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Dec 17, 2008 08:00 AM


A friend has graceously loaned me one of her apartments in NDG for a week around Christmas -- it is near Somerled and Madison. I don't know that neighborhood. Any Chowhound advice about delivery, take-out, restaurants and interesting food stores in that area would be appreciated. I realize that is vague but anything of chowhound interest in that area would helpful.

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  1. Le Maître Boucher on Monkland near Harvard is a fine, upscale French boucherie / épicerie fine. Akhavan (6170 Sherbrooke W.) is a great Persian/Middle Eastern/Mediterranean grocery store. The only takeout I do from there these days is sushi from Mikado on Monkland and Indian from Ganges (6079 Sherbrooke W.). There's also Bofinger for barbecue (such as it is).

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    1. re: carswell

      Le Maitre Boucher had the most really yummy things stuffed into a small floor space as any place I can remember. I stocked up on cheeses, a very good duck mousse with morelles and a pretty good smoke salmon rillette; also gourmet crackers and some chocolate coated cookies (really a sort of chocolate crisp with caramel, pecans and almonds) that were a big hit with my friends. I had hoped to explore Monkland Village further but the ice was so bad even a 40 foot walk was a life-threatening adventure. Not an inexpensive place, but lots of well-chosen variety.

    2. Across from Akhavan on Sherbrooke is a Korean store that is good for interesting exotic food, esp. if you like things like Japanese noodles, kim chee, sushi ingredients -- and pocki! They have an extensive frozen section of seafood, dumplings, and even natto. Oh and lots of kinds of miso to choose from.

      O'Bistro and Le Maître on Monkland are decent places for a more upscale meal. Old Orchard for a beer and pub buzz (the food fails to move me however despite its claims to curries but I'm fussy.).

      The SAQ on Somerled is small, but I like their staff the best: they are friendly and put up a lot of staff picks and favourites on the shelves, moreso than the Monkland or St-Jacques SAQs. They are always ready with advice and a good bottle to take home.

      There is a Metro supermarket on Somerled and Prince-of-Wales. It's ok, not fancy but produce is nice. Even saw crates of persimmons there!

      I live in NDG so feel free to ask more questions.

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      1. re: TheSnowpea

        <3 Somerled SAQ deep-voiced guy <3

          1. re: TheSnowpea

            I am moving down there tomorrow. I think the first thing I'll do is check out this friendly, close SAQ!

            1. re: Fritzy

              This SAQ really is exceptionally friendly. It also has a good range of well-chosed variety for what is really a very small floor space. (Actually most of the small businesses in that area seem to cram a big variety of intems into very small business spaces -- seems to be a NDG speciality!)

              Thanks to everyone for their ideas. In any case this thread may be of some more permanent value for outsiders visiting NDG

              1. re: Fritzy

                Glad to know you enjoyed your visit to NDG :-)
                I agree about the killer icy sidewalks: they did limit my desire to go outside for a few days!

      2. More or less across the street from Akhavan is a good Korean grocery, from kim chee to produce to bottled stuff to packaged stuff to frozen stuff.
        There's a couple of Caribbean restos (Ma's place and another across the street) a bit further east.
        I've heard about Cosmo's for breakfast for years (terry dimonte frequently gave the place free talk), but never tried.
        La Luisianne, people love or hate the cajun resto, they sometimes have interesting nightly blackboard specials.
        Pasta Casareccia has had its ups and downs, totes itself as a family style pasta eatery.
        And near Decarie is the epitome of Montreal style BBQ chicken, Chalet BBQ.
        A bit farther east, just across decarie is Villa du Souvlaki, somewhat of an institution and cheap.
        I will stop here because I don't know the difference between NDG and Westmount and might get ridiculed in a very chow manner -{; /)

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        1. re: porker

          Claremont is the border, more or less. Not that there's much difference between western Westmount and eastern NDG (except the property tax rate...)

        2. Le Georgia is a fabulous restaurant right next to Snowdon Metro. As you can expect it serves food from the former soviet country. I haven't been in over a year but am hoping to go again next week.

          Le Georgia
          5112 boulevard Décarie,
          Montréal, QC H3X 2H9, Canada‎ -
          (514) 482-1881‎

          1. Lots of restaurants and pubs on Monkland St., I am thinking specifically of the Old Orchard Pub, a nice atmosphere in the evenings. I also heard good things of Vino Vin et Terrasse (5674, ave. de Monkland), but I've never been myself. For breakfast, I recommend Cafe Oxford (Sherbrooke corner Oxford) which is the local joint (the typical, a bit greasy, Montreal breakfast), or you can pick up some bagels from St. Viateur bagels on Monkland (5629, ave. Monkland). And if you do like Indian food, you cannot stay in NDG without going to Ganges (6079 Sherbrooke W.) - I think they also deliver.