I used to say that “if I could eat one kind of cuisine every day for the rest of my life, it would be Indian.” But then, with this pregnancy, I’ve eaten a whole lot of Indian food and discovered that one can, in fact, overdose on Indian food. The good news is that I’ve figured out what cuisine can replace my beloved Indian – Middle Eastern food. Mike and I have always adored the smokey, spicy, fresh flavors of Middle Eastern dishes. There’s such a beautiful balance of textures and colours in this cuisine but it’s not easy to find the real deal. Montreal has a couple of great Middle Eastern restaurants (Turkish, Syrian, Lebanese) but as far as I’m concerned, we could do with more.
Luckily, some restauranteurs agreed with me and opened Sumac, a Middle Eastern food counter in St-Henri. I’m tempted to say that it’s one my favorite lunch spots in town. Well I did say it, about 78 times, as I ate my way through several plates of food yesterday. Mike met me at Sumac for my birthday lunch yesterday and we went to town: Sebich platter (mezze with hummus, aubergine, warm salad, cucumber and mint salad, fresh pita, hard-boiled egg, relish…), beef falafel sandwich, and HUMMUS FRIES WITH SUMAC. You guys, the food was phenomenal.
We ate everything but we definitely overdid it. So worth it though. SO worth it. I love that you can order and pay at the counter, eat and then walk out. It’s perfect for a quick bite to eat between meetings or a more leisurely meal with girlfriends. The space is also really bright and casual. I can’t say enough good things about Sumac. (I’m so hungry right now).
*Beware of the crazy lineup that starts around 12h30. I recommend arriving around 11h30 or after 1h30pm to avoid the wait.
3618 Notre Dame O.