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  • porker May 26, 2011 01:16 PM

I was killing time today and breazed through Atwater Market. I noticed a newer outdoor area at the north end.
westaust mentions this section of restaurants in the "Muvbox open yet?" thread, but I thought I'd post for anyone interested.
I didn't have enough time to loiter and snoop, but a passing glance showed a promising space. Theres a lobster roll stand (also does smoked salmon and a couple other items) a charcuterie counter (looked VERY good) alongside a cheese counter. I spied a nut emporium of sorts and a creperie/smoothie kind of joint and maybe a Quebec wine producer. The area looks about 1/3 occupied with the free spaces seemingly to be filled soon.
I'm hoping (dreaming?) interesting, streetwise food vendors might set up shop....

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  1. You missed Satay Brothers, the mushroom stand and the smoked meat/Bar-B-Q chicken place. Atwater Market just became a lot more interesting for lunch.

    I had a soup today from Satay brothers and it was delicious. Fresh everything (shrimp, quail egg, fish cake in a coconut broth). They also serve steam pork buns, beef satay and papaya salad. I also tried the smoked salmon from the place selling lobster rolls and it was pretty good. I bought a saussage from the charcouterie that tastes great, but I am not a huge fan of its texture. It had lots of big pieces of fat that do not tend to melt in the mouth. Not sure I will buy it again. They do offer to let you taste if you are thinking of buying something there.

    The nut place is the same one that was there last year. It's one of my 5 year old's must go to stops at the market:)

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    1. re: hala

      That soup sounds a lot like laksa!
      Edit: Just read the rest, it IS!!

    2. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Satay-B...

      Edited to add info about Winnicki brothers from Satay Brothers.

      http://depanneurlepickup.com/events/2...

      Singaporian street food :) :) :)

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      1. re: hala

        oh wow, this made my week! Hawker food, finally!!

      2. The new section is great! Tried a bunch of things today. Lobster roll was tasty ($11+tax) - we grilled the bun at home because their toaster had just gone on the fritz.

        From Satay Brothers we tried:
        - laksa soup with chicken, shrimp, fish cake slices (I think?), tofu strips (I think?), a quail egg, and rice noodles. Absolutely delicious, I could eat this often. They ask how spicy you want it - I got "XX" and it was very spicy (in a good way!) but it'll depend on your heat tolerance.
        - BBQ pork bun & tofu bun - they get the pork belly from one of the butchers at the market and lovingly described how they slow-cook it
        - papaya salad - perfect blend of sweet, sour and salty, with a lovely crunch from thinly sliced papaya, red pepper julienne, some romaine lettuce, and chopped peanuts.

        What really pleased me about the Satay Brothers stand was how much passion they seem to have for the food - they described what was in everything as I ordered it, without me even asking, which seems so rare these days. They mentioned a bunch of things that they're planning to add to the menu in the future - all in the realm of Singaporean/Malaysian/Peranakan food - and I can't wait.

         
         
         
         
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        1. re: kpzoo

          Laksa? Really? I said it before that this news made my week, but your report just confirms it kpzoo - thank you! The thought of some great Malaysian food practically downtown makes me very happy! Thanks for the report and the pictures!

          1. re: unlaced

            I know, we've been so deprived on the Malaysian/Singaporean front - it's a much needed addition to the food scene. I hope you like the laksa as much as I did!

          2. re: kpzoo

            Oh, my Google! Laksa! That's the best Montreal food news I've heard in months.

            1. re: kpzoo

              Yes, Satay Brothers is really fun. I loved loved the soup, and everything else that came out of that kitchen smelled really good. I am happy to hear they are thinking of expanding their menu as it only has about 8 things on it right now, half of them desserts.

              1. re: kpzoo

                WOW! I'm so excited. Thanks for the pics!

                1. re: hungryann

                  Are they open everyday of the week??

                  1. re: saltnpepperwhat

                    Satay Brothers hours per their FB page:

                    Monday 10:30-18:00
                    Thursday-Friday 10:30-20:00
                    Saturday-Sunday 10:30-17:00

                    1. re: kpzoo

                      Yeah, I just realized now(didn't know previously). Someone I know tried to eat at Satay Brothers today, but it's closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

                2. re: kpzoo

                  Re Satay Bros... I recently tried the satay and the papaya salad... I feel churlish by admitting this, but I can't say either blew me away... both were lacking a little something... but service was super nice and yes, they are really passionate about their food. I will return to try the laksa and the buns looked delish too.

                  In that same area, there's also a fiddlehead and mushrooms table (really gorgeous fresh fiddleheads!!! they were excellent)... and a lady who sells really fresh free-range eggs (choice of organic or not) on weekends. I got a dozen from her and tried a few tonight: I'll be going back!

                  l also purchased a half dozen maple donuts from the maple syrup folks nearby... mehhhh, bit too oily for my taste, alas. Maybe their oil's not hot enough when they fried the dough.

                  1. re: TheSnowpea

                    Re: the papaya salad. I also felt it lacked a little something. I think it would have benefited from a little more salt. The pork buns were excellent. The buns super fluffy and just the right amount of hoisin/scallions. The pork was super tender.

