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Recently moved to Montreal. Any recommendations for places to get good fish & chips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Le pied de cochon makes very good fish and chips...enjoy!

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    1. re: Frenchie

      Their foie gras burger is not what it used to be. It was all fois gras, now its, a drop surrounded by some other meat. Their fish and chips is tasty, haddock served in a crispy batter and delcious fries wrapped in paper. I grew up with high fish and chips standards, being a UK transplant.

    2. Mommy's on Notre-Dame in Lachine by the canal are absolutely fanstastic.

      There is another Mommy's in Verdun but I have not tried nor do I know if they are related.

      BTW Did you know arahova on St-Viateur and the Arahova Souvlaki chain of restaurants bear very little connection now?

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      1. re: ScoobySnacks20

        I went to Mommy's in Lachine last year and it was rather bad. The fish i got was so overcooked and dried-out that the actual piece of cod was half the size of the batter shell that it was in.

        I've had better fish and chips at McKibbins, and that's not saying much.

        1. re: SnackHappy

          I actually like the fish and chips at McKibbins, except the portion is not big enough.

        2. re: ScoobySnacks20

          Is the food at Arahova on St-Viateur any good?

          1. re: ScoobySnacks20

            ScoobySnacks could you elaborate on why you say St-Viateur Arahova & Arahova Souvlaki chain bear very little connection now? It's the family that started St-Viateur Arahova that's heavily involved with the Arahova Souvlaki chain(they're the one who decided to franchise the restaurant). They plan to open 3 Arahova Souvlaki restaurants in Toronto soon.

            1. re: BLM

              I do not have all the dirty details, but I do know the location on St-Viateur is the original location. It then expanded and some conflict erupted and the family split into 2 chains.

              http://www.arahova.com/ (original
              )http://www.arahova-souvlaki.ca/ (spinoff


              For the record, I have always had good (but not exceptional) meals at the St-Viateur location (I lived a block away) and had 2 very bad service experiences at the Lasalle location of the spinoff. Being franchises, I will not blame the whole chain for the Lasalle incidents (rudeness and failure to serve us), the food was decent if a cut below the original IMO

              1. re: ScoobySnacks20

                I said what I said, as the Montreal Gazette several weeks ago did a feature story that mostly focused on St-Viateur Arahova(original location) & their rush to open more franchise locations(in Montreal & 3 in Toronto). It mentioned that the family that started it is heavily involved. No mention of any family conflict(maybe they didn't tell the full story). Was the family conflict covered in the press(I could do a search on it)?

                1. re: BLM

                  I don't think it was covered, it's not really news and it happened many years ago before the GossipNET became popular. I heard the story from staff and regulars when I once asked why the menu at the Laval location I had tried at lunch was slightly different from theirs.
                  Basically, from recollection, they opened a few locations and then the owner of the original location decided he either did not want to get in the franchising business at the time for reasons I do not know.
                  However it happened, the original location stayed as single entity and only more recently have decided to open new locations and that is why we have 2 Arahova chains. I have no clue (and do not care frankly) if it was an amicable split or not.

                  1. re: ScoobySnacks20

                    I didn't know they're 2 Arahova chains. That's just plain weird! In the Montreal Gazette article, they mentioned that they started franchising only 5 years ago. I remember Arahova had a location in Old Montreal, & that was more than 5 years ago.

          2. Thank you so much!!

            Have been to Pied de Cochon(loved it) but didn't notice that they had fish & chips, yum I bet, thanks!

            Great Mommy's on Notre-Dame in Lachine I will have to take an excursion and try it out.
            Thanks so much. Look forward to doing this on the weekend.

            Just had a wonderful "birthday"cake from Duc de Lorraine, filled with fruit, fabulous.

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            1. re: eatwell

              I would only go for an excursion (from downtown at least) in the spring-summer time, the best would be to bike down the canal path.

              If you like x-country skyiing, the Lachine canal is an option during the cold months, but there is not much else to see or do in this suburb.

              Mommy's lachine is good, but not THAT good. There are some rather interesting (read quirky) antique shops you can check out but not much else.

              If you are from the west island (or at least west of Decarie) by all means come and visit our 'burb and chow.

