Sri Lankian Resturants in Montreal?
There is Jolee on Victoria. Momoi (more of a bakeryand catering business) and Varsha/Simeon on Beaumont. Lastly, Shiyanaa next to Tabaq on Jean-Talon and there is one called Samantha in the WI. There may be some other small hole-in-the-wall type places on Victoria between Cote Ste Catherine and Jean-Talon and on Jean Talon between L'acadie and Park; they seem to open up every so often but rarely survive the long haul and hence I don't remember specific names. If you're up for some exploring, we would love to hear your thoughts on these and other establishments.
Momoi Bakery & Catering
395 avenue Beaumont, Montreal, QC , CA
12205 Boul Gouin W, Pierrefonds, QC H8Z1V9, CA
5495 Av Victoria, Montreal, QC H3W2P9, CA
149 Rue Jean-Talon W, Montreal, QC H2R2W9, CA
370 Av Beaumont, Montreal, QC H3N1T4, CA
Jolee has good string hoppers, Dosa, and Khottu Roti. However, a must try is their Chili Chicken. If you like spicy food, the chili chicken is worth a go.
Also their starters are all freshly made and pretty tasty. Don't ask me the names, but you can't really go wrong. Be aware that not all appetizer items may be available when you go, they seem to rotate the preparation, with a few core items always available, and others making guest appearances.
The Saag (Palak) Paneer is a good contender as well.
One thing about Jolee, the prices are very low, so often first time visitors will suspect this means small portions and order a number of items. I guess worse things could happen than heading home with a fully belly and bags full of leftovers.
Saturday late (May 23) afternoon I found Rolex and Momoi after getting mussels in the Outremount. Confirmed with the folks at Rolex that they would be open Sunday and went to Momoi and got two vegatable rolls to go. Heated them later at the youth hostel Saturdya night and they were quite tasty with a beer.
Sunday headed back to Rolex. I was told Saturday to arrive after 1pm because although Rolex opens at 7am, the stringhoppers aren't made for the day until 1pm. I mis-ordered and got Vegtable String Hopper Kittu - this came out with the stringhoppers cut up and stir fried with some vegetables and LOTS of chilis. I was hopping for whole stringhoppers, side of curry with chili samboal. I will try again next time I am in Montreal.
In the area was also a Sri Lankian clothes shop. Noticed a smallish market on the Jean-Talon as I walked towards the Jean-Talon Metro.
I tried calling Simeon/Rolex last night and apparently the phone has been disconnected. Anyone knows if the place is still open?
Thinking it might be closed, we tried Jolee (on Victoria) instead: the food is simply amazing. My new favorite restaurant. We had the vegetarian thali ($6.50 I believe), the fish string hoppers ($7.50) and the Chicken Kotu Rotti (my favorite. Also around $6.50). Everything was delicious, and portions are huge - enough for two lunches today.
There are plenty of tables, but the bulk of their business seems to be take out. They also have many desserts.