                    1. re: foodie_mtl

                      I agree about the papaya salad and the buns.

                    2. re: TheSnowpea

                      I went on Friday night for laksa and thought it was very good, although it was quite different to what I was expecting (fancier ingredients, less soup, only rice noodles) Had a great chat to one of the owners though and gave him my thoughts - it was funny to hear that they had done taste testings of the laksa previously using wheat noodles but people were confused as to why it was Asian and had spaghetti! So they went with rice noodles, to make it identifiably Asian! I was really impressed by him and hope that they do really well - I will definitely be back to try more things on the menu!

                      (There must be a lot of interest in it though - I blogged about my experience on Sat morning and basically all my traffic so far has been from people querying satay brothers montreal, or laksa montreal. They have definitely found a niche that needed filling!)

                      1. re: TheSnowpea

                        You have to order the papaya salad xxx spicy - then it's perfect...Had the laksa today, really liked it. And I love the pork buns...

                        The fiddlehead and mushroom vendor is Les Jardins Sauvages - same one as at Jean Talon (and the restaurant of the same name). Their stuff is always top notch.

                        Did not notice the egg vendor - will definitely look for her next time!

                    3. I tried the Lobster roll at the Atwater Market. It is very good except I think I like the one better at Muvbox location in Old Montreal. The Lobster roll is also cheaper at Muvbox @ $10 instead of $12 at the Atwater market. The chowder soup at Muvbox is to be avoided unless yo really like the commercial version in can.

                      1. Tried the buns at Satay Bros & thought they were excellent. Pork belly melted in mouth, sauce & cilantro really made this small folded sandwich pop. Will definintely be going back ASAP.

                        1. I just want to echo all the comments on Satay Brothers. I went back today for the third time - and every time the service has been timely, enthusiastic, and the food perfectly executed.

                          I have had the pork buns every time, and I can't say enough about them. The pork belly is perfectly cooked, melts on your tongue, and is pleasantly accented by the crunch of the cucumber. The sauce (hoisin?) is delicious, and a lovely sweet / sour complement to the pillowy but chewy bun.

                          The satays I have also tried, and they have all been good. I have never had laksa soup before, and I tried a bowl with my visiting brother - and we both loved it. Perfectly cooked quail egg, sweet shrimp - but my favorite part was probably the fried tofu. Great texture.

                          Will definitely keep going back, and highly recommended for you all to check it out!

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                          1. re: Gregoso

                            Went to Satay Bros for the first time on Friday and it was great! The people running the place are so friendly, and even though I ended up at a picnic table with the W-O-R-S-T lunch discussion by strangers you could imagine, I was still jazzed about my papaya salad XXX and beef satay. Looking forward to going back!

                          2. Just had a lobster roll and... big meh.

                            $11 and it's really tiny. Definitely not a proper lunch for one person. Also not crazy about the bits of celery in there (that's just a personal thing) but really nothing special at all. I'm crazy about lobster rolls and live blocks away but don't think I'll be back for more unless I'm really craving. It's definitely better than Muvbox, but that's not saying much and not by a lot... Wasn't terrible, but Montreal still hasn't gotten this right. I'll stick to Satay at the Market from now on...

                            Has any tried the rotisserie chicken place?

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                            1. re: OliverB

                              Ya the lobster roll was a complete disappointment. I cant bring myself to try the chicken place, looks like nothing special.

                              1. re: OliverB

                                Have you tried the Lobster Roll at Chez Delmo? Au Pied de Cochon?

                                1. re: EaterBob

                                  Nope I haven't tried at either... I'm sure APDC is terrific but not exactly the kind of place I'd go specifically for a lobster roll. I've never been to Chez Delmo before, is it worth trying?

                                  The outdoor market stall concept is great and the way it should be done... but the sandwich itself is a major letdown. I wonder if it's any better at JTM?

                                  1. re: OliverB

                                    I'd strongly and highly suggest the lobster rolls at both places. They are destination foods at both restaurants. And as APDC is hop skip and a jump from Parc Lafontaine if you order to take out you can almost make believe that it is like street meat. Ditto for the take out at Chez Delmo, although Old Montreal isn't Parc Lafontaine.

                                    1. re: EaterBob

                                      Out of curiosity is there a new Chez Delmo? The original one closed at least 5 years ago and the short lived Holder version lasted less than a year. The Delmo location is now the Old Montreal outpost of L'Assomoir. Many of the original Chez Delmo staff can be found at Le Nantua.

                                      1. re: eat2much

                                        Ater EaterBob mentioned it, I checked it out. It looks like Le Nantua was bought and the name changed to Chez Delmo.

                                        http://chezdelmo.com/

                              2. Tried the pork Buns at Satay bros and they were great even though it's a clear momofuku knock-off :D.
                                The smoothie stand is pretty awful:4 dollars for a lukewarm tasteless smoothie a third the size of the one you get a liquid nutrition.

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                                1. re: Evilbanana11

                                  Looking forward to trying the pork bun. Went down to Momofuku Noodle Bar a couple of months ago with the family and the pork bun was out of this world. Has anyone tried both and can compare? A friend of mine told me Reservoir also serves a pork bun similar to Momofuku's.