              P.S. It's Mommy FISH and CHIPS, the rest is nothing extraordinary.

            2. The fish and chips at Holder in Old Montreal are very good. Crisp and light, not too oily, and a decent sized portion. When I went last it came with a homemade mayo/tartar sauce. Well worth the price.

              Brasserie Holder:
              ADDRESS: 407 McGill
              PHONE: 849-0333

              If you're looking for a more pub-like feel, Hurley's downtown on crescent has fish and chips only on Fridays. I haven't been in long while, but from what I remember they order their fish fresh for the Friday special and batter it themselves (not pre-prepared frozen stuff). They'll serve it until it runs out. Goes great with a nice pint of stout.

              Hurley's Irish Pub:

              Thanks (again) to the moderators for letting me know why my posts were being deleted.

              1. I've had fish and chips at Mommy's at 651 de l'Eglise in Verdun and it was excellent. Not heavy on the batter, large portions, good fries and reasonable price. Zero ambience, but its fish and chips after all!

                1. I'm late 30's and I remember going to a place with my dad as a kid called "decarie fish and chips". It was served in newspaper, old-style. I wonder what became of them?

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                  1. re: C70

                    Where was it exactly located?

                  2. on Decarie, but I couldn't tell you where. I must have been 8 or so the last time I recall going.. nearly 30 yrs. ago. I suspect that the original location was in Ville St. Laurent.

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                    1. re: C70

                      There's Decarie Hot Dogs in Ville St. Laurent.

                      1. re: BLM

                        I can't believe nobody knows. I wasn't imagining this! I can even see the layout in my head. if I recall correctly, you ordered at the counter, and they called you when it was ready. There were a few tables only.

                        I go to Decarie Hot Dog for fries on occasion... heartburn city, but wow do I adore them!

                        1. re: C70

                          No I've heard of the place. But never been.

                          1. re: C70

                            You bet I know Decarie Fish & Chips The best in town!!! they use to be on decarie and when they built the express way they moved to the corner of L'Acadie and Jean-Talon. I use to go there in the late 80's early 90's. It looks like its now an Indian restaurant called Bombay Mahal.
                            Anyone who remembers Decarie fish & chip has been lucky enough to enjoy the F&C's!!!

                            1. re: neverthought

                              THANK YOU! That location (acadie/JT) makes perfect sense.

                              1. re: neverthought

                                OMG, I thought I was the only one! I used to go to Decarie Fish and Chips for years before I left Montreal in 1970. I went to school with the daughter Evelyn Vito.
                                Does anyone know who took over the business-and hopefully use the same recipe?

                          2. re: C70

                            I recall that it was actually located on Jean Talon, near the Dairy Queen and Logan's bakery. I've 49, and my Dad took us three when the place just opened. My brother, who is 44 now, but around 5 at the time we first went there. He was hyperactive back then. The minute we went into the restaurant, he ran to the window and accidentally tore down the owner's "Now open Decarie Fish and Chips" sign. Fortunately, the owner wasn't too mad and we went back there many times.

                            I remember that the food was great. Also, they had an old fashioned Coca Cola bottle cooler, where the drinks were sitting in ice water and you had to pull them along until they came out.

                          3. Noticed the other day that fish and chips are on the menu at the original Frite Alors! on Park north of Fairmount. (Maybe other locations, too, but I've not checked them out.) I didn't order it so I can't vouch for the fish but at least you'd be halfway to f&c nirvana with the fries.

                            1. Some people really like Mont Royal Hot Dog's fish and chips. I thought they were OK, but not memorable. However, I'm pretty picky and it's hard for a city this far from the ocean.

                              1. I had Fish & Chips at Lemeac of all places last week at lunch time!!

                                the fries were good, as well as the fish; two big pieces in a nice batter, well cooked, hot and very tasty, the tartare sauce on the side was also good.

                                1. I went to Mammy's Fish & Chips on de l'Eglise last Friday. The fish and chips were excellent! (I had the fried clams, these I wouldn't recommend, they were overcooked). But the fish! The batter was just right. thanks to those here that recommended it.

