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Can Anyone suggest a must-try restaurant in Pointe Claire ?

Cfoodforthot Oct 28, 2010 09:00 AM

I'm picking up a friend in the West Island during rush hour on Monday in Pointe Claire and was wondering if anyone can suggest a tasty restaurant while we wait out the traffic?

The restaurant needs to be:

somewhere accessible without having to go back into traffic

cheap to moderately priced

of any type of cuisine

a place that will want us to recommend that place to others!

I look forward to your recommendations!

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    ios94 Oct 28, 2010 09:40 AM

    Bombay Choupati for Indian on Sources and Gouin in Pierrefonds. Call to see if they are open though at the time you plan on being there. They may not open at 6pm.

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    1. re: ios94
      Bwitch Oct 28, 2010 03:00 PM

      Unfortunately for Cfoodforthot, Bombay Choupati is not open on Mondays.

      1. re: Bwitch
        ios94 Oct 29, 2010 07:25 AM

        Ah, they are always closed, those people are always on vacation. lol

        Cfood, do a search for "West Island" there are a couple of threads with recommendations.

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      mak2k Oct 28, 2010 10:06 AM

      "go back into traffic": what direction are you heading? Towards downtown? If you are not going towards downtown, you can try to venture "off island" and hit smoke meat pete

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      1. re: mak2k
        MikeyMadness Oct 28, 2010 09:32 PM

        Delibee's, at 24 Valois Bay in Pointe Claire, IMO is a better choice for smoked meat if that's what you're looking for.

        24 Bay Valois, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R, CA

      2. kpzoo Oct 28, 2010 10:21 AM

        How about Shahi Palace in Pierrefonds. Awesome Indian.

        Shahi Palace Restaurant
        4773 Boul Des Sources, Pierrefonds, QC H8Y3C6, CA

        1. MikeyMadness Oct 28, 2010 09:37 PM

          Restaurant Le Gourmand in Pointe Claire Village is a nice place. I would check the menu first to make sure it's inline with your budget.

          Ricardo's on St. John's (sorry, St. Jean) is a nice, reasonable Italian restaurant.
          4071 Boul. St Jean, Dollard-des Ormeaux, QC H9G 2R4, Canada

          Imperial Palace, just of St. Charles (by the 40) is a decent Chinese restaurant. For $20, you can have the Taster's Menu, giving you the option of unlimited servings of their large menu. The Chef is supposedly an award winner from Hong Kong. Horrible website, but good food.

          Of course, there's The Manoir too. St, John's & the 40. Average brasserie food & beer.

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          1. re: MikeyMadness
            SourberryLily Oct 31, 2010 11:12 AM

            Tried Ricardo this week for lunch. Was actually pretty good, but very noisy. I'd recommend it.

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              kpzoo Oct 31, 2010 11:31 AM

              Glad you had a good experience at Ricardo's. Unfortunately I've been there half a dozen times for dinner (it's a favourite of my in-laws) and it's been pretty awful every time. Crazy salty eggplant parmesean, way-oversauced pasta, and cardboard-tasting pizza that my partner deemed worse than frozen. The service is friendly, though, and the prices are reasonable.

          2. porker Oct 29, 2010 05:20 AM

            Not necessarily a must-try, but Abie's smoked meat
            on St. Johns would seem to fit your criteria.

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              MikeyMadness Oct 29, 2010 09:06 AM

              I would be wary of Abie's. I want to like it, but every time I decide to give them another chance, they let me down (I go about once a year). Their quality and consistency is never quite there. It's always something: burnt food (pierogies), poor smoked meat, billing errors, poor service. I would easily recommend Dunn's on Sources as a preferred choice to Abie's.

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                porker Oct 29, 2010 12:30 PM

                I've seen conflicting reviews about Abie's, but I haven't had problems. Mind you, I only get there about once a year as well - guess my luck is better...
                When you mentioned Dunns, it reminded me of another smoked meat joint: Chenoy's. Haven't been there in years - again, not necessarily a 'must-try', but meets the OP criteria.
                There's also Momesso's on St. Johns. I haven't tried this restaurant, but if its like the sister restaurant on Upper Lachine Road, it should be good....perhaps even a 'must try' if only for the sausage sandwich.

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                  Haggisboy Oct 29, 2010 01:52 PM

                  I think the Momesso's on St. John's closed down a while ago and the spot is occupied by another resto with some goofy name.

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                    BLM Oct 31, 2010 11:36 AM

                    Yes, it closed down, & re-located to Saint-Lazare. I think it's simply a franchise location at Saint-Lazare(Sergio Momesso sold the West Island location).

                  2. re: porker
                    MikeyMadness Oct 29, 2010 02:12 PM

                    Though it's been a while, I have been to Momesso's St. John's and it's similar to the Lachine one - I enjoyed it and would recommend it as well.

                    I think Oggi's is in the same mall (Blue Haven?), and I would not recommend it. Tries to be pretentious and doesn't have the food to pull it off.

                    Chenoy's! Such memories! I haven't been there since high school. Unfortunately I can not be objective about this restaurant as I knew someone who worked there (also many, many years ago) and I'll leave it by saying management made some poor decisions IMO. For all I know, it may have been sold ten times over since then, so if anyone else has an opinion, I'd love to hear it.

                    Chenoy's Restaurant
                    170 Rue De La Visitation, Saint-Charles-Borromee, QC J6E4N3, CA

                    Momesso Cafe
                    1850 Rue Des Loisirs, Saint-Lazare, QC J7T3B4, CA

                    1. re: MikeyMadness
                      celfie Oct 31, 2010 12:45 PM

                      haven't been to chenoys in 5 years but as a teen i'd frequently end up there. the food was always terrible

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                mtlmaven Oct 29, 2010 06:05 AM

                I went to Il Centro a long time ago and found the food decent. Not sure how it is now though.

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                  socialhvn Oct 29, 2010 07:32 AM

                  I was also going to post Le Gourmand, but if you are looking for cheap-moderately price, I don't think this is the place.

                  A little more west on Lakeshore Road in Pointe-Claire there is Piazza Romana. You can't go wrong, I think the pizza, the pastas and the salads are great.

                  By the way, I don't recommend Il Centro. More than once found myself paying a lot for mediocre food and the service was also not good.

                  Piazza Romana
                  339 Ch Du Bord-Du-Lac Lakeshore, Pointe-Claire, QC H9S4L6, CA

                  1. MikeyMadness Oct 31, 2010 09:15 AM

                    Ye Olde Orchard Pub has recently opened in Pointe Claire Village I believe. Although I haven't been yet, reviews for the pub's other locations seen pretty good for pub grub.

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                      Cfoodforthot Nov 1, 2010 10:47 AM

                      Thanks for your recommendations! I'm going to send it to my friend and see what we will agree on!

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