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Hi, I'm new to Monkland Village and am wondering which of the 30 or so restaurants get the thumbs up or thumbs down. So far for lunch I give thumbs up to St Viateur Bagel, Caveau Szechuan, Pizzadelic and Mesquite. My dinner at Al Dente was pretty terrible and was only saved by the BYOW. Soup and noodles is ok in a pinch, but just generic chinese food IMO. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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  1. "“simplygenius" I too am new to Monkland Village and am on a discovery of the neighborhood.

    I agree that “Al Dente’s food is horrific and their service terrible.

    I have tried the “Soup & Noodles” three times and was there this afternoon for lunch with a friend.

    The food gets worst each time I go, today it was simply uneatable, it is now stricken off my list.

    Unfortunately I also don’t get “Monkland Taverne” high prices & low quality.
    It is a see and be seen place that focuses more on getting the soundtrack right than their food.

    Ok enough for the bad & ugly, now for the good.

    The following have been some of my good experiences in the area since July.

    Agora on Somerled: great fresh Greek food in a nice atmosphere with reasonable prices.

    Chop Suey Imperiale on Cote St.Luc RD: the real thing as good as the best places in Chinatown

    Monkland Grill: simple family type place with good meals and a nice terrace

    Malibu Café: Purchase some prepare meals for a party and they were excellent

    Au Bon Pain: Great bread, pastries and decent coffee

    Amour Des Thes: Great place if you like tea. I just bought some Grand Early Grey, it is amazing!

    Have also heard very good things about the butcher and fish store.

    I am still stuck on going downtown etc for meals; I would like to find some good places so I could break that habit.

    Please let us know about your future experiences.

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    1. re: InterFoodie

      i agree completely about soup and noodles, LOUSY!

      1. re: redroses

        ?? Soups & Noodles is our no-food-in-the-house saviour. It's not high end, but my god it's $7/dish. We love it.

        1. re: ldarroch

          No kidding! The first time we ordered form them, I swear, the doorbell rang about 10 minutes later.
          Their food is actually pretty good for a little delivery joint. The yum choi sum is cooked to perfection.

          The place I only recently discovered, and this is hard to believe, is Montrose on Somerled, the place that doesn't look like a Chinese restaurant. I've known about it for years, but never dared order from them on fear of dying from blandness, but a friend recently let on that she'd ordered from them for years. We gave it a try, and so far I can't believe how good their food is.

          1. re: bomobob

            Could you please please tell me what to order at Montrose? I went to eat at Montrose today, & quite honestly it was worst Chinese food at a Chinese restaurant I have ever eaten(I'm not kidding). I was there for lunch, and I ordered their spring rolls & fried rice with seafood & pineapple. The spring rolls tasted like it was a commercial frozen product(some parts of it, was still cold inside, when I bite into it). Their fried rice with seafood & pineapple... what a piece of junk! In the past, I've gone right past Montrose restaurant, as it seemed it catered to caucasians wanting safe Canadian Chinese food(do these Chinese restaurants still very much exist in Montreal?). Sorry for sounding so harsh.

            1. re: BLM

              Well first off, we are talking about an old-style Cantonese delivery place, so I should have qualified it by saying their Canadian-Chinese delivery food is quite good. No miracles here, but certainly not the awful experience you had. Ugh. Beef with ginger and scallions was good, lemon chicken was also good (yes, all olde tyme comfort food), and the very oddly named Spanish seafood rice was also good.
              This is not President or Tapioca The or Hong Kong, but was better than just about any delivery place that I know in NDG, apart from Kum Mon, which is quite far but actually does do NDG.

              1. re: bomobob

                So most of your experiences at Montrose was within the past year? I was told by my friend(who works near-by), that Montrose had new owners about a year ago. I welcome other people on this board to try Montrose, so to get a third, fourth...opinion.

                1. re: BLM

                  The first time we ever ordered from them was about 2 months ago or so.

                2. re: bomobob

                  Better than Tchang Kiang? They do still deliver, don't they? That would be my pick for NDG.

                  1. re: cherylmtl

                    Oy. My hub ordered from Tchang Kiang as an experiment once while I was away travelling and said *that* was the absolute worst Chinese food of any type ("surburban" or "real" Chinese) he'd ever had. You've had good experiences there, I take it?

                    1. re: kpzoo

                      I used to really like their food about 20 years ago, but I found it went downhill to the Fay Wong level. Haven't tried them again for at least 5 years.

                      1. re: kpzoo

                        They have two menus - one is Szechuan and Pekinese, and the other is your typical "Cantonese" stuff (chop suey, chicken with pineapple, etc). I've never ordered the Cantonese dishes there, so I have no idea what they're like - but the Szechaun/Pekinese ones are good, if a wee bit pricey, and I've yet to order anything off of that menu that I wasn't happy with.

                    2. re: bomobob

                      Edit - this was meant to be a reply to bomobob on his "This is not President or Tapioca The or Hong Kong" post about Montrose further up the thread. Not sure how it ended up in this spot, so just wanted to qualify what I'm agreeing with below....

                      Agreed. A couple of times a year we get a craving for what I call "suburban" Chinese... that bland, totally Canadianized Chinese stuff of my childhood - pineapple chicken, dry garlic spareribs, chicken-fried rice (the dark soy-sauce kind), etc. etc. All that stuff I'm sure no Chinese person would want to touch with a 10-foot pole. However, once in a while it just hits the spot. Until recently, I had no decent place to order that kind of food from, but after a reccommendation from elsewhere, I tried Montrose and was pleasantly surprised. I've since had a few of their dinner combos several times and it was decent every time. Not Chinatown Chinese, or "real" Chinese by any stretch, but generous quantities of inexpensive suburban Chinese. And once in a while, that's just what the doctor ordered.

                      1. re: kpzoo

                        Zackly!

                        1. re: kpzoo

                          I totally get this! Every once in a while, I just want what I call "Good-Bad Chinese" - no authenicity, no special ingredients, just good old pseudo-Chinese. It is astonishingly hard to find a place that does this well!

                          So Montrose, huh? Sounds like just the kind of place where you get a bunch of take-out and pig out in front of the tv after a rough day...