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                                  1. re: morebubbles

                                    There was a place on Hickson I believe that had great fish and chips, very old established restaurant.
                                    Moved from Montreal area about 5 years ago and I really miss it. Great to read this forum, brings back a lot of memories. Thanks folks :)

                                    1. re: morebubbles

                                      So it's actually called Mammy's(I always thought it was called Mommy's)! I saw it listed in the white pages recently as 'Mammy's Fish & Chips' & thought it was a spelling mistake.

                                      1. re: BLM

                                        It was called Mommy's, many years ago. I lived off that stuff when I was a young student living in Verdun. I'd say 5% of my body mass consists of either fish or chips.

                                    2. I'm 52. When I was a kid we would go to Verdun Fish & Chips on Bananntyne. Now I like the F&C at O'Regan's!

                                      1. I just found out Kitchenette does Fish & chips every Friday night. I had a taste from my companion's dinner and they were excellent.

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                                        1. re: hungryann

                                          Had Kitchenette's fish & chips for lunch today. Three pieces of mahi mahi in a light crispy batter, with two small battered/fried cornichons which was crunchy-cute but didn't really add anything to the meal. Very good but mahi mahi wouldn't be my first choice for F&C. Tartar sauce was good but oddly flavoured and I couldn't quite figure it out. Starter was a maple-chipotle flavoured cream of potato, which I really liked. Generic moka cupcake included for desert. $17. Very small but comfortable resto. Could've done without the close-up of the tattoo on the waitress' rear end.

                                        2. FINALLY found fantastic fish and chips in Montreal (my gold standard is Chippy's in Toronto). Not sure if they're a regular item, as I know it's a market-based menu, but Reservoir on Duluth, east of St Laurent, had fish and chips as one of their menu items last week, and they were impeccable. Succulent, melt on the palette fish in a shatteringly crispy batter. Not greasy at all, and served with a nice caper-spiked tartar sauce. They had run out of fries at that point in the night and gave us some house made chips and an arugula salad as replacement, both of which were lovely.

                                          The meal was exceptional, and if these fish and chips are sticking on their menu, I'll be there weekly.

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                                          1. re: wokhei

                                            Reservoir often offers up fish & chips for brunch, too.

                                            1. re: mainsqueeze

                                              not sure what the standard is, but mine is that of a scottish/english waterfront shops! (FRESH). the closest i have found to that crisp fish (not so much for the chips) is the seafood monger at marche jean talon.

                                          2. Saw a job ad hiring for an opening-soon fish and chip place on McGill. Anyone have any knowledge of what's coming? I am dying for a British-style fish and chippy!

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                                            1. re: C70

                                              The new place is called Brit & Chips and is located a few doors up from Vallier

                                              1. re: eat2much

                                                Is it open yet or are they still in the setup stage?

                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                      Address: 433 rue McGill

                                                      Coworkers went during lunch. Overall impression is that it's pretty good. Fish and chips goes for about 10$, different kind of fish and batter. I'll eventually go and try it out for myself

                                                      1. re: mak2k

                                                        Here is the menu for Brit and Chips:


                                                        I haven't been but I will be visiting this place soon.

                                                1. re: eat2much

                                                  This new establishment seems to be connected to the Burgundy Lion Pub(maybe same owner?).

                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                    Yesterday we went to pecheur du marche (3464 sources) and the fish and chips blew me away. It's a fish market that has live lobster and tons of all kinds of fresh fish. I ordered the fish and chips, calamari with a side of rice and a big plate of grilled veggies and it came to $38. Not cheap, but not super pricey either. The fish and chips were great, the fish super crispy and delicious, the calamari too, really tender and seasoned just right. Even cold everything was great. The only thing is that the tartar sauce is the kraft kind in a little package, but it was still delicious anyways.

                                                    1. re: humbert

                                                      $38 is, in my opinion, WAY too much to pay for that sort of meal. I stop by Le Pecheur du Marche from time to time to see if they have any fish that can't be found at Adonis or other places on the West Island, and for the most part I've always found that they gouge customers, price wise. It's too bad because I've been interested in trying their fish and chips, but not at that price. What do you think the price would have been without the calamari and rice?

