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Hidden gems on Montreal's West Island

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.

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  1. Hiya, here are some past threads you may want to peek at if you haven't already:

    West Island gems
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641819

    West Island Best Kept Secrets
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/635543

    West Island Restaurants
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/551526

    Shahi Palace Report
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/539269

    Petit Munich in West Island
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/633724

    Restaurants in Dollard des Ormeaux/Pointe Claire
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/515768

    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.

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    1. re: kpzoo

      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.

    2. montreal hot-dog station on pierrefonds is so underrated

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      1. re: bobertdeniro

        Agreed, they have an awesome poutine sauce. If it's "canned" then it's not like anything I've tasted anywhere else.

      2. I recently noticed a new restaurant pop up right across the street from the Pierrefonds Loblaws, called Annie's Special. Curious name and can't find anything about it on the web.

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        1. 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.

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          1. re: Ruthie789

            > 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.

            1. re: kpzoo

              ricardo's is terrible but the patisserie lafreniere suggestion is a good one

              1. re: kpzoo

                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.

                1. re: kpzoo

                  Ricardo's has been closed for the passed while - they are renovating as well as updating the menu supposedly. If memory serves, they are slated to reopen this weekend (September 28).

                  I don't know much more than that.

                  1. re: MikeyMadness

                    I was told, they were just renovating, no menu changes.

                    1. re: BLM

                      They have finished the renovation, and have removed a few items from the menu and have added some new ones.

                      1. re: Ruthie789

                        What specific items did they add? I ate there, the last day before they closed for renovations.

                        1. re: BLM

                          They have gutted it, removed the fireplace, added some banquettes and even redid the bathrooms. I have not seen it yet but others have in my entourage.

                          1. re: BLM

                            I hear that the have added scallops to menu for one.

                            1. re: Ruthie789

                              I heard on CJAD that Ricardo's has added grilled marinaded octopus to the menu. Mmmmm......... octopus.

                  2. re: Ruthie789

                    Calzone on St. Charles as well for brick oven pizza.

                    1. re: Ruthie789

                      great pizza. Their calzones not so much.

                      1. re: Zalbar

                        Agree but love the pizza and as well the lasagna.

                        1. re: Ruthie789

                          REALLY? never tried the lasagna there... Have a feeling I'll be disappointed after eating at Nina's just down the street and across from the Shell station.

                          1. re: Zalbar

                            Nina's is very good as well. I like both and it is a fairly good portion. To me bad lasagna is something that would have that awful cinnamon taste to it....Calzone's is heavy on the cheese but do like it very much.

                  3. Spirros on donnegani has the best subs I've ever had.They also deliver.Dorval pizza has really good sloppy pizza oh.and Gigi's(lakeshore) and Athen's (hasting's) has a good pizza too.

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                    1. re: chloeaardse

                      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.

                    2. I give a thumbs up to Katoreya. A new sushi place on Sources Blvd. in Pointe Claire:
                      http://katoreya-sushi.com/en/home.html

                      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.

                      1. just thought of one more

                        Restaurant Vivaldi in pierrefonds
                        that is my favorite italian in the west island