                                  1. re: MisterX

                                    Momofuku's buns are better - but Satay's are pretty good, considering. Until David Chang decides to open up an outpost here, Satay Bros. will keep me more than happy!

                                  2. re: Evilbanana11

                                    They do vary. I agree 4$ is kinda pricy, but I bought the orange, carrot and apple smoothie and found it delicious (they have little samples you can try before committing)

                                  3. I have tried the Satay Bros vegetarian bun, it was simple but delicious. I'll have to try some of their other stuff.
                                    Also picked up a lobster roll, while pricey, I actually found it to be delicious, but at 12$ for just the roll, lunch gets a bit expensive.
                                    The crepes are absolutely delicious. Nice big sarrasin crepes, I tried the spinach/egg/cheese combo and the apple/cheese/maple syrup combo. Great stuff.
                                    The smoothies are horrendous. Tried the blueberry one, advertised almond milk, made with cow's milk. Warm and completely tasteless.

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                                    1. re: montrealwaitress

                                      Totally agree regarding the smoothies. Watery, warm, tasteless. The ladies who work the stand seem to really hate what they are doing. But I guess anyone standing next to the Satay Bros would seem grumpy and unhappy. Those guys really know customer service!

                                    2. mmm hit up satay brothers today. had a beef satay, the braised pork sandwich with creamy coleslaw and a pork bun. Everything was great but not exactly bursting with flavor - seasoning on the pork bun and sandwich was very modest. It is also a bit on the pricey side. Having said that, if they opened in mile end, I would probably eat there everyday for a year.

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                                      1. re: celfie

                                        Hour (although "hour" seems a bit strong for the size of the paper these days..."10 minutes" might suffice) hit them up
                                        http://hour.ca/2011/06/23/satay-broth...
                                        with lotsa praise.

                                        1. re: porker

                                          "Chili-potato-octopus."

                                          I want this. Now.

                                          I got a chance to try Satay Brothers a week ago. Ended up getting one chicken and one shrimp satay, served with a generous amount of cut up cucumber, which went down great on a hot day. They also gave me some of the tapioca cake, which is fantastic (and much less dense) when steamed.

                                          1. re: davekry

                                            Oooh, they have chicken satay now? So excited they've already started adding new things! Loved Maeve Haldane's review. Googled gado-gado and it sounds amazing, can't wait for them to add that to the menu. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gado-gado

                                            The nut stand sounds awesome also - *must* find and try it on next trip to the market. Any favourites from folks who've been there?

                                            1. re: kpzoo

                                              I'm addicted to their raw Spanish almonds. They will let you taste anything, and I have yet to try anything I didn't like...spicy cashews, lemon pepper almonds, roasted peanuts, and the list goes on...

                                              1. re: kpzoo

                                                I am a big fan of their sweet and sour cashews, and recently the vendor turned me onto some newish mix they have - walnuts and dry cranberries all dusted with a cinnamon mixture. Delicious!

                                        2. Went to Satay Brothers last week: Good but not great, a tad expensive. That said, I still prefer to pay a bit more to get fresh ingredients. Pork bun was ok, am not an expert but I prefer Salle à Manger's (way more expensive though)

                                          That being said the guys should pay attention to copyright infringement...
                                          http://www.sataybrothers.com/
                                          http://www.stjohnrestaurant.com/

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                                          1. re: Ched1000

                                            I'm with you, it was good but really not mind-blowing and far too expensive for the portion size. We were with some people who had just had laksa in Malaysia and they were not impressed. The satay was really good, but again a little too pricy for "street food." It nice to have another option at Atwater, though.

                                          2. Has anyone tried the creperie yet and are they any good?

                                            I'm thinking of heading over for a quick brunch this morning and just wanted to get feedback.

                                            Btw, satay Bros. is the best thing to happen to St-Henri this summer! I must've stopped in 2-3 times a week consistently for lunch in the past month and a half, and have sampled everything on the menu. Everything's always fantastic, fresh, delicious and service is the friendliest around. I'm addicted to the Laksa Lemak, soo good!

                                            http://www.shutupandeat.ca/2011/07/18...

                                            Anyways, back to the creperie... worth a walk over this morning or skip it?

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                                            1. re: OliverB

                                              Satay brothers is wonderful. In fact, I have been worried about the winter when the outdoor section of Marche Atwater closes. I really hope that the brothers have plans to stay open.

                                              1. re: hala

                                                They should try to keep it going on weekends at least.. all that's needed is a couple of block heaters and maybe some tented walls and there's no reason it couldn't go year 'round. In fact, what could be better than spicy hot noodle soup and steaming pork buns in the dead of winter? It's possible..

                                                1. re: hala

                                                  I think they told me the outdoor food stalls will be open til Halloween.

                                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                                    I received the same confirmation from the two guys manning the Cohons tout ronds kiosk.

                                                    1. re: kpzoo

                                                      I read that Satay Brothers closed on 15 October for the season. Are other "new" stalls still open there?