                                                      A few months ago they had lobster roll on their menu (no price indicated, of course). I asked the clerk and he told me it was $16 (maybe $14, I'm going from memory), for what is basically chopped lobster on a hot dog bun (and who knows if it's real lobster or that imitation pollock stuff).

                                                      The prices they charge for their prepared food are even more rediculous when you consider that this is basically a fish monger joint with a few tables at the front for you to sit down and eat. Not exactly what you'd call a resto, much less a fancy one. And no waiters waiting on tables.

                                                      1. re: Haggisboy

                                                        pecheur de marche is probably the best fish monger in the entire city - it is the best place to go to for freshness, selection and quality. but you do pay a premium. all of their prepared foods are good. i dont think $14-$16 is unreasonable for a lobster roll considering how much lobster tail they give you. if you want to talk rip off, $9 for a lobster roll at muvbox considering their meat is tasteless, from the can and mostly claw. On sources, you are getting fresh meat.

                                                        1. re: celfie

                                                          Just returned from Boston where I had a fabulous lobster roll(with wonderful fries) at Neptune Oyster, the price $25.00 !! It was fabulous, incredibly fresh. Pecheur de marche prices sound very reasonable.

                                                          1. re: eatwell

                                                            Did you get the cold lobster roll with mayonnaise or the hot one with melted butter?

                                                            1. re: rcianci

                                                              Had the yummy hot lobster roll.

                                                          2. re: celfie

                                                            I guess muvbox is charging what they can get. I hear that you can't criticize based on price. It's a fair price if people are paying it, apparently. So muvbox certainly doesn't rate negative feedback there.

                                                            1. re: 1963

                                                              Okay. Let's just say the lobster roll (and everything else on the menu at Muvbox) is sh!t and move forward with the negative feedback on that basis.

                                                        2. re: humbert

                                                          How much just for Pecheur du Marche fish & chips? I remember trying their fish & chips years ago(maybe 7-8 years ago), but I can't remember their price then. Is it still the same guy running it(Allen?)

                                                    2. re: C70

                                                      I also saw one not yet open on Fairmount in Mile-End (just a bit west of St-Laurent). Any news about that?

                                                    3. Comptoir 21, 21 St-Viateur W. (between Clark and St-Laurent, north side) in Mile End. Nice little lunch-counter type place. Only open afternoons now - they were closed for serving when I passed by, but they were working on finishing touches. Clam chowder or Starter of squid for $5, poutine, salad. Fish and chips $8 small $11 large, served with 1/4 lemon and a choice of sauces (tartare, jalapeño, paprika, curry, herbs). Fish, vege, beef burgers etc. Beer and soft drinks.

                                                      514.507.FISH (3474)

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                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                        Managed to get a spot there at lunch today and it was very good. (However I have not been to the UK, so no doubt my standards are not the highest.) The batter was nice and crisp, fish (haddock?) well cooked but could have been just a tad firmer.

                                                        Fries are firmer and crisper than the Montreal standard.

                                                        Looking forward to trying other things.

                                                        1. re: Mr F

                                                          I usually like belgian style fries, but the fries at Comptoir 21 are perfect for dipping and putting lots of malt vinegar one. It wasn't artisinal cider vinegar or anything, but I find that even malt is hard to find in fries-offering establishments. White vinegar, yuck.

                                                          The fish is lovely. The last time I had fish and chips in the UK was over 10 years ago, but from a taste, texture and presentation point of view, it was bang on. Decent-sized pieces of fish depending on the size you order (small basket, medium or large). Nice atmosphere for lunch, they have a communal counter similar to that at Fromago.

                                                          The guy serving us (I think he was also part of the kitchen team? You order at the counter of their open kitchen) recommended the fish burger. Okay, but the fish and chips were what shined. I hear the chowder is good!

                                                      2. We split some replies about Don's Fish & Chips in Brockville over to our Ontario board. They're off topic here, but we didn't want to lose the conversation. If you want to continue that discussion, please reply here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/733829

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                                                        1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                                          Celfie, how much do they charge for just an order of 'fish and chips', I keep on hearing that their f+c is very good but have yet to try it. I've only been in there once for fresh fish and I too felt that they gouged. I'm willing to pay a few extra dollars for freshness, maybe I give them another chance. The question is are they serving superior quality or are they taking advantage of the neighbourhood.

