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knicho Feb 7, 2011 01:59 PM

Good evening!

I have lived in the West Island for the past 25 years and am always looking for new restaurants to try. I love hole in the walls ... so much fun!

I was hoping people could suggest some restaurants in or around the West Island for me to try out.

Thanks!

  1. nochainsplease Feb 7, 2011 02:10 PM

    I'd recommend Tandoor et Grille, an Indian BYOW on Sources (I understand they have recently moved so pls call them to confirm their address). On a recent visit with my family (who are of Indian origin) we found every dish we tried to be flavourful and made with fresh ingredients.

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      knicho Feb 7, 2011 02:32 PM

      Thanks!

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        Haggisboy Feb 7, 2011 04:12 PM

        They have moved, but to a stone's throw of their former location. What's more is that they are advertising an $8.99 all you can eat buffet at their new location.

      2. hungryann Feb 7, 2011 06:08 PM

        I recently tried Chef Akbar on Pierrefonds Blvd. It was very good and you can tell the food was prepared with a lot of love. It was less greasy than most Indian restaurants and I was told they use canola oil. It was more expensive than your average indian joint but I feel it was fair given the cleanliness of the place and the good quality ingredients used.

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          wattacetti Feb 8, 2011 05:20 AM

          Haggisboy had mentioned Le Poulet à la Campagnard on St-Charles, corner Gouin a while back. I've been meaning to go at some point but haven't found the time as of yet.

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            ios94 Feb 8, 2011 06:26 AM

            As we all know, not too much going on out here in the WI.

            Best bet for hole in the wall is "Spicy Island" for roti, a couple of very good shish taouk places that use charcoal and make a very good pita sandwich and Bombay Choupati for Indian.

            Try these previous posts about WI.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/635543
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/551526
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641819

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              Troy Mercury Feb 13, 2011 06:50 AM

              I checked out a lot of WI threads and I don't think I've seen "La Porte Grecque" on des Sources. Great sit-down Greek food - not a souvlaki-pita fast food joint. Bring your night-vision goggles; it's pretty dark in there. Reasonable prices, good portion sizes, and IIRC, it's BYOW as well.

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                chefjeannine Feb 13, 2011 08:00 AM

                Really? I went to La Porte Grecque a couple of years ago and I wouldn't return. Food was over salted to the point of being inedible, and quality wasn't that great. Maybe it has changed since the last time I was there?

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                  hungryann Feb 13, 2011 10:00 AM

                  Ditto, chefjeannine. I went about 5 years ago and I thought it was an insult to greek food. It was even worse than the Prince Arthur joints since they maintain some cleanliness. Also, they put a curdled lemony sauce over everything: potatoes, rice and even the fried zucchini and eggplant appetizer!!

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                    chefjeannine Feb 13, 2011 01:56 PM

                    Yes exactly! And I determined that they put parmesan cheese over everything only after I had an allergic reaction (the only chese im allergic to is parmesan). Correct me if i'm wrong, but do they usually use parmesan on everything in Greece?

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                      hungryann Feb 13, 2011 06:41 PM

                      Nope!

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                    Troy Mercury Feb 14, 2011 08:47 AM

                    I stopped going a few years ago for just the same reason - I hate salty food (except for Baccalà). This past summer, I was invited for a group supper at La Cave and was pleasantly surprised; the food was not over-seasoned. I don't know if this was an exception or not, and have not yet been back since. I'm curious to see if anyone here's been there in the past 6 months or so.

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                      Haggisboy Feb 14, 2011 10:04 AM

                      La Cave or La Porte? Small differences can often be big deals.

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                        Troy Mercury Feb 14, 2011 07:52 PM

                        Good catch - I meant La Porte on des Sources. I don't know why I typed La Cave; I've never even been there.

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                      WestIslandian Feb 17, 2011 07:59 AM

                      I was invited there recently for dinner (my first time) and I didn't think it was very good either. Their greek salad was entirely tasteless and had white onions in it? I never saw that in Greece. They always used red onions.

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                  fredmir Feb 8, 2011 03:58 PM

                  Great Chicken there

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                  jay_81k Feb 9, 2011 06:22 AM

                  I lived out there for 4 years and honestly I would drive into the city every day to eat. The options aren't great. Maiko for top dollar sushi is one. Del fresco was ok at times. Nina's on St Charles was ok too until she upped her prices. I hear Bombay choupati is a really good option for Indian. Overall though not great, and one of the main reasons I got out of there. I recommend you start cooking!;)

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                    nochainsplease Feb 9, 2011 02:12 PM

                    I second Bombay Choupati - it's a gem.

