Despite the cold winter upon us, and the insane road closures we face this year, Sumac is one of those places that is just worth the drive. Sumac as you may have guessed it, is a Middle Eastern restaurant named after the widely used spice found in so many dishes in Middle Eastern cuisine. Nestled in the heart of the trendy St Henri neighborhood, Sumac is not only a hotspot but delivers on flavors, spice and of course overall experience.
Sumac is in my arsenal of must-try, must-have and simply cannot get enough of restaurants in the city. The best part? You can go with girlfriends, family or a date and still have a great time. Sumac is one of those places that has something for everyone (yes, even your vegan and vegetarian friends). It serves up Middle Eastern food with influence from various regions (Morocco, Lebanon, etc.) in a casual yet trendy setting, with both individual and communal tables. Though you order at the counter, and food is brought to you once seated, the staff is always smiling and helpful if you need to navigate the menu.
Personally, I am a huge fan of the “create your own plates”, where choose from kefta (a middle Eastern beef meatball), chicken (no regular chicken here—this one packs major flavor) or falafel. Pair this with two of their fresh, healthy side-dishes and you’ve got yourself a meal that rings up under 20$. Oh, did I mention that the portions are HUGE and the plates come with home-made pita and hummus?! Simply delicious. If you’re a big group, don’t sweat…Sumac also serves up all of its plates family style and they still don’t break the bank. If your crowd prefers sandwiches (falafel, chicken or kefta), they do those too! Drinks are not to be underestimated either…they serve beer, wine and mixed drinks, my favorite being the vodka citrus.
If ever you’re in the neighborhood, or simply looking for something new to try this winter—don’t shy away from Sumac. I promise, you will be coming back for more! (and more, and more, and more…)
3618 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P5