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Altanour Restaurant 587 Notre Dame Ave

I’ve been making a few restaurant visits, but need to catch up on my reviews. Here is one for Altanour Restaurant, a Lebanese-Turkish restaurant in my neck of the woods.  I’ve made a couple of visits to the restaurant, but this post will be based on my most recent. Mainly because most of the photos from the first visit are in an old phone, that I have misplaced.

Altanour Zataar
Za’atar pie from Altanour.

Dining in at Altanour

One of the things I like about dining by myself, is that that during the current Covid pandemic, it’s easy to find a seat at a restaurant even under limited capacity. The restaurant is divided into two sections, which are walled off from each other. Each of the sections holds about 30-40 people under regular conditions. I believe one section is meant to be a hookah lounge as well as dining space. 

The owners of Altanour, used to own Shawarma time on Ellice. I wrote a little about their transition to Altanour in my post on Bread N Biryani. They are very friendly, and they offer great food to go along with a great welcome.

A salad of raw vegetables
A side salad consisting of raw vegetables.

When I ordered I decided I wanted to try a variety of items. My first visit had been a Shawarma platter and a couple of Kibbeh. This time I decided to try a variety of appetizers and a wrap.

My order consisted of: Za’atar pie, Cucumber salad, Foul Muddamas, and a Falafel wrap. This seemed to be a fairly heavy, but manageable meal. However, Altanour turns out be the kind of place that adds a variety of extras to the meal.

Altanour meal
Most of my meal from Altanour on a tray.

I started off on the Foul Mudammas, a mixture of Fava Beans, Garlic, Tahina, and Olive Oil. The vegetables shown above are a side dish that goes along with it. I like the firm texture of the beans and the saltiness of the dish. The cucumber salad is a creamy dressing with bits of cucumber floating in it. It’s a nice contrast to the salty Foul. 

The Falafel wrap is the small size, but it’s a substantial sandwich all on its own. It would make a decent lunch choice just as it is. The Falafel themselves are good and crunchy. If you like sloppy kinds of sandwiches, this one will have the juices running down your arms. 

The Za’atar pie has a crispy pita base. Za’atar is actually the spice mixture that goes on top of the pita. You can read more about it here. One thing the linked article points out is that not all Za’atars are the same. In this one the sesame seeds, one of my favourites, really shine through.

falafel
My Falafel wrap from Altanour.

It’s Two Meals, Two Meals, Two Meals in One.

As you can see in the picture above, there is a good deal of food on the tray. Peeking out in the background you can also see a bag with pita. What’s not there is the Za’atar pie. When the owner brought me the food, he explained that he had served them in takeout containers, because I would probably want to take some home. Not only is the owner a great cook, he is also prescient. 

If you’re old enough, the heading here, may remind you of the Doublemint gum commercials of decades past. Now, I can put away large quantities of food. So, I don’t know if it’s my advancing years, or the impact of Covid on the number of times I eat out, but this meal easily defeated me. The owner was indeed correct I was going to need to take food home.

Altanour pita with jam.
One of the pitas with some quince jam.

In the end, I took home most of the Cucumber salad, Most of the Za’atar pie, and all four of the pita that were served alongside of the meal. I finished them all off the next day. The picture above is one of the pitas with some quince jam that I picked up from Milad’s Supermarket.

One thing that really stands out to me about Altanour is that there is so much more on the menu that I would like to explore. I really enjoy Shawarma and other related foods. Altanour is a restaurant that does a great job with them. 

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.