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best $10.....

So there is always lots of talk of 'haute cuisine' which generally means high prices.

I thought it would be fun to hear your $10 recommendations...

Say you have $10 and are willing travel anywhere on the island, how would you spend it?


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  1. If craving spicy: Shahi Palace in Pointe-Claire - cholay bhatura is about $6, includes chick-pea curry, several pieces of fluffy bread, and salad.

    If craving comfort food: Chalet BBQ - dinner special is under $10 and includes cole slaw or chicken soup, quarter chicken, fries, buns, and a drink.

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    1. re: kpzoo

      Another Indian place, on the West Island, would be Bombay Choupati. Or Pushap for their thali.

      In addition to Chalet (my favourite), there's also Romados. And for less than $10, you can eat well at Patati Patata.

    2. My favourite is commensal downtown (2nd floor McGill College and Peel) when shopping and the trick is to take the light stuff (spinach salad with not too many nuts LOL, free bread and butter, lighter salads and hot meals--think less weigh as price goes by weight) to eat well under $10 and you have a quick and nourishing meal if in a hurry. I am not vegetarian but enjoy the variety of colours and assorted dishes that you wouldnt have the time to prepare such variety at home. And if you like to linger take a table overlooking bustling ste catherine street and the mountain and there is no pressure to leave. You save a tip as it is selfserve. But avoid the temptations of the dessert buffet table if you want to keep your bill under $10!

      But the cheapest nourishing meals are at the hospitals eg union breakfast (egg, toast,small coffee,tea or milk and fresh fruit for $1.99; lunch around $3+ includes main union dish of day, small soup(two choices), fresh fruit, coffee, tea or milk eg rvh), of course the ambience is not noteworthy!

      Some subways (eg outremont) have 12 inch submarines, your choice,available anytime, anyday for $6 and you can have a healthy meal/pickmeup for that price. But the best deal on the run is to pick up a half dozen warm bagels at st. viateur bagels + some smoked salmon spread and enjoy this treat out in the 80 degree weather we are having!

      1. Oh, there are too many. You can try the discussion here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4111...

        If I had to make a decision, right now, I'd find another friend that has 10 bucks and drive up to Abu Elias. I would be more than happy to get some sandwich, but no, now I am craving their lamb on seasoned rice. The small one is -I think- $12 and is enough for four modest eaters, or two of your average chowhound. Plus two ayrans, and tax; you are set for a fine meal after some reheating. This dish is only available during the weekends though. (733 Cote Vertu


        I am also very fond of the $10 special at La Cantine (the cafe, not the fancier resto next door). Granted it is not mind blowing cuisine, but it is a good neighborhood deal. For 10 bucks (includes tax) you get a soup (I had pureed parsnip one day, pea-curry another), a panini (there are a few options, but my favorite is grilled vegetables and goat cheese) and a cookie. I wouldn't travel far for it, but if I am in the hood and want something better than fast food, but still fast, I'll go for it. (212 ave. Mont-Royal E)

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        1. re: emerilcantcook

          Seconding Abu Elias.

          I'd also add the somewhat less inconveniently located Chez Benny, whose falafel (worlds apart from the seasoned-sawdust-from-a-mix falafels severed in most shawarma joints around town) and kefta on laffa are worth the detour to Snowdon.

        2. I am assuming we mean full meals, and that $10 include tax and an average tip. Here's my list:

          1. Small #4 pho at Pho Lien on Cotes des Neiges
          2. Goat Roti at El Corridor on St. Laurent or Caraibe Delices on Parc
          3. Beef filet terbialy sandwich at Petit Alep on Jean-Talon
          4. Any two sandwiches at Abu Elias, say the chicken shish taouk and the spicy sausage sandwich.
          5. A tamale, the pupusas, or the daily special at Supermarche Andes on St. Laurent
          6. Masala Dosa at Bombay Choupati on Sources
          7. The thali at Pushaps on Pare with a side of samosa
          8. The various mezze specials at Avesta on St. Catherine, with that yummy homemade flat bread
          9. Any of the soups at Maison Bulgogi
          10. The eggplant Yu Hsing on rice at MM Legende on Gauchetiere
          11. Classic poutine or pizze poutine at Banquise
          12. The Toshirac A lunch special at Miga (rice, bulgogi with vegetables, cabbage salad and deep fried tofu cubes with a spicy sauce) on Rachel
          13. The chicken Yassa at Djoliba on Parc
          14. The proscuitto, fig and arugula panini at Patisserie Gascogne, or a slice of their Quiche Lorraine
          15. The broasted chicken with fries and garlic mayonnaise at the broasted chicken place near Guy metro.
          16. That big rolled up pita thing at Al Otaib. Super cheap, super filling, very satisfying.
          17. A savoury crepe at the crepe place at Jean-Talon
          18. Souvlaki pita. I still like the one at Arahova on Parc, and the one at Village Grecque on Jean-Talon.
          19. The olive fougasse thingy at Fous Dessert, and a croissant.
          20. Smoked meat sandwich fries and pickle at Schwartzes.
          21. Any of the meals at Eurodeli Batory on St. Viateur
          22. The squid with eggplant at Cuisine Bangkok, or the tofu Pad Thai

          I've excluded a few of my favorite places, because although they are cheap, by the time I order a selection of dishes, it goes over $10. A lot the Asian places, I like to order more than one dish for some variety through the meal, and that pushes the cost to $15-20.

