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A New Tunisian Restaurant Brings Tagines and Piles of Couscous to the Plateau

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Plus, belly-dancing and mezzes.

St-Denis Street has a new restaurant showcasing Tunisian restaurant, with Medina recently opening on the corner of Marie-Anne.

Medina is serving staples of that North African country along with dishes common to the cuisines of Tunisia and others in the area, particularly Algeria and Morocco.

Expect various mezzes such as a minty Tunisian salad, sumac-garlic shrimp, fried calamari, and grilled halloumi with confit lemon and cumin. There’s also brick, a savoury Tunisian pastry, made with an ultra-thin dough and filled with potato, onion, and a choice of tuna, shrimp, or egg.

Among the larger options are saucy tagines (choose between chicken with olives and confit lemon, vegetable, or sucré-salé lamb), and couscous with spicy merguez or other meats. Then there’s the house specialty, lamb allouch fél kolla — lamb marinated and slow-cooked in a spice-loaded terracotta pot.

Medina comes from Elyes Chaabani, the owner of Rosemont Tunisian spot La Rose des Sables — while that Beaubien Street restaurant is BYOB, Medina is licensed, and it’s serving cocktails to boot — there’s a range of house creations integrating flavours like hibiscus and rose water into the drinks.

The restaurant is a major upsize, with the new restaurant fitting over 90 people, in a space that features touches of classic Islamic architecture, and plenty of plush surfaces evoking a souk-like atmosphere — adding to that, Medina also stages belly-dance performances on Friday and Saturday evenings.

STATUS — Medina is open at 4350 St-Denis from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday, and 5 p.m. to midnight Thursday to Saturday. Closed Monday.

Medina

4350 Rue St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2L1 (514) 543-8323 Visit Website

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