Turkish Cuisine is best known for its simple comfort food – the falafel, hummus dip, or kebab, but it’s also a very rich and tasteful cuisine. That’s why I was excited to try the mezze at upscale Turkish restaurant BarBounya on Laurier…
This Montreal restaurant is nice, fancy yet cozy enough. We were two, so we had seats at the bar but larger groups of people were sharing large communal high tables.
Our waiter advised us to share 6-8 dishes so we ordered 6 and that was more than enough! I guess it depends on what you choose, some mezze being more filling than others…
Muhammara is a hot pepper dip. It was simple, well-served and a delicious starter to dip our bread in. Gözleme are similar to what I know as “borek”, Turkish pastries filled with cheese and spices. They were good, crispy and light.
This was a delicious lobster sandwich with generous pieces of lobster in mayo, tucked into cornbread. The cornbread was a little dry but otherwise this was really good.
And finally on to the meat although we felt already pretty full by then…
The pull porc was good, nothing to complain about but maybe less interesting to eat in a turkish restaurant. Plus it was also served on a corn pancake and we already had one with the lobster, which was probably enough as it’s pretty filling.
Our last meat order was the grilled lamb Köfte, with tomato and nut salad but I don’t have a picture of the dish because we took it to go. I did eat it for lunch the next day though and it was very nice.
The space is nice and our waiter was attentive so nothing to complain about. It was a Tuesday night and the place got empty rather early (9’30pm maybe) so we did feel a little forced to leave to let the staff clean up… Not the best place to linger around on weekdays maybe.
All in all, the food was good although not all the dishes felt like traditional Mediterranean food and the dinner was about 60$ each including a glass of wine.