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poloprincess Dec 30, 2011 02:53 PM

Are there any Hungarian restaurants in Montreal? What about German-Austrian etc...? Or even eastern Europe like Russian? I think I saw a Romanian grocer near cotes-des-neiges and possibly a Russian grocery in Brossard near Kim Phat but I'm looking for a restaurant. Thanks!

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    chilipepper Jan 29, 2012 06:15 AM

    Hour reviewed this place:

    http://hour.ca/2012/01/05/budapest-if...

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      looosia Jan 28, 2012 08:42 AM

      Boucherie Charcuterie Slovenia is a grocer in the plateau (3653, boul. St-Laurent, between Sherbrooke and Pin). I have never been but my boyfriend's Romanian mother goes there to stock up on Romanian and other eastern European products. They apparently make sandwiches and other ready-to-eat items so though they aren't a restaurant I thought this place was worth noting.

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        The Chemist Jan 1, 2012 10:59 AM

        Euro Deli Battory is the best polish food that we have found in Montreal. They also sell groceries and videos.

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          mangoannie Jan 1, 2012 05:16 PM

          there are 2+ russian restos in cote des neiges,two I recently passed by are near queen mary intersection, caverne and ermitage and their menus look interesting but I have not tried them
          For Czech there is Cafe Prague and they now have brunches however they are closed from Jan. 1-16. I went for coffee and and apple strudl- has nice ambiance.

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            finefoodie55 Jan 4, 2012 09:31 AM

            Hope the Videos are better than their Cabbage Rolls ! Mazurka much better bet.

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              The Chemist Feb 2, 2012 08:59 AM

              That's odd. I go to both often and always prefer just about everything at Euro Deli. Perhaps it was an off day?

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            poloprincess Jan 1, 2012 03:20 AM

            Thanks for all the great suggestions. I did some more research on Café Rococo as suggested and yeah, nothing too impressive. The menu is a bit dodgy to me.
            I will certainly check out the Polish/Russian places with high reviews. I wonder if there is a market for good Hungarian in Montreal? Maybe I'll retire to the kitchen.

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              Fritzy Jan 28, 2012 09:24 PM

              Poloprincess, If you are interested in the Hungarian contribution to Montreal's restaurant and coffee scene here is an interesting historical link for you:
              http://www.hungarianpresence.ca/histo...

            2. porker Dec 31, 2011 12:01 PM

              Troika on Crescent is upscale Russian. I went once maybe 10 years ago. It was a quality place at that time, but too expensive (I assume it'll still be expensive, but can't vouch for quality).

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                Fritzy Dec 31, 2011 06:23 PM

                Troika menu:

                http://www.restauranttroika.com/html/...

                Haven't been in years and years; I think they recently renovated.

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                  prima Jan 3, 2012 10:03 AM

                  Has anyone been to Troika recently?

                  -----
                  Restaurant Mazurka
                  64 Prince Arthur E, Montreal, QC H2X1B3, CA

                  Restaurant Stash Cafe Bazaar
                  200 St Paul W, Montreal, QC H2Y1Z9, CA

                  Bistro Europa
                  1620 Rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC H3H1C9, CA

                  Rococo Cafe
                  1650 Av Lincoln, Montreal, QC H3H1H1, CA

                  Troika Restaurant & Bar
                  2171 Rue Crescent, Montreal, QC H3G2C1, CA

                  Euro-Deli Batory
                  115 Rue Saint-Viateur W, Montreal, QC H2T2L2, CA

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                    prima Jan 27, 2012 02:37 PM

                    I went to Troika this past week. I've been walking past it on visits to Montreal over the past 15 years, and I was looking forward to finally trying it.

                    The manager (or possibly head waiter) let us know the kitchen was out of pelmeni, varenyky, and foie gras, 3 of the selections on the appetizer menu, as soon as he came to take our order. I had planned to order the borscht and pelmeni, but after learning pelmeni were not an option, I decided to go with the borscht, share the piroshki with my friend, and try a main. The manager recommended Baba Galina's Russian-style goulash. I haven't seen goulash on a Russian menu before but decided it was worth a try, after the manager mentioned he thought it was delicious.

                    The borscht was a tasty vegetarian version, and the absolute best part of our meal. The piroshki were filled with a bland minced chicken mixture (the 3 meat piroshki mentioned on the menu were not available), and the filling tasted like the piroshki had been pre-frozen then microwaved. I've only tried piroshki twice before, and the wrapper on these ones was closer to a blintz wrapper than the others I've tried. The Russian-style goulash was very tender, and contained many strips of pimento or roasted pepper. It tasted ok, but it did not taste like Hungarian goulash, and the sauce was thinner than any Hungarian, Austrian or German goulashes I've ordered or made. I could not detect much paprika. My friend's stroganoff was also a very large portion. Both the goulash and stroganoff came with noodles, and no vegetables.

