Can anyone tell me where to buy:
1. High end kitchen equipment?
2. Commercial grade kitchen equipment (but who sell to the public)?
3. A generalist kitchen emporium that just sells everything connected to the kitchen?
As a guide I am currently using Bourgeat, Matfer, Le Creuset, Meyer; I'd like to try and avoid the likes of Cuisinart, if possible.
You are near Ares, on Sources near the 40. Big selection. Easy to start.
J.C. Perreault on the 40 near Chemin St. Marie specializes in large appliances, but also has an excellent selection of BBQ supplies and accessories, and some smaller appliances. Worth a browse, and again, close to you.
If downtown, you can check out Les Touilleurs on Laurier, very beautiful kitchen store. It is not cheap, and selection is limited. But so very beautiful, and I have to say that when I have splurged on equipment from them, the products have been wonderful.
There is another great shop on De Maisonneuve, near Bishop. Does anyone else know what it is called? It is also very nice.
Quincaillerie Dante in Petite Italie is legendary.
There Mona, is a restaurant supply store on Parc and Villeneuve.
And last but not least, I am quite fond of finding a good bargain in pots glasswares, knifes or odds and ends at Winners/Home Sense. Yes high end stuff is rare, but when you get to find them for cheap, it makes your day. Not for the "i have to buy a 8 inch knife today" mentality though; you have to visit often, and with no predetermined shop list; because you'll never know what they will have that day.
Ares is all right for an occasional purchase, but I wouldn't stock up there, unless you want to pay through the nose for your equipment. Their pricing is very strange.
The Bay (and its online store, www.hbc.com ) is a much better choice, as they have very frequent sales, and stock mid to high end brands (you'll find Meyer, Le Creuset, Wusthof etc). Selection at the Bay and Deco-Decouverte in Fairview is limited; you'll find a better selection at the Bay downtown. You can also order online and pick up in store or get home delivery, but there is more selection downtown.
Dante is a Montreal institution, but my steak knives were half the price at the Bay than at Dante.
www.creativecookware.com is based in Laval and stock many hard to find specialised and professional kitchen equipment, including many eosoteric items like a 350$ asparagus slicer imported from France. They have occasional sales. I bought an authentic Spanish paella pan from them at a good price and they delivered within days.
I am a huge fan of Mona. I buy stuff there all the time.
But it depends on what the OP wants. Mona sells stuff to restaurants. It can be very reasonably priced. But they don't necessarily sell all the high end stuff, or have the same choice that some of the regular consumer stores might. And not all their stuff looks pretty in a high end custom built home kitchen.
But I love going through there and seeing all the neat gadgets and variety of effective storage containers. And all the variety of pots and pans and baking trays.
One to add to the list, specializing in often pricey French and European ware: Arthur Quentin on St-Denis. www.arthurquentin.com
Also, the former La Cornue store used to stock some gorgeous kitchen equipment priced to go with their namesake ovens and ranges. Their space was taken over by Bazaar and they shacked up with the furniture store next door. Haven't poked my head in since the move but it may be worth checking out. North side of Laurier one block west of Park between Bazaar and Juliette et Chocolat.
Montreal not being a particularly wealthy city, the market for high-end equipment is relatively small. As a result, there's not a huge range on display. However, many of the merchants mentioned in this thread can order it for you.
Most commercial suppliers will sell to the public, but beware of what you are buying. I have been a regular client of Tzanet on L'Acadie, and Monas on Park. You will have no issues at either.
If you are buying commercial cooking appliances, these devices have been engineered for commercial kitchens with suitable insulation and ventilation. Make sure that your home insurance will permit the installation of commercial kitchen cooking appliances before having that 8 burner wolf installed. You will find commercial appliances to be better priced and better quality than the 'wannabe commercial like frufru' stuff at Bachon, Almar or J.C Perrault.
I could have put in a better quality True fridge and freeze for the price we paid for this behemoth Bosch we bought 'because my wife liked the look of the Bosch over commercial', and still had money to spare.
Good advice. I learned this some years ago when I became disatisfied with the capability of the domestic ranges - I just couldn't get the flame low enough to create that simmering bubble which pops up every 5 seconds and high enough to deal with a cauldron of water full of pasta and keep it at an aggressive rolling boil - it lost heat too quickly and became more of a simmer and affected the cooking. Eventually, I chose a Viking range, but left that behind in another country and I think I'll be choosing another make. Do you know the Wolf products? What would you recommend?
re: The Traveller
My parents re-did their kitchen recently and my Mom was resolute in wanting this kind of control. She ended up getting (I think) a Wolf range that had a feature called "True Simmer" or something that has the ability to have a very low flame. They're very happy with the range.
As for the OPs questions, I like Mona's.
re: The Traveller
We purchased a Wolf, and despite it being "wannabe commercial like frufru" stuff from J.C. Perreault, we are very happy with our choice. All four burners have the Simmer option, and all four go up to 18,000 BTU for good high heat. We also have the indoor grill addition. We love our stove/oven.
However, if you are looking for commercial cooking appliances, then stick with Fedelst1's recs.
If you do go to JC Perreault, I've dealt a lot with a saleswoman there named Christa Marzell who is honest and not afraid to give you the best possible price for a sale.