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Office relocating to Atwater Market Area

SpellMan Aug 18, 2007 11:14 AM

WE are relocating to St-Ambroise about 4 blocks West of the Atwater market. Any suggestions for good nearby lunch spots...other tha Atwater market ot course.

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  1. kpzoo Aug 19, 2007 04:54 PM

    There's a Persian (Iranian) resto on Atwater that I've always been intruiged by, does anyone know the one I mean and has anyone been? I used to work in that neighbourhood back in the mid-late 90s but it was a real wasteland as far as lunch was concerned, I'm afraid. I'm sure the area has changed a lot, so I'd be interested in hearing what else is out there now. There was also a pretty good Caribbean fish & chip place in that strip on Atwater between St-Antoine & Notre-Dame, anyone know if it's still there?

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    1. re: kpzoo
      carswell Aug 19, 2007 05:14 PM

      You probably mean La Maison de Kebab (820 Atwater, 514 933-0933). Have never been but as I recall VivreManger gave it a meh-ish review a few years back on either Chowhound or that other board.

      1. re: carswell
        kpzoo Aug 19, 2007 05:22 PM

        Yup, that's the one, thanks. Wonder how it compares to Tehran on de Maisonneuve across from Vendome metro?

        Oh yeah, isn't there also a breakfast/brunch joint on Notre-Dame west of Atwater called Quoi de n'Oeuf? I had a decent breakfast there a few times, don't know what kind of lunch food they have, if any.

        Edit: sorry, mixed up my directions, it's east of Atwater

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        Resto Quoi De N'Oeuf
        2745 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N9, CA

        1. re: kpzoo
          phedre Aug 25, 2007 01:24 PM

          Tehran blows the socks off of Kebab, though Kebab's decent. That area isn't exactly overflowing with choices.

          Quoi De N'Oeuf is a fun spot.

      2. re: kpzoo
        hungryann Aug 19, 2007 07:43 PM

        I have went to La Maison de Kebab and I think it was very good. The crazy chicken is superb. Very well marinated, grilled to perfection; really moist. All the sides are standard. I haven't been to tehran in years but I think it is comparable. One thing their ash reshteh soup is so-so. The version at Saffron is much better.

        1. re: hungryann
          SnackHappy Aug 19, 2007 08:03 PM

          I think the koobideh at Saffron is better, also. We went to Maison and Persepolis within the same week and thought that both places had there pros and cons, but were both good. I'd still pick Saffron over the two for the food, altough we got some pretty incompetent service there:

          Me: What kind of soup is it?
          Waiter: It's normal soup.
          Me: But, what's in it?
          Waiter: It's soup. Normal soup.
          Me: Alright then, what's the salad?
          Waiter: It's normal salad.

          Has anyone been to Sans-Menu, recently. There's nothing much about it on this board. I'm curious to try it out, but I'd love to get a heads-up.

          1. re: SnackHappy
            hungryann Aug 19, 2007 09:59 PM

            I agree that all of the iranian/persian places have their strengths and weaknesses. I feel however that Persepolis and Saffron are a bit overpriced and that Maison du Kebab and Tehran are better value for the quality and quantity of food you get.

            1. re: SnackHappy
              Em24 Aug 20, 2007 09:29 AM

              I have been to Sans-Menu in May for my mother's b-day and we all absolutely loved it. The service was impeccable, the waiter proposed a great bottle of wine and we overall had a great experience. My boyfriend had the filet mignon, it was cooked to perfection. I had Angus steak, so tasty. My mother had the seafood "stew", it looked very good and she greatly enjoyed it. I cannot remember what my father ate. All in all, with the soup (Gaspacho) and the wine, less than 50$ per person. I will be going back for sure.

            2. re: hungryann
              hungryann May 22, 2008 06:36 PM

              I am reviving this thread because I need your gustatory memory. I am trying to recreate the ash reshteh soup at home (I have been craving it lately and Saffron closed on me) and I can't recall what it was drizzled with. I think it was cream but online recipes seem to indicate that it is traditionally served with khashk (whey) or sour cream. Is whey tart because I seem to recall tartness? Is it similar to buttermilk? Also I think, there was a drizzle of olive oil +/- balsamic vinegar (or something else syrupy yet tangy). I am not sure anymore, maybe I am confabulating. So those of you with better recollection skills than me and who had the soup at Saffron, please help!
              Also, are there other places that do this soup justice? I did not like the soup at La Maison du Kebab and the one at Teheran is decent but not crave-worthy.

              1. re: hungryann
                SnackHappy May 23, 2008 05:39 AM

                I'm pretty sure it was served with kashk and the drizzle looked like some dried herb mixed with oil.

                1. re: SnackHappy
                  hungryann May 23, 2008 06:42 AM

                  Thanks so much. Most online recipes mention a mint garnish but I couldn't remember any herb.

