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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.

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  1. kpzoo RE: Haggisboy Sep 12, 2009 06:09 AM

    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.

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      mattmtl1213 RE: kpzoo Sep 24, 2012 07:13 AM

      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.

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      bobertdeniro RE: Haggisboy Sep 23, 2012 06:43 PM

      montreal hot-dog station on pierrefonds is so underrated

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        Zalbar RE: bobertdeniro Sep 26, 2012 02:17 PM

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

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          bobertdeniro RE: Zalbar Sep 30, 2012 06:18 PM

          yes and the fries are perfect

      2. Haggisboy RE: Haggisboy Sep 26, 2012 06:48 PM

        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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          catroast RE: Haggisboy Sep 26, 2012 08:47 PM

          that location is cursed

        2. Ruthie789 RE: Haggisboy Sep 26, 2012 07:29 PM

          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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            kpzoo RE: Ruthie789 Sep 26, 2012 07:39 PM

            > 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.

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              catroast RE: kpzoo Sep 26, 2012 08:48 PM

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

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                Ruthie789 RE: kpzoo Sep 27, 2012 03:40 AM

                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.

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                  MikeyMadness RE: kpzoo Sep 27, 2012 08:53 AM

                  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.

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                    BLM RE: MikeyMadness Sep 29, 2012 05:05 PM

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

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                      Ruthie789 RE: BLM Sep 29, 2012 05:21 PM

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

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                        BLM RE: Ruthie789 Sep 29, 2012 07:43 PM

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

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                          Ruthie789 RE: BLM Sep 30, 2012 04:18 AM

                          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.

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                            Ruthie789 RE: BLM Oct 5, 2012 02:02 PM

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

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                              Haggisboy RE: Ruthie789 Oct 6, 2012 08:19 AM

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

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                    Ruthie789 RE: Ruthie789 Sep 27, 2012 04:16 AM

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

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                      Zalbar RE: Ruthie789 Oct 3, 2012 09:56 AM

                      great pizza. Their calzones not so much.

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                        Ruthie789 RE: Zalbar Oct 3, 2012 02:49 PM

                        Agree but love the pizza and as well the lasagna.

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                          Zalbar RE: Ruthie789 Oct 5, 2012 09:11 AM

                          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.

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                            Ruthie789 RE: Zalbar Oct 5, 2012 01:49 PM

                            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.

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                    chloeaardse RE: Haggisboy Sep 27, 2012 06:57 AM

                    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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                      Gregoso RE: chloeaardse Sep 27, 2012 06:36 PM

                      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. JedZ RE: Haggisboy Oct 11, 2012 10:39 AM

                      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.

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                        bobertdeniro RE: Haggisboy Oct 19, 2012 11:08 PM

                        just thought of one more

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

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