                                                          1. re: ios94

                                                            I saw the guy weighing my fish so I guess yoou can ask for smaller or bigger pieces. I would say its around $16-$19, but since I ordered other stuff I can`t be sure. It was geat but too bad it didn`t come with a side of cloeslaw orr something...

                                                            1. re: humbert

                                                              This approach doesn't make any sense unless the ultimate aim is to gouge the customer as much as possible. So they have a per lb price for fresh fish. They take that fillet, weigh it, charge you the per lb price, and then add markup to cook the darn thing? Is that right? And it comes out to $16-$19? So how is it that most fish and chips joints charge you a fixed rate, generally FAR lower than $16-$19? Comeon, that sounds like a ripoff joint to me.

                                                              1. re: Haggisboy

                                                                I actually like the sound of that business model! It makes it all very transperent and at least you know (or should know) that you are getting a fresh piece of fish, of the size and type you requested, freshly battered and cooked. Most places, though cheaper, would likely use frozen and/or pre-battered, even pre-partially cooked fish, no?

                                                                1. re: unlaced

                                                                  I think it was only after someone here made a comment about the price that I thought it to be expensive. I really enjoyed it. The only other real ''fish and chips' place I ever went to was in Laval, called Le Chalutier M L M...and the prices were the same. Last time I went I saw they have a table d'hote that has a soup and dessert for 21$ instead of $16 or $17 for the basic plate.

                                                                  The style isn`t the same, the batter in the west island is lighter and the fries lighter and crispier, more to my personal liking. In laval the fish is battered in a heavier way and you just get one large piece of fish, and the fries are thicker cut as most people seem to like. Different places and styles, but similar prices.

                                                                  1. re: humbert

                                                                    in san francisco i went to a dive and the fish and chips were $15

                                                                    besides, it's a business and who are any of you to decide what a fair price is. their clients are mostly affluent and very mobile people. they can go anywhere they want - so it is not gouging. Besides, their prices aren't that different from provigo down the street. Pecheur de Marche's display is absolutely beautiful and it is worth whatever they charge. Their staff is knowledgeable and helpful and they have great products. I bought a 3lbs lobster there over the summer for $22 - anyone care to tell me about how i was gouged?????? Have any of you been to Gidneys? There's no difference in price. Even the fish monger at JT market is no different. This is so silly and petty. If you want cheap fish and chips buy highliner.

                                                                  2. re: unlaced

                                                                    No, unlaced, absolutely not. I've worked in seafood restaurants. That wouldn't be a serving of f&c, that would be a filet-o-fish at McDick's.

                                                                    And yes, anything over $15 is gouging. "Petty" - gimme a break and leave the burbs once in a while.

                                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                                      PS , I don't live in the burbs, I live in Mile End

                                                          2. Brit & chips just opened on Saturday! It's on McGill in the old port. same owners as Burgundy Lion which I assure you is phenom.

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                                                            1. re: Gastronomme

                                                              I found this
                                                              but the website is still under construction. Cute logo though!

                                                              Anyone tried it yet? I don't really rate the fish and chips at the Burgandy Lion, so if it is just the same I won't make a special trip (I agree though, overall, the BL has excellent food


                                                              I am on a search for fish and chips that taste like those back home (Australia) but am coming to realise that it just might be the different fish that is used that is influencing the taste. I don't particularly like fish and chips made with cod, but that seems to be the British tradition.

                                                              1. re: Gastronomme

                                                                do you have the exact address? I tried googling for it but it didn't come up

                                                                1. re: mak2k

                                                                  It's not your typical fish and chips, actually it's just fish no chips. I'm talking about the Atkins Fish vendor at JTM, they don't use a typical f+c batter instead they use a breading (I think it is out of a box) but the cod they use is super fresh and it's pan fried not deep fried. They charge I belive only $5.75 for a very decent portion, I haven't had it recently so it could be a touch higher but like I said it's a must as their cod is so fresh. That would be my suggestion.

                                                                  1. re: ios94

                                                                    Yes, their fish is very good. Minor peeve with the market - I wish they'd get more comfortable and accessible benches...

