We met up with BraisedandConfused when I was in Montreal for a few days. She suggested we have dinner at Kaza Maza as they have stellar Syrian food. I’ve never had Syrian food, so it was definitely an adventure. They can be pretty busy, so reservations are highly recommended especially when you are going in groups. Montreal is big on reservations, so on busy weekends…you are basically out of luck without reservations.
On certain nights, they will have live music as you dine. The interior isn’t large, but you should be able to be ok with a group of 4.
Complementary olives and peppers arrive at the table. The peppers are quite spicy and contains a bit of liquid inside, so you will need to be a bit careful eating those. Olives tasted great too, but some people naturally don’t like the taste of olives. It’s a personal preference kind of thing.
Fattouch Salad ($11/$14) has lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, radishes, parsley, mint, pomegranate, sumac and fried pita. CanuckGirl loved this salad and so did I! It contains various types of greens that go well together quite nicely.
Mutabbal Beets ($7) has mashed roasted beets, tahini, yogurt, lemon, garlic, parsley and olive oil. It’s a very pretty color due to the natural color of the beets. You could dip this into pita bread. This was CanuckGirl’s favorite dip.
Baba Ghannouj ($7) has grilled eggplant, tahini, yogurt, garlic, lemon, parsley, olive oil and pomegranate. I really enjoyed it’s amazing taste! I would definitely order this again!
Lamb shank with Friki ($19) has lamb shank, wheat whole smoked, roasted nuts mixed with butter, yogurt cucumber sauce with mint, garlic and raisins. The lamb is quite meaty and tender! I loved the texture of the wheat and the ingredients in it. Definitely my favorite dish of the night.
This is the yogurt cucumber sauce the comes on the side for the dish.
Kabab with cherries and pine nuts ($19) has kefta grilled and then simmered with sour cherries and topped with pine nuts. I personally didn’t love the cherries in the dish because savory and sweet things that are combined together is a bit strange for me. It’s just a personal preference of mine. CanuckGirl did enjoy this dish a lot as the meatball were moist and full of flavour.
Overall, Kaza Maza has good food and I was glad I was able to try it during my time in Montreal. CanuckGirl said it was one of her most memorable meals during our entire trip.
Words of Wisdom:
- Good service
- Make reservations
We Rate Kaza Maza:
4629 Park Ave