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Jul 10, 2009 10:36 AM

West Island Best Kept Secrets

I know West Island doesn't have too much to offer in the way of good eats, but can we start a list of places. From butchers to restaurants, bread, etc...

I learned about Shahib on here, that has been pretty good.

The sausages at Bearnoise (sp) on St Charles are very good and I picked up some Polish sausages at this place on Pierrefonds yesterday, that will be dinner tonight.

Spicy Island is good too for jerk chicken and roti's.

Anyone else care to add?

Best Chinese, Greek, Italian, pizza?


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  1. My two fave places are:

    Dejeuner Cosmopolitain - fabulous breakfast/brunch & good lunch
    Shahi Palace - great Indian - I dream of their channa bhatura

    Also check out these previous threads:

    West Island Restaurants

    West Island Recommendations

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    1. re: kpzoo

      There's also a great sushi place called Ai Kawa:

      And further west, you've got a great Gelato parlor:
      La Dolce Vita
      3776 Saint-Charles Blvd.

      As well as a nice café that serves good food for breakfast & lunch:
      Café Maurizio

      1. re: ochado

        I second Dolce Vita for ice cream. Bad surroundings (mall parking!) but great flavours!

        1. re: ochado

          Ai Kawa's sake offerings revolve around generic orange-label Hakutsuru?

          1. re: ochado

            Second Cafe Mauritzio, was there yesterday for breakfast (M-F early bird $4.95 bacon&eggs&+avg.toast&coffee) & others had nice looking omelettes on nicely garnished plates. Menu is not too big but with enough options & an Italian influence to suit all tastes. Did I mention that the bacon was fresh & crisp & done right? And the bonus was a latte that was surprisingly just about as good as Anthony's or CIG's. Defintely worth a 2nd look.

        2. Poissonnerie du Marche on Sources for clam chowder and fish&chips.
          Pizza Mory
          Marche Singh for indian groceries
          If I think of anything else I will post again.

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          1. re: hungryann

            Chalet Thai in the village of Ste Anne de Bellevue is an all-time favorite of mine.

          2. Maybe not a secret, but very good and very, very consistent

            Ristorante Scarolies Pasta Emporium
            950 boulevard St-Jean
            POINTE-CLAIRE QC H9R 5N8
            Tel: 514-694-8611

            What ever you do stay the heck away from La Sirene on the West Island.

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            1. re: hanklin

              Maybe "best kept secret" was the wrong choice of words....let's say..."Best of West Island"

              1. re: ios94

                Nina on St Charles in Pierrefonds

            2. Best Indian/Pakistani: Bombay Choupati, Shahi Palace

                1. re: MartinSLR

                  Oooppss....Shahi Palace is what I originally meant, Shaib is alright too.

                  Anyone ever tried that Portuguese place on Sources across from Shahi Palace, I think it's called Rico's, any good?

                  1. re: ios94

                    Rico's is meh...the sushi place (Tokyo) near Shahi Palace is quite good. Bombay Choupati is the best indian in the area in my book but Shahi Palace does great take away chicken rolls. To my mind the best kept secret is Adelia espresso bar (just off the sources exit of the 20).

                    1. re: daimon4

                      If you like a good Montreal style pizza (done by Greeks), then go to McBay on Sources in Centennial Plaza strip mall. Not over done with the toppings but the sauce and the dough is the way I like it. I have tried Pizza Nikos a few years ago and wasn't impressed.

                      1. re: ios94

                        Pizza Nikos is not good. I will give your rec a try. I also like Pizza Mory on Sources; quite good for a 2 for 1 place and I love the sesame seeds on the crust.

                        1. re: hungryann

                          I used to go to Bombay Chapouti a few years ago (and alwyas enjoyed it as many do in here) but have not tried it since moving to the area as we gave Shahi Palace the opportunity a handful of times.

                          Well BC didn't disappoint, if anything it tasted even better than I remembered, their dishes are prepared the way I like them with a lot of sauce I guess Shahi is more Pakistani style, if only their dishes weren't as dry. BC will be the place from now on.

                          1. re: ios94

                            It's a pity you didn't try the short-lived Shalimar. It was Pakistani but their dishes were saucy and delicious. I still mourn its loss along with Delhi Bombay and Masala Mantram.