                                                      -----
                                                      Satay Brothers
                                                      138 Avenue Atwater, Montreal, QC H3J 2Z6, CA

                                                      1. re: Daiya

                                                        They actually closed on the 16th. And all were closed when I went on Monday, so I assume that the whole section is closed for the season, although some of the vendors will likely move indoors for the winter (such as the nut vendor).

                                                        1. re: cherylmtl

                                                          I was there today and not everybody is closed. I bought mushrooms from the lovely mushroom lady.

                                                  2. re: OliverB

                                                    Went to the creperie Saturday morning; the husband had a ham/egg/cheese/tomato one and I opted for a fresh spinach/egg/cheese one. They were delicious, gigantic, and frankly, filled most of my food requirements for the day!

                                                  3. Had a killer braised pork rib, chili and coleslaw sandwich the other day with a couple of satays and kueh salat... can't believe how busy and popular they're doing. I'm surprised the Grumman people don't have a stall (next summer maybe?) given their HQ is 6 blocks away. I'm sure they could pull in as much foot traffic.

                                                    1. Meh...I wasn't that impressed, which just goes along with my impression of dining out In Montreal since I arrived here a year ago.

                                                      Really REALLY wanted to like this new section of Atwater, but it's mediocre at best. When your signature dish is in your company name (as is the case with Satay Brothers) then it had better be able to stand on it’s own. This is not the case for Satay Brothers. The Satay itself was only ok, and the peanut sauce was watered down and seemed to have that syrupy sweet generic thai chili sauce that restos like Mike’s tend to use. I tasted no chilies, green onion or ginger in the sauce, honestly, my Dutch friends make much better peanut sauce, even mine is better.

                                                      The bun was again, only OK. The bun itself was fine, but the pork belly is lacking and the fillings (for the price tag) were skimpy. Maybe I am just a spoiled Vancouverite, but I’ve seen much better at the Chinatown AND the Richmond night markets.

                                                      Service was overbearing and a bit fake.

                                                      I say this everytime I dine out in Montreal, but, hopefully my next resto experience will be better.

                                                      -----
                                                      Satay Brothers
                                                      138 Avenue Atwater, Montreal, QC H3J 2Z6, CA

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                                                      1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                        You will rarely find asian food better than Vancouver, in Montreal. You'll find better greek food however :)

                                                        1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                          Where have you eaten eastcoast girl?

                                                          1. re: ios94

                                                            Can't remember all the names in the last year, but I have tried Indian, Italian, Organic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, steak houses, breakfast joints, pubs - my partner and I have tried it all. Whether the food on the plate didn't match the menu, the quality was bad, the food tasted too pre-packaged (sysco products etc.) or it just wasn't authentic (Indian resto putting CREAM in the butter chicken) or just over-priced, we have come away dissapointed everytime. The only things that were not terribly dissapointing were the simple malbouffe-type things like poutine and smoked meat sandwiches.

                                                            Dissapointing to the utmost, as I'd arrived here not thrilled about the prospect of living here for a year, but at least excited to have culinary adventures in a new city. For the most part, the best adventures I have had here culinarily have been what we've cooked at home!

                                                            1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                              I'm also a Vancouver girl that moved to Montreal, but i love the food here. I also love the food in Vancouver. To me, each city has its strengths, that's all.

                                                              In Vancouver, I love all the Asian food there, the dim sum, the shanghainese, the sushi, the southeast asian etc. There are good Asian restaurants here also, but the sheer number and variety in Vancouver edges out Montreal in this respect. But in my opinion, Montreal beats Vancouver when it comes to the French and Lebanese food, plus Spanish tapas and pizza restaurants. Again, I'm not saying that Vancouver does not have good French/Lebanese restaurants, but Montreal has a lot more great ones to choose from.

                                                              I honestly think you have just been eating at the wrong restaurants and that you are overgeneralizing too much. I love eating out in Montreal. Had lots of fun date nights here. I hope you get a chance to enjoy the really nice dining options that Montreal has before you head back to Vancouver. All my Vancouver friends that have visited have really enjoyed eating in Montreal.

                                                              1. re: toaster8

                                                                eastcoastgirl, I am sorry you are having problems finding good food in Montreal, but I would echo the other commenters and suggest you let us help you find some great chow in Montreal. Perhaps start a new post, let us know where you have eaten (check back on some credit card slips perhaps, if you can't remember the names) and we will help!

                                                                Also, a bit OT, but you mention that you weren't thrilled at the prospect of living in Montreal, so it could be that your feelings about the move have predisposed you to be a bit more critical or harsh, especially when you are comparing it your beloved home town. I moved here 3 years ago (not from Vancouver) and have been really excited and impressed with the food here - though that's not to say there haven't been disappointing meals. I have found Chowhound invaluable for guidance!