                                                                    1. re: ios94

                                                                      Is there a specific time when this is available? I was there today around noon and didn't see any fried fish being sold at Atkins/Delices de la Mer... ?

                                                                      1. re: reelection

                                                                        I think that by this time of the year it is more at weekends. The place selling fried seafood and fish at the NORTHERN end of the same lane (they now have "fish and chips" - just looking at people's trays it seems a bit overdone, but I haven't tasted that dish there so please don't take that as gospel) is still open at all hours.

                                                                        Has anyone been to Comptoir 21 on St-Viateur yet?

                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                          Ok thanks for the info (also carswell). I saw the fish and chips place only after I finally decided upon getting a merguez sausage sandwich from An-Nasr, otherwise I would have tried it. I guess I'll wait to see if anyone here has had it before I go that route next time.

                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                            I have a friend who went to Comptoir 21 and really liked it, but I'm not sure what her standards for f&c are.

                                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                                              One of the newer (i.e. virtually track-recordless) members of the Mirror's mixed bag of a resto team has a review of it today: www.montrealmirror.com/wp/?p=13475

                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                I've had the F&C at the place at JTM (Aqua Mare?) and they were ok, I've had better but I've had much worse.

                                                                              2. re: reelection

                                                                                Have never seen it (Délices de la Mer's deep-fry operation) open on weekdays, only weekends. Don't know whether weekends include Friday evenings.

                                                                            2. re: mak2k

                                                                              Went to Brit & Chips tonight. The address is: 433 rue McGill, east side, just south of Boris Bistro. It's small, with a cool interpretation of fish and chips shops that I remember visiting in England - clean simple lines and quite bright without the blinding neon lights and brash white tiles of the shops I remember. Several counters for quick lunches and a few tables for 2 in the back. The kitchen is on the right and is as open as a lunch counter - you see what is being cooked for you. The menu is divided into Nibbles, Fish, Pasties, Pies, Sausage Roll, Salads and Extras. They have red and white wine (glass, 375 ml or bottle) or beers (since I don't drink beer I didn't pay much attention but they do offer Burgundy Lion Ale.) Different batters for different fish. Right now they offer cod, haddock, salmon and hake - a fish of the month is TBA. Two nice pieces of fish - good, not heavy batter. Tons of good french fries (better than we had at T! las Friday). Served with a quarter lemon and tartar sauce (I think - I don't touch the stuff). All in all, I would return and look forward to trying their pasties. I saw one at the next table and the customer was scarfing it down with gusto.

                                                                              1. re: Bwitch

                                                                                I gave Pecheur de Marche on Sources another shot, last week I bought some Grouper fillet which was well worth the $14.99/lb price. Today I went for lunch to try their fish and chips, an order was $10 (tax incl), I had haddock (2 decent sized pieces, there was no weighing, it was $10 flat). You can choose the fish, some were a bit more expensive. The end product was excellent, but as another poster mentioned they need to make their own tartar sauce, Kraft doesn't cut it and their fries were not good (clearly frozen). You can also order grilled fish, they'll pretty much make whatever you want. I had some of their homeade Clam Chowder last week which was very good as well, although probably a touch too much corn starch.

                                                                                I'll be back.

                                                                                1. re: ios94

                                                                                  I was tooling down Monkland in this crazy rain, just noticed a sign in the window of the now closed grillade place, Massis. They apparently closed and the sign said "Poisson & Frites" "Mommy" (? again it was pouring and I was scooting along), "opening soon". This place is above/below/beside/near the Mexican resto, Amaranto on Monkland Ave. I'll post more when there's more to post.

                                                                                  1. re: minisma

                                                                                    Wow, that spot's had so much turnover, it's crazy! Thx for the heads-up on the latest incarnation. Fish & chips seems to be the latest Montreal trend, I gather. Will have to check it out & see how it compares to Brit & Chips.

                                                                                    Also - wonder if it's related to the (now-defunct?) Mommy's in Lachine, was it?

                                                                                    1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                      Was Mommy's in Lachine a fish & chips place? Was it any good? Prob not if it's defunct! Please, please, please be something good.....please. Join my chant!

