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Sep 8, 2006 02:45 PM

fish & chips?

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.

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      1. 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.

                ) (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.

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