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Feb 26, 2008 05:56 AM

Kosher in Montreal

Kosher restaurants in Montreal are fantastic! Basically, Queen Mary Rd. has most of the kosher places that you want to visit! So get off at the Snowdon Metro!

Links to montreal kosher restaurants:

For inexpensive there are:

Pizza Pita - (its the place to see and be seen on sat nights when its open till 4 am and has a drive-thru!) they have tons of dairy and veggie food options, even a drivethru! located on Decarie Blvd, after Van Horne.

Le Grill - next door to Pizza Pita. A great burger joint for the whole family.

Chez Benny - Really authentic Israeli style shwarmas and shish taouks in pitas and lafas. They also have an awesome Chinese menu. (on Queen Mary, next to the Snowdon Metro


Prime Grill - similar to Chez Benny, but better service. Try their 4 varieties of Falafel balls on the house! (on Queen Mary, corner Coolbrook)

Expressti is a small but chic place near Exodus (on Queen Mary, between Decarie and Coolbrook) that has dairy - paninis, salads, soups, coffees, great desserts, sushi. Try the italian panini at lunch, and for dinner, the french onion soup, the salmon teriyaki salad and a piece of mocha cheesecake. One of my favorite kosher cafes! Btw - the place is rather small and gets crowded on weekends, so call ahead to book a table!

Exceptions - similar to Expressti, but also has an amazing French bakery. Next door to Chez Benny.

Reve - similar to the above two restaurants, across the street from Expressti. They have pretty great salads - try the one with figs, strawberries and nuts. Gorgeous decor.

The Y cafe (Dizengoff) - in the YMHA on Westbury and Cote St Catherine - have both dairy and meat. Great breakfast place, great burgers, deli style.

More pricey:

Exodus is great - has sushi as well as your typical Israeli meat and fish dishes, great smoked meat sandwiches (the place to go with a family when everyone wants something different). Expressti is on Queen Mary, but across from Decarie, right near the residential side. Try the grilled chicken salad.

Yakimono (formerly Makmomo) has great sushi, possibly the best kosher sushi hands down in North America. If you love sushi, you must try this place out! (they have really cool desserts too!) To get to Yakimono by metro, get off at Villa Maria and turn left as you walk out of the station. To get there by car, from Van Horne, head south along Decarie Blvd, turn left on Monkland, then turn right onto Decarie Street. Not too bad in price - rolls range from $5-10.

Maestro - located on Cote Saint-Luc Road, next door to TCBY. Great ambience, excellent service, authentic Italian-style restaurant. Great pastas, pizzas, salads, fish dishes.

Ernies and Ellies - Chinese/North American cuisine, this place is where families go when they are celebrating a birthday or an occasion (go for one of the table d'hote specials which are usually about $15 for four courses). This one is inside the Decarie Square mall.

El Morroco - this is downtown, on Drummond. Authentic morrocan food, quite pricey.

If you're downtown and need a quick bite for lunch, there are two places - on Peel, the Chabad house which is dairy, - on Stanley, the Hillel house, which is meat.

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  1. Greatly appreciate the list and the information Pjudef! Thanks very much, it is hard for us goyim to get this kind of info!

    Perhaps I could trouble you for your opinion on the following items (keep in mind that I am asking for pre-made, I do not have a nice bubbie to cook me these items...)

    Best Matzoh Ball soup?
    Best gefilte fish? (any variety, love them all)
    Best Rugelah? I'm doing not so bad with the ones from Cheskies on Bernard, but am always willing to try more rugelah...

    Thanks again!

    15 Replies
    1. re: moh

      I have been told that the gefilte fish at Snowdon Deli is very good (it's one of the few foods I will not eat, so I can't vouch for it personally.) Rugelah are probably best at Cheskie's...if you find better, let me know too!

      1. re: cherylmtl


        Count me in as wanting reports on Rugelah in Montreal...

        1. re: zekesgallery

          Just to point out the obvious, there is a big difference between Jewish and Kosher. Snowdon Deli is good but it isn't Kosher.

          1. re: eat2much

            I know Snowdon Deli isn't kosher, but moh was asking about the best of certain categories (Jewish food, but not necessarily kosher), as a follow up to another thread, I believe.

            1. re: eat2much

              Appreciate the difference! yes, it needs to be pointed out, I am not Kosher myself, but would hate to make the mistake of inviting a friend who wants to eat kosher out to a place that isn't! So thank you for the clarification.

              That being said, I am not kosher, so I also appreciate all the tips on good chow, and do not have to worry about the kosher aspect for my own eating purposes.

        2. re: moh

          The gefilte fish at Famous Deli Boys is very good, and interestingly enough, the hunks you can get at the Cavendish Loblaw's are also top notch. They may actually be from the same source. It's also very easy to make, but why bother?

          1. re: bomobob

            I'm looking to buy gefilte fish. I think places that have been mentioned here include Kosher Quality, Snowden Deli, Cavendish Loblaw and Famous Deli Boys. Would anyone care to hazard a preference (or another place)? Thanks!!

            2925 Rue Rachel Est, Montreal, QC H1W, CA

            1. re: aliris

              While I'm not a fan of gefilte fish, others I know who do like it claim that Snowdon Deli's is pretty good.

              1. re: cherylmtl

                Thanks, CherylM -- maybe we'll just go eat there tonight and sample it!

