Montfort restaurant took its name from an historical landmark in the Middle East – Montfort Castle – built in 1226.
Montfort means “strong hill” or “mountain fortress” in French. It was built by French Crusaders who later sold it to the German crusader knights of the Teutonic order . Many tried to conquer the castle for years and in 1271 the Mamluk Sultan Baibars succeeded in their conquest. They let the castle inhabitants leave the Palace with their possessions. The Mamluk army eventually destroyed the palace to prevent further reoccupation of crusaders and left the ruins we see today.
The History of Montfort Mediterranean Cuisine - from the SHOUFANY family
Growing up, I had the opportunity to be a part of the most incredible experience of what the true meaning of traditional Mediterranean cuisine is!
We learned from my mother when we were very young, how to grind falafel, harvest grape leaves, lemons and olives all of which are included in our time honoured Family recipes. Over the years, throughout my travels, I’ve learned that fresh quality food is just as important as the service, atmosphere and presentation. Pleasing my guests just like they are family is the key to a successful restaurant ensuring our guests are happy and look forward to their next visit to their home away from home.
With today’s hectic lifestyles, we know that time is so precious and our family want to make life a little less hectic and challenging… So Montfort offers a menu with a variety of homemade fresh take out items in addition to a full catering menu.
My name is Rabab (Rebecca) Shoufany, and I am the proud founder of Montfort Mediterranean Cuisine. With the grateful assistance of my parents, Melad and Georgette, I designed and created the first restaurant in 1993 with the name Montfort, because it represents a big part of who my family are; “strong mountain ”..
The Shoufany family represents the true foundation of Montfort and we stand behind the belief that “food, family and friends“ are a shared richness that is not only a part of our culture, but a way of life that we have been privileged enough to share here in Canada at our restaurants.
In 2015, the Montfort family grew after Rebecca met Dr. Jad Amoury in Israel. Jad had been practicing dentistry for 15 years and since coming to Canada has joined the family business at Montfort. He has been running the show while Rebecca and he have started their own new family!
Jad has been welcomed warmly by the Montfort community….both staff and patrons and together, Jad and Rebecca will continue to work hard to see their new location grow thanks to they’re loyal customer base – you!
With these values instilled in our family, we know that the old is now the new… and what people still want and expect today is to eat fresh, healthy, yet affordable food. This is what Montfort represents and guarantees to this day.
I hope you enjoy your experience at Montfort and we look forward to seeing you again here at our new location, where Family is first!
Rabab (Rebecca) Shoufany
CEO & Founder Montfort Mediterranean Cuisine