                                                                                      1. re: minisma

                                                                                        Yes, it was a fish & chips place - I've never been there myself, though. Here's their Google Places listing - maybe it's still around and not defunct:


                                                                                        1. re: minisma

                                                                                          The Mommy's in Lachine IMO wasn't very good.

                                                                                          1. re: BLM

                                                                                            I posted a review of the Lachine Mommy's Fish and Chips here on Chowhound last year.


                                                                                            1. re: BLM

                                                                                              I agree. Horrible. When the pulled the battered fish out of the freezer, it was all downhill from there.

                                                                              2. new one on deck on Monkland next door to Gryphon, Mommy's, sign said 'opening soon.'

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                                                                                1. re: bakersdelight

                                                                                  Yeah, we talked about that one earlier up the thread:


                                                                                  Anyone know when it's opening?

                                                                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                    The new Mommy's on Monkland is now opened. The address is 6976 Monkland and phone number is (514) 564-3666.

                                                                                    I had fish & chips last friday, as well as the clam chowder and the fisherman's platter (delivery for the family).

                                                                                    To me, it is a little heavy on the batter and I think it is frozen before frying, but my wife loved the fish & chips. Guess it's a matter of preference.

                                                                                    1. re: mzalce

                                                                                      Tried Mommy's on Monkland today for lunch, was pretty disappointed. The fish was indeed heavy on the (pretty tasteless) batter, and was pre-cooked/frozen. I guess that shoulda given it away......heart sank a little when I saw the fryer guy pick out the frozen pieces and chuck them in the oil. The fish itself (ie under the batter) wasn't much good either. Chips were ok, and there was malt vinegar provided, but neither made up for the fish. Tartare sauce was a miss too.
                                                                                      My friend ordered the calamari which was pretty good....but y'know.....it's a fish'n'chips joint.....
                                                                                      So, maybe these are growing pains, but unless they make some pretty major changes I won't be back.

                                                                                      Not sure if I'm allowed to do this, so apologies to CH if not, but here's a pretty failsafe recipe for fish'n'chips which even I managed to make successfully (courtesy of Jamie Oliver). I used haddock. The oil was too hot the first time so the batter cooked too quickly w/o the fish cooking properly. Let it cool a bit (I am still thermometer-less) and it was perfect, crisp tasty batter and flaky fish.

                                                                                      For the chips:
                                                                                      3 3/4 pints (2 litres) vegetable oil
                                                                                      2 pounds (950 grams) floury potatoes, like russets, peeled and cut into large chips

                                                                                      For the batter:
                                                                                      1 cup plain flour
                                                                                      1 cup beer
                                                                                      2 egg whites, whipped to soft peaks

                                                                                      4 (9 ounce/250 gram) fillets haddock or cod, skin on, and pin boned
                                                                                      Pour all the vegetable oil into a deep pan or deep fat fryer, and heat to 300 degrees F (160 degrees C.) Blanch the cut potatoes in the oil until soft, but not coloured, about 4 minutes. Remove and drain.
                                                                                      Mix together the flour and the beer, and then fold in the egg whites. Turn up the heat of the oil to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Dip the fish in the batter and fry for a few minutes with the chips until golden brown.

                                                                                      1. re: FS4131

                                                                                        It closed a few months ago.

                                                                                        It was cra p. I taken to making my own chips but trying to find a good waxy potato to do it properly with (Properly s in UK chip). Any varieties recommended?

                                                                                2. Burgundy Lion! -- Their menu has all kinds of great Brittish-pub-fare options.

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                                                                                  1. re: chowedDown

                                                                                    "Burgundy Lion! -- Their menu has all kinds of Brittish-pub-fare options."



                                                                                  2. Anyone ever tried the Fish & Chips at Rayan on Cote des Neiges? Any good?

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                                                                                    1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                      The fried tilapia at Rayan is great, and their potatoes are amazing. It's fish & chips with an Egyptian twist. Everything we've had there has been spectacular. My hubby's fave is the grilled octopus and fried calimari, and I'm actually addicted to their salad.

                                                                                    2. there is no fish and chips in Montreal.the fish is way old when it hits here and then is soaked in grease.

