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Sep 27, 2010 05:58 PM

Ville St-Laurent

Hi all, I am looking to take my wife out and am looking for suggestions. We are going on a Friday and she works in Ville St-Laurent so something close to there (ie not downtown) As for type of food, no Indian but otherwise we are very open. Price wise as well, not looking for La Belle Province prices but not looking for $100 a head prices either. Let e know about what I can find in Ville St Laurent and its surroundings.

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  1. You want to stay in VSL?

    Decarie Hot Dog is probably the longest-lived eatery in VSL but obviously not what you have in mind.

    Lebanese: There is a Daou on Marcel Laurin a couple of blocks south of Henri-Bourassa for your basic grilled meal. Very popular with the Middle Eastern crowd; your mileage may vary on service.

    Chinese: Tong Por VSL (actually in Cartierville) on Laurentien just south of the bridge to Laval. Kam Fung on Thimens just west of Marcel Laurin (same strip mall as Japon and La Villeta). Fu Kam Wah on Decarie across the street from the Norgate mall. Shing Do and Phenix d'Or, both on Decarie between Cote Vertu and Decelles; the former is where I've been picking up chicken wings but I don't think either is quite what you had in mind.

    Japanese: there's Japon as mentioned above, Kyoto and Kejaki both facing one another on Decarie (a bit south of the Shing Do). Can't really recommend any of them.

    Mexican: Iguanas Ranas on de l'Eglise just east of Decarie is pretty good (they have pozole and menudo as regular menu items); cash-only so be warned.

    Greek: Diogenes. The pork souvlaki on pita is a nice snack but probably not what you're looking for.

    Italian; La Villeta as mentioned above. il Boccalini on the corner of de l'Eglise and St-Germain for old-school (but good) Italian will probably your best bet if you want to stay in old St-Laurent and want to go to a "nice" restaurant. Terracotta on St-Louis just west of Marcel Laurin, but I've never been there (have been told it's good).

    Corner of Cote Vertu and Marcel Laurin will bag you an Arahova and two other places (names escape me for the moment) on the SE corner, and an Ottavio buffet on the NW corner.

    On Graham on the TMR side of the 40, you will have access to Casa Armando, another Italian eatery (bring $$)

    Towards Acadie where I think Cote Vertu becomes Sauvé will be an outlet of La Sirene de la Mer, but unless you're really well known to them, the service is abysmal. On Acadie itself are a variety of eateries, including the former Zao's (now Maison Foo Lam).

    Not too far in Ahuntsic is A Table, on Fleury just west of St-Laurent (Navarrete's "Quebeçois Latino neighborhood restaurant). Definitely worth a try.

    Decarie Hot Dog
    953 Boul Decarie, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L3M3, CA

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    1. re: wattacetti

      Ottavio is not a buffet, it's a decent BYOB pizza/pasta/mussels joint. It is where the horrid La Stanza buffet used to be.

      There's a Lebanese resto at Decelles & Decarie called Samiramiss that's also pretty good. Always busy at lunch when I ride by.

      Ban Lao Thai is also yummy, on Decarie between Cote Vertu & Decelles.

      1. re: C70

        Samiramiss never seems to be open in the evenings so I either don't pass by at the right place or they close when they're not busy. Probably an idea to call ahead if that's of interest.

        Forgot about Ban Lao Thai.

        There's also a Russian restaurant called Rasputin on Decarie just north of du College (never been there either).

        Also Pendeli's, which people tell me has made good pizza in the past, on du College and Saint-Germain.

        885 Boul Decarie, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L3M2, CA

        1. re: wattacetti

          Let's not forget Elounda on Marcel Laurin and Cote Vertu. It is a lovely Greek restaurant perfect for a sit down more elegant dinner. As well, Terra Cotta on Marcel Laurin and St. Louis. It has fine Italian cuisine and a very nice atmosphere. Both are comparable in price, setting and food quality.

          1818 Blvd Cote Vertu, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

        2. re: C70

          Correct, Ottavio sit where Stanza used to be, but is not and has never been a buffet itself. It's as you said, pizza/pasta/mussels. I have had their pasta lunch special twice and liked it. Service is fast and the food was good. I even took a doggie bag which comes in a microwavable container, which is a nice touch.

          Ottavio Restaurant
          1459 Boul Saint-Martin W, Laval, QC H7S1N1, CA

          1. re: C70

            What dishes would the board recommend at Ban Lao Thai ?
            Thank much in advance,


          2. re: wattacetti

            How's the food at the two Chinese restaurants on Decarie that you mention(Shing Do & Phenix d'Or)? Went by both of them today, & picked-up the take-out menu of Shing Do. What's the clientele of Shing Do(mostly Asians or not)?

            1. re: BLM

              For the clientele it depends on the time of day and the day of the week at Shing Do, but it's a neighborhood spot in VSL so I don't think that having the clientele being mostly Asian is that huge of a concern.

              I remember the place when it first opened as the Rivière de Saigon. It's obviously Cantonese cooking with a couple of stabs at others. I primarily go there for bowls of noodles and wings but I've seen others order complete meals (not the popular set meals) and it's looked acceptable. There are some idiosyncracies: if you like shrimp filling in your won tons, it's only available with the noodle bowl (otherwise straight pork). mapo dofu is a plate of fairly large cubes of tofu (doesn't taste bad, just a bit surprised when it arrived). Shing Do does a *lot* of takeout business (their website is a PDF of the menu).

