Fall under the spell of the exotic aromas of the Middle East

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Montreal centre-ville

The cuisine of the Middle East, warm and generous, is imbued with a tasty exoticism that makes the imagination travel. Wonderfully colorful and delicately scented, it is a healthy and varied cuisine that offers specialties for meat lovers as well as for vegetarian and vegan diets. Let’s not forget the sweet delicacies like dates, baklava and honey cakes that top off any good meal!

Here are 5 restaurants that promise you a Mediterranean culinary experience in the city center.


It was last November that the downtown Amir restaurant, located on de Maisonneuve west, reopened its doors following a complete renovation. The menu has also been completely revised, incorporating traditional Lebanese dishes such as stuffed vine leaves and moudardara, a delicious homemade recipe made with lentils and rice. In fact, all the dishes are made on site, using authentic recipes and the freshest ingredients (the baba ghanouj is definitely a must!). In addition to the traditional shawarma and shish taouk, the menu offers a variety of salads and vegetarian and vegan options, all delivered or served for take out.

1333 Maisonneuve W.




Chez Hailar

Chez Hailar, located on Sherbrooke Street, invites you to experience authentic Iranian cuisine, offering dishes you won’t find anywhere else. Discover the specialties of the house: their Persian pizzas and their hot and cold Iranian sandwiches. As a starter, the Persian nachos and the barley and beef soup are definitely worth a try. And for the perfect finish, Persian pastries and desserts will leave you with sticky fingers and a smile on your lips.

1612 Sherbrooke W.


Mirage Restaurant

This Lebanese restaurant on Mackay Street has quickly become a favorite for many downtown regulars. Their menu offers a variety of tasty traditional dishes, with some specialties that stand out. Their creamy hummus, a pure delight, goes perfectly with the deliciously prepared falafels. Other dishes to try: the stuffed vine leaves and the Manakish cheese are particularly divine!

1262 Mackay Street


Since 1986, Boustan has been giving Montrealers the chance to discover the pleasures of tasty and authentic Lebanese cuisine, with an innovative and accessible approach. Their succulent chicken pita and shawarma have made them famous, but several new recipes, such as the vegan kebab pita, are definitely worth trying. The kebab is made from shiitake mushrooms that are marinated in spices, then grilled … simply amazing. Their full menu is available for delivery or take out.

2020 Crescent Street


Château Kabab

Now a well-known address on Guy street, Château Kabab is dedicated to preparing the most authentic Iraqi and Persian cuisine under one roof. Among the appetizers worth a special mention, the Mirza Kasemi, an eggplant puree with eggs and tomatoes, is particularly delicious. Special offers are currently available for take out or delivery, including a family dish with appetizers and mixed grill of chicken, beef or lamb.

2140 Guy Street