Any exceptional Montreal South shore restaurants?
I was wondering if any of you know of any good/not too expensive restaurants on the South Shore? We are always stranded for ideas when wanting to dine outside closer to (our) home.
Any suggestions as to something better than average would be very welcome.
Short Answer: No
If you are interested these are some of the previous threads and/or posts that deal with eating on the South Shore:
Thank you! I skimmed through the threads, it basically says what I already knew.. too bad that we cannot seem to have some exceptional (more ethnic) restaurants on the South Shore.
However, I have heard a lot of great comments about Miss Italia on Victoria (St. Lambert), will definetely give that a try. I also enjoy Michel&angelo on Taschereau and Pinocchio on St-Charles a lot... both are Italian.
I was looking for something a bit more exotic though...
Am hardly an expert on the South Shore but it's not a total wasteland.
New Jing Hua in Brossard is one of the greater Montreal area's better dim sum palaces. Have also heard that their non dim sum dishes are good.
Though it may be pricier than you'd like, Bazz Java Jazz in St-Lambert is easily the equal of centre city BYOBs like Les Infidèles, Pégase and L'Entrepont. While their website -- www.bazzjavajazz.ca -- is every bit as obnoxious as their name, the decor, ambiance and service are considerably more subdued.
You might wish to reconsider the recommendation of Jing Hua...
Filthy place with truly awful food. I will not go into too many details but trust me on this one. I have dined in a lot of Dim Sum places over different parts of our planet, and have yet to experience anything quite as scary as Jing Hua.
Thanks, but I'll go by my own experience and that of several other hounds and lurker hounds I know and trust, experience based on multiple visits. I'd also encourage readers to seek out the many positive comments about the establishment on this board (examples linked to below). You and members of your party appear to be the only ones complaining.
Fedelst1, if I read your previous posts correctly, it seems you have eaten at Jing Hua once. I have returned for dim sum on many occasions. I have never found it as horrible as you did on your one visit. In fact, I have quite enjoyed the food there, hence my multiple return visits when I live nowhere near the South Shore.
I could understand it if you felt it was not to your taste, or not up to your exacting standards. But "Filthy place with truly awful food" seems a bit extreme. I have perhaps not dined at as many dim sum places as you have, but I think I can safely say I've had my share. I've also dined at many places far more dubious than Jing Hua. I have to say that I truly cannot understand your extreme bias against this restaurant based on a single visit.
And yes, I read your original report on your visit.
"I have dined in a lot of Dim Sum places over different parts of our planet, and have yet to experience anything quite as scary as Jing Hua."
By the way, if Jing Hua is the scariest looking place you've ever eaten at, you've missed out on a lot of really great food.
Hello, over course there are excellent restaurants on the south shore. L'Interlude on St-Charles street in old Longueuil is an excellent one as well as Au comme par hazard, also found on the same street in Longueuil just a few doors up. There are many fine restaurants on the shore. L'Académie in Brossard which is attached to the Champlain Mall. Hope this helps!
Angkoria is a Cambodian/Thai restaurant at the corner of Rome Boulevard and Stravinski (next to the Tim Hortons). It's amazingly good food for a good price. Well worth the trip to the south shore. Bring your own wine.
This is the address from Google:
1155, boul. Rome (corner Marie-Victorin)
Brossard, QC, J4W 3J1
I was actually going to be asking a similar question... Is Dix30 really the culinary wasteland it seems to be? Anything decent in there at all??
I HAVE ONE!
It's an adorable Chinese spot run by lovely people, serving tasty, plentiful, inexpensive Chinese food. We went last night and had some beef w/ black bean sauce, hot and sour soup (wonderful), Shanghai noodles (plenty of wok hai), and yu hsiang eggplant (outstanding). Everything was fresh and delicious. Highly recommended.
4745 Grande Allee, Brossard
Lots of enticing photos on their Facebook page:
You'd better go run to Pap Jackies if you want to go.
Word on the street that it is closing down imminently, if not already
Too bad. It was a bit expensive but the food was delicious. Well cooked and some different dishes from the other restaurants.
Jing Hua on Taschereau has closed down as well.
Niji is a fantastic sushi restaurant.
Siam is an excellent Thai restaurant.
Both are definitely in the top of their genre for the city
reliable source? let's see..a friend told me he heard it was closing down. Then my mother told me she heard it through the grapevine..can't beat the seniors' grapevine.
But then I got another update, that it was being closed temporarily as the owner was going to Asia for a month or so. So..somewhere in there is the kernel of Papa Jackie soon to be closed.
Jing Hua has been closed for more than 5 days already. Word through the same grapevine was that one of the partners left, and the other partner couldn't sustain the business. We were a party of ten there on new year's day and the food was good but terribly slow. One slow course at a time. The place was not full but they refused our friend's reservation attempt for the same night. Later on she heard it was because they had so few staff working, and can certainly vouch for that theory.
Too bad they are having troubles, they've had a lot of ups and downs and they finally got a very good chef last summer, where I had at least 6 large family dinners. But then again it would be an extremely good thing to renovate the place..way overdue.
I can recommend the Haikkan (sp?) chicken rice at Papa Jackies. You don't get a whole lot of steamed chicken, but it's tasty and sufficient for two people if you add a vegetable dish. The true attraction for those in the know is the rice that's cooked in the chicken fat/broth so it cooks up nice and fragrant. A delicious, subtle dish. It's not cheap, somewhere between $23-28 I believe, but it's good.
I do like this place. But it's not always good value. My auntie and Mother were quite aghast when they ordered the steamed fish of the day. It was $34 and absolutely delicious, but if you can believe, they got one medium sized filet, with the bone. That's right, one SIDE of the fish for $34. Now, this type of tomfoolery is really not taken very well by the Asian community, which may be one reason why it doesn't do as well as it should, given the quality of the cooking. You can bet that story was circulated in the grapevine.
My suggestion is to always ask the price first of whatever dishes they suggest. I noticed the fish was being pushed hard that night. Of course, they wanted to sell out their servings but that was really ridiculous.
hmm. I'm wondering if the chicken dish was between 13-17$ instead? I could be mistaken about my original $23-$28 estimate. The fish price is correct. My mother will never forget that meal, lol...
I forgot to answer the Jing Hua question. They are not the original owners. Jing Hua has been around quite a long time, at least 10 years. There were more than a few hygiene issues a few years ago, although it seemed to have improved with these owners, and at least last summer they were doing a bustling business.
If they have it, it'll be written with the specials of the day, in fluorescent marker. They only make a certain number of servings per day, something like 7or 8 orders. I'm' sure that if you call in advance, they'll advise you if it's available or you can pre order it. Their weekend lunches are good, prices are just a bit higher than other places but the standard noodle/rice dishes have always been tasty.