                          1. re: moh

                            On a similar note, we went to Yangtse with my cousin a couple of weeks ago. Haven't been there far a good 30 years. It was more of a lark than anything else, reliving our past. The food was quite average, much as I remember it being, but the eggrolls (which I almost never order anywhere, unless I've got a 1960s dinner-for-two craving) were the best I've ever eaten. Obviously homemade, filled to bursting with meat and veggies, and crispy to a tee. I've honestly never tasted eggrolls like that anywhere. But I wouldn't hurry back for much else.

                          2. re: kpzoo

                            My parents weren't all that sophisticated or adventurous eaters (read my dad), and we pretty much only patronized one chinese restaurant during my formative years. House of Wong. We would always order one of the dinners for 4, so we'd get the standard egg rolls (which were far from standard - tube like, with the ends open so the bits of cabbage etc would get crispy - ooohhhh yummmy, won ton soup, dry garlic spareribs, chicken fried rice (that you douse with that sticky sweet sauce from the ribs) and pineapple chicken. It was feast. I sometimes get nostalgic for that place and would love to find somewhere else I could get that food.

                            I tried Montrose once - can't remember what I ordered (I actually thought I was orderning from a new szechuan place) but I know it was the "this is not chinese food say the chinese" variety, and I was quite impressed -quality, quantity and taste.

                            I do miss the House of Wong (on Queen Mary, just East of Decarie).

                            My dad was also a huge Piazza Tomasso guy. He was in heaven there. Magic Tom pulled a coin out of my sister's ear.

                            1. re: maisonbistro

                              We probably grew up next door to each other, because House of Wong was our Friday night ritual, after shopping next door at Steinberg's. And oh, those eggrolls with the cigar ends. Fabulous! Even after all these years, I remember that place like it was yesterday.

                            2. re: kpzoo

                              If you sometimes have cravings for Canadianized Chinese food, have you tried Bistro Mahjongg where they devote one page of their menu to the Ruby Foo's Specialities(prepared like they did at the original Ruby Foo's Montreal)? I've eaten quite a few dishes from Bistro Mahjongg's Ruby Foo's menu(just trying to figure out, what all the fuss was about with the Ruby Foo's dishes). I didn't care for it that much for the most part(I generally despise Canadian Chinese food), but I could see why people would like the Ruby Foo's dishes. While the two things I tried at Montrose friday afternoon, was just plain bad in every aspect.

                            3. re: bomobob

                              If you want good authentic chinese food in NDG, go to FAY WONG (on Cote-St-Luc road across from the Cote-St-Luc shopping center...) I'm chinese, and I used to eat there with my family when we lived in the area. Otherwise, Pavillon Ming on Queen Mary is pretty authentic too. Pret-a-manger downtown (St-Mathieu and Ste-Catherine) is another authentic place (chef used to work in Chinatown). Those are the three I eat at (and I am picky) outside of Chinatown.

                              -----
                              Queen Mary Restaurant
                              5504 Ch Queen-Mary, Montreal, QC H3X1V6, CA

                              1. re: dragonsrouges

                                Fay Wong - seriously? When was the last time you ate there? Very curious if you've been there recently. ;-)

                                1. re: kpzoo

                                  Seriously.

                                  Fay Wong was always my favourite "joke" restaurant. I ordered from them years ago, and it was the most bland, uninspired, tasteless Chinadian food I'd ever eaten. Horrible. Never ordered again.

                                  A couple of months ago I walked past it - it's 3 minutes from my house - and saw some Chinese people eating inside. I actually stopped to look at the menu in the window, rather than just laughing at the fake Myron Gallaway review they pasted up, and realized the menu in the window was very different from my old takeout menu. How many take-out joints have a whole "Bean Curd" section?

                                  Upon close examination, I realize they have a huge variety, and and many very non-take-out dishes. Well, as it turns out, if you ask the owner for the "real thing", you'll get it. And it's actually pretty good. In fact, it's become the go-to place.
                                  Even things marked as hot are about as spicy as milk, and he explained to me that the local clientèle aren't exactly spice-meisters. Think Agora crowd.
                                  But if you explain what you want and how you want it, they are surprisingly versatile. Last time I was in there, a Chinese couple was devouring a whole duck that looked incredible.

                                  1. re: bomobob

                                    Very interesting, thanks for the info!

                                    > the local clientèle aren't exactly spice-meisters.

                                    Ha - exactly. ;-) But good to know they can be "versatile" on request!

                        2. re: ldarroch

                          Soup and Noodles is basically salt in a broth. I tried it 3 times and every time I needed to down a litre of water aftre the meal. Didn't finish my plate and certainly didn't bring home the leftovers. That place is off my list. I agree that it is cheap, but you also get what you pay for.

                        3. re: redroses

                          Ya we order in at least once a month and it gets delivered in like 20 minutes max, it's dependable we love the house special rice and the peanut butter chicken! Love those guys...

                      2. al dente is also filthy. ugh.

                        Garam Masala is very good, as far as Montreal Indian goes. Superb service too.

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                        1. re: C70

                          ya we went once and the whole experience was lousy..pizza is pretty good but everything else was lousy

                        2. Le Messob d'or, corner of Monkland and Harvard. Considered by many to be the city's best Ethiopian restaurant.

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                          1. re: carswell

                            what is Ethiopian food anyways?

                            1. re: simplygenius

                              As served in local restaurants, mostly a variety of stewed meats and vegetables, often heavily spiced, spooned into small piles on injera, a huge spongy flatbread made from tef flour. You tear off pieces of the injera and use them to pick up some stew and transfer it to your mouth. See www.africa.upenn.edu/Cookbook/Ethiopi...

                              1. re: carswell

                                Sounds good

                            2. re: carswell

                              All gone. Closed shop.

                              1. re: ldarroch

                                If you're still interested please read my review of Mekdala, the reincarnation of Messob D'or.
                                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/503138

                            3. Had dinner on the little terrasse at Chase last night. It was nothing more than average Lebanese food. The chicken brochettes (shish taouk) were very good, as was the taboule, but the rice, kafta, hummus, & falafel were average at best. I MUCH prefer my local take out joint (Amara in VSL)

                              The falafel was served with a mild yogurt-like sauce rather than the traditional tahini. I found that unappealing and odd.

                              The price, for Monkland, was fair.

                              1. Le Maistre is always a good pick, was never disappointed (ca. 7 visits), the staff is very friendly and know their menu.

                                The new Thai place beside St Viateur is very good for my standards (never been to Thailand) - small and usually crowded, friendly.

                                I like the fish and chips at Ye Olde Orchard - not consistent though (1 out of 8 was not up to standard).

