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Naga Jolokia Oct 29, 2010 02:39 PM

Just curious, where have you had the spiciest meal in Montreal and what did you have?

For me it's a tie
Golden curry on St-Laurent-bangalore phal. Used to live around the corner and would ask the chef to make it extra spicy.

Om tibetan restaurant- sha ka tsa
Last time I was there I spoke to one of the owners about it, he said they had to tone it down due to too many complaints lol! I always ask them to make it as hot as possible.

any suggestions?

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  1. humbert Oct 29, 2010 05:44 PM

    Cuisine Szechuan!

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      kpzoo Oct 29, 2010 06:30 PM

      > Cuisine Szechuan!

      Me too, by far!

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        celfie Oct 29, 2010 08:53 PM

        man the spicy level of a place like shahi palace blows cuisine sichuan out of the water. CS gets the win for the whole sichuan peppercorns that bring on the slow burn and make you totally stoned - having said that (sorry), CS is not the spiciest

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          kpzoo Oct 30, 2010 06:02 AM

          It probably depends what you order. I've been to Shahi Palace numerous times and nothing I had was very spicy - chana bhatura, balti chicken are two of my faves there. On the other hand, I can't even go back to Cuisine Szechuan after a few way-too-spicy experiences! I'm trying to remember the specific dishes I had there - definitely the tofu-flower in broth one, and a chicken one, but Ii can't remember exactly which...

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

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            celfie Oct 30, 2010 08:04 AM

            it's very subjective obviously. I have been to CS maybe 20 times and while the food is spicy I've never found it unbearable.

    2. hungryann Oct 29, 2010 08:08 PM

      The spiciest dish I've had here to the point that I did not enjoy it was a vindaloo curry from Bombay Choupati. It was a medium on their scale.

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        socialhvn Oct 29, 2010 10:02 PM

        Ha me too when I saw the title of this post, the first thing that came to mind was Cuisine Szechuan on Guy st. I don't eat much spicy food, although I like my tabasco on my pizza and sometimes pasta sauce. Well I couldn't handle how spicy Szechuan was. As much as it tasted good to me, after a couple of minutes, it was just too uncomfortable to eat. I couldn't taste much anymore and my lips and tonsils were slightly burning, lol!

        If you wan't spicy, I'd go there. Spicy appears to be the standard there. There is no warning, and no option to avoid the spiciness!

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          Naga Jolokia Oct 30, 2010 03:17 AM

          Hey, thanks for the replies. I love extra spicy food, will make a point of checking out all 3 places, will let you all know how it goes!

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            Bwitch Oct 30, 2010 05:20 AM

            When you go to Bombay Choupati, order their fire dosa - that should be spicy enough for you!

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              humbert Oct 30, 2010 05:42 AM

              When going to cuisine szechuan make sure to ask for extra extra extra spicy if you mean it!

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                porker Oct 30, 2010 01:24 PM

                Yeah, tell them you WANT it hot.
                Their "beef in water" (or fish or vegetarian tofu) is interesting. First off, its served in what looks like a cauldron. Second, the "water" is more of a hellish chili infused broth. Third, they use quite an abundance of dried chilis for burn and a whole lot of sechuan peppercorn for stinging tingle. Fourth, every ladle comes with a layer of chili oil for combustion.
                Addictive.

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                  unlaced Nov 1, 2010 08:29 AM

                  The fish with chillis and schezuan peppers isn't the hottest thing I have had at Cuisine Szechuan. Recently we ordered the water chestnut jelly and cucumber salad (we were trying to find something similar to the cucumber salad at Maison du Nord) Oh man, this salad was hot hot hot. There were no szechuan peppers to numb the mouth, and the dressing was just pulverised chilli it seemed, so finely ground that you couldn't avoid the heat! My mouth was burning after a couple of mouthfuls and I had to stop eating. We ended up eating it by dipping the jelly into the soup of the fish and chillis, to wash off the super hot dressing!!

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                    porker Nov 1, 2010 10:17 AM

                    Interesting - "watering down" the 'hot hot hot' with the 'hot' to get a mid-ground 'hot hot'!

        2. SourberryLily Oct 30, 2010 07:36 PM

          Indian spicy is nothing compared to some authentic thai or even japanese dishes.

          Spiciest pepper in the world is the ghost pepper. McKibbins Irish Pub serves Rim Reaper chicken wings, and believe me, it's difficult to finish one single wing. If you finish 12 you get to go on their wall of fame.

          Would i recommend it? Maybe for a laugh with buddies... otherwise no. But you did ask the spiciest, not the most enjoyable.

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          6361 Rte Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R, CA

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            Naga Jolokia Nov 1, 2010 02:58 AM

            Yeah, I really the ghost pepper, a.k.a. Naga Jolokia :) actually I enjoy painfully spicy foods lol! Will be hitting up all these places one a week. Looking forward to it. Keep em coming!

