Les Saj: Traditional Mediterranean Eats with a Northern Touch
Not all Winnipeggers have the opportunity to visit Dubai, but Les Saj is doing its best to bring a little taste of Dubai to Winnipeggers.
Since opening on St. James Street in April 2017, the fast-casual restaurant has been serving up authentic Mediterranean spreads that will transport you straight to the Middle East. The aromatic blend of slow-cooked meats, fresh spices and homemade sauces only adds to the experience.
It’s an experience that owners Adham, Mohamad, and Rochelle have worked hard to perfect. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, the service friendly and the prices totally reasonable. But the star of the show is the menu. From wraps and salads to platters and desserts, it will give you plenty of reasons to come back.
There is, of course, the chicken and beef shawarma, deliciously seasoned and slow-cooked to perfection.
And the drool-worthy beef donair.
And our personal favourite, the vegan-friendly falafel.
Other veggie options include the fattoush, the tabbouleh, the labneh (strained yogurt drizzled with olive oil & mint), the lentil soup, the grape leaves and a variety of fresh salads.
Although the food is as authentic as it gets, Les Saj isn’t afraid to stray from tradition. Their popular Mezza Platter features French Fries, and they offer up poutine and chicken nuggets for the kiddies. They even tie in a bit of Asian inspiration with the shawarma sushi.
While any of the menu items are great individually, the best way to enjoy Les Saj is with a platter. Because what’s a good Middle Eastern meal without a pile of hummus, garlic sauce and mixed pickles? Best of all, everything they serve is made in-house, fresh and from scratch.
But what truly sets Les Saj apart is the use of its namesake. Les Saj is the first and only restaurant in Winnipeg to bake its bread with a “saj,” a huge metal dome-shaped sheet that is heated from underneath. The result is a pillowy, paper-thin flatbread, much like a crepe. It’s great by itself, but also comes in flavours like Za’atar (dried herbs, thyme and oregano mixed with sesame seeds and olive oil), Chicken & Cheese, and more.
Oh, and because there’s always room for dessert, they also come in sweet flavours like Cheese & Honey, and Nutella Chocolate. The latter is literally what dreams are made of.
If you don’t want to overload on saj, the rest of their dessert menu is pretty stellar as well. They do a delicious baklava, along with rice pudding, Halawet el Jibn (semolina, cheese and sugar, topped with pistachios) and Asabe’s Zainab (sweet fingers).
Whichever sweet you choose, it’ll go great with a strong, hot cup of their Turkish coffee. Seriously, this coffee alone is worth a visit.
Best of all, Les Saj has partnered with us to reward Winnipeggers for supporting local. Just flash your We Heart Winnipeg card and get 15% off all Les Saj platters.
Get the card and see our full list of partner businesses here.