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Montreal... one more meal, please

SarahN Jul 10, 2011 09:01 AM

Hey all - My mother and I are planning a Montreal trip for later in the week. We already have French bistro (L'Express), Basque tapas (Pintxo), Indian (Curry & Naan and Bombay Mahal seem to get good reviews), poutine and various bagels & meats (we're Jewish) in the agenda. Now, we're looking for one more food recommendation to round out the experience. We're plenty adventurous and my mom lived in HK for a time (so Asian food of all kinds is loved, but it must be authentic). How should we round out our stay?

On a side note, anything to not miss on Bastille Day? We hear it's not a huge event in Quebec, but if there is something to enjoy (day festival?), we don't want to miss it!

Thanks - S

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    chickenbruiser RE: SarahN Jul 10, 2011 09:14 AM

    you'll have a hard time having asian food in montreal as good as HK

    the only thing you'll miss in Montreal on Bastille Day is not being in Paris ;)

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      looosia RE: SarahN Jul 10, 2011 09:16 AM

      Previous thread on Bastille Day in the city is here (though from 4 years ago): http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/411829

      I have only heard of one Bastille Day (food) event here in the city in the Old Port where you dress up, have a French dinner, etc. but I forgot what it was called and where, sorry. But you're right, there isn't much of a Bastille Day celebration in this city.

      I would say that the Asian food here in Montreal is not on par with, say, Vancouver or Toronto (or anywhere with good and authentic Asian food) though there are some decent places in the city. If you have one more meal left I would not have Asian food but perhaps go to a charcuterie, such as Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins in the Mile End to drink wine, eat poutine, smoked meat, and other comfort foods.


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        Maximilien RE: SarahN Jul 10, 2011 09:56 AM

        To celebrate Bastille Day in Montreal, you have to go to franco-french bars, places like "Le Massilia" on Parc Ave. or L'Barouf on st-denis st.

        Both places will surely have something "special" but don't expect much.

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          artstate RE: SarahN Jul 10, 2011 10:02 AM

          On a cooler night, you could go have Pho (vietnamese soup) at Pho Lien on Cote-des-Neiges. They have a terrace so you shouldn't be worried about eating something warm and overheating if you're sitting outside. It's a simple suggestion but maybe it'll interest you.

          1. SnackHappy RE: SarahN Jul 10, 2011 10:18 AM

            L'Union Française holds an annual Bastille Day ball. They used to do and outdoor event on Plaza St-Hubert, but I don't think they do that anymore.


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              berbatov RE: SarahN Jul 10, 2011 10:49 AM

              IIRC Cafe Cherrier usually does things a bit different on Bastille Day. Maybe some good specials, although to be honest I don't eat there very often.

              Cafe Cherrier
              3635 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X3L6, CA

              1. SourberryLily RE: SarahN Jul 11, 2011 06:56 AM

                I haven't found curry as good as in HK yet, nor hot pot. Though we have a very select few Dim sum places that are pretty good. Kam Fung, Ruby Rouge and my favorite: Tong Por. Only thing about Tong Por is that, while it's probably the most authentic you'll need a car to get there.

                Kazu, a japanese place, is very good, but small.

                Have you thought of trying something middle eastern? Alep is very good in that aspect!

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

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                  nooyawka RE: SourberryLily Jul 11, 2011 07:28 AM

                  Second the Kazu recommendation. Caution though: I know they were planning to close for a brief period of time, I think beginning on July 14th. Call and check their hours (514) 937-2333. Generally closed on Tuesdays. Normal hours are: 11:30am-2:30pm; and 5:30pm-9:30pm. Suggest getting there during the first part of the day, or line up before 5:30pm in order to minimize the wait.

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

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                    SourberryLily RE: nooyawka Jul 11, 2011 07:51 AM

                    "I know they were planning to close for a brief period of time, I think beginning on July 14th"

                    Nooooooooo!!!!! Forgive me but i will pray with all my heart that you are wrong.