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            1. re: bigfellow

              Well, it's a tough job, but someone's got to eat it... :)

              1. re: moh

                I say we hit one joint a week. Women on a mission. ;-)

                  1. re: kpzoo

                    One joint a week? Take a week off work, and we can polish off the whole list in one go.... We'd have to forego breakfast, start eating at about 11:00 am, and double up on one meal... And I would recommend we walk from place to place.

                    And I haven't even included the dessert places!

                    1. re: moh

                      One of my two favorite words, dessert and Guinness!

                      1. re: bigfellow

                        For some, the second would be a meal under $10!

              2. re: moh

                #16 is called a manakish.

                • chicken tikka sandwich at the indian place in the faubourg
                • the "creation" sandwich at Boustan (pita with all the veggie fillings + chicken)
                • any of the $5.95 lunch special combos at Grillades Bizou

                1. re: mainsqueeze

                  Ah Thank you for the name of #16! I was wondering how the heck I was going to get it again... I've only recently discovered the joy that is the Manakish. How do they make money in that place? Prices are so cheap.

                  Agree with your other suggestions too. I've never had the chicken tikka sandwich though, I guess I'll have to tear myself away from Cuisine Bangkok and give it a try.

                  I forgot to add that yummy pork sandwich at Barros Loco.

                  1. re: moh

                    I highly recommend Andalos for manakish...they have about 10 different kinds. I am not sure how it compares to Al-Taib though.

                    1. re: hungryann

                      sandwiches at casa del popolo are always a good bet
                      burriotos and chilenita or burritoville
                      $8.99 special at kiss grill
                      there's always salad bar at al taib
                      a million portugese chicken places

                      1. re: celfie

                        Word on the salad bar/buffet at Al-Taib. It's by weight and you can definitely get a warm chicken dish (or some other meat), some salad and some hummus for less than $10. Their pizza by the slice is also decent.

                        We just had lunch at Chez Clo (on Ontario est at Dézéry). It wasn't high gastronomy or anything but for $18 and change we both had soup, a main (I had tourtiére du saguenay and he had paté chinois du jardiner), a dessert (I had a carré aux cerises and he had pouding au pain), coffee, and a beverage (diet pepsi for me, draft belle gueule blonde for him). A filling lunch for lest than $10 each. Can't beat that.

                  2. re: mainsqueeze

                    • any of the $5.95 lunch special combos at Grillades Bizou

                    plus if you have Concordia ID (i think, perhaps McGill, but not completely certain about this one), you get a free hot an sour soup on top of that.

                    1. re: emerilcantcook

                      A friend who goes there frequently just told me that they don't give the free hot and sour soup anymore. It's $1 now, with a Concordia ID card, and the purchase of a lunch specail.

                      1. re: mainsqueeze

                        Ack. I just had some free soup last week (along with a lunch special). I guess the change is very new.

                        1. re: emerilcantcook

                          My friend also mentioned that the lunch special was $5.99 tax included and now the tax is not included. Still really cheap for lunch though.

                          1. re: mainsqueeze

                            Yup. Especially for the amount of food you get. Their scallion pancakes seem to be getting better as well.

                            1. re: emerilcantcook

                              All they need is some decent beer on draught. If they had that, I'd be there all the time.

                  3. re: moh

                    Half of these would be on my list too and the other half are now on my list of "things to do"!

                    I'd also add .. the seafood pancake at Restaurant 5000 Ans, a chicken burrito at La Chilenita, a chicken taco with black beans at Supermarché Andes, a pizza or maybe osso bucco and ratatouille at Maison des Pates Fraiches, magic noodle soup at Qing Hua dumplings (if the noodle man is there), chicken tom yum soup at Wok 'n' Roll ... still thinking of more ...

                  4. where to go?

                    where else. cocoa locale.

                    1. Poulet Bronze on Lincoln
                      around 8-9$ for a leg, thigh, fries, garlic mayo, and a drink or a small coleslaw.

                      1. i'd go to Fuchsia for the décor and the big white dog... and the food.

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                        1. re: nonpareils

                          I like Fuschia very much, but by the time you include tip, it is more than $10. I believe the set price is $10, but since I leave a tip....

                          I had forgotten to put all the portuguese chicken places on the list, as Celfie suggested, but then I realized it is because I always end up getting bigger portions at these places so I can eat chicken for several meals. But It is completely correct that if you order a regular portion for one person, it is usually less than $10.