                                                                1. re: unlaced

                                                                  I moved here from Vancouver 4-5 years ago and was not impressed with the lack of access to fresh fruit and vegetables. You can't really make good food without quality produce, not at home, and not in midrange and lower end restaurents. I live in Verdun and the availablity of quality food at that point was depressing, but the situation has improved. I had a bit of culture shock even though I had only been living in Vancouver for 2 years. So, I really understand where you are coming from. But, soon I figured out what grows in this climate and where to get high quality ingredients and I found chowhound and received excellent advice about where to eat and what type of food Montreal does best and I have not looked back. Forget about all the amazing stuff that you ate in Vancouver, and look for things that Montral does well and you will find equally amazing things. Stick with chowhound and more likely than not, like me, you will end up finding things that you love.

                                                                2. re: toaster8

                                                                  Which has better Vietnamese food, Montreal or Vancouver?

                                                                3. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                  You keep bashing every restaurant here like they're pretty much all bad. I'm sorry, but I don't buy it. Seems like you have a grudge about something. Would be a bit more helpful if you would actually name which restaurant you did not like, what you ate there, the reasons why you didn't enjoy it, instead of making a complete generalization about everything.

                                                              2. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                There's nothing fake about the service at Satay... they're genuinely some of the friendliest and nicest people around. I've eaten all over Vancouver and the West Coast and agree that Asian food and seafood is incomparable... but Satay Bros is great. The sauce is homemade, not generic thai chilli, and you can always ask for extra chiis/spices if you find it too mild.

                                                                1. re: OliverB

                                                                  I found the service to be extremely fake. Maybe, because I have worked as a Flight Attendant and Customer Service Agent for Westjet, plus many years as a server and bartender my expectations are just too high. It is ok to use a customers name once, but to wear it out is just too much. The jive talk was also a bit over used. People want to eat and be treated with courtesy, not become your best buddy and take a round of beers after. That's my 5 cents.

                                                                  1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                    That's kind of a silly statement to make... you aren't going for white table cloths and candlelight service... it's an outdoor MARKET STALL serving Malaysian style street food. I forget the fellas name who works the register, but he consistently remembers mine every time I eat there. He's just a friendly and outgoing person. You seem to have a pretty sour attitude. Say what you will about the food, that's all subjective opinion... but criticizing friendly service in an ordinarily social environment which naturally imbues interactive discussion and enthusiasm for food and produce seems a bit ridiculous... it's a market afterall. These are young dudes who are obviously enthusiastic about their venture (and it seems to be reciprocated) - there is nothing fake about their friendly service. Delicious food aside, unless you're antisocial or some kind of misanthrope, it's one of the nicer things about their business imo. Judging by the long lines and friendly reactions of their patrons, I'd safely wager that most agree.

                                                                    1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                      I'll echo what others have said: you've decided you hated being in Montreal and it's tainting your perspective. The Satay guys are sweeter than sweet, and genuine about it. I agree it's not awesome food but the people who prepare it are awesome.

                                                                      Montreal is a small town, and the food biz is even smaller. Being friendly comes natural to most.

                                                                    2. re: OliverB

                                                                      It wasn't ath the sauce was too mild, it was just plain BAD. I didn't say it wasn't homemade, but it's not from scratch, with raw ingredients only, they've added commercial sauce. No flavour - very watered-down. Nothing like a real Indonesian resto, IMHO.

                                                                      1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                        There's got to be a few restaurant names you remember.

                                                                        1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                          The first day I ate there Alex mentioned that they had tested spicier food but people did not like it at all, so, they now make things a lot milder and offer you their spicy paste to add more heat.

                                                                          I kinda like their peanut sauce. It is a refereshing change from the ubiquitous sauce that tastes like water mixed in with a really cheap peanut butter sauce.

                                                                          1. re: hala

                                                                            "....ubiquitous sauce that tastes like water mixed in with a really cheap peanut butter sauce."

                                                                            Funny - to me that's exactly how the sauce at Satay tastes!

                                                                            1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

                                                                              It's about a 100 times better than the sauces at other places in the neighbourhood (not counting high end).

                                                                              I am not saying it can't be improved, just that it's way better than what's available in the area at that price point.

                                                                        2. re: OliverB

                                                                          What is so great about them, except that nobody around does what they do? I went to try it too and the chicken was quite dry and like eastcostgirl said, the peanut sauce didn't taste like peanut and wasn't spicy. It is a peanut sauce, so it is suppose to be a bit thick and not runny. I found there service quite too personal also. I arrived there and it took a while to be asked what I wanted, which the greeting is one of the most important part of serving. It is the first impression you lay on a person, so you don't want it to be bad.

                                                                          1. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

                                                                            We split some replies about the general quality of Montreal restaurants over to a new thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805174

                                                                            If you want to continue that discussion, please reply over there, leaving this thread for discussion about the new outdoor section at the Atwater Market. Thank you.

                                                                            1. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

                                                                              Are you asking me what is so great about Satay Bros?

                                                                              I can only answer for myself, but I've thoroughly enjoyed every single food item I've ordered from their menu. It's relatively inexpensive and affordable market/street food and I feel they do it pretty well. Their laska lemak is delicious. I live nearby and stop in at least once a week for my fix. I can't imagine it would compare to the food carts and market stalls throughout Indonesia, but comparatively in Montreal, it's undoubtedly the best around and I'm not suggesting that this is the only reason for the high ratings... it's damn tasty. As for spice levels, you can ask for real (not-honky-bland) spicing wit a kick and I'm always left satisfied. If you don't like the place, that's fine... but the comments about service and greetings are just ridiculous imo.

