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Oct 29, 2010 02:39 PM

Spiciest restaurant in Montreal???

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. re: humbert

      > Cuisine Szechuan!

      Me too, by far!

      1. re: kpzoo

        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

        1. re: celfie

          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...

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

          1. re: kpzoo

            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. 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.

      1. 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!

        6 Replies
        1. re: socialhvn

          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!

          1. re: Naga Jolokia

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

            1. re: Bwitch

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

              1. re: humbert

                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.

                1. re: porker

                  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!!

                  1. re: unlaced

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

        2. 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.

          McKibbins Irish Pub
          6361 Rte Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R, CA

          13 Replies
          1. re: SourberryLily

            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!

            1. re: Naga Jolokia

              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!

              1. re: waziboy

                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.

                1. re: Shattered

                  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!

                  1. re: waziboy

                    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.

                    1. re: carswell

                      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.

                      1. re: carswell

                        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!

                        1. re: SourberryLily

                          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.

                        2. re: carswell

                          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.

                        3. re: waziboy

                          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.

                          1. re: nikkori

                            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!

                              1. re: Naga Jolokia

                                You have an iron stomach o.O

                                You have my respect!

                  2. 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.