                        2. Romados on Rachel east of St. Laurent. $7 for a Portugese-style grilled quarter chicken and big mess of fries. My go-to place when I want to stuffed for dirt cheap.

                          Small quibble, Moh, but sandwich, fries, drink and tip come out to $12 or 13 at Schwartz's. The sandwiches are reasonably priced but they jack you on the sides.

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                          1. re: Shattered

                            Shattered, your point about Schwartzes is a very fair quibble. I usually don't get a soft drink, and I usually end up sharing fries, so I agree that if you don't cheat, and buy all the sides for yourself, then it does creep above $10.

                          2. You can eat for well under $10 at most of the pupeserias (Los Planes, El Tropical). Pupusas revueltas cost less than three dollars each and they come with complimentary curtido and tomato sauce. Delicious and nutritious and very cheap.

                            1. How could I forget Patate Au Four? I forget the exact price you you can definitely get a Turkish style baked potato with toppings (meats, salads) for less than $10. The potatoes are so filling! One of the best deals in the city, I'd say.

                              1. Caraibe delite on Parc between St-Joseph and Villeneuve, roti and jerk chicken both under ten dineros, both delicious, and a it's local resto we hope never disappears.

                                1. How about the Mazurka lunch special? I haven't been around that way in awhile but didn't it use to be $6.95 at lunch?

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                                  1. re: blond_america

                                    I would highly recommend Pushaps on Pare...a generous thalie, a samosa and order some mango pickle and raita, should be under 10$ and so so so delicious!

                                  2. Is there anyway to mail order smoked meat to the US? A coworker from upstate New York state (US) told me about smoked meat that he had from Canada and I'd like to order some. He also mentioned a small diameter rye bread with some other spices in it (seeds, but not caraway?).

                                    I'd be willing to work out a trade of Philadelphia area foods if I can't order direct.


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                                    1. re: EastPA

                                      Try contacting Schwartz's, and see if they will ship to the U.S.


                                      1. re: cherylmtl

                                        Earlier this year, Schwartz's was allowed once again, to ship smoked meat to the US(that's my recollection). .

                                    2. Fuchsia, Romados, or Bombay Mahal (on Jean Talon W).

                                      1. La Chilenita, 3 locations:

                                        152 Napoléon
                                        64 Marie-Anne Ouest @ Clark
                                        5439 St-Laurent

                                        Chilean-style empanadas, burritos, etc. $7.50-9.50 for mains, so may come in a shade over $10 with drink & tip, depending what you get.

                                        1. I'd probably stay in Mile-End forever...wait, I already do:
                                          Jardin de Cari - Guyanese food on St-Viateur off Clark
                                          Milani - cheap, homey Vietnamese food on Bernard and Jeanne Mance
                                          Curry House on Jean talon (I prefer Royal Cari on St-Laurent but the restaurant is no longer - RIP)
                                          Cuisine Bangkok and Nouilles WonTon (they've got Chinese seaweed soup!) at the top floor of the Faubourg
                                          Brunch at Croissanterie Figaro - Hutchison and Fairmount

                                          More to come.....

                                          1. Fous Desserts
                                            Laurier / St-Hubert near the metro
                                            6 croissants = $7.80
                                            coffee and it's a complete meal - for me at least

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                                            1. re: marblebag

                                              Oh yeah... except I'd probably get 2 croissant, 1 choco-pear, and a caramel au fleur de sel nut tart... oh, and a mille feuille with pastry cream...

                                              1. re: moh

                                                We finally made it there yesterday. That caramel tart is amazing and not bad at $2.50 for the individual size. We also enjoyed their butter croissants. Can't wait to go back!

                                                1. re: megmtl

                                                  I'm glad you enjoyed it! I love that tart.

                                                  Drat. They are closed today I think. No croissant today.

                                                  (Fortunately, my kind hubby had stockplied a Bouchee Gourmande chausson au pomme, so I've been snacking enough this weekend...)

                                            2. I'm so happy to have found this post! :) My partner and I are going to Montreal for a week in June - it's a work-related trip for him but I couldn't pass up the chance to travel out east (I'm in Victoria, BC). Also, my partner's co-worker who's also going is on a tight budget (I am too but I'm saving up to splurge on some great meals), so I wanted to keep an eye out for stuff in his $ range since we'll all be dining together at least once a day.

                                              Wooooo food! And vacation! (sorry - don't mean to rub that in, it's been awhile since I've had time off to go anywhere and I'm so very excited!)

                                              Any thoughts about good and cheap eats at the public markets?

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                                              1. re: jubilant cerise

                                                Hi cerise, you'll see a current post on public markets. We'll strive to put eating-on-site recommendations there.

                                                I live close to Jean-Talon market, but the benches at the market can get crowded. You can also have a picnic nearby at Jarry Park, just north of the market (big park with lots of athletic facilities but also treed places to picnic) or at two smaller parks just south of it, Dante Park at the corner of Alma and Dante (a very short walk south) or Parc de la Petite Italie (a tiny bit farther southwest, but no more than ten minutes' walk).

