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Nov 21, 2012 07:59 PM

"Trip de Bouffe" Lebanese bakery and trattoria if I may say so

Their name is "Trip de Bouffe" whicj would translate to Food Trip or Adventure.

We went there for lunch today. And what I liked about this place is that it was tasty. Compared to the adonis and andalous mass produce food that is bland now.

They have all kind of lebanese cooked meals. Their tabouay was excellent and very tasty. Their kaybay (meat) was so flavorful. They have all the mini and big size zaatar pizza, cheeze pizza. Overall a very nice surprise for the quality of he food. After all it's a bakery and they make everything on premises I was told.

Prices are cheap eats and quality is above average from other places I tried . A small size plate is n average 5 and is more than enough for a meal.
A dozen kaybay is 9$

Nice people service was friendly and with smiles. I love it when they make you feel that they are happy to have you in their place.

277 Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC

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  1. Thanks for reminding me about this place - I've never gone there, and I'm often in that neighbourhood, just south of mine.

    I love old Chez Apo on Faillon, but this place has a lot more choices. What is your favourite food item there?

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    1. re: lagatta

      @ lagatta: Apo is very good and there'sZaatar I think on Castelneau (not sure of the name.)

      What I liked is their meat and vegy kaybay and their meat sambooseek
      Had meat kafta dish that was very good. The taboulay was just awesome. Not wet and full of flavors.

      Greta discovery. My go to place instead of adonis or andalos who are more aof a mass produce without flavor food now.

      They cook with passion and it shows.

      1. re: maj54us

        Yep, Apo is on Faillon (corner Berri) and Zaatar on Castelnau (corner Casgrain).

    2. I like it a lot too. I think I got a dozen snacks for $7.50? Maybe because I didn't get kebbe. Their little spinach things are great, and the zaatar pita. I like their homemade pita bread as a quick pizza crust at home. Also had their hot lunch of chicken on rice and that was great too. I brought a big mix of things to a party as appetizers and everyone was really impressed - very fresh and tasty. A great addition to the neighbourhood.

      1. Just a quick correction, although it's really inconsequential. While the name may literraly mean Food Trip, "Trip de bouffe" is the french canadian translation of that food binging phenomena we all know and love, the dreaded 'munchies'. Knowing that there's a vast marijuana subculture in Quebec, I'm pretty sure the owners were a bit tongue-in-cheek in naming it.

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        1. re: Voidsinger

          It's a polysemic name. It most certainly refers to the mari munchies, but also a food trip as in a road trip, and the whole foodie, or chowish trip... Un nom bien trippant; they look like they are having fun.

          1. re: lagatta

            FWIW, my two cents. For me, "Trip de bouffe" indeed refers primarily to the mari induced munchies. It also refers to a food adventure BUT without any travel notion whatsoever implied (and even excluded IMHO).

            Comme dans "Je me suis fait un trip de bouffe au Pied de cochon".

            We would not say " J'ai été faire un trip de bouffe aux Iles-de-la-Madeleine".

            1. re: sir_jiffy

              Oh, I certainly agree, in everyday speech. But don't want to go too far down the language geek road.

        2. Back to Trip de bouffe today as I wanted to make some sandwiches on good flatbread. The pitas (unbleached white or whole wheat; I bought the unbleached) are made with local Milanaise flour, in house. They are a little thinner than the thick, chewy - and Kosher - Abu Lafia pitas (one of my favourite kinds in supermarkets) but moister and with a little more heft and body than the very thin, dry ones one often finds in shops.

          They cost $3 for 5 pitas - more expensive than the cheapest supermarket kinds, but still only 50 cents apiece, so not really an extravagance even if you are watching your pennies ... er, nickels.

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          1. re: lagatta

            Thanks for the pita tip at Trip de Bouffe Lagatta, I'll have to check it out as Abu Lafia are my favourite supermarket ones too.

          2. Went there 2 months ago.

            Staff is friendly, helpful. They are happy to share their food with us. Everything is excellent. Prices are indeed very affordable, and there is no comparison to any other lebanese take-out places.

            They care about their products, and it shows.

            Fattouch was excellent, they have the intelligence of holding the dressing on the side and dressing the salad on order. The pita chips, made with their pita bread, is excellent.

            Stuffed wine leaves were good, as were the Lahmajoun, the Moujadira (spelling?) and the kibbe. BIG bags of Zaatar for 5$ on the shelves (1 pound, I think?).

            I still have a soft spot for Apo though. Their falafel (light, crunchy, flavorful), kibbe (moist), Lahmajoun and Spinach pizza are out of this world, for a very very reasonable price.

            Andaloos and Adonis (less so since Metro got in) are OK in a pinch, but hold no candle to Trip de Bouffe and Apo.