Montreal's best shish taouk restaurants

There are many things that drive Montrealers wild. A Habs win, for instance, can make the crowds go nuts. Many of us get the same rush for Shish Taouk, a marinated, grilled chicken and a creamy garlic paste all wrapped up in a chewy pita. Here are our top picks for Shish Taouk in Montreal.

Le Petit Alep

191, rue Jean-Talon E, Montréal, QC H2R 1S8

Near the Jean Talon Market, this Syrian restaurant offers a trendier setting and shares a kitchen with restaurant Alep. They offer a wide variety of grilled pita sandwiches in addition to their tasty Chiche Taouke sandwich. They also serve their rendition of poutine, the poutine d’Alep, made with french fries, lamb, Aleppo cheese and nuts. Sit down and enjoy your meal with a glass of wine recommended by the sommelier.


1333 boul de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3G 2R9

If you’re looking for a fast-food type pita, Amir is the place for you. It’s the McDonalds of Lebanese food. They offer an excellent Shish Taouk sandwich for the price, with a hefty choice of side salads. Be sure to get a side order of the potatoes with garlic mayo as a special treat.

Restaurant Boustan

19 rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2X 1K3

If you live in Montreal, you have most likely wandered down Crescent Street to enjoy Boustan’s signature shawarma, or Shish Taouk. If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth the trip. The basement restaurant is usually crowded but the line moves pretty quickly. Boustan is open late, so be sure to stop by after a night of partying; it will hit the spot.

Restaurant Zouki

1027 rue du Marché Central, Montréal, QC H4N 1J8

This family-owned Lebanese eatery in Marché Central is the go-to Shish Taouk place in the area. People make the trip just for the village bread and the Zouki crêpe. The service is great and there’s room to sit down to have a bite.

Restaurant Daou

2373, boul Marcel-Laurin, Saint-Laurent, QC H4R 1K4

Daou in Ville St-Laurent serves up some of the best Middle Eastern cuisine in the city. Their chicken pita sandwich is mouth-wateringly tasty, and they are often praised for their hummus. This place is large so bring your friends and prepare for a delicious feast!

Boucherie Abu Elias

733, boul de la cote-Vertu, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L 1Y3

Abu Elias is a Lebanese butcher and restaurant on Côte-Vertu in Ville St-Laurent. The chicken is fresh grilled, and the other traditional menu items are delicious. The large and well-priced platters will leave you satisfied, yet somehow still wanting more.

Restaurant Nilufar

1923, rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M3

Located on St. Catherine St. West in the Shaughnessy Village, Restaurant Nilufar has some of the best deals for Middle Eastern food in the city. In addition to serving a mean Shish Taouk sandwich, they offer a falafel special: a falafel sandwich, soup and juice for $2.

Garage Beirut

1238, rue MacKay, Montréal, QC H3G 2H4

Another hot spot for Lebanese cuisine, Garage Beirut serves up all of the Middle Eastern classics, from Kabab to baba Ghanouj to Kafta. They serve fresh grilled Shish Taouk pitas, often ordered as a trio with fries and a drink. Enjoy on the outside patio during the summer months.

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