                                                That can be very joyful, and lots of things to eat,as people report back.

                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                  Thanks for the tips lagatta! I'll be sure to check out the public market post. :)

                                              2. Add Thali on St. Marc just above Ste-Catherine to this list. Seperate thread here:

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                                                1. A nice Sum See Chow Mein at Beijing - shredded pork, BBQ pork, chicken, sprouts, mushrooms, chive-y thingys (no slivered snow peas please). Eat in and they usually throw in a soup of the day and a sweet soup for dessert.....mmmm, talking myself into one right now....

                                                  1. Cristal No. 1 on St-Laurent just south of René Levesque
                                                    order the 41A - will run you $7.00 and will keep you coming back for more.

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                                                    1. re: buzz_sapien

                                                      Are there any stuffed chicken wings in Chinatown? Got a yummy order in NYC last year and wondered if something similar existed in Montreal. Or if there's a Dumpling Man kind of place where you get an order decent dumplings for cheap and fast? Thanks.

                                                      1. re: Joanie

                                                        I get my dumplings at the Jade Garden buffet store which sits in the middle of the building and has a separate door. You can get your har gow ans siu mai and other variations on the seafood dumpling. They cost 70 cents each.

                                                        On de la Gauchetiere between St-Urbain and Clark. Orange picnic tables.

                                                        Jade Garden Cafe
                                                        57 Rue De La Gauchetiere W, Montreal, QC H2Z1C2, CA

                                                    2. Pulled Pork sandwich at Depanneur le Pickup.


                                                      1. I'm bumping this thread to add the "Hot Sale" special at Restaurant Amigo in Chinatown. It's salt & pepper pork chop, fried rice, fried egg and greens for something like $9.

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                                                        1. Shawarma trio at Boustan! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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                                                          1. re: passthatversace

                                                            Boustan sucks, why do people like it so much???

                                                            1. re: jay_81k

                                                              I agree. There's better shawarma in Ottawa and Toronto (pretty much anywhere), and cheaper too. I find it weird that Montreal has such a huge Arab population and such lame shawarma.

                                                                1. re: jay_81k

                                                                  yeah, why does it suck? I think it's the only shawarma in the downtown area where they grill everything (including the whole wrap) and use cabbage instead of regular salad as a stuffing.

                                                                  1. re: mak2k

                                                                    Because they bury the hummus and meat under a pile of salad/cabbage/rabbit food, skimping on both. Especially the meat! I had a beef shawarma last week, I took entire bites where I could barely detect any. A proper shawarma doesn't need anything but meat, hummus, and turnip to be delicious. They also burnt the pita.

                                                                    Boustan is overrated because the other centrally-located chain places are so weak. If you're in Ottawa, great shawarma can be found at Shawarma King on Bank or Shawarma Palace on Rideau (the latter having the best Lebanese fast food overall I've had).

                                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                                      Odd, I have friends currently living in Ontario who would very much disagree with you about Toronto. They see both Ottawa/Gatineau and metropolitan Montréal as shawarma (or other local term) heaven.

                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                        Admittedly I don't know Toronto as well, not well enough to name where I've been, but it was better than here!

                                                                        I've never been to the out-of-the-way places, in VSL for eg, that are supposed to be the best. But should I have to? Comparing central joints across the 3 cities (at least a handful in each one), Ontario beats Montreal for shawarma hands-down - especially Ottawa. The average in Ottawa is at least as good as Boustan. Here you have to look hard for a good one; there it's damn hard to find a bad one.

                                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                                          In Ontario, shawarma is dark meat chicken while in Montreal it's white meat chickenz(the exception Boustan).

                                                                      2. re: Shattered

                                                                        i wouldn't know about the beef. I always go for the chicken. I'm pretty sure the one in Ottawa are good, but i can't justify driving 2h to ottawa just for shawarma.

                                                                        And i don't think they ever burned my pita.

                                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                                          Personally, I like it when the pita is slightly charred around the edges.

                                                                  2. The jerk chicken platter for lunch at Caribbean House just across from Vendome Metro was excellent. Chicken, salad, rice and peas for 5.95 plus tax! So add in a Kola Champagne and you are set for under 10 dollars.

                                                                    1. I had lunch for $7.50 at the new Arouch in the new JMSB building at Concordia. I was stuffed and it was delicious. You can eat for way cheaper but I'm a glutton and ordered a zaatar and a lahmajoun, each with toppings, and a goya pineapple nectar. So full.

                                                                      Also don't forget Antep Kabab. Sandwiches are from $5 to $7.

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                                                                      1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                        Arouch is awesome. Just had two huge pitas with toppings for $7.40 (I had Greek and Armenian). So good!

                                                                      2. Café Château, basement 1410 Stanley. It's just a counter. Looks like nothing, but he does a very good veal burger with salad for under 10$.

