Halal restaurants: where to eat halal in Montreal?

Published on September 08, 2021
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Where are the good halal restaurants in Montreal? Often associated with Middle Eastern cuisine, Halal food on the Montreal scene is full of delicious dining options and possibilities. Here, you’ll find charming cafes, great restaurants, small bars and food to go.

In Arabic, the word “halal” means “lawful” or “permitted”. The term is often directly associated with the Muslim religion and more specifically with food and drink. According to Statistics Canada, in 2011, 3.1% of the population of Quebec identified themselves as Muslim. It is also not uncommon to find a growing number of halal food options in supermarkets near us. This option is increasingly available all around, for all tastes. But what exactly does it mean to eat halal?

There are a series of rules surrounding halal food. First of all, pork and alcohol are not allowed and will never be found in a halal diet. As for other meats, it all depends on the method of slaughtering the animal in question (the dhabiha) and must be performed while invoking the name of Allah and directed towards Mecca. Fish with scales, on the other hand, if caught alive, are considered halal; according to the Qur’an, the water of the sea is pure and thus purifying. Some seafood is also allowed, especially shrimp. Vegetarian dishes are halal by definition, as long as no alcohol is used in the preparation. Processed products, such as certain confectionery or dairy products, may be considered non-halal because of the origin of the ingredients and additives, such as gelatin derived from animals and rennet from pork.

On this list, you will find addresses that will make you travel to Lebanon, Yemen, India and many other countries, for a tour of Montreal’s halal restaurants and cafes. Such a wealth of flavours and tastes is waiting to be discovered and tasted. Bon appétit and happy discoveries!

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Khaima Cuisine Nomade

La Khaima is an excellent restaurant located in the Mile End that specializes in West African cuisine, and is sure to take you on a journey! La Khaima recreates the atmosphere of the desert and the hospitality of the nomadic desert people. If you are feeling adventurous and want to discover new cultures through food, there is no better place. Plus, for Ramadan, they offer special menus from time to time, so stay tuned!
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Le Taj

Taj is one of the first Indian restaurants in Montreal. The decor is both sleek and elegant, just like the food. The chef of the address prepares delicious dishes that, while inspired by India, have been deliberately adapted to the Montreal clientele by the owners. In any case, a visit to the Taj is synonymous with great times spent around the table.
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Rumi is a friendly Outremont address on the edge of Mile End that has been offering its diners a delicious Middle Eastern menu since the early 2000s. The menu features Central Asian, Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. The house offers mezzes – small and delicious cold or hot dishes – as well as larger plates. It is suggested that you order lots of small dishes to create a personalized feast.
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