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                    celfie Feb 9, 2011 07:37 AM

                    A+ for fries + sausage at the sausage place is marche de l'ouest

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                      jay_81k Feb 9, 2011 08:38 AM

                      Forgot about that place. They were pretty good. Liked the buns and the curly fries.

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                        Zalbar Feb 10, 2011 12:51 PM

                        Agree on the sausages.

                        The chicken across from the sausage place is also amazing. The generic half bun they give is meh, but the the sauce is awesome.

                        Has anyone tried the little deli sort of place run by the chinese guy?

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                          fredmir Feb 10, 2011 06:50 PM

                          The Chinese resturant in marche de l'ouest is really good

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                            bomobob Feb 12, 2011 01:24 PM

                            Do you mean the one in the food court?
                            Odd place, that. At first glance it's just a regular mall resto, doling out the sweet and sour pork and chicken fried rice, but below the surface, the cook really knows his stuff.
                            I used to work around the corner, and we'd go there every Friday. A Chinese colleague introduced me to the "hidden" Chinese menu, and I learned to call ahead of time for their amazing signature soup.
                            But the real surprise is something listed on their main menu as Beef with Rice Stick Noodles, which is in fact, as far as I know, Montreal's only real version of char kway teow, and is sensational. Also much too big for one mortal human to eat.

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                              fredmir Feb 12, 2011 02:46 PM

                              That the place .

                              I got to know the couple and there 2 children quiet well
                              The Husband was a cook in Hong Kong and love`s to cook
                              The soups are amazing

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                                BLM Feb 12, 2011 03:01 PM

                                That Chinese restaurant has been there a very long time? Their cha kway teow, had very nice wok hei?

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                                  unlaced Feb 12, 2011 03:08 PM

                                  There's good char kway teow in Montreal? I have to have some.... can anyone tell me more about this place?

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                                    fredmir Feb 12, 2011 03:24 PM

                                    All the dishes are very good.The only dish I don`t like is, the General Tao
                                    Everything is home made from Stratch

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                                      unlaced Feb 12, 2011 03:41 PM

                                      Does anyone know what it is called?
                                      I found this list of places at Marche de l'Ouest
                                      http://www.reseau411.ca/en/lemarchede...
                                      is it Szechuan Supreme?
                                      I would like to call to check their opening times

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                                      Szechuan Supreme
                                      11710 Boul De Salaberry, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC H9B2R8, CA

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                                        fredmir Feb 12, 2011 03:51 PM

                                        Szechuan Supreme

                                        I think they open around 11 am???
                                        They do alot of take out as well

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                                        Szechuan Supreme
                                        11710 Boul De Salaberry, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC H9B2R8, CA

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                                  hungryann Feb 12, 2011 06:29 PM

                                  OMG, you made my day! Char Kway Teow in Mtl!!!!!

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                                    Haggisboy Feb 13, 2011 04:15 AM

                                    What was the name of their signature soup that's not on the menu?

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                                      Troy Mercury Feb 13, 2011 06:26 AM

                                      Ask for their "Satay Soup" - tell her "spicy". It's not on the big menu board, but it is advertised on a yellow 8.5x11 sheet behind the cash. Since you're a fellow chili-head and like to spice it up, DON'T ruin it with the traditional hot-sauce-in-a-ketchup-packet; just drizzle on some of their chili-oil (in the red ketchup squeezer).

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                                      Troy Mercury Feb 13, 2011 06:33 AM

                                      Been going there on Friday evenings about once a month for probably 10 years now, and think it's the best take-out Chinese in the WI (by far). I've never actually tried their Beef with Rice Stick Noodles as it looks too "generic" on the menu board, but hey, if someone gives it a thumbs-up, I'll give it a shot. Does they make it with or without eggs? I agree with the lumberjack portion sizes, but I don't know if that's special treatment because I've been going there so long, or if it's just their standard sizes.

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                                        Haggisboy Feb 24, 2011 10:17 AM

                                        Went there today for lunch and was absolutely blown away by the quality and selection. As per the recommendation of those here, I asked for the char kway teow, which they told me was #16 on the extensive menu (and 16 was only part of the way along the number list). The portion was obscenely huge for one person, and I'm a big guy who can slam it back. Delicious beyond belief. Folks, you've gotta make the drive to this place to find out what you're missing. Definitely NOT your average food court joint, and on par with many good places downtown.

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                                          JedZ Mar 1, 2011 03:00 PM

                                          Just tried the Char Kway Teow (#16). I agree with you guys, delicious and HUGE. I ordered what they call 'small' ($8.95 +tx). Just beware - they close at 6:00 pm on some nights. She was nice enough to cook for me even though I showed up just after 6:00.