                                                                          1. re: daddyL

                                                                            Please provide a general area and /or location. Just a name is not enough here.

                                                                            1. re: williej

                                                                              I suspect daddyL was referring to Mister Spicee, 6889 Victoria - 514-739-9714.

                                                                              Here's a midnight poutine post about it:


                                                                              1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                                Isn't it now just plain old Spicee? Or maybe Boulangerie Spicee?

                                                                                My stomach's growling for a roti...

                                                                                1. re: carswell

                                                                                  Did they change owners or just names?

                                                                                  1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                                    Just names, I'd guess. Last time I was there (in the spring), the same ladies were behind the counter and in front of the stove. Maybe "Mister" ran afoul of the language police?

                                                                              2. re: williej

                                                                                Yea, I apologize. I was referring to Spices, which used to be called Mister Spicee, on Victoria. The doubles are cheap and delicious (I usually go for goat or chicken). If you don't feel the need to apply the sauces yourself, ask for them inside the doubles--you wont have to pay.

                                                                                Has anyone tried the Jamaican place next door? I've wanted to try it, but every time I get near Mister Spicee I can't eat anything else.

                                                                            2. 1. 11, 12, or 14 piece lunch at Ocean Sushi
                                                                              2. large bowl of pho at Pho Bac or Pho Bang New York
                                                                              3. bahn mi sandwich in chinatown
                                                                              4. chef guru
                                                                              5. la matraca - 3 taco lunch for $7-9
                                                                              6. calzone at euro deli

                                                                              if you splurge for $11.95 Justine Bistro a Vin has a 3-course table d'hote!

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                                                                              1. re: thehotplate

                                                                                just to clarify, I believe the 11.95$ table d'hôte is served at lunch only.

                                                                                1. re: alixium

                                                                                  abu elias (733 Cote Vertu)

                                                                                  got 1/2 kilo mixed platter for 18.00$ , recommended by the cashier lady, as a lot for 2 people.
                                                                                  came with 2 large pitas/ 5 mixed brochette =small/ hummus/ onions/ garlicky stuff

                                                                                  conclusion: did not like it at all, here is why
                                                                                  1.the condiments are not enough to make 2 large/3-4 small sandwhiches
                                                                                  2. the brochettes <5 inches, very small pieces.
                                                                                  3. no turnip/green salad that usually isi n the sandwiches.

                                                                                  TIP: get only the sandwiches as recommended here. for the fvalue/taste
                                                                                  18.00$ will get about 4 sandwiches. or look up emerilcantcook 's post here
                                                                                  who recommends some dish, which was not available to me on friday eve.

                                                                              2. I've got a new favourite in Chinatown 2, Meilleur Choix on St-Marc next to Roi du Wonton. They only do take-away and the menu is very limited. In fact there's no menu. You'll have to ask the man at the counter what's available. So far I've had their small pork steamed buns ($0.60 each, min order of 4), the normal sized vegetarian steamed buns ($1 each), and the cold noodles with beef($5).

                                                                                I really enjoyed the pork buns. The bun is not overly sweet and the filling is silky, savoury, porky goodness. The vegetarian buns were a bit too subtle for me. The filling was made up of egg, cloud ear, rice noodle and few other goodies. I was told there was shrimp, but I didn't see any and didn't really taste it either.

                                                                                The cold noodles, though, really hit the spot. The base of the dish is a very generous portion of noodles which I suspect to be plain-old commercial spaghettini in a slightly sour dressing. On top of that they add slivers of cucumber and stewed beef, a sesame paste sauce and optional chili oil. The result is a very simple, but tremendously satisfying dish. Five dollars very well spent and more than enough food for one person.

                                                                                Restaurant Meilleur Choix‎ / Best Choice
                                                                                2125 St Marc, Montreal
                                                                                (514) 932-8118

                                                                                Restaurant Meilleur Choix
                                                                                2125 Rue Saint-Marc, Montreal, QC H3H2P1, CA

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                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                  I went by there yesterday and they were closed and had a sign saying that they would be closed for two months.

                                                                                  1. re: blond_america

                                                                                    I saw that too, but I don't know when they put the sign up. In the meantime, I've been getting my steamed bun fix at Bonjour Supermarché. Their buns are pretty good, but the pork ones are not as good as the ones from Meilleur Choix.

                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                      I spoke to the lady at Roi du Wonton, today. She said they should be back by 10th August. I can't wait to get my hands on those pork buns.

                                                                                2. Dev on Victoria for a thali for like 8$ tax in.
                                                                                  Portugalia on Rachel for a rib plate or a pork sandwich for 4$.
                                                                                  Patati Patata also is kinda good and cheap on rachel.
                                                                                  La Carretta on St Zotique cheap and good Salvadorian food. Try the Burro Carretta (4.50$)and the Pupasas(2$). Im sure im forgetting a few but those are all good choices.

