Hidden gems on Montreal's West Island
- Haggisboy Sep 11, 2009 08:30 PM
Much talk here focuses on the downtown core. I was wondering if foodies had any secret gems to share - restos, grocers, you name it so long as it's food oriented - on the west island.
Hiya, here are some past threads you may want to peek at if you haven't already:
West Island gems
West Island Best Kept Secrets
West Island Restaurants
Shahi Palace Report
Petit Munich in West Island
Restaurants in Dollard des Ormeaux/Pointe Claire
My personal faves: Dejeuner Cosmopolitain in Pointe-Claire for brunch, Shahi Palace in Pierrefonds for channa bhatura and balti dishes, and Bardeco in Lachine for their veggie pizza.
Unfortunately Petit Munich is no longer, a great shame since the German friend I went with said it was a little taste of home. Another place I like on Des Sources is Caribbean Tasty Treats, which I swear has the best Jamaican food in town. I've been with two Jamaican friends who can confirm this.
Ricardo's on St. John's Road, cross street Lake, for Italian fare. I have brought two Italian friends here who have told me that the food reminded them of home, no better compliment than that.
La Maison Vert for special dinner occasions.
Patisserie Mallet on Pierrefonds Boulevard for awesome croissants.
Best sandwich on a panini grill, Patisserie Lafreniere on Brunswick Boulevard near the Marche.
> Ricardo's on St. John's Road
Hmm - really? I've been there several times (only because my in-laws love it) and my husband and I both thought it's some of the worst Italian food we've had anywhere (and we've eaten very well in Italy). Oversalted, oversauced pasta, and the pizza reminded hubby of frozen.
What did your Italian friends have there that they liked? Maybe we've been ordering the wrong things.
Well we went at lunch had the soup (wedding), and they just had a pasta plate, gnocchi, which they enjoyed. It's always busy there, in fact they are renovating and reopening tonight. The owners Mom and Dad are there at lunch, they do the cooking. As well it is reasonably priced. I beg to differ we do enjoy the food very much.
If you do like brick oven pizza, you might try Calzone on St. Charles.
I've had Spirro's subs a few times, and I agree they are tasty if you want a really heavy meal. Gigi's also for greasy, heavy, but delicious pizza.
But Athens, the one time I had it, was the worst pizza I have ever eaten. Maybe it was just a bad night, but restaurants can't really afford to have bad nights. Which is too bad, because it is right down the street from our place.
I give a thumbs up to Katoreya. A new sushi place on Sources Blvd. in Pointe Claire:
I have been a loyal fan of Aikawa for many years, and still go, but I find Katoreya sushi just a bit better (fresher, better presentation). Maybe because they just opened and they're trying harder.
I recognized the chef/maitre d' from Aikawa. He sold his interest in Aikawa/Shodan and stepped out on his own. I hope they do well - they're just around the corner from home!
PS: find a 25% off coupon on their website.
just thought of one more
Restaurant Vivaldi in pierrefonds
that is my favorite italian in the west island