                                Tribeca has - for me - no personality and concept (except for the Martinis).

                                Sushi Star I like, the owner is very friendly and we like the sushi there (never been to any of the top addresses in town, can't compare). She worked at the Sushi Shop chain further down on Monkland and then opened her own shop because she did not feel that the other place was providing good enough quality and service.

                                Taverne only once, long ago, was OK, too loud for my taste.

                                St.Viateur good for breakfasts and salads when the health-obsessed in-laws want to go out ...

                                La Chasse - same impression as above poster.

                                We like as well the Indian place - Garam Masala - compares, for us, to Ganges.

                                If you want to prepare your own dinner - le maitre boucher is a great place to start! Their sausages are great, the meat is great quality and André at the cheese counter REALLY knows his cheeses.

                                Enjoy!

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                                1. re: Leachim

                                  Maybe it has been a while since you have eaten on that strip- but Tribeca has been closed for over 2 years!

                                  1. re: daniellebluma

                                    The post you are replying to is dated August 29, 2006. :-)

                                  2. re: Leachim

                                    Have to disagree on the Thai place, Bangkok, although it seems this may be due to the 3-year passage of time since this and other reviews below. Dropped in last night for dinner based on the recommendations in this thread and it was bad. In fact, I would even describe it as the worst Thai food I've ever had, and one of the worst meals I can remember. I had dumplings in peanut sauce as appetizer, green curry chicken (a standard by which I gauge all new Thai restaurants), and crispy noodles with vegetable sauce. The dumplings were average, the curry was below average, and the noodles were very bad, practically inedible. The sauce was not a Thai sauce but in fact something close to a Chinese white gravy. The service was poor, as others note, but it's all about the food for me, and based on the food alone, I will not be back.

                                    1. re: 1toomany

                                      After vowing not to go back there after a service disaster (~40 minutes to serving of first person's meal, 20 more minutes for the other three), we went back for a quick bite because it was convenient and we were starving.

                                      The pad Thai is good, and so is the three-pepper fish, but if you like it spicy you have to be very emphatic -- they work on the assumption that folks on Monkland can't take the heat, and just saying "spicy" won't get you much.

                                      Despite a couple of OK offerings, definitely not worth any sort of a detour...

                                      1. re: Mr F

                                        I agree with Mr. F as it's not a sort of detour. The food is good but the service is bad. When I go for a takeout, I always have to wait on site at least 10-20 minutes more than what they said on the phone (it happened a few times).

                                        Does anyone have a good recommendation for Thai in NDG?

                                    2. re: Leachim

                                      Quartier Perse on Decarie is DELICIOUS. Big portions, super tender meat, great appetizers.... Get the meal for 2 with all the brochettes.

                                    3. Lezvos on Decarie/Monkland (really close to Monkland Village)is one of the better places there. Tavern is hit or miss.

                                      1. Try Gout de l'Inde (Taste of India), corner of Beaconsfield and Monkland: tasty, reasonably priced, few dishes not seen elsewhere. Try the spicy nagga chicken, sizzling dishes, and the three (I think) types of paneer (the one with spinach and the one with peas quite good).

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                                        1. re: chilipepper

                                          Their chicken dansak is awesome!

                                        2. I lived there until recently.

                                          Taverne - good local place to see people you know - not that I knew many of them, not really my scene - with ok food that's a bit pricey for what it is.

                                          Tribeca - not bad for drinks and an app to catch up with a friend, but the food is generally uninspired.

                                          St-Viateur - can't fail basic.

                                          New Thai place - quite good. Soup & Noodles - to be avoided. I would order from somewhere else instead of their food. Caveau - quite good. The asian (szechwan?) place in front of Villa Maria - a few surprizingly good dishes.

                                          Pizzadelic, Benedict's - both decent. Benedict's classic for brunch. Not bad for dinner either.

                                          Ganges - Indian food on Sherbrooke, roughly on the corner of... Melrose? I really can't recall. It's pretty good.

                                          I don't really care for Mesquite.

                                          In short, I don't think there is anywhere local that is outstanding however I have not been to the new bistro-like place across from St-Viateur. I did greatly enjoy picking up wine, seafood, cheese, meats, baked goods at the small local businesses along the street and cooking at home. So for a great local meal, that's what I did!

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                                          1. re: Abendschein

                                            About Pizzedelic... I find their pizzas are average, but their Spinach salad is amazing. The one with baby spinach, walnuts, mandarin oranges, orange dressing... I have them add grilled chicken with is really tasty. I've tried this salad elsewhere (other Pizzedelics) and it was really not as good. The one on Monkland is the best for this salad. Service was perfect.

                                          2. Also what can not be found is a good espresso or cap.

                                            Starbucks, Second Cup, Java U stuff is terrible.

                                            The best place so far has been Premeire Moisan

                                            I would really like to see a real espresso shop open up like Caffee Art Java.

                                            1. St. Viateur's coffee is great!

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                                              1. re: C70

                                                Not so much. Get your bagels and leave.

                                              2. Is Bangkok Express on Monkland any good(it seems that Abendschein above here might be refering to this restaurant("New Thai place - quite good"))? Some of the items on their menu seems interesting(different from other Thai restaurants). I know that Sarah Musgrave of the Montreal Gazette wasn't too positive about the restaurant, but I believe she reviewed it after it was only opened for about 3-4 weeks. I feel too many of the Montreal restaurant critics are rushing to review restaurants that are too new to review(after opening 3-4 weeks or so). I even heard of a Montreal restaurant critic reviewing a restaurant less than a week old!

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                                                1. re: BLM

                                                  I recently had supper there. The food is great however the service is slow; they are way too busy to have just one waitress doing the take-out orders and being the hostess/waitress. I had the green curry with tofu and although a little different from what I am used to (the tofu seemed deep-fried and the curry wasn't too spicy) the vegetables were fresh and the tangy/sour combo was right on. I also had the chicken coconut soup and it was very spicy (I was tearing throughout that course...but soooo good)!

                                                  1. re: hungryann

                                                    Food's ok, take out portions kind of small.

                                                  2. re: BLM

                                                    The food is delicious. The service is lousy, and the prices are not proportional to the serving sizes. I would not go back there.

                                                    1. re: BLM

                                                      I had supper there last night and it was terrible, the worst Thai meal I have ever had. I simply do not understand the positive reviews of the food here, except perhaps that they are based on dishes other than what I ordered. I won't be back to try to figure it out.

