Montreal boasts a sizeable population from the Maghreb, the belt of North Africa stretching along the Mediterranean coast, around the top of the Sahara. As a result, Moroccan, Tunisian, Libyan, Algerian, and Mauritanian cuisine are all represented here, with the fresh flavours of mint and lemon mingling happily with warm spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, caraway, and cloves in restaurant dishes around town.
At the restaurants on this list, diners will find couscous platters with chunky sauces, harira lamb soup, merguez sausages, and seafood, with multiple variations on these favourites depending on the country of origin. Tagines from Tunisia may feature eggs, while those from Morocco are more stew-like. Meanwhile, crispy pastilla with squab or chicken might be sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, and a seafood version might be dotted with cheese and lemon.
For those who adhere to dietary laws, the meat in most of these restaurants is halal, but it’s good to check first.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated. For updated information and regulations, please visit the official sites of the Quebec government and Montreal’s public health authority (Santé Montréal).Read More