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Armenian cuisine is hard to come by in the city. Going into Laval, the dearth seems to suddenly disappear, replaced by a wealth of Armenian bakeries, schools, restaurants and grocery stores. We headed to Karoun, a restaurant that is relatively easy to access from the highway. While it is true that Laval is out of the way for most people living in the city, rest assured this restaurant is well worth making the trip out for. It had been years since I last visited the place but I remembered very clearly the raw meat dish, the kebbe naye that had been one of my favorites back in the day. That was first on my list to order.
Fast, tasty and cheap, Arouch is an Armenian pizzeria located inside Concordia University’s John Molson building. Offering an impossibly good deal – six pizzas for $6 – it is doubtless as to why Arouch is so popular amongst lovers of inexpensive meals (Nilufar on St. Catherine is a close second). Three pizzas are usually enough to fill an empty stomach, so you’re basically getting two meals for a handful of change. The lahmajoun is the original version of the Armenian pizza – drizzle some lemon juice on top and you’re good to go!