I know I haven't updated in a while, but midterms have started, so restauranting won't be happening for a while. I did manage to visit Boustan before things got too hectic, so here is a fast post about fast food!
It's right in the heart of downtown Montreal, about a five minute walk away from Guy-Concordia metro, Guy exit.
Service - Grade: B
Since it is a fast food joint, you go in, you line up, you order and you pay. The owner is pretty friendly and likes to chat with the customers while they're waiting. Buuuuut...
Warning: If you're someone who is very picky about the quality or cleanliness of your food, then this place might not be for you. For one, I saw part of my meal being shoved in the microwave and heated before being served to me, and for another, they handle food and money interchangeably, without wearing gloves or washing their hands in between.
I personally haven't had any problems after eating here (but then again, I'm also okay after eating street food in China, soooo...), but I do have friends who have had problems the following day. You have been warned.
Food - Grade: B
Oookay. While I do enjoy Lebanese food (or whatever they pass off for Lebanese food here in Montreal), I haven't had enough of it to be able to judge what's good and what's not. But, again, I do know what my stomach likes, and my stomach apparently likes Boustan.
|Chicken Shawarma Platter|
I've had some shawarma plates that were pretty dry, but this wasn't one of them. The meat was tender and flavourful, the rice not too mushy or too hard and the potatoes were well-seasoned. The coleslaw was vinegary and refreshing, but a bit on the salty side, and the hummus was smooth and not too strong.
|Beef Shawarma Platter|
Overall, I found Boustan pretty solid. I've had shawarmas that were dry to the point of being inedible, and I've had ones that literally dripped grease with every forkful. Boustan had just the right balance. And with some pretty decent sides, it made for a good meal. But I don't see (or taste, rather) that special something that seemed to make everyone super hyped about this place. Maybe I should go back and try their other stuff...
Price - $
It's fast food, so it's gotta be at least affordable. The two plates came up to roughly $20, so its around $10 for a hefty plate of food.
Final Grade: B
Again, it was solid and probably one of the better fast-food Lebanese restaurants, but it wasn't as mind-blowingly amazingly awesome as people are making it out to be. Still, if you're cramming and too lazy to cook or if you're drunk and starving, Boustan will fix you up in a jiffy!
2020 Crescent st., Montreal