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jimmyp905 Nov 3, 2011 11:35 AM

Hello i'm from Niagara Falls but i was wondering the best breakfast place in Montreal where they serve beef brisket with rice roll (preferably pan fried not steamed). Also a good Dim sum place

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    finefoodie55 Nov 3, 2011 11:56 AM

    A good place for Dim Sum is Restaurant Foo Lam at 9394 LAcadie across from Central Market.As far as your briskit goes I cannot help.

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    1. re: finefoodie55
      maj54us Nov 3, 2011 12:30 PM

      I beg to differ on Foo Lam on l'Acadie it's really not good.

      This was the worst dim sum experience I had in Montreal. Their dim sum were bland and kind of tasted all the same when I went a few months back for a lunch dinner.

      The place wasn't to inviting to go back and try again. Unless someone can confirm that they drastically changed their way of preparing dim sum.

      They are not the best but the take out place in the buffet restaurant on de la gauchetiere are way better than Foo Lam on Acadie.

      1. re: maj54us
        wattacetti Nov 3, 2011 12:42 PM

        Foo Lam is the former Zao's and has been pretty good, but at specific times. As in Saturday and Sunday between 11:30 and 1:00p. Outside of these three hours, I can't vouch for how well they do, as they're either not producing or they're winding down the kitchen. Have never been during the weekdays because of this little thing called a job.

        An alternative is Tong Por VSL, though again in the same time period. If you get the waiter with the J Jonah Jameson buzzcut, ask for new chopsticks unless you know the table's just been bussed.

        1. re: wattacetti
          jimmyp905 Nov 3, 2011 07:53 PM

          Will do. Maybe will ask anyone for new chopsticks just in case

        2. re: maj54us
          vanierstudent Nov 4, 2011 02:59 AM

          From what I understood, it had a staff change during the period of the last year. I had their dimsum once or twice at the hours prescribed by wattacetti, quite decent by montreal standard, but I also went to a dinner on a weeknight, it was quite average at best. So you 2 are probably right.

          1. re: vanierstudent
            jimmyp905 Nov 4, 2011 06:08 AM

            Sweet that's good to know then.

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        jimmyp905 Nov 3, 2011 01:26 PM

        Thanx for the quick response everyone maybe ill try both if I get the chance. hopefully someone knows of a breakfast place that serves the beef brisket dish though

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          Fintastic Nov 4, 2011 08:15 AM

          I feel like I'd have a tough time recommending that any tourist go to the l'Acadie area unless there was something particularly special about the restaurant. By the sounds of things you could probably get similar (or better) dim sum at Ruby Rouge or Kam Fung in chinatown, though I dont think I've seen brisket with rice rolls anywhere... Montreal does not have a great offering of chinese/hong kong-ese foods: There's certainly more variety in Toronto.

          1. re: Fintastic
            jimmyp905 Nov 4, 2011 09:35 AM

            Thank you for that info good to know before I get there. Have to stop in Markham on the way home then.

            1. re: Fintastic
              SnackHappy Nov 4, 2011 03:50 PM

              "Montreal does not have a great offering of chinese/hong kong-ese foods"

              I've never been to Hong-Kong, but it was always my impression from reading around and speaking with restaurant staff that most of the places in Chinatown are Hong-Kong-style.

              1. re: SnackHappy
                Fintastic Nov 5, 2011 04:34 PM

                I think this is true. However, I just never hear anyone talking about good HK-style foods as exist to the east. I'm certainly not an expert, but even if there are a lot of these restaurants doesn't mean that they're offering particularly great food.

            2. re: jimmyp905
              MPthedog Nov 5, 2011 10:52 AM

              Yes, I'm confirming Fintastic and SnackHappy words: Montreal is not the place for HK-ese foods, especially if you compare to cities like Toronto and Vancouver where all the later HK immigrants go.

              Now, if my memory is good, I think I had this beef brisket dish at Sun Tung Lok in Brossard (4725, boul Grande-Allée) but the rice roll was steamed not pan fired. You can also try Restaurant Jardin du sud in Brossard (8080 Boul Taschereau) it's a Cha Chaan Teng, they might have it. For Dim Sum, I will recommend you La Maison Kam Fung in Brossard (7209 Boulevard Taschereau, this one in Brossard is slightly better than the one in Chinatown), but again there's nothing to compare of what you have in Toronto!

              1. re: MPthedog
                maj54us Nov 6, 2011 08:46 AM

                What is the difference would you say? Yesterday I had a falafel sandwich in ville st-laurent at a place called crazy falafel. It was okay bot not that flavorful compared to freiha in laval that has tons of flavors attacking your mouth. Do you compare it that way?

                1. re: maj54us
                  MPthedog Nov 6, 2011 01:54 PM

                  Actually in Montreal, Chinese food (from south of China: Cantonese and HK-ese) are mainly made by cooks that came here a long time ago. It is HK-ese style but in an old fashion way. Clearly now the best Chinese cooks don't come to Montreal but prefer instead Toronto and Vancouver (where the Chinese community is more important). So the difference is remarkable: in Montreal, we are lacking varieties, cooking techniques and even ingredients freshness. In fact, some imported chinese vegetables arrive first in Toronto before reaching Montreal (and some will never reach Montreal because the demand is not as important). Moreover, lot of dishes are homemade in Toronto: if we take the example of rice roll, some restaurants here in Montreal will just buy it from outside but in Toronto, it is normally homemade and the texture is so different and yummy! Also, in general chinese foods here are missing Wok Hay which affect a lot the "flavor" of the dish. Finally, since the competition in Toronto and Vancouver is very high, they have no choice to offer you the best of chinese foods and the must is: at very reasonable price!!

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