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              waziboy Nov 1, 2010 11:21 AM

              The Thai restaurant in the food court of Le Faubourg does not mess around. I took 2 bites and was breaking out in a sweat immediately. And I usually can handle my spice pretty well!

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                Shattered Nov 2, 2010 02:16 AM

                Really? I like it spicy, I told them so, and it was totally wimpy. I found the food in general highly overrated the couple times I've been. If that's among the best Thai in town, and it supposedly is, its enough to make me weep.

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                  waziboy Nov 2, 2010 09:39 AM

                  Definitely not the best Thai, but honestly, when i went there a couple of years ago I couldn't even finish the plate. To say that it was wimpy does not even make sense!

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                    carswell Nov 2, 2010 09:55 AM

                    While the level of spiciness at Cuisine Bangkok varies from day to day, they do seem to be holding back on the heat lately. The reason why may be hinted at by a disclaimer posted near the menus: customers assume full responsibility for the level of spiciness they order. Yesterday, "very spicy" (xxx) was mouth-tingling and mildly sinus-clearing but didn't cause me to break a sweat. "Extra spicy" (xxxx) probably would. Have never seen or heard of anyone ordering xxxxx (extra extra spicy?) but imagine one could. For a quick and cheap chile thrill downtown, this would be my first recco too, especially as the quality of the cooking has been consistently good the last three or four times I've eaten there.

                    Have to agree that several of the city's Indian restaurants can turn out dishes far hotter than anything I've ever encountered in a Chinese restaurant, including Cuisine Szechuan. The problem at the Indian restaurants is convincing the staff to make it as hot as you want it.

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                      SnackHappy Nov 2, 2010 12:10 PM

                      I once asked for super spicy and instead of a bunch of x's, they put one big X. I almost had an out-of-body experience.

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                        SourberryLily Nov 2, 2010 01:21 PM

                        An indian colleague once told me that Indian restaurants that make the food too spicy are trying to hide the lack of freshness of the ingredients. According to her, good indian food should allow you to taste all the ingredients and the spices shouldn't be that hot that you can no longer taste the next dish.

                        Then again, we all have different levels of tolerance!

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                          carswell Nov 2, 2010 02:46 PM

                          The Indian restaurants I'm referring to don't underspice to show off the ingredients. They do so because they're convinced that Canadians can't handle authentic levels of heat. One of the tricks for getting them to serve authentically hot food is to tell them you want it like they make it for themselves.

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                          extrabrocolli Nov 5, 2010 07:10 PM

                          Bangkok, they are good, but with dips. Avoid the old man if possible, his dishes are subpar. He never used to cook in the old days, why he occasionally does now is beyond me. He's horrible. Have had more than a few xxxx orders from him that are smothered in ground black pepper, not that I dislike black pepper, but I didn't order that kind of pepper.
                          All the other cooks are pretty good and make sure you get at least xxxx if you are a spice fiend. Nothing really as good or comparable in a food court that I know of.

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                          nikkori Nov 2, 2010 10:42 AM

                          Seems to me the cooks at Bangkok must be very changeable: besides this talk of inconsistent spiciness, I can attest that of the three times I last ate there, two meals were really awful. Mediocre food-court food. I won't be going back, and won't ever recommend it.

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                            Naga Jolokia Nov 5, 2010 02:18 PM

                            Well I finally made it out to McKibbins, and had the Rim Reapers, man they were awesome! While they were indeed very hot, I found there was some flavor to them as well. Am I crazy or did anyone else taste a hint of cinnamon in the sauce? Even though I felt quite bloated after the wings (maybe it was the Guiness !) I will definitely have them again. Thanks for the recommendation! Next stop Cuisine Szechuan!

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                              celfie Nov 5, 2010 02:30 PM

                              did you finish them?

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                                SourberryLily Nov 6, 2010 10:00 AM

                                You have an iron stomach o.O

                                You have my respect!

                  2. TheSnowpea Nov 6, 2010 12:33 PM

                    A Bangalore curry at Maison India scored awfully high on my DH's scofield love.

                    Personally, the most I can handle is the tofu flower dishes at Cuisine Szechuan. It always starts with the feeling I will be unable to eat that dish, and then the numbing peppercorns and the endorphins kick in, and I ride on the resulting high.

                    1. porker Nov 7, 2010 03:33 AM

                      Maybe you should save upfor a trip to Ahmedabad;
                      http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ci...

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                        wizardoflittlearmenia Dec 14, 2010 06:15 PM

                        or maybe just a trip to NY....

                        http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/...

