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23 Magnificent Middle Eastern Restaurants in Montreal

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The diversity of Middle Eastern cuisine in Montreal, spans multiple regions, styles, and traditions, and from the colourful variety of mezze bars, to new twists on brunch, there is something for every taste, including some vegetarian and vegan options.

This map covers the best of the bunch from Turkey, around the Mediterranean to Egypt, east to the Arabian Peninsula and up to Iran in the north

Craving falafel? There’s a whole map dedicated to those crispy chickpea or bean balls, right over here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Restaurant Beroya

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3455 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval
QC H7T 1A2, Canada
(450) 681-2020
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Owners Tamer Manouchakian, Firas Kalpakjian, and Michel Sarraf brought this Syrian spot to Laval relatively recently. Beroya, (the ancient name for the city of Aleppo), presents traditional Syrian dishes (fattouche salad with pomegranate molasses dressing is recommended) in a warm and friendly setting. The two-person tasting option includes hot and cold mezzes, salad, and kebbeh, a finely-minced spiced meat dish.

2. Daou

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519 Rue Faillon E, Montréal
QC H2R 1L6, Canada
(514) 276-8310
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The late Alice Daou founded this Lebanese restaurant forty years ago, this restaurant has become an institution in Villeray, and a favourite venue for events, counting Céline Dion among its diners. The décor is abundant, giving it the appearance of a banquet hall, and the food is simple, authentic, and well-made, with Lebanese beer on offer too.

3. Alep/Le Petit Alep

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199 Rue Jean-Talon Est, Montréal
QC H2R 1S8, Canada
(514) 270-6396
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Alep and Le Petit Alep, fuse Syrian and Armenian cuisines, describing their fare as “the flavours of a fertile marriage,” and it’s hard to disagree. Alep is intimate, warm, and upscale, while Le Petit Alep complements this with a livelier and more casual vibe, including art exhibitions. Both make service a strong point, with staff happy to guide their guests through their manifold offerings, including optimal food and wine pairings.

4. Byblos

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1499 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal
QC H2J 1H8, Canada
(514) 523-9396
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Bookshelves, potted plants, and cushions galore add a sense of cozy-chic to this Plateau Iranian establishment, best known for its breakfast and brunch. The menu is arranged in “chapters,” rather than meals, with desserts as the epilogue, spanning from omelettes to purées and dips, sandwiches, and herby, eggy koukou. Hemela Pourafzal, founder and owner, has added her own artistic touches to the décor, and it’s a genuine family business, with both her daughter and son involved.

5. Ezo D

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9440 Boulevard de l'Acadie, Montréal
QC H4N 1L8, Canada
(514) 385-6777
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Modern and sleek, Ezo D covers classic Lebanese fare — kebabs, falafels, and pita — but with an emphasis on seafood. Their menu tends to put a more European twist on the cuisine, with open-plan seating making it spacious and versatile, for groups of any size.

6. Mirazu

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5215 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S4, Canada
(514) 379-4535
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Mirazu’s Turkish mezze menu and snug size make it an appealing and casual spot for families, couples, and friends. Its main dishes centre around lamb, beef, and roasted vegetables, and come generously decorated with nuts and pomegranate seeds. It also offers a fine brunch.

7. Damas

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1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K4, Canada
(514) 439-5435
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Offering a “traditional Syrian gastronomy experience” in its own words, upscale Outremont restaurant Damas an excellent place to indulge in a celebratory dinner. Their mezze menu also provides exciting options, for those who want to try a bit of everything — but the tasting menu is a true high point on Montreal’s dining scene.

8. Aux Lilas

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5570 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4H1, Canada
(514) 271-1453
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Mile End Lebanese restaurant Aux Lilas may be small, but it holds its own among the surrounding dining options through a blend of history and charisma. It’s been on Parc Avenue since 1980, founded by chef-owner Christine Farhood, and takes particular pride in providing a warm welcome, tasteful music, and a well-curated list of Lebanese wines. Oh, and its website even includes a few recipes.

9. Rumi

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5198 Rue Hutchison, Outremont
QC H2V 4A9, Canada
(514) 490-1999
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Rumi’s delightfully-named “Brunch of the Whirling Dervishes” has given it a unique place on the Outremont dining scene. The blend of Middle Eastern, central Asian, and North African cuisines makes it a great place to sample wide-ranging flavours — and the inclusion of ginger-infused maple syrup gives the menu a distinctly Québecois touch.

10. Omnivore

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4351 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Z8, Canada
(514) 303-5757
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A Plateau favourite, Omnivore prides itself on using local, hormone-free meats and fresh vegetables. The food is grilled over maple charcoal, yielding a barbecue taste evocative of outdoor summer meals. As the name implies, the menu is mixed, with both vegetarian and meat options — it’s especially famous for its salads.

