Montreal’s western downtown sector is a melting pot of international culture. In the area surrounding Concordia University you’ll find everything from Asian food to Mexican cusine peppered along a 4 block strip. While Montreal is no stranger to Lebanese food, our everyday experience is mostly limited to a selection of fast food type places found in and around mall food courts. With Café Jouney, that’s all changed.

22539909_1168865279880436_1935828499830508847_n23167559_1183316708435293_3315616069637253486_nThe Mediterranean café located near Bishop on Saint-Catherine West is an excellent and authentic Lebanese eatery that offers great food for any time of the day plus a weekend brunch for those looking for something a little different. The café features an all-day breakfast, great wraps, salads, desserts and more.

26196013_1231886320244998_931084230254370523_nTheir specialties include delicious fried halloumi cheese, fresh ta-boule, homemade (and very filling) manouche wraps filled with kafta, falafel, shish taouk and more. They also feature a small selection of beer including Almaza, a special Lebanese import. The food is fantastic, it’s flavourful, filling and a relatively healthy alternative to most of the lunch choices we have downtown.

Jouney’s atmosphere is quite casual and tables are largely meant to be shared among strangers. There’s plenty of room to sprawl out and relax, ready or work from your laptop too and the décor is bright and well thought out.

You can check out the full menu here. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Jouney and would easily return for a quick bite for lunch.