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certifiedfresh Jan 3, 2011 02:28 PM

What were your favorite new restaurants for 2010, places which you will definitely visit again this year and which you would recommend to friends or tourists in a heartbeat?

I'll go first: I absolutely LOVED Kazu, CAVA and Tuck Shop and will make sure to drop by again whenever I have the opportunity (and $$$). Honorable mention goes to Brasserie T!, especially if you find yourself looking for a good meal in the PDA area (or whatever they call it).

What about you guys? GO! GO! GO!

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    meninthekitchendotca Jan 20, 2011 03:48 PM

    Kazu - Chien Fumant - Antep - Qing Hua

    Strongly disagree with Le Boucan ... the only thing outstanding there was their sauce...waaaay overpriced and small for a BBQ joint.

    Maybe(hopefully) someone will fill Montreal's BBQ void in 2011!

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    Le Boucan
    1886 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC H3J 2P2, CA

    Kazu
    1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA

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      klagirl Jan 7, 2011 08:52 AM

      walked by antep kebab for a fix today, they had just had a fire before I got there, place was evacuated, etc.. Not sure when it will reopen...

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        wilmagrace Jan 7, 2011 09:57 AM

        my favourite snack this year and last was the muvbox lobster rolls and lobster pizza-- just fun to eat outside by the water and see the boats go through the locks, cant beat that ambience on a sunny summery day!

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        celfie Jan 4, 2011 06:52 PM

        all of the summer street festivals this year (st catherine and mt royal in particular) have been adorned with street food vendors - more so this year than any other year in recent memory. so big ups to that!

        Also a big welcome to ramen and dumplings. they are certainly not uncommon now.

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          certifiedfresh Jan 5, 2011 07:08 AM

          What's your favorite place for dumplings (xiao long bao) right now? Qing Hua? Maison du Nord? I also must add that the gyoza at Kazu are fabulous, definitely one of the better items on the menu (and that alone means a lot).

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            mak2k Jan 5, 2011 07:17 AM

            AFAIK, Qing hua (or Maison du nord) don't have Xiao long bao. The only place that has something that resembles it is noodle factory in chinatown.

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              SnackHappy Jan 5, 2011 08:33 AM

              Like mak2k wrote. The places you mentioned do not serve xiao long bao. What they serve is jiaozi.

              Noodle Factory has soup dumplings on their menu. I keep hearing about them being served during dim-sum at Kam Fung in Chinatown as well, but I've never had them.

              Although I'm far from being an expert on these things, I believe they are Hong-Kong versions that use dumpling wrappers rather than bao dough. The only Shanghai-style xiao long bao I've seen in the city are at Fu Yuan Xiang in Verdun.

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                certifiedfresh Jan 5, 2011 08:40 AM

                My bad... I assumed soup dumplings=xiao long bao. Thanks both!

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                  SnackHappy Jan 5, 2011 08:51 AM

                  You were right about the soup dumplings. Neither Qing Hua or Maison du Nord serve soup dumplings. The jiaozi at Qing Hua are soupy, but they are not soup dumplings. The others have no soup in them whatsoever.

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                    certifiedfresh Jan 5, 2011 09:32 AM

                    So wait, let me get this straight: the dumplings served at Qing Hua are in fact NOT soup dumplings? Quite confusing, because many refer to them as "soup dumplings", while the Hour's food critic dubs them "jiongzi soup dumplings".

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                      SnackHappy Jan 5, 2011 10:23 AM

                      What we call soup dumplings are xiao long bao. As per the lovely folk at Qing Hua, the dumplings served there are a style of jiaozi from Dalian, China. I have no idea what "jiongzi soup dumplings" are, and web searches have turned up no reference to them save for the Hour article. Anyway, I wouldn't put much too much stock in an article written by someone who states that Liaoning is in Southern China. That particular writer has proven to be a pretty lousy fact checker.

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                davekry Jan 5, 2011 08:56 AM

                I actually managed to get xiao long bao at Pret a Manger on Ste Catherine. I have a feeling it's not a menu item, though.

                How were they? A little doughey. Decent amount of soup inside, but nothing special compared to Vancouver, NYC, etc.

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              marblebag Jan 4, 2011 05:08 PM

              Kazu, Antep Kebab, Iguanas Ranas

              1. cherylmtl Jan 4, 2011 02:56 PM

                Kazu, Brasserie T, Chien Fumant, and Tuck Shop would be at the top of my list...

                1. kpzoo Jan 3, 2011 07:34 PM

                  Kazu
                  Le boucan - http://www.leboucan.com
                  Brit & Chips - http://www.britandchips.com/

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                    isa1 Jan 3, 2011 02:44 PM

                    Quartier General, Salle a Manger and 400 coups were my favorites this year.

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                      kimberleyblue Jan 3, 2011 04:50 PM

                      what did you enjoy at quartier general?

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                        isa1 Jan 3, 2011 05:39 PM

                        I went a few times already, service is great, quality price ratio amazing and it's byow. They change their menu often but my favorite dishes were the squid salad and the chorizo stuffed rabbit. The only negative would be that it's an open kitchen and the smell from all the cooking is overwhelming.

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                        carolilas Jan 4, 2011 09:36 AM

                        I love 400 coups too. The desserts of Patrice Demers are always sublime and Marc-André Jetté's food is better than when he was a chef at Laloux. The boudin and the pintade were excellent. The noise level is acceptable too.

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