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                      SnackHappy RE: SourberryLily Jul 11, 2011 08:33 AM

                      Kazu is closed right now and until the 19th of July.

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                        deborahm RE: SnackHappy Jul 11, 2011 12:03 PM

                        SarahN, I am hardly Asian food expert but given the large Vietnamese community and immigration in Montreal for historical reasons, I would say Vietnamese restaurants and recommendations above for Pho are the way to go in this city on a brief trip. I have been to Ong Ca Can which is a huge restaurant on Sainte-Catherine and was very pleased--went with Vietnamese-Quebecois friends who highly recommended it and they even have relatives from U.S. who come up for dinners there. Maybe worth a try or looking at reviews, etc.

                        You probably know this already but if looking for historic Jewish Montreal deli experience try the Main or Schwartz's Hebrew Delicatessen (although most likely it's on your list!).

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                  SarahN RE: SarahN Jul 13, 2011 03:49 PM

                  Thanks to everyone for the recos! We're on our first night in town and about to have dinner at Pintxo. I'll report back on what a couple basque-loving midwesterners have to say.

                  I think middle eastern sounds wonderful, so we'll look into that. We also heard good things about charcuterie at La Buvette Chez Simone... any thoughts there?

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                    looosia RE: SarahN Jul 14, 2011 09:44 AM

                    I like Buvette Chez Simone for wine and their tapas, including their characuterie. It's unpretentious though can be very busy later on in the night.

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                      Ched1000 RE: SarahN Jul 15, 2011 06:49 AM

                      Buvette has really good chicken but a tad pricy (btw it's more a bar than a restaurant, just to let you know), when it comes to charcuteries I would skip la buvette and go for La Salle à Manger or Comptoir charcuteries et vins

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                        SourberryLily RE: SarahN Jul 15, 2011 07:15 AM

                        I just found out that Alep will close briefly for vacation, so you might want to call ahead and check.

                        As an alternate to middle Eastern, Khyber Pass is a wonderful restaurant on Duluth. It has the bonus of being BYOB.

                        Khyber Pass Restaurant
                        506 Av Duluth E, Montreal, QC H2L1A7, CA

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                          wilmagrace RE: SourberryLily Jul 15, 2011 12:39 PM

                          oops we missed one for bastille day, sometimes owners of restos and bars who are originally from france will celebrate, on the 14th alexandre was giving free ricard +accordian music


                          its a pity the tourist bureau across the street doesnt do something for these special days, they used to have a little barbecue party with amercian music and characters on July 4 holiday but then let that drop. Really was welcoming for tourists, gave some ambiance at little cost.

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                            C70 RE: SourberryLily Jul 15, 2011 12:49 PM

                            +1 for khyber pass, yum!

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                          Loumimosa RE: SarahN Jul 15, 2011 01:21 PM

                          I have to admit that asian food in Montreal is not usually as authentic as say HK or other big american Cities I agree for KAZU ,it's delicious but be ready to wait in line for a while, the place is very small.
                          I also like The Noodle factory on St-Urbain for a cheap chinese eat. They make their dough by hand for all dumplings. The place is very small also but has a feel of being in China.

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                            deborahm RE: Loumimosa Jul 16, 2011 01:55 PM

                            +2 for Khyber Pass. A good 'table d'hote' menu and there is also a vegetarian option (although I would suggest having lamb there). Good idea to make a reservation as it fills up quickly!

                            Khyber Pass Restaurant
                            506 Av Duluth E, Montreal, QC H2L1A7, CA

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                              wilmagrace RE: deborahm Jul 24, 2011 08:56 PM

                              on bastille day they started a french cocktail celebration every tuesday at suite 701 (and free airline tickets to be won every week), goes on til sept. and nice view from up high is a plus!

                              Tous les mardis jusqu'au mois de septembre la Suite 701 propose les soirées Apéritifs Parisiens en collaboration avec Corsairfly.; also created a special drink for the occasion "the french touch"


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