                        it's so spicy that the chef has to wear a gas mask when preparing it

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                        The Chemist Nov 8, 2010 08:39 AM

                        This may have been a unique experience but BY FAR the spiciest thing I have ever had in Montreal was the Jerk Chicken from Bon Boeuf. My SO and I ordered this as take out a while back and it took us hours to finish. We were sweating bullets and felt physically stoned from the spice for quite some time. I have not had it before or since (did they close?) so this may have been a seasoning mistake by whoever was working at the time. Perhaps they dumped in too many scotch bonnets or something?

                        For reference, I am regular at Cuisine Szechuan and find it mild to medium in spiciness.

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                          celfie Nov 8, 2010 09:06 AM

                          the chicken biryani at shahi palace

                          it was so spicy i couldn't eat more than 3bites. i just couldn't do it. they actually destroyed my taste buds for a few days. i am a regular at CS but this biryani was an inferno unmatched by CS

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                            Mr F Nov 8, 2010 09:45 AM

                            Bonne Bouffe? The jerk chicken was routinely as spicy as you describe, though occasionally a little milder. I've heard it's closed, but haven't seen for myself.

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                            Bonne Bouffe
                            5716 Rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC H4A1W8, CA

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                              reelection Nov 8, 2010 10:17 AM

                              It is closed.

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                                The Chemist Nov 10, 2010 10:26 AM

                                Yeah, that's the place. It was literally mind alteringly spicy. Too bad it's closed.

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                              iheartspicyfood Dec 14, 2010 01:40 PM

                              Cuisine Szechuan is a close out-of-body-experience! Guaranteed (flavourful) heat mixed in a varied menu. Service is friendly & quick. Exception price to value ratio. * * * * *

                              1. Jax L. Dec 14, 2010 07:07 PM

                                A great Szechuan place is niukee. This place is located on clark and renee levesque just before china town. If you ask for super spicy dishes you will get it, almost everything on the menu is fantastic.

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                                  mym Dec 15, 2010 05:29 PM

                                  Have you been recently? I used to love that restaurant, but they changed ownership and the food changed completely about a year or two ago. It was no longer spicy, and the same dishes I had ordered before were totally different, more westernized. Has it improved since then? Is it back to its glory days?

                                2. stevenmansour Dec 15, 2010 07:17 AM

                                  Not sure what all the fuss about Cuisine Szechuan's spiciness is. Great food, but I've had plenty of their spicier fair (including the aforementioned Beef in Water and the Cucumber+jelly salad, as well as the spicy dumplings), ordered "extra extra extra extra spicy", and really didn't feel much heat at all.

                                  Cuisine Bangkok, on the other hand, is hellish-spicy when you ask for it (though inconsistent and dependent who's working the kitchen at the time). 4X on either the rice dishes (where they use those cut-up pieces of green pepper, whose juices get soaked up by the rice and veggies) or the pad thai (blended into the sauce / oils) is, imho, far spicier than anything served at Szechuan.

                                  I've also had positive spice-inspired visions with the haleem at Moti Mehal, Balti at Shahi Palace, and the Vindaloo at Tandoori Xpress.

                                  Have yet to try Om, but am curious about how spicy they'll make it.

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

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

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                                    davekry Dec 15, 2010 11:22 AM

                                    I'd have to disagree on Bangkok, at least nowadays. It used to be that ordering extra spicy gave you just that, but I've been more recently and 6x on green curry chicken or squid with garlic barely gets a reaction. I used to attribute this to inconsistency but no matter who ends up cooking my meal, it's been as bland as ever these days.

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                                      celfie Dec 16, 2010 10:43 AM

                                      bangkok is pure mouth burn
                                      cuisine szechuan is slow burn
                                      from your core

                                  2. tibetanpeachpie Dec 15, 2010 05:44 PM

                                    The dosas at Jolee's nearly made my head explode... !

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                                      iheartspicyfood Dec 15, 2010 06:37 PM

                                      Jolee's? do elaborate svp.

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                                        tibetanpeachpie Dec 16, 2010 03:27 AM

                                        Jolee is a South Indian resto in CDN (5495 Victoria Ave.). I believe the owners are originally from Sri Lanka. The dosas there are amazing... Actually, everything there is amazing. Cheap, tasty, and friendly!

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                                          Auguste Gusteau Dec 16, 2010 05:59 AM

                                          Thanks TPP. I'm going make my way over tomorrow for lunch.

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                                            SnackHappy Dec 16, 2010 06:10 AM

                                            If you have the option I would suggest trying Maison Indian Curry for dosa and other South-Indian fare. Jolee has pretty good food, but the place is disgusting. They have some very dubious hygiene practices and have been cited many times by the city.

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                                              hungryann Dec 18, 2010 05:37 PM

                                              I agree. I went once about 8 years ago and liked the food, so I started googling it and most of what I found was major health violations from the city of Montreal. That put a damper on any plans of returning!

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