Cafe Sfouf at 1250 Ontario Est. Super cozy, family and student friendly - our charming hostess seemed to know everyone. A great place to spend the morning or afternoon tucked in away from the cold. They have partnered with vendors at the nearby Marché St. Jacques - can only imagine the flavours to come this summer! It must be coming...
Although the regular menu of tartines and soups looked good, we had to go with the lebanese breakfast.
Ridiculously thick labneh dusted with zaatar (an herb mix including sesame seeds, oregano, sumac, and mint) with a big glug of olive oil, garlicky olive oil laced chick peas, cukes, tomatoes, radishes and olives, a spinach, sumac and onion stuffed bread, with freshly toasted pita. Dessert was meghle, a lebanese spiced rice pudding with strong cinnamon flavour, topped with coconut, almonds, and pistachios. Top that off with an amazing turkish or allongé coffee and the signature "sfouf" - a golden tumeric semolina cake topped with a pine nut, served with each hot beverage.
Before leaving town, we had to make a stop at La Maison du Rôti, 1969 avenue Mont-Royal Est. This gourmand destination is a must-visit on any trip to Montreal, but make sure you have a cooler if it isn't a frigid late winter day! It will get warm, one day, right?
Feelo, a delightfully complex, chartreuse-colored olive oil from Greece. A taste of summer, fruity with a bitter edge - dreams of summer tomatoes sprinkled with this and sea salt...
é and terrine, some salty gorgonzola, and two small quiches - the Forestière with wild mushrooms and artichokes, and the Poireaux et escargots - leeks and snails.
Hoping that Café Sfouf will have an Urbanspoon presence soon!