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?
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.
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!
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)
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.
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.
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.
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 ...