              2. re: aliris

                Had Kosher Quality's gf last night & preferred it to St. Louis shopping centre kosher bakery (the bakery on the left side, not the Euro bakery one on the right side of the strip mall). KQ is closed today, not sure about tomorrow or the rest of Passover.

            2. re: moh

              Hey Moh,
              While Montreal has some great kosher restaurants, not many of them actually sell kosher-style food - and yes, there is a difference!
              I dont even think Ive ever had matzah ball soup or gefilte fish in a Montreal restaurant.

              You can always pick up some Matzah Ball Soup, Gefilte Fish and Rugelach at Kosher Quality on Victoria Avenue, corner Bourret or at their main plant on Victoria, corner Jean Talon. Those bakeries have everything kosher!

              1. re: pjudef

                Quality Kosher on Victoria & Bourret is not, I believe, the same as Montreal Kosher at the corner of Jean Talon.

                QK has much better and a greater variety of cinnamon rings, chocolate babka, and other coffee cakes. It offers some of the best in NA.

                And the deli counters are very impressive.

                Unfortunately I have never gotten to Cheskie so I can't compare the rugelach. Though, so far I have not been overwhelmed by Mtl rugelach.

                1. re: VivreManger

                  The two bakeries are owned by the same family and carry the same bakery products. The store on Victoria & Bourret carries more grocery and deli items.

                  1. re: pjudef

                    They may be owned by the same family, but the cinnamon ring, raisin cakes, etc, are different.

                  2. re: VivreManger

                    Don't forget P√Ętisserie Adar at 5458 Westminster, for Sephardic-style baked goods and parve French pastries. (514) 484-1189

              2. I've ordered from Famous Pizza and even my husband likes the Queen Esther pizza, and he's a yogurt for sure. They also have some other items, falafel, fries, etc.
                I'm going to try the sushi place, sounds good and I love sushi!

                1. Here is a tough question:

                  Does anyone know if any of the kosher restaurants will be open during Passover?

                  Chances are that everything will be closed, and those that are open will follow the non-Ashkenazi rules (in Mtl. i.e. Moroccan) on Passover Kashrut, but worth asking nonetheless.

                  1. Are their any good Montreal kosher caterers? I remember a Montreal kosher caterer featured on Food Network Canada several years ago, but can't remember their name now.

                    6 Replies
                    1. re: BLM

                      Do you mean full-service caterers or party-platter caterers? The kosher delis do prepare party plates, but I suspect you are looking for something more complete.

                      The answer to the question may have to wait until after sundown tonight.

                        1. re: BLM

                          Kosher Banquet Halls

                          Centre Mont Royal, 2055 Metcalfe, Montreal, 514-844-2000 or toll-free 1-866-844-2200

                          Chateau Vaudreuil, 21700 Trans Canada Highway, Vaudreuil, QC, 450-455-0955

                          Chateau Royal, 3500, boul Souvenir, Laval, 514-333-1000

                          Hilton Bonavenuture, 900 de La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, Quebec, toll free: 1-800-445-8667, 514-878 2332

                          InterContinental Hotel Montreal, 360 St. Antoine Street Ouest, MONTREAL, QC, 514-987-9900

                          La Plaza Holiday Inn, 420 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, 514-499-7777

                          La Palmeraie, 5780 Westminster, Montreal West, 514-343-5226

                          Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 Rene Levesque Blvd. West, Montreal, 514-861-3511

                          The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Montreal

                          Sofitel, 1115 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, 514-285-9000 or 514-788-3010

                          Sheraton Four Points-Plaza Volaire, 6600 Cote de Liesse, Montreal, 514-735-5150

                          Windsor Ballroom, 1170 Peel Street, Suite 100, Montreal, 514-393-3588

                          Kosher Caterers

                          Adam The Caterer, 9800 Meilleur, Montreal, 514-381-2909

                          Blossom by La Plaza, MK-Glatt, 420 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, 514-965-3271

                          Celebration Gastronomie 2000, Moshe Engler, 4655 Van Horne Avenue, Montreal, 514-236-3093

                          David Toledano Traiteur, 5281 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, 514-484-9727

                          Edelstein Caterers, 285 Querbes, Montreal, 514-279-8738,

                          Ernie The Caterer, 9775 Tolhurst, 514-385-0000

                          La Difference Catering, 7400 Cote St. Luc Road, Cote St. Luc, 514-369-4545

                          Le Majestik, 5415 Royalmount, Montreal, 514-735-7911

                          Leavitt Catering & ETMO Catering Services, 570 Chabanel East, Montreal, 514-387-0313

                          Mousseline and Caviar, 3779 Jean Talon West, Montreal, 514- 731-4847

                          Simone Toledanao Catering, 514-341-6026, 5475 Royalmount Avenue, Unit 104, Montreal

                          Traiteur La Marguerite, 6630 Cote St. Luc Road, Cote St. Luc, 514-488-4111

                          1. re: pjudef

                            Any comments on Leavitt Catering? Is their food good? This is the Jewish kosher caterer, that I recently heard about.

                            1. re: pjudef

                              David Toledano Traiteur next to the Snowdon Deli.

                          2. re: VivreManger

                            Do you know a caterer able to cook this dish : Pkaila ?

                        2. i just got to montreal yesterday and i've been walking around trying to find something to eat... :(
                          thanks for the info now i know where to go :)