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                                                                                      1. re: Lolaray

                                                                                        Actually I was at APDC this weekend and the sturgeon Fish and chips looked like a million bucks. At 20 bucks it musta been a great deal. (Tough I must admit I indulged in other delicacies since someone else was paying)

                                                                                      2. Le Vieux Dublin pub has great fish n chips. Comptoir 21 on St-Viateur has very decent (if a wee bit oily) FNC. Big portions, flaky wonderful FNC!
                                                                                        Le Vieux Dublin's FNC are turbot, not sole. So quality's better and very decent portions, not as greasy as Comptoir 21 though.

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                                                                                        1. re: Har_Gow_Freak

                                                                                          oily means the oil is not hi enough or they put to many at the same time and it brings the heat temp down.

                                                                                          1. re: Har_Gow_Freak

                                                                                            I'll second the fish at Le Vieux Dublin. Maybe not anything else that comes on the plate, but the turbot is nice :)

                                                                                          2. Is Mommy's in Verdun fish in chips similar to the style served in the early 70-80's ?
                                                                                            I remember when a child those big chunk of brown fish and chips at the local retaurant my dad used to take me too.

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                                                                                            1. re: maj54us

                                                                                              Theres a Mommy's in Lachine which used to be the gold standard in the 70s-80s. Alas they're only a shell of their former self.
                                                                                              I don't know if this is the case with the Verdun joint.

                                                                                              1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                Are you talking about Mommy's on De l'Eglise? It has been closed for years.

                                                                                              2. Brit and Chips in two locations in Montreal.

                                                                                                1. Hi, a bit surprised no one mentionned Peter's Cape Cod in Ste Anne de Bellevue. Pretty good fish and chips in a nice location!

                                                                                                  Also, Le Chalutier MLM in Laval (Pont Viau) and Restaurant El Jibaro on St-Hubert (near Jean-Talon) serving a giant plate of fry calamari, fish and a peruvian patato! Quite good!!

                                                                                                  As for Pied de cochon, too expensive! Holder is good but still expensive. Disagree about Monny's, greasy spoon and frozen fish (watch them make it!!!).

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                                                                                                  1. re: axone

                                                                                                    Peter's Cape Cod is sub par, I gave it another shot during the summer and the fish was oily and mushy the same as it was a couple of years ago.

                                                                                                    1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                      peter's undoubtedly uses frozen seafood - does anyone have information to the contrary?

                                                                                                      1. re: catroast

                                                                                                        We brought the mother-in-law there this summer. While waiting for a table, I was watching the goings-on in the open kitchen. They had a batter station where a cook was hand battering various fillets and dropping them in oil.
                                                                                                        So, *some* of their fish&chips are hand made (as opposed to pre-battered, frozen stuff), but I can't vouch for everything.
                                                                                                        Now whether the fillets are fresh or previously frozen, I don't have a clue.
                                                                                                        The mother-in-law was happy with her fish. To me, it wasn't bad nor great.

                                                                                                        1. re: porker

                                                                                                          Yup, definitely battered on site as Porker stated. I remember lots of fish coming out of those styrofoam boxes, are they frozen in there? I don't know maybe someone can chime in.

                                                                                                          Then again nothing wrong with frozen fish if frozen properly and I'm sure a majority of the fish we buy was frozen at some point.

                                                                                                  2. I think they're really good at Ye Old Orchard Pub on Monkland. ESPECIALLY the fish. Not too greasy, homemade beer batter recipe for frying.

                                                                                                    1. Believe it or not, the best fish n chips I've had here is at a tiny, kinda ugly looking local mini diner in Lasalle on Centrale near 1st Ave calle Tornade. All fresh, including the fries. Two giant, not oily whatsoever filets with fries and tartare for $13 tx. incl.

                                                                                                      Worth the trip actually.

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                                                                                                      1. re: davidpg

                                                                                                        Theres probably lotsa out-of-the-way, hole-in-the-wall, non-mainstream joints that do fish&chips well.
                                                                                                        Theres LaPlaine Patate in Chateauguay which does a good F&C, but only on friday and only until he runs out...

                                                                                                        I'm in the area for Centrale Pizza near 3rd (about 4 times/year) when I want an ooozy, Greek-made, Montreal-style pizza. I've never noticed Tornade, I'll have to keep an eye out.