                                                                              1. re: OliverB

                                                                                That guy who works the front is far from fake, trust me I know fake and I don't like it as much as the next guy. I wish we had more pleasant people like him working the service industry.

                                                                              2. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

                                                                                Heck, it took awhile to be asked what I wanted too but that's because it was at peak lunch hour and there was a long line-up to get to the counter, be greeted and order...(??!)

                                                                          2. I'm driving up on the 30'th of September, do you know if the new space will still be open?I always stop at the market and grocery before heading back home to stock up on cheeses,pastries,butter, preserves and such and would love to sample the newer places.
                                                                            thanks.

                                                                            4 Replies
                                                                            1. re: Duppie

                                                                              Yes it stays open till end of October.

                                                                              1. re: BLM

                                                                                Great! thank you so much. I do so look forward to my Montreal trips and especially shopping at Marche Atwater.

                                                                                1. re: Duppie

                                                                                  the satay bros decided to close up for the season last weekend....

                                                                                  1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                    Thanks,I didn't have the opportunity to sample their menu last month when I was there but definitely something to look forward to next season.;

                                                                            2. Satay Brothers Season starts next month as per their FB info.
                                                                              Hooray!
                                                                              http://m.facebook.com/pages/Satay-Bro...

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                                                                              1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                Satay Brothers kiosk opens today and they've posted their hours for the first week:

                                                                                Jeudi le 10 mai: 10h30 à 18h
                                                                                Vendredi le 11 mai: 10h30 à 18h
                                                                                Samedi le 12 mai: 10h30 à 17h
                                                                                Dimanche le 13 mai: 10h30 à 17h
                                                                                Lundi le 14 mai: 10h30 à 18h

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                                                                                1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                  I managed to make it by today. Their menu seems to have two or three more items now, and their counter (and kitchen space) has doubled in size. I was greeted by name by name after a nearly seven month hiatus...these guys are amazing.

                                                                              2. Was biking in the area yesterday when I noticed two new shops in the outdoor section selling crab, shrimp and different types of smoked fish. One of them is Capitaine Crabe and they have live crab. The sellers are really nice, I bought both crab and Nordic Shrimp and they were both delicious. They said they are planning on being around for a while.

                                                                                If you like beer, the annual beer tasting event seemed to be going on (did not investigate since I was on Bixi, and the docking station is not functional yet).

                                                                                The outdoor section of the Atwater market is turning out to be the best thing ever.

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                                                                                1. re: hala

                                                                                  It's already up now?!?

                                                                                  Are the Satay fellas back yet?

                                                                                  What kind of crab and shrimp was the fish stall peddling, and how was it cooked? It's all ready to eat or take home stuff?

                                                                                  1. re: OliverB

                                                                                    Satay Bros. say "We will be at the Atwater market as of the second week of May 2012."

                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Satay-...

                                                                                    1. re: OliverB

                                                                                      No, it's just the crab people.

                                                                                      1. re: hala

                                                                                        how's the crab prepped?

                                                                                        1. re: OliverB

                                                                                          Boiled. Here is pictures of them cooking crab at Marche Atwater.

                                                                                          http://www.facebook.com/pages/Capitai...

                                                                                          I liked that they don't add tons of salt. The sweetness of the crab really came out.

                                                                                          Edit: If you like a different preparation you could buy live crab and try to make it.

                                                                                  2. Capitaine crabe is only going to be at Atwater Market for one more week:)

                                                                                    But, hopefully that means Satay Brothers will be back soon.

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                                                                                    1. re: hala

                                                                                      Everyone should run down in the next week and try this place - they're seriously amazing!

                                                                                      $16 for 12 generous sized legs, or 3 huge meaty crabs pulled apart and boiled to perfection. They are so fresh and delicious. I bought a large sourdough to toast and whipped up some mustard sauce with a bit of Colman's, Worcestershire, A-1, mayo, sea salt and light cream and made about 6 heaping sandwiches. I still have leftovers in the fridge from just my lunch! 2 sets of legs are easily enough for one person with a reasonable appetite. They're so meaty and tasty that you can easily eat them on their own with nothing. The woman working the booth is also quick to rip open a leg and offer you fresh cooked meat to taste. I wish these guys would stick around instead of that junky overpriced lobster roll fella from last summer.

                                                                                      Two thumbs way up for Capitaine Crab!

                                                                                      1. re: OliverB

                                                                                        $16 for 12? Surely you mean 2?

                                                                                        Yes, they are super sweet. The first time I went there the bixi station was not functional and the guys offered to watch my bike (and put it inside in their work area) while I bought a drink to quench my thirst. I am seriously bummed that they are leaving. I have to keep telling myself that crab season is ending, Satay Brothers are returning and Capitaine Crabe has another shop at another market that I can visit.

                                                                                        1. re: hala

                                                                                          Actually 3 aka 12 legs total (3x4) if my crustacean anatomy serves.

                                                                                          As in 3 *pairs* of king crab legs... plus some large meaty filled cartilage.