                    The restaurant was 7/8 full while we were there. It seemed at least half the tables were taking part in some sort of $15/person all you can eat Russian Zakouski (mezes/appetizers) meal that was offered through some Groupon-type promotion.

                    The decor at Troika looks more like a nightclub than an upscale Russian restaurant. When I googled recent reviews, it looks like it might have briefly been operating as a supper club last year, before turning back into Troika.

                    The current incarnation of Troika isn't what I'd consider upscale, in terms of food or service, but the portions of the borscht and mains are extremely generous (although expensive compared to La Caverne), and the manager and servers are friendly.

                    2 borschts, 1 piroshky, 1 goulash, 1 stroganoff, 1 vanilla/coffee cake and 2 teas came to $89
                    before tax and tip.

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                      porker Jan 27, 2012 06:19 PM

                      Nice review.
                      Certainly seems like this place is trying to re-invent itself, but still hasn't decied on how. Like I said, when I was there, maybe 10 years ago, it was kinda high-brow, menu, service, and food-wise. They were big on vodka shots (ice chilled) and various caviars.

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                        prima Jan 27, 2012 09:46 PM

                        Thanks. ;-)

                        I got the impression that Troika may have changed hands fairly recently, or a younger generation may have taken over. There seemed to be a lot of servers, considering the number of tables, but at least one seemed clueless regarding how to clear dishes or cutlery. The night we dined there, apart from one middle-aged, non-Russian server, almost all the staff were under the age of 35. I would have expected at least one older Russian-speaking manager or bartender at a restaurant that's been around since 1962, although, it's quite possible older Russian-speaking staff weren't working the night we dined there.

                        Much of the food tasted like it was reheated, and I got the feeling some corners were being cut, that probably weren't being cut when in Troika's heyday. While the food was generally ok, I don't get the feeling the current Chef is inspired. I was surprised that no vegetables accompanied the $25 and $27 mains. There were no special efforts in terms of presentation, apart from some dill-flecked "Bechamel" that came drizzled over the piroshki. The mains were simply meat and noodles, with no garnish apart from chopped dill. The food we ordered tasted more like "home cooking" made with short cuts than fine Franco-Russian cuisine made by a Russian chef.

                        It's quite possible that Troika is still in transition. I hope it comes full circle, and becomes an inspired, upscale Russian option, rather than a so-so place that packs in diners with coupons.

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                  pyropaul99 Dec 31, 2011 06:43 AM

                  Stash Cafe in Old Montreal is Polish. I believe there's a German restaurant out on Ile Perrot or somewhere like that - I went once years ago and it was very good.

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                    williej Dec 31, 2011 07:34 AM

                    The old stand by, and quite inexpensive, Mazurka is Polish. On Prince Arthur east of St. Laurent.

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                      finefoodie55 Dec 31, 2011 11:06 AM

                      Great Winter Soups, Cabbage Rolls and Casino all good and same for over 30 years !

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                        porker Dec 31, 2011 11:47 AM

                        A bright beacon on Prince Arthur.

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                          The Chemist Jan 1, 2012 10:58 AM

                          I just wish it were busier. Maybe not the best location for them. Have you tried Euro Deli Battory up on St. V?

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                            porker Jan 1, 2012 11:15 AM

                            No, I haven't. In fact this is the first I've heard of it, thanks for the suggestion, it looks great!

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                        Fritzy Dec 31, 2011 12:05 PM

                        Pyropaul99,
                        I think the place you are trying to recall is the Austrian Vieux Kitzbhuel.

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                          pyropaul99 Dec 31, 2011 01:33 PM

                          Ah, that's exactly the place! I presume it's still there? I think it was the mid 1990s when I went there for a (very good) lunch.

                          Paul

                      3. Fritzy Dec 31, 2011 06:20 AM

                        Cafe Europa on Sherbrooke is a mix of Eastern European cuisines (usually filled with Eastern European clientele). Pleasant place...

                        1. kpzoo Dec 30, 2011 04:31 PM

                          There is Café Rococo on Lincoln but I found it pretty mediocre. Claims to be the only Hungarian restaurant in Montreal: http://caferococo.net/

                          There are a few threads about Russian restaurants, including:

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641053

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