When I lived in Montreal, my friends CG and CT, originally from Greece, always used to cook mouthwatering Greek food (without garlic because CG is allergic) for me, or we would all go to Hermes, which has since closed as the owners have retired.
So when I called CG to tell her I'd be visiting, she and her husband did some research to find another restaurant, and that is how we found Panama, a Greek place on Jean-Talon. Yes, it's an unlikely name, but the owners once lived in Panama, and this is their way of paying tribute to their old stamping ground.
The food was delicious and the atmosphere very lively and family-focused. We arrived early, at around 7 pm, but by nine the place was packed with all kinds of families and friends (CT says the Greeks like to eat late). As you can see from the photos, we ordered many mezzes, and the owner's son came for a visit.
Nice Greek salad, tzatziki, spanakopita, deep-friend eggplant and zucchini, fried potatoes, half a chicken and some lamb chops. Everything was so good! The chicken and lamb were really nicely marinated and grilled, and they serve them already cut into big pieces. And the fried potatoes come in large circles, just the way my Mom and S make them.
If you go to Montreal, check out Rotisserie Panama!
789 Jean Talon W.