                                                                                          1. re: OliverB

                                                                                            That's a great price. My math skills are not normally atrocious, but it's been a long day.

                                                                                      2. re: hala

                                                                                        Went today hoping to get some crab, but although the shop was still there, it was all closed up. Are they only there on weekends? Is it too late now?

                                                                                        1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                          After reading "Everyone should run down in the next week and try this place - they're seriously amazing!" I decided to stop in.....today.
                                                                                          Of course, in typical porker fashion, the place is closed with tumbleweed blowing through.
                                                                                          The sign below a counter says fri - sat - sun.
                                                                                          Who knew......

                                                                                          Mrs Porker called Wednesday and a very friendly woman said they finish up this weekend - but no mention of weekends only.

                                                                                          1. re: porker

                                                                                            Sorry guys! It was open everytime I went so I didn't realize they had restricted hours.

                                                                                            I apologize.

                                                                                      3. I'll be at the Atwater market at lunchtime tomorrow, what are some good options since the Crab is finished and the Satay Bros. haven't opened?

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                                                                                        1. re: meagain

                                                                                          I'm interested also,driving up next weekend and do my cheese shopping there.

                                                                                          1. re: Duppie

                                                                                            You might be in luck, when i passed by yesterday, there was a sign from the Satay Bros stating they are opening May 10th

                                                                                            1. re: westaust

                                                                                              Didn't hit the Satay Brothers this time but was able to have the sea urchin and crab legs at Captain Crab. Delicious.

                                                                                          2. re: meagain

                                                                                            What a terrible black hole for prepared food at the moment, after scouring the place we high tailed it up to Kazu and snagged the only empty table. What a great place to have on the Montreal scene.

                                                                                            1. re: meagain

                                                                                              I'll be at the Atwater market at lunchtime tomorrow, what are some good options since the Crab is finished and the Satay Bros. haven't opened?

                                                                                              Wine and cheese. And, Havre aux glaces is open.

                                                                                              1. re: hala

                                                                                                Sorry meant to post this earlier, was chatting to the very friendly folks at Capitaine Crabe on saturday and they will be there next weekend (12th/13th)! Not sure if they're around during the week but they did say that next weekend will be their last one. Shame....they are very sweet people and the crab is awesome.

                                                                                                1. re: hala

                                                                                                  Today there was Premiere Moisson with a huge lineup, not that we wanted that anyway. You could get a sausage in bun at another establishment. Pasta dishes were also available at another place and Sushi Shop. That's it for non desert food as far as I could tell, that's why we left and went to Kazu downtown.
                                                                                                  It was gorgeous day for something good eaten by the canal but alas, not to be.

                                                                                              2. Is it me or the roast chicken outdoor stand really really disapointing?

                                                                                                On a positive site, the permanent fruit/vegetable store had some good looking sandwiches when I walked by later.

                                                                                                Finally, are any of the Fromageries offerings any lunch offerings? It doesn't seem so.

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                                                                                                1. re: ScoobySnacks20

                                                                                                  Their mini cupcakes looked great, but their price was absurd. Something like 3 dollars for a bite. I got chocolates instead. (talking about the green grocer)

                                                                                                  The cheese mongers have no lunch offerings, but bread and cheese are always fun. If you sit on the grass close to the water, you could get away with wine and cheese.

                                                                                                  1. re: ScoobySnacks20

                                                                                                    TOTALLY disappointing ad terribly expensive for what you get.

                                                                                                    Yesterday (Sunday) they had their "special" paella and it looked good. I also saw them filling up a takeout container with a good portion, so we figured it was a go.

                                                                                                    I got a small plate of very average rice with 2 shrimp, 5 small round slices of chorizo and a small chicken thigh for $8.50. My friend got the smallest smoked meat sandwich I've ever seen (maybe an inch of meat on tiny bread)...she paid for the meal and when I asked how much it all cost she said, "Don't ask."

                                                                                                    Definitely a no-return spot.

                                                                                                    1. re: davidpg

                                                                                                      Was the paella good at least?

                                                                                                      I was eyeing it from the juice counter this morning and thinking about stopping by again for lunch. Might just stick with the laksa though

                                                                                                      1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                        Was the juice any good? Last year the smoothie counter looked so sad, I never tried it.

                                                                                                        1. re: hala

                                                                                                          I had the mango tango drink and it was decent I guess... Kind of a ripoff at over $5 though! They told me that was the recommended drink and based on that, it was nothing special at all. I suppose if it were a really hot day and you were thirsty it'd be fine, but I wouldn't be too eager to return. Juice should never cost more than $3 imo for a cup. It wasn't bad, wasn't exceptional... I've definitely had better

                                                                                                          1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                            I was hoping you would say it's good.

                                                                                                            Ah well, at least Satay Brothers has Thai Iced Tea and the freshly squeezed OJ at Fruitrie Atwater is delicious.

                                                                                                            1. re: hala

                                                                                                              Is their thai iced tea from a can or do they make it themselves?

                                                                                                              1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                From a can. If you know anyone who makes their own, please let me know.