                                                    2. I used to live in NDG for several years, and I agree with all the above comments, nothing that great in terms of fine dining. But, one thing to add...for the best subs in Montreal (in my opinion) try Momesso's, it's on Upper Lachine Road, a few streets west of Decarie. Great espresso too!

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                                                      1. re: Jade

                                                        I live close to Monkland Ave. and eat there from time to time, only because it's close. In my opinion, there is not one restaurant in the "good to very good" category. People go to Monkland because it's a scene (to see and be seen). My summary: The best bet, in my opinion, is Premiere Moisan at the corner of Girouard. It's a nicely decorated and clean place, the staff are usually friendly, and the food (self-serve) is above average and reasonably priced. And surprisingly, another great place is take out: the Sushi Shop on Monkland, in our opinion, has the best sushi in the entire NDG/Snowdon area, even better than other Sushi Shops; always very fresh ingredients, and delicious. Chase (Lebanese) is ordinary to poor. Taverne is overpriced and quality is average (nothing ranking as delicious). St. Viateur Bagel is decent, and the prices are low, but the quality seems very inconsistent from one visit to the next; forget lunch if you want a relaxed meal, you'll be squeezed like a sardine on the bench seating and the staff are rushed like crazy; at supper, forget eating there on a hockey night, as the boozers come around to watch the game on the two large screen TVs and hoot and howl at every shot on goal. Benedict's: what a joke for a restaurant. We went there a while back with a group of about 15 people, and the service was a disaster, not to mention the consistently mediocre food, and it's not cheap. They are still in the Entertainment Book, so that might tell you a thing or two about the place (most restos in the book end up closing within a few years or less). Monkland Grill is ordinary; no culinary prizes to be won at this place. For take-out, Malibu is usually very good, and bring lots of cash or you may max out your credit card. I was disappointed a while back when I returned some soup to Malibu that wasn't fresh, and the owner refused to refund my money. Even though he agreed there was something wrong with the soup, he insisted on issuing a credit note, which my wife eventually lost. Poor business policy which will cost him many customers. The Maitre Boucher is better value for take out, and very good quality (in the basement, below the Sushi Shop). I may have forgotten some places, but I'll post again if they come to mind. Bon appetit!

                                                        1. re: ivan_brown

                                                          As the neighborhood has become more affluent the quality of food has gone down and prices have gone up. Basically what has happened is that as rent has increased smaller restos have been pushed out by chains and overpriced "trendy" places. It's a pity because Monkland used to have some really good (and affordable) mom & pop places. (eg. Joz & Messob D'or)

                                                          On the positive side Patisserie Nancy is still very good, though their prices have increased over the years, and Gryphon D'Or ( past the trendy part of monkland) serves some of the best baked goods in the city, along with all you can drink tea and coffee ( both of which are really good).

                                                          1. re: Moosemeat

                                                            I agree that the restos on Monkland are mostly overpriced junk. Having said that, sometimes there may be other forces at work when it comes to restaurant closures. I know the owner of the building that Messob D'or was in, and their rent was dirt cheap (for anywhere, not just for Monkland). I wonder if the family just decided to ditch restaurant life or if they will pop up elsewhere?

                                                            The only restaurant we go to is the Bangkok--very good Thai that we can walk to. Pretty much everything else is either overpriced, bad, or both. We live nearby and I work on Monkland, and I was just thinking today as I strolled down the street that and DECENT resto that moves in will make a killing.

                                                          2. re: ivan_brown

                                                            Ivan is right on the mark, from my perspective.

                                                            I've lived in NDG since the time that the Monkland Tavern was a tavern, and Franni's was pretty much the only place to get any food. It always amazes me how poor the choices are, even now. Messoub d'Or was, in my opinion and the opinions of everyone I know, the very best place ever on Monkland, and is now sadly defunct. The hall of shame has been embarrassing. Benedict's was inedible. The Tavern is way overpriced for very mediocre food. I gave Garam Masala 6 months until it tanked, and it unfortunately lasted a bit longer before vacating the premises for a cupcake shop. With so much reasonably priced and superior Indian food in the area, why would they even bother?
                                                            Food quality has never been paramount on the street, and the fairly high turnover attests to that. Al Dente is an exception, and the crowds prove it out.

                                                            A newcomer on the stage is not on Monkland, but isn't far, and that Hwang Korean BBQ down on Upper Lachine. The times we've gone, the food has been superb, and the place was filled with Koreans, which is always a good sign.

                                                            Bob

                                                            1. re: bomobob

                                                              Bob, did you happen to notice if there were any non-meat options on the Korean place's menu? i.e. a vegetarian bibimbap or the like?

                                                              1. re: kpzoo

                                                                I didn't notice if there were any veg items, but I suspect there were at least a couple. I could be wrong though. No wait, there were some kimchi soups and stews, but they may be based on meat broths.

                                                        2. Well, I lived in the area until about a year ago, and only ate out a few times. Once at the Pizzedelic (alright), a couple of times at Olde Orchard, and a few times at the Subway (literally the only thing cheap and quick enough at the time). After I moved out, I heard the Olde Orchard has a mean seafood curry, owing to their Sri Lankan chef. But I never got the chance to try myself.

                                                          1. I have lived, worked, socialized and grown up in this neighborhood and I think it's wonderful. The people who live around here know each other very well and we are certainly a tight group. For thumbs up I have to say; (Starting at Decarie and working down towards Grand) Cafe Orange, (breakfast) down- Mesquite (Chicken & ribs) down, Lezvos (greek) down, Pizza Pino- up, Tavern(e) up, Pizzadelic- down, Ye Olde Orchard (pub fare) up, Mykanos (haven't tried yet), Le Maistre (french) up, Chase (lebanese) up, Malabu (take away) up, Sushi shop- up, Al Dente- down, Soup & Noodles- down, Benedicts (breakfast) up, Monkland Grill- down. As for baked goods; Premier Moison (true baguette) up, Au pain dore- down, Choco-lat (cupcakes) down, Patisserie Nancy - up, Gryphon D'or (Best scones in Montreal) up. As for coffee they all kind of blend together. Best terrace is Second Cup to see and be seen as so many people seem so envious about.
                                                            If you like a neighborhood where everyone watches out for each other then this is that place, you can't find a better bunch of people anywhere.