11. Kazamaza

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4629 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4E4, Canada
(514) 844-6292
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With its casual chic vibe helped by exposed brick walls and cozy lighting, Kazamaza is a prime spot for mezzes or weekend brunch. It’s got an array of options, both meat-based and vegetarian-friendly — fattet hummus (layered with garlic yogurt and topped with nuts) and kawarma (lamb confit) are particular highlights.

12. Château Kabab

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2140 Rue Guy, Montréal
QC H3H 2L8, Canada
(514) 932-1114
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Despite an unexciting exterior, Château Kabab is a pleasant surprise, and one that lives up to its name. Its titular kebabs are reliably delicious, and the atmosphere is bright and airy, with a cheerful blue-and-gold colour scheme. Prices are reasonable, making it popular with students.

13. Garage Beirut

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1238 Rue Mackay, Montréal
QC H3G 2H4, Canada
(514) 564-2040
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An unassuming name belies an exciting Lebanese eatery in the Concordia University area. It’s a cozy space with exposed brick walls and simple décor, best known for seriously good sauces — their hummus and yogurt-based pita dips are popular — as well as an excellent baklava. In patio season, it expands onto Bishop Street with guests enjoying the sun with kebabs, salad, and Lebanese beer.

14. Avesta

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2077 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal
QC H3H 1M6, Canada
(514) 937-0156
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For convenience and quality, downtown’s Avesta is hard to top. Its delicious manti — a Turkish-style dumpling similar to ravioli — are reason enough on their own to stop by. The colourful, whimsical design of the interior is charming, and long tables make it good for groups.

15. Sumac

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3618 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P5, Canada
(514) 935-1444
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A lively mid-range option, St-Henri’s Sumac specializes in shawarma, pitas and salads, brushing the former with zaatar and olive oil for an extra touch of flavour. Their side-options include Middle Eastern condiments such as z’hug (coriander, chili and garlic) and amba (pickled mango, fenugreek, and mustard seeds).

16. Quartier Perse

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4241 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H4A 3K4, Canada
(514) 488-6367
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Iranian eatery Quartier Perse hosts events for several major Iranian holidays throughout the year, in its welcoming, wood-accented dining room in NDG. Outside of those special meals, it’s a BYOB, with a variety-laden menu incorporating rich stews through to mouthwatering lamb. The leafy, shaded outdoor area is a must for summer dining.

17. Tehran Restaurant

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5065 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H4A 1Y9, Canada
(514) 488-0400
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Family-run Tehran prides itself on its artful use of seasonings, fruits, and nuts, and a glance at the menu shows why. Traditional meals such as ash (a lentil-chickpea soup) and tender kebabs make it a reliably delicious option. Try the cardamom tea with dessert, too.

18. Restaurant Yas

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5563 Chemin Upper Lachine, Montréal
QC H4A 2A6, Canada
(514) 483-0303
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Saffron predominates at this snug, candlelit Iranian establishment in NDG, which pairs grilled kebabs with saffron-topped basmati rice, and even offers saffron ice cream for dessert. Adding to the flavour palette are marinades such as walnut-and-pomegranate paste. Their appetizers are equally engaging, with yogurt-based sauces and vegetarian options such as grilled aubergine.

19. Azar

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5899 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada
(514) 482-9095
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Open since 1985, this brightly decorated Lebanese hotspot offers an array of grills and machawi (grilled meat platters designed to be shared between two people). The baba ganoush is highly recommended, with just the right degree of smokiness. There’s a table d’hôte option, too, which includes soup and coffee alongside the main.

20. Restaurant Onyx

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6195 Rue Saint-Jacques O., Montréal
QC H4B 1T7, Canada
(514) 585-2029
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Specials change every day at Iranian restaurant Onyx, and shared platters are available, featuring a mix of chicken, ground beef, and filet mignon kebabs. For a burst of flavour, an extra serving of barberry can be ordered on the side.

21. Restaurant Persia

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6710 Rue Saint-Jacques #105, Montréal
QC H4B 1V8, Canada
(514) 489-8484
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This family-run restaurant specializes in home-style Iranian fare. The classic lines and unobtrusive colours of the interior complement the bright colours of saffron and pomegranate on the plates, and although it’s tucked away inconspicuously in a mall on St-Jacques, it’s a good find for those who know where to look.

22. Restaurant Su

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5145 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1Y2, Canada
(514) 362-1818
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The care and creativity of the indomitable chef-owner Fisun Ercan have made Su into Montreal’s destination Turkish restaurant. New takes on classics, such as lentil manti and vegetable pancakes, use traditional flavours in an innovative way, and desserts, such as kunefe (a phyllo dough-based confection) are a delight for the sweet tooth.

