Our last article was about a vegetarian restaurant, this time we go Omnivore. Incidentally, it also happened to be the name of the restaurant on 4351 boul. St-laurent. If you are looking for an authentic lebanese experience, this was not it. Its menu consisted in a choice of a variety of Kaftas (minced beef with lebanese spices – sumac – and herbs – mostly parsley).
So, we started off with the lebanese mezzas, one plate which consisted of baba ghanoush garnished with sumac and olive, and on the side, lentil rice with caramelized onions. The main dish, kafta sandwiches, came with a fatoush salad (lebanese salad with sumac spices, grenadine syrup and bread crums). We took two different kafta sandwiches, the Beirut and the Bombay sandwich. The Beirut kafta sandwich had beef, onions, sumac, tahini and pickles; the Bombay sandwich was made of beef, pineapple chutney, red cabbage and sumac onions.
Here’s our verdict: the Baba Ghanoush was our favorite dish of the day – the eggplants gave just the right amount of bitterness and kissed perfectly the taste of the garlic- the lentil rice was dry and it would’ve been better if there would have been more caramelized onions. The sandwiches were very good, although the Beirut was a little duller than the Bombay (which, again, was an explosion of flavors in Timmy’s mouth).
All in all, Omnivore is a cosy and calm little restaurant you can enjoy. It was not what you would qualify as a gastronomical delight, but it was, never the less, enjoyable. Would we return? Maybe not anytime soon, but if we pass by and are craving original lebanese sandwiches, we will definitely grab 2 to go!