                                                                                                              2. re: hala

                                                                                                                The OJ at Fruiterie Atwater is delicious and I buy the large containers to keep in my fridge.

                                                                                                                I went back again yesterday morning and decided to try the chicken place out. After reading of the overpriced dried out birds, I opted for a sandwich and decided against the pulled pork and smoked meat given the name of the stand. I had the chicken sandwich with hot sauce and pickled hot peppers on a portugese bun and thought that it was good. I agree the chicken was a tad on the dry side, but I think it also depends when you pass by, They are sitting on those rotisseries under the heat of the tent in the middle of the market all day long and I imagien that unless you're there when they open for business at 11:30 or so, you'll probably end up with a pretty dried out bird. I don't know that I'd ever bother ordering a whole chicken from them as they didn't look all that great, but the sandwiches at $8 were pretty good and I'd order again if I were in the market and in the mood.

                                                                                                                I did make the mistake of trying the juice bar again, right after posting yesterday... it was just too conveniently hot outside and I was thirsty, I ordered the one with acai and bananas and I think strawberry and couldn't distinguish any actual fruit in the taste at all. It might as well have been from a carton. It was cool and did the trick yesterday, but I would've rather grabbed one of those frozen fruit popsicles fromt eh stand outside Fruiterie Atwater. I love the coconut, pina colada, and passion fruit ones. They're a guilty pleasure!

                                                                                                                Anyways, the sandwiches at the chicken stand aren't bad at all, the juice place is an overpriced bland ripoff.

                                                                                                    2. The new satay sandwiches rule!

                                                                                                      wasn't impressed with the papaya salad yesterday though.

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                                                                                                      1. re: OliverB

                                                                                                        Have Satay Bros expanded their menu compared to last year? If yes, do you recall the additions and could you describe some more the satay sandwich?

                                                                                                        1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                          The menu is pretty much the same, with the addition of some desserts. The main difference is that they now have the capacity to produce enough food each day, so they don't run out of things.

                                                                                                          1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                            I suppose it's their version of bánh mì = satay skewers and peanut sauce inside bun with some fresh cilantro and I can't recall what else. Pretty basic but still tasty. I think it's the only menu addition.

                                                                                                          2. re: hungryann

                                                                                                            I look forward to trying the chicken satay skewers - photo on the below blog looks great.

                                                                                                            The same blog mentions another new item, gado-gado, which they describe as "a traditional south-east Asian vegetable mixed salad dressed in a spicy peanut dressing. Cooked Chinese long beans, bean sprouts, cooked potato, lettuce, fried shallots and half a boiled egg." Yum.
                                                                                                            http://www.shutupandeat.ca/2011/07/18...

                                                                                                            1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                              Didn't they have gado-gado last year?

                                                                                                              1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                Oh darn, I thought that blog was recent for some reason, but now I see it's from 2011. My mistake, sorry for the confusion!

                                                                                                        2. Wanted to share my Satay Brothers experience and was going to start a new thread (didn't find an existing one for SB), but this one seems to be the place to go!

                                                                                                          Given that I’d already eaten lunch elsewhere (if only I had known there were food stalls at Atwater!) there was some restraint involved in ordering. I’d gotten the papaya salad (okay, lah) and chicken satay (the peanut sauce was super good) because they were there. My real focus was the laksa – and it didn’t disappoint. The broth was creamy and rich, noodles were cooked just right, and the sambal – house made – was phenomenal. All the spicing and textures were on-point.

                                                                                                          And to my everlasting delight, they had Nonya kuih (pronounced ”kway”). The term kuih covers a lot of things, but to me, these generally are sweet and/or savoury steamed cakes (usually) made of flour and/or glutenous rice. The brothers’ mum makes them and I tried their kuih salat (glutenous rice, pandan, coconut milk) wrapped in a pandan leaf. A little sweet, a little salty, a lot like “back home.” Talking with one of the brothers at the counter after the meal, we spoke of other desserts like kuih dadar (that’s a pandan crepe with a coconut and gula melakah filling) and the trials and tribulations of getting the wrapper just so. Wish I could have tried their version!

                                                                                                          Photos and intro/extro bits: http://www.foodpr0n.com/2012/10/08/sa...

                                                                                                          I understand that the stalls close up in October - I assumed at the end of Oct. Anyone know where these guys are going for the winter?

                                                                                                          1. I know I'm late to the parade (really late) but finally made it to the Satay Bros. stall at Atwater (is that redundant?) market.
                                                                                                            Had the Papaya salad with pork, pork steamed buns and the satay sticks.
                                                                                                            That's some mighty tasty food as I'm sure you guys and gals already know.
                                                                                                            It was so good that I was wondering if anyone could put a pointer to any web recipes that might come close to replicating those items at home.
                                                                                                            Thanks in advance.

                                                                                                            1. Ok, it's not so new anymore but does anyone know if the outdoor section is open for the season yet? The satay brothers website seems to indicate that they are in summer mode (I.e. at the market) but closed Tues and Wed. Are all the stalls closed those days?

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                                                                                                              1. re: stak

                                                                                                                I had a delicious lunch there last week. Yes, they are definitely open.