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May 12, 2011 10:35 AM

Lunch spots - St-Henri

Any great places for lunch near metro St-Henri that can be reachable by walking?? I know there are a bunch of restaurants on Notre-Dame street toward Atwater, but that's too far.

So far I saw a thai place on Notre-Dame called Mak Mak, has anyone tried?

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  1. Some like it, I only tried the pad Thai and thought it was the worst pad Thai I ever had. So I never went back. A block away there's sans menu but it's not fantastic either from what I tried. Not sure if tuck shop serves lunch but if they do I'm sure it's pricey.

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    1. re: jay_81k

      Tuck-shop does not do lunch. If east of Atwater is too far then your options are super limited... even some dependable lunch options have recently closed..

      Sans menu could be an option, though I've never been. Maybe Cafe Mariani further west on Notre Dame, but its really only sandwiches and the like, and I know they were recently shutdown for a liquor license violation (though now reopened?). Otherwise Cafe St. Henri has a very small selection of pre-prepared sandwiches and savoury scones made by the amazing Sweet Lee.

      Its really a bit of a dead-zone... You could also walk to Cafe Joe, though its most of the way to Atwater.

      Cafe Joe
      3068 Rue Saint-Antoine W, Montreal, QC H4C1A5, CA

      1. re: Fintastic

        A bit of a dead zone would be an understatement...

        When did Mariani shut down? I've been going there pretty regularly for months, and they've always been open. They have salads, pizzas, sandwiches and soup - not great, but good quality.
        There's always Chez really hits the spot when you feel like poutine or BLT in that part of town.
        Tuck Shop is supposed to start opening for lunch, but no idea when.
        There's a Presse Cafe not too far away, and Terrasse St. Ambroise.
        MakMak is so-so, but I never fail to be disappointed when I order from there...
        And Grumman 78 is supposed to be opening a terrasse on St. Remi by their kitchen, just north of the train tracks, this summer. I can hardly wait for that...

        1. re: cherylmtl

          Mariani is still open, never noticed the shutdown either, unless it was a really short one.

          In the area, there is also l'ambroisie at Chateau St-Ambroise that is opened for lunch as well

      2. re: jay_81k

        pad thai at makmak is indeed gross and greasy, but I like a lot of their menu. it's a neighborhood spot and nothing more. you just have to order the right thing (I usually ask what vegetables are fresh and have them prepare me some sort of curry). their soups are not bad and their stir fry's are tasty. it's nothing special, and I used to like it better (especially when there were less neighborhood options) but it's decent home cooking.

      3. also, if you work in the area you can order from Rosty's, a family run chilean rotisserie... best chicken delivery around! They're super fast and fairly cheap. Their sweet potato fries with the sauce is outstanding and they have excellent wings too. Great seasoning on the chicken!

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        1. re: OliverB

          Yeah... used to work near Monkland village, now will be near the Home Depot on Saint-Antoine. Will definitely miss all the lunch spots there! Hopefully won't result in eating harveys (inside Home Depot) all the time at the new place! Will definitely try out the thai place, and some sandwich places (saw online there's a Cafe Baci's). Thanks for all the comments!!

          1. re: saltnpepperwhat

            If you're closer to the Home Depot than to metro St Henri, then you're about a 10 minute walk from Victoria Village in Westmount, where there are more options...

        2. Just rumors for now, maybe completely off, but I heard that the people from Tuck Shop would be taking over Caffè Mariani and that McKiernans was looking for spaces around there to reopen... Rumors...
          This is real: a sandwich shop opening soon between Tuck and Mariani called Campanelli.

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          1. re: ManuelF

            oo hopefully its good and not just basic cold cuts on basic bread

            1. re: jay_81k

              I just had a sandwich from campanelli (mortadella, capicolo,salami, marinated eggplants, provolone) and i found it really good, bread was fresh, good flavours from the sandwich. I will surely be back to try their others sandwichs

            2. re: ManuelF

              Campanelli is now open. First impressions - very limited menu, sandwiches are just okay, but quite pricey, especially for the area ($9 and up), salads are $6 and up.
              Cosy little place, though, service is friendly, and they have really really good brownies and tarte au citron.

              1. re: cherylmtl

                The zucchini muffin (made on premises) is probably my favorite ever.
                Also happy he uses Lavazza.

                1. re: yellowcake

                  I tried Campanelli today and while I found it a bit pricey, I also thought it was quite good. I split the brie/apple sandwich and the vege pate sandwich with my man. I didn't think to ask if they offer anything other than white rolls, but I will see about whole wheat options next time. I've got a zucchini muffin and an almond blueberry muffin waiting here for later. Found the service friendly and the place adorable. Glad to have an addition to the St. Henri lunch scene.

                  1. re: montrealwaitress

                    Unfortunately they don't offer any other bread options. I wish they would (I've asked many times). Their lemon walnut muffins and oatmeal raisin muffins are my favourite snacks these days (oh, and their Lansdowne bars and brownies and lemon's dangerous working nearby!)

            3. has anybody tried cafe perroquet? corner st. philippe and st jacques. i see it all the time but never try it.

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              1. re: montrealwaitress

                Did you end up trying that cafe yet? I am looking for something in the area this summer too. Rumour has it there's a new bakery or café in town, but I haven't heard much else about it in a while now.

              2. oh, there is also a little place on st. antoine around st. margarite. i'll check the name the next time i pass by. very tiny. looks cute.

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                1. re: montrealwaitress

                  I believe it's called Cafe Baci's. From their website, seems like they make mostly sandwiches.
                  Will report back once I try it!

                  1. re: saltnpepperwhat

                    Think I went in there once and got scared and left so very curious to hear if its good. Also just remembered there an asian restaurant about 2-3 blocks away east on st antoine. Its called Fang chi, never had the courage to try it.

                    1. re: jay_81k

                      I tried Cafe Baci this morning and cannot say I recommend it. It's not terrible, but it's certainly not great. I shared the california wrap and the cheddar sandwich with my dining partner. Sandwich was very heavy on the dijon, wrap was, well, a wrap. Came with choice of salad. We both took the green salad - undressed lettuce with grated carrot, cucumber and tomato. Everything was fresh, nothing was delicious. Ordered an americano and an allonge, both were done very short.

                      Baci Cafe
                      77 Prom Du Portage, Gatineau, QC J8X2J9, CA

                    2. re: saltnpepperwhat

                      If it's the place right next to the park (same side but next street over), then it's not very good and you can make way better sandwiches at home. Not sure if this is the same place though.