23. Falafel St. Jacques

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345 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lachine
QC H8R 1E6, Canada
(514) 595-7482
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Undoubtedly worth the trip to Lachine, the all-vegetarian Falafel St. Jacques goes above and beyond the chickpea patties in its name: tuck into fried eggplant or veggie shish-taouk in pita or loaded-up platter form, as well as burekas, kibbeh, and a range of salads. —Tim Forster

1. Restaurant Beroya

3455 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval, QC H7T 1A2, Canada

Owners Tamer Manouchakian, Firas Kalpakjian, and Michel Sarraf brought this Syrian spot to Laval relatively recently. Beroya, (the ancient name for the city of Aleppo), presents traditional Syrian dishes (fattouche salad with pomegranate molasses dressing is recommended) in a warm and friendly setting. The two-person tasting option includes hot and cold mezzes, salad, and kebbeh, a finely-minced spiced meat dish.

3455 Boulevard Saint-Martin O, Laval
QC H7T 1A2, Canada

2. Daou

519 Rue Faillon E, Montréal, QC H2R 1L6, Canada

The late Alice Daou founded this Lebanese restaurant forty years ago, this restaurant has become an institution in Villeray, and a favourite venue for events, counting Céline Dion among its diners. The décor is abundant, giving it the appearance of a banquet hall, and the food is simple, authentic, and well-made, with Lebanese beer on offer too.

519 Rue Faillon E, Montréal
QC H2R 1L6, Canada

3. Alep/Le Petit Alep

199 Rue Jean-Talon Est, Montréal, QC H2R 1S8, Canada

Alep and Le Petit Alep, fuse Syrian and Armenian cuisines, describing their fare as “the flavours of a fertile marriage,” and it’s hard to disagree. Alep is intimate, warm, and upscale, while Le Petit Alep complements this with a livelier and more casual vibe, including art exhibitions. Both make service a strong point, with staff happy to guide their guests through their manifold offerings, including optimal food and wine pairings.

199 Rue Jean-Talon Est, Montréal
QC H2R 1S8, Canada

4. Byblos

1499 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1H8, Canada

Bookshelves, potted plants, and cushions galore add a sense of cozy-chic to this Plateau Iranian establishment, best known for its breakfast and brunch. The menu is arranged in “chapters,” rather than meals, with desserts as the epilogue, spanning from omelettes to purées and dips, sandwiches, and herby, eggy koukou. Hemela Pourafzal, founder and owner, has added her own artistic touches to the décor, and it’s a genuine family business, with both her daughter and son involved.

1499 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal
QC H2J 1H8, Canada

5. Ezo D

9440 Boulevard de l'Acadie, Montréal, QC H4N 1L8, Canada

Modern and sleek, Ezo D covers classic Lebanese fare — kebabs, falafels, and pita — but with an emphasis on seafood. Their menu tends to put a more European twist on the cuisine, with open-plan seating making it spacious and versatile, for groups of any size.

9440 Boulevard de l'Acadie, Montréal
QC H4N 1L8, Canada

6. Mirazu

5215 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S4, Canada

Mirazu’s Turkish mezze menu and snug size make it an appealing and casual spot for families, couples, and friends. Its main dishes centre around lamb, beef, and roasted vegetables, and come generously decorated with nuts and pomegranate seeds. It also offers a fine brunch.

5215 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1S4, Canada

7. Damas

1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K4, Canada

Offering a “traditional Syrian gastronomy experience” in its own words, upscale Outremont restaurant Damas an excellent place to indulge in a celebratory dinner. Their mezze menu also provides exciting options, for those who want to try a bit of everything — but the tasting menu is a true high point on Montreal’s dining scene.

1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K4, Canada

8. Aux Lilas

5570 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4H1, Canada

Mile End Lebanese restaurant Aux Lilas may be small, but it holds its own among the surrounding dining options through a blend of history and charisma. It’s been on Parc Avenue since 1980, founded by chef-owner Christine Farhood, and takes particular pride in providing a warm welcome, tasteful music, and a well-curated list of Lebanese wines. Oh, and its website even includes a few recipes.

5570 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4H1, Canada

9. Rumi

5198 Rue Hutchison, Outremont, QC H2V 4A9, Canada

Rumi’s delightfully-named “Brunch of the Whirling Dervishes” has given it a unique place on the Outremont dining scene. The blend of Middle Eastern, central Asian, and North African cuisines makes it a great place to sample wide-ranging flavours — and the inclusion of ginger-infused maple syrup gives the menu a distinctly Québecois touch.

5198 Rue Hutchison, Outremont
QC H2V 4A9, Canada

10. Omnivore

4351 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z8, Canada

A Plateau favourite, Omnivore prides itself on using local, hormone-free meats and fresh vegetables. The food is grilled over maple charcoal, yielding a barbecue taste evocative of outdoor summer meals. As the name implies, the menu is mixed, with both vegetarian and meat options — it’s especially famous for its salads.

