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Looking for a place to buy cookware in Montreal

tburry Apr 9, 2010 07:46 PM

I've just moved to Montreal and finally will have the cupboard space to buy some decent cookware. I'm hoping people could give me some help finding a good store to stock up. Some of the things I'm looking for:

* Good selection of stainless steel cookware brands.
* Some sort of discount for buying many individual pieces.
* Near a metro.

I've been to La Soupiere which is great for some stuff, but their cookware selection is quite limited. Really hoping there is some sort of gourmet shop that will make me feel like a kid in a candy store.

Thanks so much in advanced!

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    kpaxonite Apr 10, 2010 09:04 AM

    This question has been asked many times ....
    go to Monas on parc

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    1. re: kpaxonite
      wilbroni Apr 17, 2010 07:48 AM

      I second Mona's on Parc. A proper restaurant supply store.

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        weasel Jul 3, 2010 02:05 PM

        I haven't been but from the looks of their website, they don't seem to sell All-Clad or probably any other NSF-certified tri-ply fully clad 18/10 stainless steel cookware. Do they sell Le Creuset or other good cast iron cookware?

        Seems like they carry pots and pans and kitchen stuff for restaurants, which doesn't really translate to good quality stuff most of the time. What do you mean by proper?

        1. re: weasel
          eoj Oct 19, 2010 12:16 AM

          We are very happy with our giant stockpot and a large saute pan, not to mention lots of other little bits and pieces from Mona's.

          I'm not sure where you got the idea that restaurants want to buy bad quality stuff?! Don't confuse quality and frills. Mona's doesn't carry consumer brands, but it's high quality stuff meant to last, and it's WAY cheaper than if you went to The Bay.

    2. superbossmom Jul 3, 2010 04:51 AM

      No discounts but you might enjoy feasting your eyes at Les Touilleurs on Laurier street,
      talk about eye candy.

      I often compare prices at Golda's Kitchen online; I bought my allclad from there and the shipping was quite reasonable .

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        eoj Oct 19, 2010 12:17 AM

        Everything at Les Touilleurs is insanely overpriced. Fun to look at, but not the place to buy. They sell Lodge cast-iron pans for $50 that you can get for $12 at Canadian Tire, for example.

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          SourberryLily Oct 19, 2010 07:01 AM

          France Decor will sometimes have restaurant grade used cookware, for a fraction of the price.

          When those cost 200$ a pot, you're happy to buy it second hand!

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        nextguy Jul 4, 2010 06:28 AM

        Ares at Centre Laval carries some very nice SS cookware. It is close to Montmorency metro but is off island. They have specials, like 25-40% off, on some All Clad pieces. It is too bad that we pay so much for All Clad here. I was at the Williams Sonoma outlet at Woodbury Commons which is about 1 hour north of NYC. The All Clad was ridiculously inexpensive there. Not only is it about 50% of retail price but they had an extra 40% off on the tri-ply. I bought a set of two of two saute pans for 29$! I walked out of the store 400$ lighter in the pocket but if I had bought in Montreal I would have spent easily 1500$ for the same pieces. Anyways I know this story doesn't help the OP but I just had to share it.

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          shopgirl Jul 4, 2010 02:31 PM

          I'm surprised I never see it mentioned here, but we always go to Quincaillerie Dante. They do carry AllClad. They are at 6851 Rue Saint-Dominique. Their tel no. is 514-271-2057.
          If you don't know the story behind Quincaillerie Dante, the parents owned a hardware store -- when the parents passed, leaving a son and daughter, the kids took it upon themselves to share....the daughter, a great cook, opened a kitchen store...the son, with a small section of the store...hunting equipment. It works out very nicely for them, I think. I think it's such a sweet story.
          Anyway, we were there Monday on our annual trip to Montreal, and enjoyed every minute of perusing her wares.

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            lagatta Jul 5, 2010 08:07 AM

            I love Dante. Live right down the street from them. And they do have some good prices; for one, they carry a brand of ultrasharp graters that are considerably cheaper than microplane.

            Other places can be cheaper for some major purchases though. Important to comparison shop.

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              shopgirl Jul 5, 2010 05:51 PM

              Oh, darn, Lagatta! I knew there was something I forgot to buy! Drats! Yes, I do think her prices are pretty darn good.

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            naturelle Oct 19, 2010 03:09 PM

            If you like All Clad and can afford it, it's available at The Bay.

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              tigre Oct 19, 2010 06:05 PM

              any suggestions on where to shop in montreal region for le creuset?

              My 10 inch all clad sauté pan totally rocks.

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                eoj Oct 20, 2010 01:02 AM

                La Soupiere carries Le Creuset. For a cheaper source, you can check out what Home Sense or Winners have, though be sure to inspect carefully since these will be seconds.

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                  foodie_mtl Oct 20, 2010 08:06 AM

                  La Soupiere is an excellent source of all things Le Creuset (as well as anything else you might think of when thinking of kitchen tools/supplies).

                  La Soupiere will even order the Le Creuset piece/color you want (and it arrives in a week or so). And they usually have a 20% off the suggested retail price.

                  A couple of weeks ago I was looking to buy a Le Creuset braiser and La Soupiere was my destination, until I found out from a friend in Toronto that Le Creuset was available at winners. After visiting several winners stores, I finally went to the Homesense on Decarie and found a massive stash of french ovens, braisers, pans, in all sizes, as well as several colors (red, dijon, blue).

                  They were all seconds, so inspect them well. The piece I picked out was flawless and I couldn't even find a single scratch. I guess the reason why it was a second was because the red color may have been slightly off. But regardless, at 169 (instead f the 285$ suggested retail price), I was happy!

              2. lissalee Oct 20, 2010 06:38 AM

                perhaps Ares? not sure what metro it is near unfortunately but I think it is well worth the trip

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                1. re: lissalee
                  wattacetti Oct 20, 2010 07:47 AM

                  Only the Laval outlet accessible by Metro; the other two Ares on West Island and St-Bruno.

                  HomeOutfitters/DécoDécouvert also carries new LeCreuset (not seconds) and on occassion have had really good pricing.

                  OP should shop around if possible; there is some variability in pricing.

                2. carolilas Oct 23, 2010 11:16 AM

                  La clinique de la casserole Delmar has great durable cookware at great prices. Their address is 4048 Jean-Talon near métro St-Michel.


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                  1. re: carolilas
                    lagatta Oct 23, 2010 06:10 PM

                    That is interesting, carolilas. La Clinique de la casserole used to be on St-Hubert near Faillon in Villeray. Perhaps it is the same business, somewhat eastwards? I bought quite a few things at the old Clinique; will go have a look.

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                      carolilas Feb 14, 2011 09:55 AM

                      It is the same business. Last time I went anyway. The owner is passionate about his shop and he gives lots of interesting advice.

                      I cook a lot and every item I bought there works wonderfully and still looks brand new!

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                    marco54t Nov 22, 2010 01:48 PM

                    St Laurent et desPins, last remaining cookware shop on the Boulevard. Of course it has changed owners but have the same good products. A joy for the eyes.
                    November 2010
                    alixa, montreal

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