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                                                                                  1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                    Forgot to mention spicy lahmajoun at Arouch. You get 6 for 6.50$! Great snack to keep around in the fridge.

                                                                                  2. Saigon palace: Bun nem with a cha gio: 9.75$
                                                                                    pattiserie abbas(spelling?) next to the shoe store on decarie close 2 cote vertu: one of those veggie rolls at .75$ each, 4 of them is enough to make a huge lunch.
                                                                                    Fu Kam Wah(spelling?): Gno Lam Mien, beef brisket noodle.
                                                                                    Jardin the jade takeout: the buns are good, and dirt cheap.

                                                                                    1. I haven't been in awhile but every so often i go to the indian place on the third floor of the Faubourg and grab a chicken tikka sandwich. I like the concept of them. It's like a shish taouk sandwich except it has tikka chicken and is wrapped in a naan instead of a pita.

                                                                                      1. Restaurant Pho (proper name, I believe, is Pariesien Pho) located on Poirer just off Marcel Lauren in Ville St. Laurent has all of their soup dishes under $10 with tax included. They average around $6.50 to $7.95.

                                                                                        Honking huge bowls of soup that is tasty beyond belief, served up in a simple, spartan decor resto. To die for.

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                                                                                        1. re: Haggisboy

                                                                                          Agreed, went there two weeks ago. It was very good. What surprised me most is the speed! We ordered, and i barely had time to ponder if i wanted to add a spring roll that in came the soup!
                                                                                          Had the Wonton (for boyfriend) and some beef one with noodles. Both were delicious.

                                                                                          1. re: Haggisboy

                                                                                            Cheap soup $6.95 for a XLarge $6.50 for a Large

                                                                                            I didn't like their broth (bouillon) It was tatseless on the day I went. Their spring roll was somewhat not really fresh as if the roll dried out or it wasn't soked enough in water.
                                                                                            I'm not going to try this place again. Didn't like the vibes.

                                                                                            Paris Pho
                                                                                            1717 Rue Poirier, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L1J4, CA

                                                                                          2. Let's not forget:
                                                                                            Shawarma (chicken) Pita or Baguette at Benny's in St-Laurent
                                                                                            Schwartz Smoke Meat
                                                                                            Doner (not souvlaki) at Village Grec
                                                                                            Anything at Slovenia on Clark (The chicken sandwich with sausage being the artery clogging summum)
                                                                                            Lunch at Motta's
                                                                                            Au délices d'Ile Maurice (BYO on top of it!)
                                                                                            Luch at El Meson by the canal in Lachine (supper is not that much more either)
                                                                                            Villa Wellington
                                                                                            Pho at SO many fine vietnamese estalishments

                                                                                            1. The tuna sandwich on onion rolls from Eden

                                                                                              1. Tropical Hawaii on Maisonneuve near Concordia. They have a bunch of sweet or lunch crepes as well as fruity deserts. Some fantastic gelato and i love the deserts topped with ashta cheese. Pretty much everything is under 10$.

                                                                                                God bless our university town, which provides us with such great cheap eats!

                                                                                                1. Butter chicken thali @ Bombay Mahal in Park Ex.
                                                                                                  Spring rolls w/rice noodles @ Crystal no. 1 in Chinatown
                                                                                                  Shrimp pancake salad @ Kazu in New Chinatown
                                                                                                  Miso Ramen @ Sumo Ramen in Chinatown
                                                                                                  Smoked Turkey Sandwich @ Schwartz's (w/ a pickle and a coke)
                                                                                                  Portuguese chicken @ Romados on the Plateau
                                                                                                  Sushi @ Tri Express on the Plateau

                                                                                                  ... or a bucket load of cookies from Cheskie's!

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                                                                                                  1. re: tibetanpeachpie

                                                                                                    how can sushi @ Tri Express be under 10$? Unless you can be full on 6 pieces for 10$...

                                                                                                    Tri Express
                                                                                                    1650 Av Laurier E, Montreal, QC H2J1J2, CA

                                                                                                    1. re: mak2k

                                                                                                      my usual meal at Tri consists of 6 hosomakis (small rolls) for about 4 or 5 dollars + 2 sushi and 3 sashimi for about 6 dollars.

                                                                                                      Or I'll have the salad with 6 hosomakis (total around 11 bucks).


                                                                                                      1. re: tibetanpeachpie

                                                                                                        Don't you mean 2 sushi OR 3 sashimi for about 6 dollars? Or is there some special that isn't on their menu?

                                                                                                  2. how about a poutine and spruce beer at paul patate?

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                                                                                                    1. re: Tiny Iota

                                                                                                      Well i'm pretty sure poutine and any soft drink at any joint would come under 10$

                                                                                                      1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                        You can't compare Paul patate to just any joint, their spruce beer is to die for.

                                                                                                        1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                          Yeahbut the OP asked for the best $10 meals, not just any joint.

