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jensie Oct 5, 2011 12:08 PM

Does anyone know of secret "off-menu" items at Montreal restaurants? I've heard of meatballs at Westmount Taverne and a secret wine list at l'Express....
Thanks!

  1. TheSnowpea Oct 13, 2011 06:31 PM

    If we told you, we'd have to kill you.....

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      westaust Oct 5, 2011 01:05 PM

      Chinese restaurants that offer a more authentic menu for Asian customers (or simple written in Chinese thus all non-Chinese people cannot read it)

      The Creation sandwich at Boustan, not listed on the menu AFAIK but known to most people who've been at least once.

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        SourberryLily Oct 5, 2011 02:17 PM

        Oh, he's right! Come to think of it, often when i go to indian or chinese restaurants, i just know my favorites. Even if they aren't on the menu i ask for them and they tell me if they can make it. Usually it's pretty traditionnal yet simple stuff.

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          BLM Oct 5, 2011 03:48 PM

          What can you order at Indian restaurants, that might not be on their menu?

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            SourberryLily Oct 8, 2011 06:57 AM

            That depends on whats NOT on the menu. Chat papri, okra masala, a particular type of naan not listed... Stuff like that the isnt always on the menu but they have the ingredients anyways.

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          saltnpepperwhat Oct 5, 2011 07:56 PM

          What's in the Creation sandwich?

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            kpzoo Oct 5, 2011 08:01 PM

            According to this review, "The Creation is a grilled pita stuffed with chicken, eggplant, potatoes, coleslaw"
            http://tastesbetterwithfriends.com/2009/10/20/the-legend-of-boustan/

            It is actually on the menu so it's not exactly secret: http://www.boustan.ca/menu.html

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              BLM Oct 5, 2011 08:46 PM

              What's is their hot sauce at Boustan?

            2. re: saltnpepperwhat
              SnackHappy Oct 6, 2011 05:39 AM

              It's the vegetarian pita with chicken shawarma added. They'll also do it with beef, if you ask them.

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              BLM Oct 6, 2011 07:38 AM

              What's the current status of Boustan? The Boustan owner put up his restaurant for sale, as he wanted out of business(tired of the long hours).

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                porker Oct 9, 2011 09:34 AM

                I don't know if its on their chinese menu (its not on English), but Beijing has stewed beef tendon, just ask.

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                  VinnyRW Oct 30, 2011 05:21 PM

                  At Chinese restaurants in Chinatown, ask the staff or other Chinese-speaking diners to translate the specials board items - usually lots of good stuff. Not really a "secret" menu, but just not easily accessible... usually lots of seasonal items (greens, seafood, etc.).

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                    porker Oct 30, 2011 05:56 PM

                    As colder weather arrives, Beijing (on La Gauchetierre) usually posts snake soup and lamb hotpot on the wall (in Chinese). The snake soup is more of a novelty as the snake is not discernible in a hot&sour soup base. I haven't tried their lamb hotpot, but I'm told its quite good.

                2. SourberryLily Oct 5, 2011 12:47 PM

                  Hmm i've never heard of this. There are specials of the day, and the waiter will usually let you know about them.
                  Also, some places do indeed have 2 wine lists. The main difference i saw in these cases were the prices. The other wine list started at 200$ a bottle, understandable why they don't show you that one right off the bat....

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