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Old 06-25-2016, 05:48 PM
 
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If merguez sausage is popular in Quebec, does that mean Moroccan restaurants are rising in popularity?
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:29 AM
 
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I don't remember them being very popular when I lived there. I can only remember seeing two Moroccan restaurants,but they might be rising in popularity now. Shish taouk and shawarma places reign supreme in Montreal.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:34 AM
 
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I'd say yes, they're gradually getting a following... I found a website that lists around 28 Moroccan restaurants in Montreal, all pretty yummy sounding. No idea how new they are, though, of if the popularity is increasing.

Ottawa has around 5 or 6, and there's one in downtown Gatineau, if that indicates anything.

Tajines and Moroccan cookbooks have become more popular in the past 15 years. I don't know if this is mainstream.
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:59 PM
 
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There's some good Morroccan places in in Montreal, but Lebanese still reigns supreme as the most popular arab cuisine. God I miss Boustan, "The Creation" is a fast food work of art.
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Old 06-26-2016, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I agree with what others have said. It's not as mainstream as Lebanese (or, say, Thai) but it is growing in popularity.

Not really a restaurant, but one thing that is quite popular in Quebec is a méchoui. It's offered by companies that are kind of like caterers. It's the roasting of an entire mutton or lamb. Popular when people have a big family gathering at a cottage or on a rural property.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:32 AM
 
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If merguez sausage is popular in Quebec, does that mean Moroccan restaurants are rising in popularity?
Do you mean merguez sausage is a popular items in restaurants or found in grocery stores. In my opinion you only really enjoy Moroccan food in most restaurants if you have never had homemade Moroccan food. Nothing can compare after that. Eat and cafe culture is a huge part of Moroccan culture. Recipes are passed down in families and have been perfected for decades. Also looks ot steps and ingredients. I can't justify spending 3-5 hours cooking each meal twice a day on a daily basis personally, but this is pretty normal there. I am pretty surprised there are not more Moroccan Restaurants in Quebec then what other posters have described. Are there more other types of North African restaurants ex Algerian or Tunisian?
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Do you mean merguez sausage is a popular items in restaurants or found in grocery stores. In my opinion you only really enjoy Moroccan food in most restaurants if you have never had homemade Moroccan food. Nothing can compare after that. Eat and cafe culture is a huge part of Moroccan culture. Recipes are passed down in families and have been perfected for decades. Also looks ot steps and ingredients. I can't justify spending 3-5 hours cooking each meal twice a day on a daily basis personally, but this is pretty normal there. I am pretty surprised there are not more Moroccan Restaurants in Quebec then what other posters have described. Are there more other types of North African restaurants ex Algerian or Tunisian?
There are Algerian and Tunisian restaurants too, but the restaurant scene from that part of the world is really dominated by Lebanese here.
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:27 PM
 
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Do you mean merguez sausage is a popular items in restaurants or found in grocery stores. In my opinion you only really enjoy Moroccan food in most restaurants if you have never had homemade Moroccan food. Nothing can compare after that. Eat and cafe culture is a huge part of Moroccan culture. Recipes are passed down in families and have been perfected for decades. Also looks ot steps and ingredients. I can't justify spending 3-5 hours cooking each meal twice a day on a daily basis personally, but this is pretty normal there. I am pretty surprised there are not more Moroccan Restaurants in Quebec then what other posters have described. Are there more other types of North African restaurants ex Algerian or Tunisian?
I just found some listings online that provided names of dine-in restaurants, I have no idea how inclusive the lists were. Take-outs weren't included. They may be more than what I listed. There may also be more in Montreal's suburbs--for instance, I don't know if Laval was included in the listings I saw. Etc.
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:01 AM
 
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I just found some listings online that provided names of dine-in restaurants, I have no idea how inclusive the lists were. Take-outs weren't included. They may be more than what I listed. There may also be more in Montreal's suburbs--for instance, I don't know if Laval was included in the listings I saw. Etc.
Personally I am not really interested in North African food. It is great, but I have had it too often to care at this point and also like I said if you have it made by Moroccan people in their homes, a restaurant can't be comparable. I am just surprised because I though there were North African people in that part of Canada. We have some Moroccan restaurants in Toronto, but in my opinion they are more about the general atmosphere ... and the food is okay at best. I prefer Turkisk and Persian food.
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Approximate populations in Quebec by origin:




Algerian 25-35,000
Moroccan 50-60,000
Lebanese 150-200,000






Note also that the Lebanese community has been here for much longer.
All three communities are growing quite fast at the moment.
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