it enough to pay the extra price?

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                        montrealbelle Mar 24, 2011 09:32 AM

                        Damn, I've been trying to keep this place a secret before people who don't know anything about good food start coming and they change the menu because someone complains that "this has too much garlic, how long is it going to take, where's my food, I have too wait for the chicken?"
                        Please don't change anything. I love everything about Nostros! Including the great service.

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                          maj54us Mar 24, 2011 10:56 AM

                          haha MB you're funny. And please share amazing spots for grub!!!

                          What I realized over the years is that places like Amir (I don't eat there anymore) which had great quality years and years ago turn to cheap products to save money. If we started a list it would be scary!

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                          sweettoothMTL Mar 24, 2011 08:43 AM

                          Does anyone know if they deliver? I've been a big fan of Village Grec for year, but recently they have become more up and down with the quality of the Gyro it seems. Not bad, just not as great as before. So I'm willing to try out Nostos if they deliver.

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                          1. re: sweettoothMTL
                            hungryann Mar 24, 2011 10:05 AM

                            No delivery.

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                            finefoodie55 Feb 18, 2011 07:41 AM

                            Their char broiled Chicken is the best in town. Be patient as the custom cook it for you.With a greek salad (fair in the winter extraordinary in summer ) large hand cut fries and the garlic bread is one great meal!!!!

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                              ios94 Feb 18, 2011 03:57 AM

                              Ah good, they opened up again, it had closed down part of last year because the neighbouring business was firebombed and they had damage as well.

                              Try their gyro, I find it's the best in the city. I've been going to this place sparingly since 2002 and it's had it's number of mentions on here. The service is on the weak side though but I find it worth the wait. I actually haven't been there in quite some time. Their whole chicken is very good too.

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                              1. re: ios94
                                maj54us Mar 24, 2011 08:16 AM

                                I went to nostos yesterday and had their GYRO. Very tasty. This place is becoming my favorite greek spot. Will have to try their char broiled chicken also sooon. Unlike village grec restaurant on jean talon street that had the most bland greek food I ever had, Nostos' GYRO is full of flavors.

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