                                                                                                          1. re: carswell

                                                                                                            Exactly, the best $10 meals. For poutine, that's Paul Patate, or runner-up Montreal Pool Room. You can throw a rock and hit a place that serves a $10 meal in this city, and as noted, with some categories everything falls under that range. We could never list them all.

                                                                                                            Paul Patate
                                                                                                            2606 Rue De Coleraine, Montreal, QC H3K1S7, CA

                                                                                                            Montreal Pool Room
                                                                                                            1200 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2S5, CA

                                                                                                            1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                              jay_81k mentioned pork sandwiches at Portugalia, I was there for lunch a couple of Saturdays ago and it wasn't on the menu, when we asked they said they don't serve sandwiches. Maybe just for take out? Either way, we ordered the pork plate and made sandwiches ourselves with their buns.

                                                                                                              1. re: ios94

                                                                                                                Romados has policy of no sandwiches on weekends, because the lineups for whole chicken or combos are already so long.

                                                                                                                Given that Portugalia has a ridiculous policy that you have to call no later than 1pm to have chicken at dinnertime (for takeout) on wkends (did it once because friends raved about it - it was not anything special), they no doubt have the same no sandwich rule. They also struck me as rather unfriendly in person, so along with their unfriendly chicken nazi policy, I can easily picture them denying having sandwiches at all, just cause.

                                                                                                                1. re: ios94

                                                                                                                  They used to not serve you sandwiches unless it was to go. Now you can get one as long as you get a plate. They do come off as rude there for sure. I've been going for years and I still feel unwelcomed when I go.
                                                                                                                  Another thing on my list for 10$ and under now is a vietnamese sandwich. I like cafe Saigon on St andre or cafe ba-le on mackay has a good grilled beef one.

                                                                                                          2. re: Tiny Iota

                                                                                                            Paul Patate
                                                                                                            2606, Rue De Coleraine, Montréal, QC H3K 1S7
                                                                                                            (514) 937-2751 ‎

                                                                                                            Paul Patate
                                                                                                            2606 Rue De Coleraine, Montreal, QC H3K1S7, CA

                                                                                                          3. One my favorites...Nilufar on Ste-Catherine near Concordia. Excellent falafel and lentil soup for just under $3!!

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                                                                                                            1. re: Loreleianne

                                                                                                              Does it show I'm at work and killing time? So I'll provide some addresses until my boss catches me.

                                                                                                              Restaurant Nilufar (between Towers and St-Marc) DOWNTOWN
                                                                                                              1923 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal, QC H3H 1M3
                                                                                                              (514) 846-1947 ‎

                                                                                                              1. re: Loreleianne

                                                                                                                Second this! Amazingly cheap, and the best falafel downtown by a long, long shot.

                                                                                                                1. re: Loreleianne

                                                                                                                  I love this place, however I wouldn't order the chicken sharwarma, the meat doesn't look like it's from a vertical rotisserie and thye use dry breast and that orange sauce is just a little too salty and unflavorful.

                                                                                                                  Liked everything else I have tried though.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                    Watcha you talking about Lewis? What is dry breast? and orange sauce? Is this a Lebanese place or another country in the surrounding area of the middle east.

                                                                                                                    Are you saying that their Marinated chicken, called Shish Taouk or chicken shawarma as you call it is not marinated?

                                                                                                                    As for the way to cook it you have many style. It can be grilled vertically and horizontally, sauted, baked..... hope I don't sound like bubba ;)

                                                                                                                    1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                      how does their chicken shawarma sandwich compare to boustan's?

                                                                                                                      1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                        by dry breast i meant, I think it was breast meat that was quite dry

                                                                                                                        as for orange sauce, well the color was orange but it definitely was not citrus. I don't know it was just salty and I didn't like the texture.

                                                                                                                        And I doubt the chicken is marinated, if it is well, it's one bad marinade that doesn't do anything

                                                                                                                        @klagirl: I have never been to boustan, but i have heard good things about it. Nilufar's chicken is quite subpar in my opinion.

                                                                                                                          1. re: vanierstudent

                                                                                                                            I doubt it, it was just salty. And the "sauce" wasn't exactly very liquidy or velvety and creamy like your typical garlic sauce. And there wasn't much of it. It was more like salty moisture with a weird starchy solid consistency.

                                                                                                                            Sorry but I can't think of a more helpful description.

                                                                                                                  2. I just came back from Pitarifique on Rachel West and god do I love this place. It's a real hole in the wall, sitting only 10. They make souvlakis/gyro pita/plates, burgers, fries and subs. Everything is cheap/pretty cheap and simple.

                                                                                                                    Their fries are surprisingly good. They might taste a little too burnt and dry for some, or they might get a little soggy when you take out, but they're pretty decent and cheap (1.77$ for small portion). I believe they are doubled fried, however I'm not sure whether they are made from fresh or frozen potatoes. If they had slightly more moisture they would be perfect.

