This great neighborhood spot opened up in 2014 in the flourishing St-Henri district. With its modern airy look and laid-back atmosphere, it attracts many regular locals. It offers good food that’s reasonably priced.
It operates a little differently than a regular restaurant. You put in you order at the counter, get a number, place it on your assigned table and your order will be brought to you. If you need anything else during your meal (such as more wine!), the pleasant staff will get it for you and will add it to your bill.
Sumac is not your typical Middle-Eastern fare. The pita bread is seasoned with zata’ar and oil and server as wedges. Everything is made from scratch including the delicious dips: hummus, baba ganouj and muhammara to name a few. I had one of their more popular items last time I went, the chicken shawarma. I ordered it as a plate with two salads but you can get it as a sandwich. This spicy meat flavored with cinnamon and turmeric is divine. My favorite however are the great salads. I am obsessed with the quinoa salad with kale, almonds and raisins along with the spicy carrot salad and the popular ‘salade cuite’ with tomatoes and roasted sweet peppers.
As a lover of Middle Eastern food, there isn’t another place in Montreal that does it quite like Sumac. The wide variety of flavors and choices will always keep me going back.