          2. Em24 Aug 20, 2007 09:24 AM

            I do have a recommendation: Caffe Mariani, on Notre-Dame street, corner of George Etienne Cartier. Newly opened, looks very nice. Haven't been myslef but read good reviews on it.
            About one street East of Atwater, there is Toi, Moi et Cafe which is very cute. They do good breakfast and have a very wide selection of coffees.
            Apart from that, Notre-Dame street hosts many greasy fast-food joints. There is one African restaurant and one Carribean restaurant I have yet to try that look very nice and clean from the outside. Do let me know if you visit any!

            1. mainsqueeze Aug 20, 2007 09:46 AM

              There's the Griffintown Café, at 1378 Notre-Dame.

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                chilipepper Aug 20, 2007 11:27 PM

                Second the motion for Sans Menu
                Maison de Kebab : okay Persian in a pinch
                Heard good things about that Caribbean joint on Notre Dame another poster mentioned
                There's also Hot Spot for rotis and stews but it may be too far: 3901 St.Jacques W.@Laporte
                Bonny's is good veg but don't know if they've re-opened yet in their new location yet at 1798 Notre Dame W.@des Seigneurs
                Then there's always greasy burgers with the hot peppers at Dilallo's

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                1. re: chilipepper
                  mainsqueeze Aug 21, 2007 08:21 AM

                  I just wanted to mention that the Mirza Ghasemi at Maison de Kebab is delicious!!!

                2. carswell Sep 6, 2007 06:49 PM

                  La Maison de Kebab gets a meh-ish review in today's Mirror along with a mention of a post in this thread: "I’m afraid my investigation yielded nothing more than Chowhound blogger Chilipepper’s findings: 'Okay Persian in a pinch.'"
                  www.montrealmirror.com/2007/090607/re...

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                  1. re: carswell
                    kpzoo Sep 6, 2007 07:36 PM

                    They're quoting anonymous message board posts in restaurant reviews now? How odd. Is this a new phenomenon or had I just not noticed it?

                    1. re: kpzoo
                      carswell Sep 6, 2007 07:47 PM

                      First time I've encountered a direct quote (which doesn't bother me, btw, since it's attributed). Other reviewers have referred to discussions on this and that other board without quoting actual participants, and there are instances of a prominent Montreal food writer raiding certain threads for ideas and facts that were recycled into articles published under the writer's byline with no mention of the source.

                      What's mildly disturbing about the Mirror passage quoted above is Ms. Rabbat's description of Chilipepper (and by extension all of us) as a blogger.

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                    mick_in_montreal Dec 12, 2007 07:53 PM

                    I've lived in the area for ten years and here is my my quick review:

                    Maison de Kebab: Pretty good (not as good as Tehran), but overpriced.

                    Sans Menu: Sorry folks, but I have to be the one to disagree. Sans Menu is quite ordinary. The service is very friendly, but the food is average and overpriced for the quality. They charge as much as French restos in the Plateau and probably pay half the rent. If you're looking for high calibre food, you won't find it here.

                    Hot Spot: Vile. I can't think of anything else to say about it

                    The Jamaican place on Notre Dame near Atwater: Excellent! Try the boneless chicken roti. One of the best in the city.

                    The Indian place next to it: Not the best in the city, but passable.

                    Green Spot: Classic Montreal-style fast food. Great poutine, breakfast is OK.

                    Miracle Pizzeria (Notre Dame near Place St. Henri metro): Hands down, the best greasy spoon in the neighbourhood, and perhaps the best greasy breakfast in the city (I'm leaving Cosmos out of the equation folks - they're in a different category altogether).

                    Toi, Moi et Cafe: Pretty good, although I've only had breakfast there. Same opinion of Quoi de Neuf, although Quoi de Neuf has an added cultural bonus: it's like eating breakfast in the Village.

                    Les Gourmet Presses: Interesting quality lunch place. One the funkier locales in the neighbourhood, but definitelt caters to the luchtime office crowd. They are on St. Jacques near Laporte. Worth checking out, for sure.

                    Hope this was helpful.

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                      ios94 May 23, 2008 05:44 AM

                      "The Jamaican place on Notre Dame near Atwater: Excellent! Try the boneless chicken roti. One of the best in the city."

                      What is the name of this place.
                      Thanks

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                        InterFoodie May 23, 2008 10:15 AM

                        "Bon Appetit Des Caraibes"

                        Good food and pleasant staff

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                          ios94 May 30, 2008 08:50 AM

                          Is Bon Appetit des Caraibes a sit down place like Curry House or more of a takeout place? Thanks

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                            BLM May 30, 2008 09:31 AM

                            It's a sit-down place, but they also do take-out.

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                              nochainsplease Jul 2, 2008 05:12 PM

                              I'm currently eating a potato roti from Bon Appétit... quite tasty!
                              It's Wednesday which means TWO for 5$!

                              Another cute lunch spot in this area is the soup place on Notre-Dame just east of Atwater... I don't remember the name but it includes the word Soup - I think it might be Soupe Café.
                              They have about 4 or 5 different yummy soups every day and other stuff as well (sandwiches and the like), and the owner is very nice!

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