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                                                            1. re: montrealbelle

                                                              Dang. Forgot about Cafe Orange, though I'm hardly sure you could call that part of Monkland Village, as it's on Decarie a few minutes' walk south of Monkland. I also never at e there until I moved away. More wasted opportunities.

                                                            2. For all of you who mentioned it - Unfortunately Tribeca no longer exists (they did have great martinis) - it is now a decent Greek restaurant with some original things to offer, other than the standard souvlaki plate.

                                                              I have tried Le Maitre on a few occasions and have always had a great meal there. Not terribly expensive (but I did always choose from the Table D'Hote), some creativity on the part of the chef and nice service.

                                                              Some of you mentioned Premiere Moisson - friendly staff?? not always. I do have a question though that they can never seem to answer: why have numbers if you just serve whichever customer will answer to "who's next"?? Either use the numbers or don't - and then remove them. Their baked goods are good though - better than Au Pain Dore, where I have sometimes thought I was eating yesterday's croissant, even at 8:00 in the morning. They do have a great Pain Brioche though (use that next time you're making french toast)!!

                                                              And please..... Choc O la??? Overpriced betty crocker cupcakes. And that icing?? Buttercream it is not (oooohhhhh, buttercream).

                                                              And the Taverne??? Please. Nobody goes there for the food. Who are you guys kidding? Silly me did that once.....

                                                              Malibu? Didn't find them very accomodating either. Kinda like, "we don't need you.." - well treat more customers like crap and you'll need all of us. Trust me.

                                                              Can't go wrong with Ben and Jerry's - can you???

                                                              Oh yeah, and that other Bistro, across the street from St. Viateur.... not bad, not bad at all.

                                                              Ciao for Nao

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                                                              1. re: maisonbistro

                                                                Damn Tribeca is gone? Where have I been, their apple martini was the best I've ever had.

                                                              2. anyone been to mexican place on monkland/hampton. i'd like to know what people think of it.

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                                                                1. re: redroses

                                                                  I went once, when it was called the Casa Azul - it seems to have been renamed now to Amarante or something like that - don't know if it's still the same owner or not. The was okay - nothing spectacular, not gag worthy- but the selection was very limited. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, if only because there was really no reason to.

                                                                  1. re: redroses

                                                                    Ah...someone finally got to the topic of the Mexican Restaurant at the end of the universe. The first time I was looking for it, I thought I had gone too far west on Monkland, and then all of a sudden the Mexican Flag gave it away.

                                                                    The Original owner sold it to some new owners, all Mexicans. The menu is short, and typically they have a daily special or 2. Yet, despite the short menu, the selection is good and the food is properly prepared. Actually, I would rather eat at a place with 10 well executed offerings, than a place with 100 done poorly.

                                                                    The food is authentic home style, and ranges from good to very good. The Sopes are better executed than le Coin Mexique on Jean Talon and Iberville. If you like Pozole and are there on a night when they are making it, it is as close to the real deal as you will find in most Mexican homes.

                                                                    The place is weak on the decor, but the food and the friendly staff/owners make up for what looks like a dive... I guess you got to start somewhere..

                                                                    BTW if you are looking for Gringo TexMex, this is not your place. You can load up on a belly bomb at any of the lousy faux Mexican joints you will find downtown. If you want a good home style Mexican meal, this is the place....

                                                                    BTW..... ye Olde Orchard consistently puts out a burger worthy of being declared the best burger on the avenue, if Not NDG. Someone in their kitchen knows how to show that meat some respect.

                                                                    1. re: fedelst1

                                                                      ok im going to retry it. kinda lost hope, the old owners were very nice but really clueless about business not that i know anything about running a restaurant but im not surprised they left. everytime i'd go in there, their kids were watching TV. also the decor was disturbing.

                                                                      1. re: redroses

                                                                        The Mexican place on Monkland mentioned above (Aramanto sp?) was great. Thanks for the recommendation, we tried it last week and were impressed. Simple menu, but tasty and fresh.

                                                                        1. re: ios94

                                                                          Ok, speaking for a 1/2 Mexican household, with a home sick husband from Mexico City, we went there twice and won't go back. The food is very standard issue, what you'd expect the muchacha to whip up for the 2 pm dinner/lunch on a standard day. Decor by Ikea, unless they've changed it recently, very slow service, with their kids bringing their small plates to the table. Felt like I was in someone's wreck room...

                                                                  2. I'm originally from Monkland and yes St. Viateur Bagel is definitely a thumbs up. Had a bad experience with Malibu Cafe though. An unpleasant surprise in the eggplant parmesan.
                                                                    A good pizza place to track down is B&M. They moved to Sherbrooke (near Melrose)from Monkland and Royal, but their pizza has always been top notch IMHO. They also have more of a sit down place at Somerled and Grand.

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                                                                    1. re: bomobob

                                                                      B&M has hundreds of dishes on their menu. It is the perfect restaurant for people who are too tired to cook a bad meal at home to go out and enjoy a bad meal where someone else does all the cooking and cleaning.

                                                                      1. re: eat2much

                                                                        Well, that's my big laugh for the day. Thanks.
                                                                        We had breakfast there the day we moved (no, not July 1), and I was, um, unmoved.

                                                                        1. re: bomobob

                                                                          By no means is this haute cuisine or gourmet fare, but Orange, on Decarie blvd (near Cote st. Antoine) really isn't bad. I also like the place that moved into where B&M used to be- man the name is on the tip of my tongue... CRAP - anyways, they make a decent breakfast also.

                                                                          1. re: maisonbistro

                                                                            Benedict's. It used to be one of my fave local places for breakfast until my husband was served moldy, blue challah toast. Haven't been able to bring myself to go back since.

                                                                            I do like Café Orange too.

                                                                            1. re: kpzoo

                                                                              Benedict's....<shudder>
                                                                              Some of the worst food I've ever eaten. Linguini that had enough garlic to kill every vampire who ever lived. I love garlic, but this was inedible. Cold, hard toast that I wouldn't give to pidgeons. And some of the worst service I've ever encounters. I cheered when they closed.

                                                                              1. re: bomobob

                                                                                Benedict's did close in their original location on Monkland & Girouard, but have been open on Monkland at Royal for several years, in the spot where B&M used to be before they split into two. Musical restos.

                                                                              2. re: kpzoo

                                                                                Wow- we don't have breakfast out often, and when we do, it's usually Orange, but we have eated at Benedicts (thanks for the name)- and didn't really have any issues,except once, when my husban'ds hollandaise was "broken" - which just went to show me how much the chef knew about what he was doing. No self respecting chef would send out a broken hollandaise.

