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Tzanet versus Dante: Kitchen Tools in Mtl.

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VivreManger Jun 1, 2007 07:39 AM

Dante gets regularly mentioned as a kitchen supply store, but the larger and cheaper Tzanet is ignored.

I know Dante but not Tzanet. Someone in the hospitality business says she never goes to Dante since Tzanet is so much cheaper.

Here are the coordinates:

Tzanet - 9600 L'Acadie, Montreal Cookware
Website www.tzanet.com
E-mail info@tzanet.com
Phone 383-0030
Hours Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 8-5

The website seems down, but googling did indicate they offer used as well as new products and that they are both retail and wholesale.

Any more info out there?

  1. SnackHappy Jun 1, 2007 07:52 AM

    Tzanet is my regular place for kitchen stuff, although sometimes you don't need to pay extra for professional grade kitchen equipment, so the rest I get from department stores. I don't really hang out in fancy kitchen stores

    The prices are good. They have some really fun stuff. I'm not sure, but I think it's the cheapest place to get Peugeot pepper grinder.

    The used equipment at Tzanet is mostly industrial kitchen stuff like fryolators and ice machines. Nothing a home cook could have any use for.

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    1. re: SnackHappy
      cuisine_miche Jun 1, 2007 08:13 AM

      Tzanet is also where I go for equipment. The thing about Tzanet though, it does not have fancy displays. Sometimes you have to be prepared to squeeze in around the boxes to get to an item you want. Not a complaint, but if you are looking for the bright fancy stuff, it's not here.

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        VivreManger Jun 1, 2007 08:46 AM

        Has anyone checked the varieties of tamis (drum sieves) available at either store? A tamis was traditionally made of wood and cloth, but increasingly they are now all metal. It offers a much finer sieve than the normal strainer. It comes in various diameters and fineness of strain.

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          lagatta Jun 1, 2007 09:17 AM

          Thanks for the tip. I'll definitely make a trip up there, but if I want a cheap kitchen tool or dish, I have to factor in the travel time and busfare (it isn't terribly far, but not especially convenient to get there ). I live down the street from Dante. I also live very close to Norton (restaurant supplies) at the corner of St-Laurent and Beaubien and buy some items there.

          I'll have to check 9600 de l'Acadie - think that would be north of Sauvé so perhaps when I'm at Marché Central. A doable bicycle ride from here...

          I want a couple of microplane graters and am trying to find them at a better price than at Dante, so I'll check there.

          1. re: lagatta
            SnackHappy Jun 1, 2007 09:28 AM

            It's across from the Costco in Marché Central. While you're there, you could try out the best Amir in town (less than a block down). It's really a cut above all the other Amirs.

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              lagatta Jun 1, 2007 09:37 AM

              Oh, that's easy to get to. Not to forget Adonis Middle Eastern grocery that used to be located right there, and is now up on Sauvé around the corner. Will definitely make it there, as I have to get to MEC, which has nothing to do with food, though the SAQ dépôt there does...

              I also have friends with a car who often do a big grocery (staples) at Costco though they have bought a house clotse to the market (just behind Marché Oriental!) so they shop here too. They would definitely be interested in Tzanet - does it sell reasonably-priced stemware, as in what a restaurant would use?

              I'm in the market for a large stainless stockpot (not aluminum) and those are absolutely hors de prix at Dante...

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              Cerise828 Jun 1, 2007 09:15 PM

              How much are the mircoplane graters at Dantes?

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                lagatta Jun 2, 2007 01:26 AM

                I'm not sure I remember. Could be about $24? I really, really don't want to go there on a Saturday - it is a small shop, and always full of customers.

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                  Cerise828 Jun 17, 2007 12:49 PM

                  Just got my mircoplane grater for $12 at Tzanet (Classic one without the black handle). They didn't charge me any taxes :) What a great buy

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                    Keramel Jun 17, 2007 06:57 PM

                    Did you notice if they had any mandolines there?

                    1. re: Keramel
                      cuisine_miche Jun 17, 2007 07:17 PM

                      Haven't been in a while, but the last time I was there they defintely had mandolines.

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