This has been a pet peeve of mine. As residents of Montreal, we're blessed with an abundance of quality restaurants where one can dine in a fresh-air setting. But it seems, at least from my point of view, that very few of the wonderful holes-in-the-wall places that CH'ers love, particularly on the ethnic side, offer this amenity. Say it's one of those perfect summer days, not too hot, not too brisk, where you don't want to freeze from the A/C or suffer heatstroke from the lack thereof, yet still enjoy a tasty meal.
I'm singling out Chinese, Japanese and Indian restaurants simply because they're what I tend to crave most often. Granted, it would not be a prudent move for Cuisine Szechuan or Kazu to just spill out onto the sidewalk, but I'm not localizing my search to the downtown core.
So, ultimately, is there some sort of taboo in certain cultures against eating outdoors, or will I one day be able to savour sushi or lamb dhansak on a terrace?
Restaurant Bangkok on Monkland and Bangkok 2 on St. Catherine (oddly, unrelated) both have small decks in front.
And if you ask reeeeaaaaaal nicely and the place isn't too busy, they'll let you sit out on the piknic table in front of Tri Express.
1650 Av Laurier E, Montreal, QC H2J1J2, CA
Some of the pho and Vietnamese places in Côte des Neiges have outside eating. For example, Phô 198 (may have the number wrong; facing ExoFruits) or Phô Lien on CDN north of Queen Mary and Côte Ste-Catharine respectively or Hoai Huong on Victoria and Saint Kevin. Also Atami, the second-floor walkup sushi bar on CDN at Édouard-Montpetit, has an outdoor balcony/terrace; too bad the sushi isn't consistently good.
Rumi (5198 Hutchison). and little sister Rumi Grill (boul. St-Laurent) both have terrasse.
Chuchai (4088 rue Saint- Denis) has a terrasse.
I think there's a chinese on the east side of St-Denis with a terrasse (?).
There's Maiko Sushi (387 rue Bernard O) I think there's a terrasse (used to have one at least, the last time I was in the area).
387 Rue Bernard W, Montreal, QC H2V1T6, CA
5198 Rue Hutchison, Outremont, QC H2V4A9, CA