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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.

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    1. re: zekesgallery

      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...

    2. 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.

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      1. re: carswell

        I take it they are not a coffee bar or a music venue.

        So they have neither java nor jazz, just... Bazz?

        1. re: SnackHappy

          Well, IIRC, they have an espresso machine and there may be some lite jazz on the piped-in "muzak de table." But in the end, yeah, mainly just bazz.

        2. re: carswell

          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.

          1. re: fedelst1

            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.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5215...
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4655...
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4763...
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3839...

            1. re: fedelst1

              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.

            2. re: carswell

              I just ate at jing hua this week for dim sum and quite enjoyed it :)

            3. 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!

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              1. re: coolchef

                I second Comme par Hasard. Delicious food and the owners are really passionate.

              2. 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
                (450) 465-3553

                1. 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??

                  1. I HAVE ONE!

                    Papa Jackie.

                    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.

                    Papa Jackie
                    4745 Grande Allee, Brossard
                    Lots of enticing photos on their Facebook page:
                    https://www.facebook.com/groups/43524...

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                    1. re: nochainsplease

                      Thanks for the tip, nochain.
                      Papa Jackie looks pretty good, hope to try soon. I noticed that they're BYOB to boot.
                      I found a review here
                      http://www.montrealchronicles.com/201...
                      "review" is perhaps too strong of a description (bush league), but the pictures give a feel of the place

                      1. re: porker

                        Whoups - being preggo, I shamefully forgot to mention the all-important detail that it's BYOB. So sorry guys.

                      2. re: nochainsplease

                        Anything else you have liked at Papa Jackie? Been reluctant to eat there for years, as I'm thinking the best stuff there is only listed on their Chinese menu or written in Chinese on their walls(or not listed at all).

                        1. re: BLM

                          There's nothing stoping you from asking about popular dishes or specials. From the looks of the Facebook group pictures they seem to be doing a lot of Southern Chinese stuff that I haven't seen elsewhere. I should make a point of trying this place next time I have a car.

                          1. re: SnackHappy

                            OK. I didn't know about their Facebook page until two days ago(only discovered from link above). I have their take-out menu for years but it's limited to what they list(some of the food on their Facebook page I didn't know they served it).

                      3. 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.

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                          1. re: Montreal_eater

                            Jing Hua restaurant just closed? Checked them out today, On their door, it says they're closed for 5 days for renovations. For dim sum & dinner I prefered Jing Hua over Maison Kam Fung Brossard.

                            1. re: Montreal_eater

                              I asked Papa Jackie today, & was told they're "NO" plans to close anytime soon. Is it reliable source that's telling you they're closing soon?

                            2. Niji is a fantastic sushi restaurant.
                              Siam is an excellent Thai restaurant.

                              Both are definitely in the top of their genre for the city

                              1. 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.

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                                1. re: Montreal_eater

                                  Not saying your information is incorrect with Papa Jackie. Was just saying what they told me, when I inquired there.

                                  Jing Hua partners were not the original owners of the restaurant? I remembered they switch to new owners about 3 years ago?

                                2. 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.

                                  1. 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.

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                                    1. re: Montreal_eater

                                      I'll check it out. If it was $23-28 that's outrageously expensive for Haikkan chicken rice dish. This dish would be listed on their full menu? It's not listed on their condensed menu that I have already.

                                      1. re: BLM

                                        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.

                                        1. re: BLM

                                          Are you sure you're not talking about Hainanese chicken rice? I've found nothing online about Haikkan chicken rice except for this thread.

                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                            Yep that's it. Sometimes I sort of transcribe from Chinese to English. It's delicious.

                                            1. re: Montreal_eater

                                              Thanks. That's a dish I'de love to try. To the best of my knowledge, the only place in Montreal making it is that weird pan-asian place next to Harmonie bakery.

                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                That weird pan asian place, is owned by the Harmonie Bakery at last notice(I ate there once just to try their Hainanese chicken rice).

                                            2. re: SnackHappy

                                              Afterwards posting I realized it's their Hainanese chicken rice. There's a picture of it on their Facebook page. The dish is enough for two people.

                                        2. Went to Papa Jackie last night and checked out the price of the chicken rice. $23.95. Pretty expensive.

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                                          1. re: Montreal_eater

                                            Did you inquire if they're closing soon? It's now March. I'd asked them more than once(not the owner), who insisted they're not closing anytime soon. The $23,95 chicken rice is one of the specials, that's only written in Chinese(heads up for people looking for it).