4351 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Z8, Canada

11. Kazamaza

4629 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4E4, Canada

With its casual chic vibe helped by exposed brick walls and cozy lighting, Kazamaza is a prime spot for mezzes or weekend brunch. It’s got an array of options, both meat-based and vegetarian-friendly — fattet hummus (layered with garlic yogurt and topped with nuts) and kawarma (lamb confit) are particular highlights.

4629 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4E4, Canada

12. Château Kabab

2140 Rue Guy, Montréal, QC H3H 2L8, Canada

Despite an unexciting exterior, Château Kabab is a pleasant surprise, and one that lives up to its name. Its titular kebabs are reliably delicious, and the atmosphere is bright and airy, with a cheerful blue-and-gold colour scheme. Prices are reasonable, making it popular with students.

2140 Rue Guy, Montréal
QC H3H 2L8, Canada

13. Garage Beirut

1238 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC H3G 2H4, Canada

An unassuming name belies an exciting Lebanese eatery in the Concordia University area. It’s a cozy space with exposed brick walls and simple décor, best known for seriously good sauces — their hummus and yogurt-based pita dips are popular — as well as an excellent baklava. In patio season, it expands onto Bishop Street with guests enjoying the sun with kebabs, salad, and Lebanese beer.

1238 Rue Mackay, Montréal
QC H3G 2H4, Canada

14. Avesta

2077 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC H3H 1M6, Canada

For convenience and quality, downtown’s Avesta is hard to top. Its delicious manti — a Turkish-style dumpling similar to ravioli — are reason enough on their own to stop by. The colourful, whimsical design of the interior is charming, and long tables make it good for groups.

2077 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal
QC H3H 1M6, Canada

15. Sumac

3618 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P5, Canada

A lively mid-range option, St-Henri’s Sumac specializes in shawarma, pitas and salads, brushing the former with zaatar and olive oil for an extra touch of flavour. Their side-options include Middle Eastern condiments such as z’hug (coriander, chili and garlic) and amba (pickled mango, fenugreek, and mustard seeds).

3618 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P5, Canada

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16. Quartier Perse

4241 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, QC H4A 3K4, Canada

Iranian eatery Quartier Perse hosts events for several major Iranian holidays throughout the year, in its welcoming, wood-accented dining room in NDG. Outside of those special meals, it’s a BYOB, with a variety-laden menu incorporating rich stews through to mouthwatering lamb. The leafy, shaded outdoor area is a must for summer dining.

4241 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H4A 3K4, Canada

17. Tehran Restaurant

5065 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H4A 1Y9, Canada

Family-run Tehran prides itself on its artful use of seasonings, fruits, and nuts, and a glance at the menu shows why. Traditional meals such as ash (a lentil-chickpea soup) and tender kebabs make it a reliably delicious option. Try the cardamom tea with dessert, too.

5065 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H4A 1Y9, Canada

18. Restaurant Yas

5563 Chemin Upper Lachine, Montréal, QC H4A 2A6, Canada

Saffron predominates at this snug, candlelit Iranian establishment in NDG, which pairs grilled kebabs with saffron-topped basmati rice, and even offers saffron ice cream for dessert. Adding to the flavour palette are marinades such as walnut-and-pomegranate paste. Their appetizers are equally engaging, with yogurt-based sauces and vegetarian options such as grilled aubergine.

5563 Chemin Upper Lachine, Montréal
QC H4A 2A6, Canada

19. Azar

5899 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X7, Canada

Open since 1985, this brightly decorated Lebanese hotspot offers an array of grills and machawi (grilled meat platters designed to be shared between two people). The baba ganoush is highly recommended, with just the right degree of smokiness. There’s a table d’hôte option, too, which includes soup and coffee alongside the main.

5899 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada

20. Restaurant Onyx

6195 Rue Saint-Jacques O., Montréal, QC H4B 1T7, Canada

Specials change every day at Iranian restaurant Onyx, and shared platters are available, featuring a mix of chicken, ground beef, and filet mignon kebabs. For a burst of flavour, an extra serving of barberry can be ordered on the side.

6195 Rue Saint-Jacques O., Montréal
QC H4B 1T7, Canada

21. Restaurant Persia

6710 Rue Saint-Jacques #105, Montréal, QC H4B 1V8, Canada

This family-run restaurant specializes in home-style Iranian fare. The classic lines and unobtrusive colours of the interior complement the bright colours of saffron and pomegranate on the plates, and although it’s tucked away inconspicuously in a mall on St-Jacques, it’s a good find for those who know where to look.

6710 Rue Saint-Jacques #105, Montréal
QC H4B 1V8, Canada

22. Restaurant Su

5145 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1Y2, Canada