                                                                                1. re: maisonbistro

                                                                                  Yeah, I got served a broken hollandaise too (butter floating on top). I thought my eggs benny at Benedict's were mediocre bordering on gross. The hollandaise was mustard yellow (they must add turmeric) and had been sitting out too long. The ingredients looked like they put a lot of work into finding the cheapest, lowest quality possible. It's an experience I try not to think about.

                                                                              3. re: moh

                                                                                It looks like the "new" Maitre Boucher store is now open (diagonally across the street from their old location) just in time for the holidays. I haven't had a chance to go in but it looks very nice.

                                                                                1. re: eat2much

                                                                                  Yes, they moved on Wednesday, after 28 years in the previous location. I was in today. The space seems bigger, yet they aren't selling anything new/different from what I can tell...yet.

                                                                                  One good thing is now there are two check-out registers, so less of a line-up. Also good is they are now a whole block closer to my place (i.e., 1.5 blocks instead of 2.5)!

                                                                                2. re: maisonbistro

                                                                                  B&M is the safest, most consistent restaurant. Their breakfasts are GENEROUS to a fault. Not sure what the deal is with the pizza -- it seems to have a following, but we dont' get it. However, if we're tired, unwell, in need of comfort food, and want to keep close to home, it's at the top of the list. Great club sandwiches.

                                                                          2. Typhoon seems to have reopened after being closed for almost a year (I exaggerate only slightly), and there seems to be a new tea store open right above it.

                                                                            1. Le Messob D'or was the best of the bunch, and it is no more. Joz likewise is long gone. Malibu Café serves up a heaping serving of attitude every time I’ve been through the door, so I’ve stopped making that mistake, and I suggest others do the same until they learn the basics of running a business.

                                                                              Was at Mykanos recently for dinner, and although the food wasn’t bad, it was distinctly underwhelming, and not to be repeated.

                                                                              Whoever mentioned the subs at Momesso's is right on – they’re a real treat, but Upper Lachine Road is a different thing entirely.

                                                                              I’m pretty much at the point that when I find myself in the Monkland Village looking for dinner - I look for a cab.

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                                                                              1. re: erich wiess

                                                                                Mikado's the only worthwhile stop on the street.
                                                                                We've never even gone into Malibu after a good friend went in way back when it was new and was greeted by a guy who said, in one of those "Hi, my name is Brad and I'll be your waiter tonite" voices, "Hi and welcome to Malibu...a little bit of sunny California on Monkland avenue". She turned around and walked out.

                                                                                1. re: erich wiess

                                                                                  Erich, you should try le Maistre and O Bistro. They are both quite good. I love the Maistre - and it's not ridiculously expensive or pretentious a la Tavern. O Bistro is also nice with decent food. For me, that's the extent of good food on Monkland (well except for a bag of hot bagels from St. Viateur.. but that's another thing)

                                                                                  1. re: maisonbistro

                                                                                    Time for some self ostracization: French/bistro food really doesn't do it for me.

                                                                                    1. re: bomobob

                                                                                      Gee, and you seemed like such a nice guy...

                                                                                      Had a pretty good meal at Le Maistre back in December. Would gladly return if in the 'hood but wouldn't choose it over any number of Outremont, Mile End or Plateau establishments that are equally distant from my home base.

                                                                                      1. re: carswell

                                                                                        That's a given - neither would I - but since I reside in NDG, having the Le Maistre and O Bistro are nice options when not wanting to travel too far. There isn't much fine dining in the area.

                                                                                        And Bob, it was nice knowing you. :(

                                                                                2. I live across the street from "CARMINE'S TUSCANY GRILL" and I have to say it's a fabulous restaurant. The entrees are large with reasonable prices including an early bird and lunch menu (for under $10). If you love italian food, you'll find excellent pasta, chicken, fish, pizza, etc. at this restaurant with quite honestly the best service i've had across Canada. I liked it so much I went twice in one week. It's located on Cote-St.Luc and Old Orchard -- just a five minute walk from Monkland. I've never been for breakfast, but apparently that's great too!

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                                                                                  1. re: pinkiwi

                                                                                    Wow, that sounds like one of those fake restaurant reviews in the hour, the ones on the pages next to the real reviews. Hopefully you'll post in other places so this we don't all think this is a planted review!

                                                                                    Has anyone else been to this place?

                                                                                    1. re: Keramel

                                                                                      Carmine's is a decent family restaurant with OK food and friendly service. It is NOT fabulous but I would much rather go there than B&M on Somerled however, given the choice a five minute walk to the Taverne or a seven minute walk to Vino is well worth the effort.

                                                                                      1. re: Keramel

                                                                                        Ha! I was thinking the same thing. Like those Myron Galloway "reviews" in the Suburban or the Chronicle. (He used to be a good arts critic) There's even one posted in the window of Fay Wong, which has to be, without question, the worst Chinese restaurant on the planet. It reads, "You can't go wrong with Fay Wong". I almost pee my pants every time I walk by.

                                                                                        1. re: bomobob

                                                                                          No, bomobob, I beg to differ. The worst Chinese restaurant on the planet is on Avenue Road in Toronto, near my sister's house. You have no idea...

                                                                                          1. re: bomobob

                                                                                            I didn't realize Fay Wong restaurant was that bad. Heard some buzz when they first opened(The Suburban paper writeup, & a mention on a Montreal radio program).

                                                                                            1. re: BLM

                                                                                              I think all that buzz is paid for. They've been there for quite some time, and the 2-3 times I ordered from them (yes, I always give places the benefit of the doubt), the food was bland beyond description, and bean sprouts were the principal ingredient in just about everything.

                                                                                              1. re: bomobob

                                                                                                I have never ordered a dish with bean sprouts at Fay Wong. They make authentic Chinese dishes well. I think when you read reviews, its important to know what kind of food is being ordered. I have never ordered any general tao or pineapple chicken or chop suey won ton or anything like that. If you order the stuff Chinese families eat, there are no bean sprouts.

                                                                                        2. re: pinkiwi

                                                                                          I went there once, because I had. I don't think I would go back because I want to. It was average at best. Nothing was outstanding, service was OK - nothing to write home about, and as far as the early bird goes, well, that's good for the senior generation, but even being as old as I am (46) I still like to eat a later supper when I go out.