                                          Next time: Satay Soup.

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                                knicho Feb 13, 2011 03:59 AM

                                I went to a delicious Fondu place in Ste Anne de Bellevue last night. The cheese fondu was especially amazing. It's called Fondu du Prince. The waiter told me that they have been open 21 years and used to be on St Aurthur a lon time ago.

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                                  Erica2125 Feb 13, 2011 06:30 AM

                                  I'm glad you had a good experience, but when I went there last spring it was the worst restaurant experience I've ever had in Montreal. Maybe they've made some much needed changes. When I went, their bathroom was a single stall (unisex - still can't figure out if this was intentional or if they were doing remodeling) in a restroom with one sink, and the restroom alcove didn't even have a door, so anyone in the restroom was visible to tables closest to it. The service was atrocious, our server was handling a few tables other than ours so we were trying to be sympathetic, but we would catch his eye and he'd walk right past us again and again. We'd routinely sit 20-25 minutes between courses ( no excuse as far as I am concerned, if you're bringing me a plate of raw meat, it shouldn't take you 25 minutes to walk it from the kitchen to the table), so our meal took close to 4 hours, by the time we finished we just wanted to get out of there. I know fondue is a leisurely meal, but this was excessive at best. The quality of both the cheese and meat fondues were OK, but certainly not in the top 5 fondue restaurants I've visited and not worth the price. The chocolate course was terrible. We had use of an ancient fondue pot, the heating was uneven and the light kept going out. Keep in mind, I'm used to a fondue experience from places like Melting Pot in the states where they pull out all the stops (even for a chain brand, they still have this place beat hands down) so maybe I'm expecting too much. We politely shared out concerns with the manager on our way out, and she wasn't concerned in the least. I will never go back.

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                                    ios94 Feb 16, 2011 12:53 PM

                                    Ah Szechuan Supreme, another place I've been meaning to try. I figured it might be better (at least different) as it isn't part of the franchise food court drivel we typically get across the city malls. Well, thanks to the crazy who tried to run over a few cops overnight and closed down Jean Talon/Decarie I had to change my lunch plans to avoid traffic and decided to try this place.

                                    I tried the Beef with Rice Noodles on the recommendation of bomobob, it was really good, great flavours but I don't know if it is authentic Char Kway Teow based on what I found on the net (maybe I ordered the wrong thing but the woman told me it was Char Kway). I also don't believe there was egg in it.

                                    It was very good though much better than what you would get at any other Chinese sit down resto across the city but at the end of the day I guess it would be considered "generic", no clue on how authentic it really was. I would go back though and the portions were definitely huge, a small can easily feed two.

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                                    Szechuan Supreme
                                    11710 Boul De Salaberry, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC H9B2R8, CA

                                2. Haggisboy Mar 26, 2011 06:31 AM

                                  After reading a number of recommendations on this board for the West Island Halal butcher/grill shop named Abul Abed (located near Gouin and Pierrefonds Blvd) I finally stopped by there the other day to sample one of their sandwiches.

                                  The shop is tiny and as such, gets crowded quickly. They only have two or three tables, so it isn't really a sit down and eat on the premises place. It's really a small butcher shop that offers a limited range of Halal meats. They appear to generate the bulk of their business from their prepared food take-out operation.

                                  I had their shish-taouk sandwich and was totally blown away. When I ordered I asked for one sandwich, and the fellow behind the counter said "two?". I told him no, I only wanted one. Big mistake. I should have gone with two as it was one of the very best I've ever enjoyed.

                                  It's done the proper way, with marinated chicken on a skewer, lifted out of the marinade tray at the time of ordering and cooked on the grill while you wait. $3.99 gets you a truly tasty pita sandwich and a canned drink.

                                  Only caveat, the place tends to get quite smokey from the grill, so if you go there at lunch, you might return to the office with your clothes smelling like charcoal.

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                                    ios94 Apr 1, 2011 01:23 PM

                                    Tandoor Grill is mentioned early on in this thread, any other feedback on it? Can't beat Bombay Choupati in the WI but curious to try Tandoor Grill.

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                                      knicho Apr 1, 2011 02:41 PM

                                      I disagree about not being able to beat Choupati. My bf and I tried it after I read the reviews on here, and though I did really enjoy it, I prefer Kwality.

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                                      JedZ Apr 2, 2011 12:43 PM

                                      I concur. Amazing sandwich for $4.00. I bought some of their Shish Taouk and cooked it at home. Delicious.

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                                        ios94 Apr 2, 2011 03:22 PM

                                        Hey Jed and Haggis, I'm glad you guys finally tried and enjoyed it. Now if they only got some garlic potatotes on the menu.

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