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Apr 26, 2010 07:28 AM

Moving to Parc-Ex. What's good?

My wife and I are moving to Querbes Ave. in Parc-Extension, so what awesome stuff awaits us? What's the best Indian place? Is there any great Greek food left? It's fairly close to Jean Talon Market but what about hidden gems?

Thanks guys!

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    1. re: fredmir

      I second Marven's. great fried calamari.

      1. re: vanierstudent

        yeah, that seems to be the thing there. can't wait to try it out. also, i had some amazing haleem at this place on jean talon who's name i can't remember. i can't wait to explore! heaven, indeed.

        1. re: Tiny Iota

          Haleem is Pakistani so you probably had it at 786 Halal, or Moti Mehal. Both are great! I think 786 only does it on fridays tho. Both are on the south side of J-T, Moti Mehal on the corner of l'Acadie, 786 a couple of blocks east. Enjoy!

          Moti Mehal
          1024 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal, QC H3N, CA

          1. re: Tiny Iota

            Parc-Ex is far from being heaven! South Asian cuisine heaven, maybe ;)

            1. re: reelection

              Last time I checked, Italy and Greece were not part of South Asia... or did I miss something in the latest series of earthquakes???

              1. re: JohnnyGe

                Uhhh... I don't think the fact that there happens to be Greek and (apparently) Italian restos in the area, means that it's "heaven" for those cuisines?? Unless I missed a memo???

                I do find the South Asian fare particularly in the area to be above average in quality.

      2. Hmmm, my fav Greek spot in the neighborhood is Panama at 789, rue Jean-Talon O. Probably one of the best in Montreal, IMHO.

        Indian?? probably most fun place is India's Oven, 454, rue Jean-Talon O, and it's a BYOB.

        Welcome to ethnic cuisine heaven!

        1. Tony, there is also now a new level crossing into Jarry Park from the Park-Ex side. You are very close to there with great spots for picnics with samosas and all sorts of treats. Of course there is also a Loblaws very closed by. Lots of neighbourhood people are VERY annoyed about the closing of the SAQ next to the Loblaws - yes, you can go to JTM or Rockland, but this very densely-populated neighbourhood finds itself without and SAQ.

          For a change from Indian-Pakistani, Greek and Italian across the viaduct, don't forget Nhu Y, an excellent family-run Vietnamese byow hole-in-the-wall just east of the viaduct on Jean-Talon.

          There are also some West African restaurants that have been cited on this board. Details?

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          1. re: lagatta

            There is also an SAQ facing Jarry metro - like JTM, this is technically Villeray, but still in the Park Ex radius. Between that and Rockland, we're making do.
            Has anyone been to Braseiro, the Portuguese restaurant on St-Laurent just above Jarry?

            8261 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2P2M1, CA

            1. re: amylnitrate

              Yes, Braseiro is pretty good. Good food, at a good price, very family or group oriented, not too big, make sure to reserve or at least call ahead before going, it's often full. If you search it on this board, you'll see it's generally rated among the top portuguese (not the best, but up there and reliable). I have yet to get some takeout from them, but I think you need to call ahead, especially for the chicken.

              8261 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2P2M1, CA

          2. ok, so my wife and i explored a little today although the weather was terrible. found a polish deli on querbes, a vietnamese place on jean talon west of the tracks, and also a possible bahn mi place. we ate dinner at halal 786 and it was delicious. we also picked up some pastries at patisserie international. still, we haven''t even scratched the surface.

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            1. re: Tiny Iota

              Still, go to the Vietnamese place I recommended - it is really close to Querbes, unless you are well north of Jarry. Very good hole-in-wall restaurant, and byow

              1. re: lagatta

                at Nhu Y you should order off the SPECIALTIES page at the back of the menu, not the typical vietnamese fare.

                the fish in caramel sauce is wonderful; also the shrimp and sweet potato thingy, which is a massive plate that you eat folded into herbs and lettuce, etc.

                1. re: nikkori

                  Thanks for reminding people of that - I always order off the back page at Nhu Y.

                  Pity that the SAQ next to Loblaws has shut down. It was too large for the neighbourhood's needs, but now Parc-Ex finds itself without an SAQ.

              2. re: Tiny Iota

                Nhu Y is terrific...and it is BYOB. I agree, stick to the back page specialties.

                1. re: rosario

                  See I would have never went into that place just by the look of the neighborhood. This area is changing drastically and I'm glad that you guys say it a good spot. I will give it a try with my wife pretty soon. thanks

                  Restaurant Nhu Y
                  134 Rue Jean-Talon W, Montreal, QC H2R2X1, CA

                  1. re: maj54us

                    I've been to Nhu Y twice and it was excellent both times. Try something off the page of specialties of the house.

                1. re: satana_666

                  there's tons of amazing stuff, i'm gonna be overwhelmed for a while. new tripolis is now on my list.

                  1. re: satana_666

                    we ate at new tripolis last night. it was fantastic and we ate way too much. next time we'll just get some cheese and olives, calamari and a bottle of retsina. we'll definitely be going back.

                    1. re: satana_666

                      Their salad greeks salad was really good. The souvlaki was good but my favorite one is now NOSTOS on Acadie in front of Club price is the same neighborhood as Par EX we can say. Tied with Parthenon on van horne. L'acadie is more of a commercial strip north of the met (cremazie).

                      As for Panama is was a bland experience last time I was there 2 years ago.

                      Restaurant Nostos Souvlaki
                      9530 Boul De L'acadie, Montreal, QC H4N1L8, CA

                      Parthenon Souvlaki Rotisserie
                      3543 Av Van Horne, Montreal, QC H3S1R7, CA

                      Panama Restaurant
                      789 Rue Jean-Talon W, Montreal, QC H3N1S3, CA

                      1. re: maj54us

                        I've also heard good things about Nostos but haven't been there yet.

                        I like Panama for their fish offerings (I don't eat any other kind of meat). It's not your typical Greek restaurant - they have all the usual stuff, but they often encourage their chicken and fish over souvlaki etc. It's a more varied menu, and more expensive than the likes of Village Grec (also a decent, more typical Park Ex Greek spot).

                      2. re: satana_666

                        I was talking about tripolis for the really good greek salad and here's the address

                        Tripolis Souvlaki Restaurant
                        679 St Rock, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA