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SayuriS Oct 3, 2010 02:27 PM

I'm currently studying in Vanier and am looking for a decent lunch the neighboring area. My school diet currently consists of chinese food and packaged salads... Any suggestions? (Adonis is too far for me, sadly)

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    psquared Nov 27, 2010 11:46 AM

    I'm surprised no one mentioned Dolci Piu, a patisserie on Decarie right near Chocomax. Besides the sweets, they have soups, salads, paninis, sandwiches, pizza (the rectangular one), lasagna (including vegetarian) and other items. They're pretty busy at lunch but you can usually find a spot or just take out. Their house coffee and gelato are also very good.

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      OliverB Nov 24, 2010 04:34 PM

      I really wanted to like the small family-run Mexican restaurant and grocery a few blocks away, but unfortunately I couldn't get passed the quality of meat in the dishes... it smelled rancid to me and I ended up trashing half of my order. I'd heard really good things about the authenticity of the place but like most Mexican in this city, I just wasn't sold. The owners have to be the nicest people I've encountered in the restaurant business though, they are great people!

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        Sayeret Matkal Nov 24, 2010 02:24 PM

        A couple that I really like that haven't been covered:

        Au Vieux St Laurent - Delicious Moroccan sandwiches and salads.

        Le Wok D'Or on Cote Vertu right next to the metro - Nice Stir Frys and soups, We like the General Tao and the the Tom Yum soups.

        Patisserie Arc en Ciel - They do sandwiches, but I really like the pasta dishes here.

        General Tao
        2500 Ch Des Quatre-Bourgeois, Quebec, QC G1V4P9, CA

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          marblebag Oct 8, 2010 05:11 AM

          The Vanier cafeteria isn't open anymore?

          My diet was the bagel VLT (Vanier's BLT) and poutine. Maybe a scoop of ice cream in a student-run store.

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            gerbera Oct 6, 2010 12:08 PM

            the Arabic grocery store right across from Metro Cote Vertu makes grilled meat sandwiches and plates. Grillades Yasmine.

            By the same token Abu Elias across from Montpellier mall has the same though the walk is a bit further.

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              vanierstudent Oct 6, 2010 06:37 PM

              Not really, there a road connecting the D building and the N building that leads almost directly to Abu Elias.

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                Shattered Oct 25, 2010 11:31 PM

                Just started a new job around this 'hood, so good timing on this thread. Special thanks to gerbera for the Yasmine mention. Best Kafta I've ever had (but I have to try Adonis at Place Vertu now). Wouldn't have tried it otherwise.

                Also hit Decarie Hot Dog and their fries (by themselves) and poutine are some of the best I've ever had in this city.

                Anyone been to Cafe Zaza (shisha cafe), Au Vieux St-Laurent (Moroccan), or Tai Leung (Chinese)? They're all on my list after doing some "window shopping" (also another shisha & shawarma joint further away from Cote-Vertu, past/same side as Zaza - I forgot to write down the name).

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

                1. re: Shattered
                  vanierstudent Oct 26, 2010 08:46 AM

                  Cafe zaza got some good Shisha (they refill the coals for free) and my friends like the food, but I personally never tried it. Its actually full of Vanier student all day long.

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                vanierstudent Oct 3, 2010 04:40 PM

                hi there, Vanier Student Alumi here.

                Fu Kam Wah is delicious, some of the best chinese food in Montreal. Try the Gno lam chaor mian(beef brisket fried noodle).

                The small "Asian Patisserie", serves exellent Cambogian style noodle, ask it "with dry, soup on the side, with a pice of fried bread". They also got great south east asian style siumai.

                Kyoto got decent sushi, decarie hotdog is great, Ottavio is average, Iguanas ranas is good.

                I don't remember anyone asking for food at the "brasserie" everytime I was there, but the beer is 4$-4.50$ last time I was there, pretty cheap.

                Chocomax got some nice desert.

                I know they are a few african and northen African restaurant in the area.

                have fun and good chow=)\

                EDIT: Crazy Falafel has good falafel, and Abu Elias has the best shish taouk in Montreal, hand down.

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                1. re: vanierstudent
                  karela Oct 3, 2010 07:16 PM

                  Where is this "Asian Patisserie"? It sounds great!

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                    wattacetti Oct 4, 2010 09:00 AM

                    If it's where I'm thinking, same side of Decarie, in the same strip of buildings as Cosmix and Diogenes, one or two doors south of Decarie Hot Dog.

                    They once had a whole roast pig cooling in the doorway.

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

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                      vanierstudent Oct 4, 2010 10:34 PM

                      it is indeed.

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                        karela Oct 5, 2010 06:10 AM

                        I looked it up on Google maps street view, is it called the Vinh Hing Patisserie? Any idea how late it is open in the evening?

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                          BLM Oct 8, 2010 06:06 PM

                          Went by Vinh Hing late this afternoon(around 5:50pm), & it was already totally closed. They list outside their door as closely 6pm daily(except that it's closed on Tuesdays).

                  2. hungryann Oct 3, 2010 04:23 PM

                    Here are a few to get you started: Kejaki for sushi, Fu Kam Wah and Phenix d'Or for more chinese, Ban Lao-Thai for thai/lao cuisine and Decarie Hot Dog for hot dogs and fries. These are all on Decarie, so a short walk from Vanier. There are other middle eastern places that you can check out, as well as Diogenes for standard greek fare, Iguanas Ranas ans M Enchilada d'O for mexican and a Moroccan cafe. Do a search for the specific addresses and have fun exploring.

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                    1. re: hungryann
                      wattacetti Oct 3, 2010 05:54 PM

                      M Enchilada d'O is DOA.

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                        hungryann Oct 4, 2010 09:39 AM

                        DOA?? Dead on arrival? Sorry I don't follow. Do you mean they've closed?

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                          wattacetti Oct 4, 2010 09:55 AM

                          Dead on arrival. Last time I passed, one very large "à louer" sign and all the furniture missing.

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                      wattacetti Oct 3, 2010 04:22 PM

                      Most of your dining options are on Decarie, which has multiple Chinese eateries (Shing Do, Phenix d'Or, Kam Mon), Greek (Diogenes), Vietnamese (Ban Lo Thai + 2 others), Lebanese (Samirassa). Mexican (Iguanas Ranas), Japanese (Kejaki, Kyoto), Brasserie Unik, Pizza Pizza, and of course Decarie Hot Dog.

                      You can also go to Tim Hortons in Norgate, or schlep a bit further west if you need to have the Golden Arches or the Colonel.

                      This discussion on VSL is more complete:


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

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