And, yes, you'll probably need both hands just to get a grip on one because these babies are monstrous.
The 'Tacoz' at Shawarmaz are made with tannour bread, beef shawarma, fried avocado chunks, melted cheese, pickles, onions, parsley, tahini sauce, and pomegranate molasses. They're also served with a side of french fries and Mexican salsa.
It costs $13.99 for the plate.
But 'Tacoz' aren't the only unique twist on Middle Eastern cuisine that the restaurant offers.
One of Montreal's favourite new Lebanese restaurants, SHAY Griffintown, has officially opened its doors for Sunday brunch and, as I'm sure you can imagine, it's just as tasty as their dinner menu. I got a reservation on its sold-out opening day and it was even better than I expected.
If there are any coffee drinkers out there, you know the first step of any brunch is ordering a hot cup right away. To me, coffee can totally set the mood for the entire experience and our Americano and latte — both delicious — were excellent indicators of what was to come.
To eat, we decided to get a couple of items to share. We wanted to get classic breakfasty items with a bit of SHAY flair. We decided on the labneh pancakes, the fried shish taouk and waffles, and the 65-degree shakshouka.
We've all heard of buttermilk pancakes, but how often have you heard of labneh pancakes? If you said, "Not often," then same here. The addition of labneh, a Middle Eastern yogurt dish with a thicker consistency and a good amount of tang, gave the dish that extra oomph.
Now, I'm the first to admit that chicken and waffles aren't my usual go-to at brunch, but something in me told me I had to give SHAY's version a try and I must say I'm glad I trusted my gut. Offering a unique take on a super popular dish, the shish taouk was a delicious nod to Lebanese cuisine. Served with maple syrup and homemade pickles, it was decadent and satisfying and is a definite must-try.
Last, but certainly not least, there was the 65-degree shakshouka. If you're a fan of Middle Eastern cuisine or just brunch in general, you know that shakshouka is a pretty big deal. This was definitely my favourite item on the menu — packed with unique flavour, while still satisfying the desire for classic brunch fare.
While I was eating my shakshouka, Chef Joe Awad stopped by to say hi and he answered the question that was on my mind (and that's probably on yours, too): Why 65 degrees? He explained that it's the ideal temperature to get the perfect egg every time and I can tell you from my experience that he's right.
Seeing as though SHAY has become one of the coolest spots in Griffintown, it was just as buzzy and vibey for brunch and, even as we were leaving, there was a line out the door. Between the gorgeous decor, the exquisite menu and the friendliest staff, you can bet I'll be back for brunch... and lunch and dinner, too!
SHAY Sunday Brunch
Address: 1414, rue Notre-Dame O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: If SHAY's dinner menu wasn't impressive enough, the brunch menu will make you fall even more in love with this place!
Bonyard, which calls itself "King of the Bowls," is a Sud-Ouest restaurant specializing in street-food-inspired bowls and wraps. Their menu items are piled high AF with delicious ingredients like jerk chicken and duck confit or root vegetables as a vegetarian alternative.
The mac 'n' cheese bowls come in three decadent varieties, classic, French and O.G., all of which feature a drool-worthy combination of house-made sauce, extra-old cheddar, gruyere and goat cheese.
A spokesperson told MTL Blog that Bonyard's freebie giveaway will be the O.G., which has Asian barbecue ribs, roasted corn, crispy jalapeno, and gremolata mixed in.
So why is Bonyard giving away free stuff? To celebrate Halloween with an event called "Halloween in Ghost-Town." In order to participate, just head on over this Sunday between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
In addition to the mac 'n' cheese and hot chocolate, Bonyard says there will be other delicious treats (but it promises no tricks).
Halloween in Ghost-Town Freebie Event At Bonyard
When: October 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Address: Bonyard, 5205, rue Angers, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It won't cost you a dime to warm your soul with delicious, comforting mac 'n' cheese and hot chocolate this Sunday!
It's basically a culinary trip when you open the doors of Mici D'ici!
This new Romanian spot just opened back in August 2021. The restaurant's name "Mici" comes from the name of a Romanian sausage made with "minced meat, delicately spiced, cooked to perfection on the grill."
MTL Blog asked the owners to tell us a little bit about Mici D'ici to which they said, "We sell Mici, a Romanian sausage also called Mititei. We put it in sandwiches and on poutine."
The menu includes items like Naked Mici, the Mici Sandwich, the Chiftele Slider and the Sausage Lollipop.
A recently added menu item has also been popular amongst customers — the Double Cannon: a burger with two Micis in it, a slightly spicy sauce, sauerkraut and fried onions.
Wondering what to get when you go? The owners said their best sellers are the Mici Slider, the Mici Sandwich and the Truffle Salt Fries — in case that helps narrow down your decision. They also were proud to mention that they "have received the accreditation of Aliments du Québec au Menu because the majority of [their] ingredients come from here, hence the name Mici D'ici."
If all of this sounds delicious to you, head on over to Mici D'ici on rue Mont-Royal to test the menu out. Just note that it's closed on Mondays.
Address: 19, rue Mont-Royal E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To get a little taste of Romania here in Montreal!
Although Montreal is known for its beautiful terrasses, only one spot in our province made it into the ranking, and it's located in... Laval. So, it seems you're going to want to add LOV Laval to your "to try" list. And no need to stress if you don't feel like leaving the city, there's also a LOV in Montreal — it just didn't make OpenTable's Top 100.
Restaurants in Ontario took up the majority of the list, including eight spots in Toronto such as Amsterdam Barrel House, Cafe Belong and Paese Ristorante Bathurst St.
But, it's important to remember that OpenTable's ranking was "generated solely from diner reviews collected between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021."
So, let's go ahead and assume Quebecers love our terrasses so much that they simply had no time to review them.