              I ate at Phenix d'Or about 2 weeks after they opened; they have nicer plate presentation but I found that their barbecue was somewhat dry. That I'm fairly certain was due to the lack of turnover but they're considerably busier now than at open so it's likely improved. Shrimp dish was a decent portion, but I don't remember what else was ordered as I wasn't taking photos. This one is definitely the pricier of the two.

              Why not try them both out and decide for yourself?

              1. re: wattacetti

                Thanks for your reply(both places seem worth to try). You're one of the few on this Montreal board, that I seek out when it comes to Asian eats. The only Chinese eating establishment in that stretch of Decarie that I've tried is Kam Do(it's been awhile, & I can't remember what I ate there). Otherwise I eat at Fu Kam Wah occasionally(don't go there often, as I don't live around VSL).

            2. re: wattacetti

              On l'Acadie is a Greek restaurant that we very much like called Nostos. Here's a dated review on the site of the Montreal Mirror: http://www.montrealmirror.com/2004/11....
              It's in the same strip mall as B-Sweet café, just across the street from the Costco parking lot.
              There's also Dunn's Famous for Smoked Meat.

            3. There's also Jounieh, which turns out solid Egyptian fare. www.jounieh.ca

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              1. re: carswell

                Tell me more about Jounieh. I've been wanting to there for a long time, but I get out there so rarely that I can never pass up the opportunity to go to Abu Elias.

                1. re: SnackHappy

                  It's been a while but brightly lit yet cozy/familial and feeling like a community meeting place. Food is tasty. Grilled stuff is fairly standard Middle Eastern fare but the Egyptian specialties -- in particular the molokheya -- are, um, special. The kochari is good enough to have started me making my own, albeit using Ottolenghi's killer kosheri recipe from his eponymous cookbook: http://new.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/F...

              2. Need an early dinner at 6pm tomorrow night en route to Trudeau... anything good, no specifications.

                Don't have time to trek out to the West Island, and prefer not to venture too far off into VSL without good reason, as we're on a tight schedule. Is Ban Lao the best there is in the area?

                Don't mind if it's cheap ethnic (so long as it's good) but prefer to stray from Decarie Hot Dog type counter joints please. Suggestions for casual dinner, or anything for that matter, price notwithstanding, but within a 1hr. timeframe on the way to the airport...

                Given the variety and randomness of selections in this thread, and the fact that it's over a year old now... What are my best options?


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                1. re: OliverB

                  Kuljit India - 1911 Keller (Coin Marcel-Laurin) - really good Indian, love the channa samosa.

                  Adonis has some great takeout (shish taouk, Lebanese pizzas, etc, and there are tables where you can sit down to eat just inside their entrance in Place Vertu.

                  1. re: kpzoo

                    I think Kuljit is too far away from Trudeau as OliverB has a timeframe to adhere to. He certainly doesn`t need to risk that drive up and down Marcel-Laurin.

                    Shing Do and Phenix d'Or for Chinese; you`ll be out of either in less than 45 minutes. I haven't tried the new Lebanese place that replaced Diogenes. Samirass for Lebanese. Ban Lao Thai also good bet. Off the Decarie grouping, Adonis is a good alternative if you don`t mind eating at the mall.

                    1. re: wattacetti

                      Thanks... both Chinese recs are typical Cantonese fare? I was just dragged out to Kam Shing the oher night for dinner so might pass on that. Looking like Ban Lao might be the place.

                      Is Kuljit worth leaving earlier for; and can dinner be an in and out in 50 mins affair or is it just a good local Indian choice and nothing more?

                      Where is Adonis off Decarie btw?

                      1. re: OliverB

                        Adonis is at Place Vertu - a 5-10-min drive west of Decarie depending on traffic.

                        Kuljit is a good local Indian choice if that's what you fancy - nothing tremendously out of the ordinary but I pop in when I'm in the hood. The drive up Marcel Laurin from Cote-Vertu to Kuljit is about 5-10 min. depending on traffic.

                        "can dinner be an in and out in 50 mins affair"

                        I wouldn't count on that. If you want speed, Adonis takeout is a better bet. Just check their Wednesday hours.

                        1. re: kpzoo

                          Thanks very much, still leaning towards the thai place (sounds the most interesting) but might just decide which way to go before leaving tomorrow evening.

                        2. re: OliverB

                          Kuljit is on the same road that the Lavalites take to the Lachapelle - not a good place to be at 6p. Mtlmaven has also suggested Japon, which apart from also being on Marcel Laurin and Thimens (bad) has had service issues.

                          Passable Japanese at Kejaki and Osaka on Decarie - don't expect anything spectacular if you opt for that.

                          There's also Chez Benny Express (St-Louis and Gratton) if you want kosher grill. I really like their falafel.

                          Chez Benny Express
                          2075 St Louis, Saint-Laurent, QC H4M1P1, CA

                          1. re: wattacetti

                            Kyoto on Décarie has pretty good sushi and I have heard good things about the Moroccan place, Au Vieux St-Laurent (also on Décarie).

                    2. re: OliverB

                      You can try Andalos which is a great bakery that also serves hot meals for takeout. Else, my co-workers and I like Ottavio's pizza or Japon for sushi.

                      Ottavio Restaurant
                      1459 Boul Saint-Martin W, Laval, QC H7S1N1, CA

                      1. re: mtlmaven

                        yep, at that hour Ottavio could do a quick meal for sure, plus it's BYO. Tell them you've got a time limit.

                        as for Ban-Lao Thai, I'd worry about time.

                        Ottavio Restaurant
                        1459 Boul Saint-Martin W, Laval, QC H7S1N1, CA