                                                                                          But I also have to say that I won't eat at the B&M either. I mean, how can a restaurant with sooooo many things on the menu have all of it fresh??

                                                                                        3. Agora on Somerled -- very, very good and cheap. Family-style greek roast chicken. Yum!

                                                                                          Good ol' Slouvaki George waaaaaaay down at the far end of Monkland is nice too, only 3 tables indoors. Great for take out.

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                                                                                          1. re: ldarroch

                                                                                            The pharmacy next door to Epicerie Gourmet just closed up shop. It should be interesting to see what takes its' place.

                                                                                            1. re: eat2much

                                                                                              Yeah, I just saw that and was curious too! Hopefully not yet another overpriced gourmet takeout shop. ;-) How about an NDG outpost of Cocoa Locale, huh?

                                                                                              1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                Reema can't be at two places at same time. She's already the only person working at Cocoa Locale.

                                                                                                1. re: BLM

                                                                                                  I'm aware of that. It was only tongue-in-cheek wishful thinking. An NDG gal can dream, can't she? ;-)

                                                                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                                                                    But, all someone would need are her recipes and her occasional supervision and quality checks. I mean if McDonalds and Premiere moisson can have tons of outposts, why can't she???

                                                                                                    1. re: maisonbistro

                                                                                                      I asked Reema today(late-Thursday afternoon) if she would ever consider it, & her response was pretty much exactly what I said above. Plus Cocoa Locale would probably lose some of its lustre if they did. I wouldn't want Schwartz's smoked meat deli to open a second location for example(as they considered opening a Crescent street location several years ago).

                                                                                                      1. re: BLM

                                                                                                        Thanks for crushing my dreams. ;-)

                                                                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                          We could always ask her to close the Parc Ave. location, and relocate to NDG!!

                                                                                                          1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                            A word to the wise: if you value your life, you might want to avoid setting foot in Mile End for the next decade or two. ;o)

                                                                                                            1. re: carswell

                                                                                                              It was just a suggestion ;-)

                                                                                                            2. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                              "We could always ask her to close the Parc Ave. location, and relocate to NDG!!"

                                                                                                              Cherylmtl - don't go there. Just don't....

                                                                                                              (although I suppose it would be better for my diet if I have to bike all the away across the city to the hinterland for my cupcake fix. Dang that hill on Queen Mary! It nearly killed me the other day...)

                                                                                                              1. re: moh

                                                                                                                Kielbasa and cupcakes - a meal fit for a queen - or king LOL

                                                                                                                1. re: moh

                                                                                                                  Just imagine how much healthier all you plateau-dwellers would be if you had to bike all the way to Cocoa Locale in NDG for your fix...and how much more cake you could then justify consuming...and how much more those of us who would live closer to the new location would be consuming...perhaps not such a good idea after all :-(

                                                                                                    2. re: eat2much

                                                                                                      I've always felt the one thing Monkland is sorely lacking is either a really good Mexican place, or a really good pho joint.

                                                                                                      1. re: bomobob

                                                                                                        Montreal in general is sorely lacking a really good Mexican place...

                                                                                                        A really good pho joint on Monkland would make me happy, and I'd be ecstatic if there was a really good Mexican place there!

                                                                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                                                                          "Yeah. Forget Monkland, how about first-rate Mexican anywhere in the city? The only time I've ever encountered it was when the place now known as Taqueria Mex (St-Laurent just south of Marie-Anne) first opened. Don't recall the name but it was a branch of a Malibu taqueria. They had their own tortilla machine, used good cheese, had no fear of chiles, had frijoles down pat and knew how to marinate and grill meat. My then neighbour from Guadalajara refused to eat anywhere else. The current operators are decidedly lacklustre. After taking over, the first thing they did was ditch the tortilla machine and it's been downhill ever since."

                                                                                                          What about SuperMarche Andes just up the street from Taqueria? I ate there for the very first time last Saturday. It's a little grocery store/resto. They offer a variety of latin american grocery items, and in the resto a bunch of tasty looking dishes, as well. They even have tamales and churros. I ordered a chicken fajita and a mango drink, which came out to eight bucks and change. The fajita was heated up on the grill, then placed on a plate, which was then covered in black beans, shredded and stewed chicken in a tomatoey based sauce, shredded iceberg lettuce, mild salsa, a guacamole type sauce, and a quarter slice of avocado. The fajita was served open faced, and given the mound of toppings and various sauces, definitely had to be eaten with a knife and fork. It was a bit too salty for my tastes, but otherwise it wasn't bad. The next time I'm in that area, I'll try a tamale.

                                                                                                          Anybody else eat there?

                                                                                                          1. re: Chai Latte

                                                                                                            I love Supermarche Andes. For the price, it is a great bargain. I love their cheese pupusas with cabbage salad, and I love when I see them making them by hand. The various meat stews are yummy. And I am addicted to their tamales. I often buy them to heat up at home. For $3-5 per tamale, they are a great deal. It ain't fancy, but it is honest, tasty food. One of my regular stops.

                                                                                                            1. re: moh

                                                                                                              I've never had a tamale before, but always wanted to try one. I guess my craving comes from watching the Bugs Bunny Road Runner cartoons as a kid, and watching Speedy Gonzales, the fast little mouse always rave about tamales!

                                                                                                              Anyway, what are tamales like Supermarche Andes? I noticed they offer more than one variety. Is there one you would recommend in particular?

                                                                                                              1. re: Chai Latte

                                                                                                                I like the ones that are combination pork and chicken. It is a nice combination. There is also boiled egg in the tamale too. I'm afraid I can't remember which tamale that is, but if you ask for the chicken and pork tamale, they'll give you this one.

                                                                                                                The masa/corn meal they use is very tasty. On occasion, the chicken can be a little dry, and the pork can be a little fatty. But I see the meat they use as a flavouring for the masa...

                                                                                                            2. re: Chai Latte

                                                                                                              I'm pretty sure the food at Andes is Salvadoran, not Mexican.

                                                                                                            3. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                              I think regulars at Coin Mexicaine might not exactly agree :)

                                                                                                            4. re: bomobob

                                                                                                              What about the little Mexican hole-in-the-wall on Monkland near the Y? I've never been, but remember reading a review somewhere saying they were authentic. I dropped in once to look at their spices and such--the family was definitley from Mexico, but I have no idea whether the food was/is any good.