                                                                                                                    The beef burgers are nothing to write home about, though decent for what you pay. Not sure if they are 100% beef patties or not. But still, better quality than McD, Belle province, Wendy's, Burger King etc...

                                                                                                                    The best items are definitely the subs and pita sandwiches.
                                                                                                                    I had a chicken sub tonight and the flavors blend in so well. The guy grills a skewer of seasoned chicken on a gas? grill and then proceeds to saute onions, green peppers and mushrooms on a hot plate. As the veggies are almost done, he adds slices of white cheese(not exactly sure what kind of cheese, but as it melted it got kinda stringy) and it melts perfectly into the grease and juices of the veggies. He then proceeds to add mayo? on a decent commercial sub roll that held nicely despite being overloaded with stuff, then adds the chicken, the veggie/cheese mixture and then tops it up with slices of tomatoes, mountain of shredded iceberg and dressing. The juicy mess just makes it absolutely delicious.

                                                                                                                    I have tried the cheesesteak as well back then, but I find that the chicken is better. The beef is quite average and grilled on the plate instead of on the gas? grill like the chicken.

                                                                                                                    It's the same with the pitas. I see that most people take the grilled souvlakis instead of the processed gyro meat slices that comes from a box. Chicken skewers seem to be the most popular item there. Oh and the tzatziki sauce is quite good.

                                                                                                                    I would stay away from the poutine though, I've had it only once, and it seemed kinda odd. The fries, the portion and the gravy were fine though (although the gravy was a little too hot), but I have no idea what kind of cheese they used. They weren't squeaky at all like curds and I mean not even a little and the pieces of cheese kinda had a grainy/salty texture to it. Just not my thing.

                                                                                                                    8 Rue Rachel W, Montreal, QC H2W1G1, CA

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                                                                                                                    1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                      I had the souvlaki once and it was just tasteless. Did try their chicken and it was okay. I just go next door to Portugalia for a bifana sandwich when in the area or ramados for a chicken meal.

                                                                                                                      8 Rue Rachel W, Montreal, QC H2W1G1, CA

                                                                                                                      1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                        I don't know about this place. It's ok but they do those typical crappy subs that you seem to find at every bad restaurant with the Italian dressing on top. Although it is edible I wouldn't go back unless I was somewhat desperate.

                                                                                                                        1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                                                          Anyone who puts salad dressing on a sub should be shot.

                                                                                                                      2. Lotus Bleu on Verdun Av at the corner of 4th Av is amazing. Their lamb noodle soup is huge and absolutely amazing, think it's $6.50, and it can easily feed two. While you're at it you could split an order of dumplings (20 to a plate) for $5. I've been there many times, very easy to eat for under $10 especially if you're with a couple of people.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: MorningShade

                                                                                                                          Le Lotus Bleu Restaurant
                                                                                                                          4847 Rue de Verdun
                                                                                                                          Verdun, QC H4G 1N1 (514) 691-3519

                                                                                                                          theres another one called Lotus Bleu on duluth street but it's a vietnamese restaurant.

                                                                                                                          There's another

                                                                                                                        2. Portuguese Rotisserie Chicken at Romados

                                                                                                                          Seafood Okonomiyaki at Imadake

                                                                                                                          Beef Burger and Sweet Potato Fries at Le Gourmet Burger

                                                                                                                          Chicken Thali at Bombay Mahal, India Beau Village or Curry & Naan

                                                                                                                          Australian Pies at Australian Pie

                                                                                                                          Poutine at La Banquise

                                                                                                                          Poutine and Mini Burgers at Patati Patata

                                                                                                                          Pho at Pho Lien

                                                                                                                          Patati Patata
                                                                                                                          4177 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, QC , CA

                                                                                                                          Le Gourmet Burger
                                                                                                                          1433B Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G 2E4, CA

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Erika David

                                                                                                                            here's the addresses fro some of them

                                                                                                                            Le Gourmet Burger - 1433B Bishop Montreal, QC

                                                                                                                            Restaurant Delhi Bombay Curry & Naan - New Address: 989 Jean-Talon Ouest (West)
                                                                                                                            chowhound shows the old address: 1010 Rue Jean-Talon W Montreal, QC

                                                                                                                            Patati Patata - 4177 St-Laurent Blvd. Montreal, QC

                                                                                                                            Restaurant Pho Lien - 5703-B ch de la cote des Neiges, Montreal, QC

                                                                                                                            Where's Imadake?

                                                                                                                            Australian pie the one on mont-royal and park avenue?

                                                                                                                            Rotisserie Romados
                                                                                                                            115 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, QC H2W1C8, CA

                                                                                                                            1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                              Imadake - http://imadake.ca/
                                                                                                                              4006 St. Catherine St. West
                                                                                                                              Montreal, Quebec H3Z1P2

                                                                                                                              Tourtiere Australienne - http://www.tourtiereaustralienne.ca
                                                                                                                              4520 Avenue du Parc
                                                                                                                              Montreal, QC H2V 2S4