Delightful Turkish breads at Avesta in Montreal, Canada

We all know about window-shopping. We’ve all done it at some point or another. But how many people window shop for bread? When you walk past Avesta, you’ll notice a woman kneading dough and baking bread by the restaurant window. If you love fresh bread, this place will pique your curiosity.

I went on a Tuesday night and the restaurant was mostly empty. The lady who served us was friendly and recommended a few dishes. 

We ordered one of the combos which came with two mezes, a borek, and a side of bread.

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I loved the mezes and bread, but didn’t care much for the borek. While the mezes and bread were delicious, flavoursome and unique; the borek was cold, slightly soggy and just not all that satisfying. 

And then we moved on to the gomleze: a savoury Turkish pastry dish filled with a topping of your choice. We picked the spicy potatoes - which were full of spices, but definitely not full of chillies.

I won’t lie. I was a little disappointed, but that’s just me. 

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The bread was really good, but try not to fill up on it cause I was already three quarters full by the time the main arrived. The salad that came with it had an odd tasting dressing. Definitely not my cup of tea. 

For the main, we shared the stir fried chicken dish (lamb and beef options available). It was an explosion of happy flavours and the highlight of my meal. The spice palate was pretty unique - I can’t say I’ve had anything like it. It came with a side of bulgur. 

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And then for a sweet finish - baklava and tea. The baklava was not as sickeningly sweet as other baklavas, and the tea - well, it was tea. 

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The food here is pleasant; but it is kind of expensive for what it is. As much as I love bread, I’ll probably go easy on it next time so I can enjoy the mains a little more. 

As I left, I told the woman sitting by the window that her bread was real good. I wonder how many times she hears that in a day. 

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