                                                                                                              1. re: foodismyfriend

                                                                                                                I've seen a few very good reviews - most recently from Joshua Karpati in the Hour - even though I still haven't been. You can also search the board for "Amaranto" for a few references.

                                                                                                                http://www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iID...

                                                                                                                1. re: foodismyfriend

                                                                                                                  Went once, and it was OK, but many things were a bit too greasy for my tastes. The menu is very basic.

                                                                                                              2. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                Edit---was responding to eat2much re the pharmacy closing on Monkland. Must have fat fingered the key board again.

                                                                                                                The Epicerie Gourmet is expanding into the pharmacy, a 2 month reno. They were having a 40% off sale there today. The first time I've seen more than one person in the store!

                                                                                                            5. I grew up in the hood and left 25 years ago. Bourgeois then and now. But in a nice genteel kind of way. Great place to raise a family and enjoy a satisfactory yet unchallenging meal (lest one venture down to the "wilds" of Sherbrooke W).

                                                                                                              As merchants and restuarateurs around the world have always known: give the people what they know and want and stay in business, or challenge them and take your chances.

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                                                                                                              1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                Go to Amaranto for Mexican (the one near the Y)http://www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iID...
                                                                                                                The wife and I go there 3 or 4 times a month and love it, the food is always fresh and tasty (and we only eat out once a week and this is always the place as of late).

                                                                                                              2. I have been eating in and around the Monkland area for years.

                                                                                                                Taverne: Food definitely some of the best on that street (Westmount Tav is one of my favorites in the city, and I have to agree that the food at Monk Tav is far below the quality and service of Tav Square)

                                                                                                                Chase: Very reasonable and pretty good for what it is. Chicken brochettes are marinated for a few days and are very tender and food is always fresh and good. We go there a lot fr a quick and cheap meal outside.

                                                                                                                Agora on Somerled: good cheap greek, order the whole grilled chicken.... mmm...

                                                                                                                Ye Olde Orchard: My husband loves the burgers- more of a greasy joint, but if youre in the mood for some fries.

                                                                                                                Malibu: I dont eat there- they have some god stuff although it is heavily overpriced and the customer service is lousy.

                                                                                                                Al Dente: I ate there tonight (actually) HORRIBLE. I cannot understand how busy it is there, the food was almost inedible.

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                                                                                                                1. re: daniellebluma

                                                                                                                  That's weird because I love Al Dente. Their pizzas are excellent - thin crust, crisp, great toppings - I've had a few of their pastas, also good and the service is very friendly. Plus the little terasse is perfect. It's my go to neighborhood eatery when we're with our son. They treat kids great. Where is Chase? I've never heard of it, and i've lived here pretty much all my life, excep for a few years when I lived downtown. Wholeheartedly agree about Malibu. Totally overpriced and the people behind the counter seem to be doing you a favour by serving you.

                                                                                                                  1. re: maisonbistro

                                                                                                                    Chase is at 5652 Monkland, corner Oxford on the south side of the street, up a few stairs - it's very nondescript. Someone took me there for lunch - it was pretty good Lebanese food if I recall.

                                                                                                                    1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                      Oh, that place. Thanks

                                                                                                                      1. re: maisonbistro

                                                                                                                        A new candy store just opened underneath the SAQ outlet. The place is called Sparkles and features an endless assortment of sweets available by weight.

                                                                                                                        1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                          I also saw the new store. Not sure how well that will go down with the health-savvy NDGers (think Chocola). But there are tonnes of schools within walking distance so they might strike gold with afternoon student rushes.

                                                                                                                          1. re: berbatov

                                                                                                                            I checked out the new candy place yesterday and it is pretty nice. It is a big open space with minimalist themed candy dispensers. It seems a bit of an awkward location, kind of underground; I'm not sure what was there before, seems like a small office.
                                                                                                                            Anyway they have tonnes of candies (kind of like Sucrerie) plus many nuts. I bought some pistachios which were good. They also have some chocholate bars and things that aren't (to my knowledge) readily available in Montreal. I saw a Yorkie bar and Milk duds among others. Prices are relatively reasonable for Monkland. Most candies and nuts are 2.50-2.99 per 100g.
                                                                                                                            It seems like a cute little place and I wish them well, they should definetly try to capitalize once schools start up again

                                                                                                                            1. re: berbatov

                                                                                                                              Thanks for the report.

                                                                                                                              > I'm not sure what was there before

                                                                                                                              It was a bathroom renovation place for a couple of years. Before that, I can't remember!

                                                                                                                              1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                KP, before that it was nothing: that portion of the sidewalk near the SAQ got carved up, the basement entrance created, and that bathroom fixtures place took a while to get itself set up in there. It never made sense to me that a bathroom fixtures shop would go there, and sadly for them, it clearly didn't make sense to many others too.

                                                                                                                                I'll have to go scope it out soon, despite the difficulty of trying to eat less sugar!

                                                                                                                                1. re: TheSnowpea

                                                                                                                                  Ah - thanks, right, that explains why I couldn't remember what was there before!

                                                                                                                                  Yeah, I went into the bathroom place once and they were very nice but I got that same "this location is doomed" feeling I currently have about Portugalia... ;-)

                                                                                                                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                    Yeah, I finally spotted Portugalia yesterday, and oh man, I cannot think of a worse location. If they were smart, they'd move near Dic Ann's and Bonatarte, where at least there's already some traffic and visibility!

                                                                                                                    2. re: maisonbistro

                                                                                                                      mmmmm, their seafood linguine is divine.

                                                                                                                  2. I think best for value on the NDG area are Agora in Summerled (I like to other the chicken plus a couple of sides for a great price) or Pasta Cassarechia on Sherbrooke (orders take time but service is good and pastas are great).

                                                                                                                    Bofinger in Sherbrooke has great ribs, and my favourite dessert in the area is the bread pudding at Mezquite.

                                                                                                                    When we are hungry but not in the mood for something specific, we either order Soups & Noodles (only on weekdays, quality is lower on weekends) or just go to B&M where everything is good, but not spectacular.

                                                                                                                    As I said many times, NDG is a family place now, and is dying for a diner. A place with good burgers, meat-loaf, fried chicken, etc will be a licence to print money there!

                                                                                                                    I am mexican and I have given up looking for a mexican restaurant. Although I will try Amaranto again (I go there now for groceries).

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                                                                                                                    1. re: mzalce

                                                                                                                      Amaranto sells groceries? Darn, I really need to try out that place one of these days...