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Jan 27, 2012 12:37 PM

fresh Greek yogurt in Montreal

I'm an ex-Montrealer(born & bred), having lived in Toronto & now Vancouver. I do get back & since I've left, I got addicted to fresh plain Greek yogurt(not the prepackaged kind, like Liberté, but the kind where it's in the vat or bowl and you buy it by weight. In Toronto, I go to Sun Valley on Danforth & Gough(Pape)& in Vancouver I go to Minerva's on W Broadway & Trutch. It must be available in the Canadian city with the 2nd largest Greek population. Where can I find it on the island of Montreal.(I don't want to trek to Laval).

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  1. Definitely Akhavan - they have a few locations, NDG & Pierrefonds. Amazing fresh yogurt, cheese & cream.

    Also Adonis - 5 locations

    Both stores are amazing for lots of other things, so well worth a trip in any case.

    10 Replies
    1. re: kpzoo

      Thanks! Akhavan is in my old neck of the woods. I grew up in western NDG near Montreal West.. It's right on Sherbrooke & Grand along the 105 bus route

      1. re: YVR flyboy

        Yep, exactly - hope you like it! They also have wonderful nuts, bulk spices, baklava, prepared foods, goodies for takeout or eat-in at their small sitting area (ash soup, kebabs, other Persian specialties), and soooo many other great things.

        1. re: kpzoo

          Their selection of olives is mindboggling

      2. re: kpzoo

        I never noticed freshly made yogurt at addonis or byblos. I did see that they have what they call labnay (aka labneh aka labné) which is strained yogurt that is also called yogurt cheese .
        Is that what you call "greek yogurt"?

        The greek yogurt I bought from liberté or astro is yogurt that has not be strained (it's no thick).
        I also notice that there's a yogurt called balkan yogurt. What's their story?

        My wife friend thought us to make yogurt at home from 2% milk and after to make the tsatziki we would drain the yogurt to get that thik "labnay" paste or what we call sour cream also. So instead of having full of fat it's only 2 percent. It also last for more than 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

        Now is greek yogurt strained yogurt.

        1. re: maj54us

          Greek yogourt is strained yogourt. If it wasn't strained it would just be called yogourt. The Liberté, Danone and Astro Greek yogourts are all strained. The Liberté Mediterranée is also strained but not as much as the Greek version. Labneh is extremely similar to greek yogourt. It's just strained even more.

          As for the idea of fresh Greek yogourt, I don't see what the difference would be with packaged yogourt. At best it would be the same and at worst it wouldn't be as sour. Since yogourt is a living thing, it degrades very slowly and, when well stored, will taste fresh well beyond it's best before date.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            Mourelatos sells Greek yogurt by weight at their deli counter, it's Skotidakis brand. Very thick and fatty, excellent for tzatziki. I think what Adonis sells is also from Skotidakis.

            1. re: ios94

              Adonis has their own Phoenicia brand of Labneh. What they sell by weight is the same as their pre-packaged stuff. It could very well be made by Skotidakis since the two have a very similar product line.

            2. re: SnackHappy

              Thanks for the clarification. So Greek yogurt is yogurt that is strained and Lebanese Labnay is yogurt that is strained even more than Greek yogurt. Therefore they are 2 completely different products. That just made me hungry.

              1. re: maj54us

                I often buy the bulk plain yogurt at Mourelatos deli counter. I pair it up with some Greek honey, usually Attiki brand. They also sell various preserves from Greece as well, like cherry, apricot, etc. Ou la la! Now that is a treat i thought I could only get in Greece! I find labneh a little too tart and a little too thick for what I want to use it for, such as homemade tzadiki.

                1. re: mammab

                  if you make it yourself you can save on calories and drain as much water as you want. and also save on $$$