Authenticity is key. And while some places boast authentic cuisine from various parts of the world, not many are actually up to par. But that is not the case with Sumac, St. Henri’s new Middle Eastern restaurant. Located on the burgeoning Notre-Dame Ouest, Sumac has won over the taste buds of many Montrealers, and rightfully so!
Diva #2 & G-Spot stopped in at Sumac to try their Middle Eastern fare that we had heard so much about. Brace yourselves … unfortunately G-Spot is a strict vegetarian, but thankfully Sumac is known for being vegetarian friendly. When you walk in, you simply order at the counter where the menu is displayed on the wall, take a number to place on a table of your choice and the food is brought to you.
When you order a plate, you also get the choice of two salads, and they have plenty to choose from including purple and white cabbage, salad cuite and more. Essentially the plates are deconstructed pitas. The falafels themselves have an extra crunchy coating, with a strong sesame flavour. The inside of the falafel was moist, and along with the crunchy coating it offered the perfect juxtaposition of textures.
The pita triangles were fat and chewy and seasoned liberally with za’atar spice. The hummus was rich and smooth, the pickled turnips crunchy and the plate is very filling with two choices of salads. The chopped salad was surprisingly fresh for the middle of winter, and the tomatoes and mint brightened up the dish. The carrots were served cold and cut into large slices. They had a warm spicy taste from the cumin with a hint of sweetness from the currants.
The kefta pita is cut in two and served upright in a bowl. This plate does not come with the option of two salads, however, there are two different types of salad in the pita itself. The soft pita held an overflow of ingredients that included crunchy white and purple cabbage slaw and pickled turnips for crunch. The out-of-season-but-impressively-fresh chopped salad was also in the pita with the customary hummus. The beef kefta was tender and you could taste the smoky char marks. Like the falafel, it was very filling and satisfying.
In between bites, we chatted and gossiped and G-Spot even recommended a restaurant for the Divas, though she was quick to point out that “it’s not a Diva-type place, you can’t be loud like you always are!” She knows us well!
We snacked on two sides, the fried eggplant salad and the sumac fries. The eggplant salad was cooked to perfection, and definitely tasted better as it got to room temperature. The bitter taste was well balanced with the spiciness of the harissa and the caramelized flavour of the eggplant. The sumac fries were dangerously addictive and must be ordered, no questions asked. They are crispy and seasoned simply with sumac, as per their namesake; they were simply perfection.
Sumac is a great new restaurant on Notre-Dame Ouest in St-Henri. The food is delicious and the staff is very friendly. And they also offer take out service so feel free to call ahead and swing by to pick up your order. Guaranteed, the Divas will be making frequent stops here to try all their delicious dishes!
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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