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Office relocating to Atwater Market Area

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. 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

      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

        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

          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

        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

          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

            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

              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

              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

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

                1. re: SnackHappy

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

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

              1. 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

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

                2. 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

                    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

                      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.