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Feb 28, 2013 01:15 PM

Montreal Chinatown: Chinese restaurants with ducks (or piglets, etc) hanging in windows

This is a bit of a random question, but are there any Chinese restaurants in Montreal's Chinatown that have ducks (or piglets, etc) hanging down behind their windows?

On the other hand: if there are many such restaurants, are there some with
1.Particularly large displays or
2.near Boulevard Saint-Laurent & Avenue Viger Ouest

Thanks much.

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    1. re: wattacetti

      Ah, thanks much.

      Yep, as shown here

      Ideally, if there's a restaurant that has a display like that that's actually street-facing, rather than near the doorway, that'd be great - do you know of any?

      1. re: cellardoor

        Why? What is the purpose of your inquiry? (You making a film?)

        1. re: williej

          hah - especially not the latter. williej's closer - was trying to find a good photo possibility for unconventional pre-wedding shots involving meats. If this were NYC, I'd do something meaty w/Lobel's, a Flushing (not Chinatown) duck display, maybe a large format pig's head gyro at Cannibal...but I'm from out of town.

          1. re: cellardoor

            Theres the BBQ joint
            A. Lam Kee
            1065 St. Laurent (east side between LaGauchetierre and Rene)
            They have meats in the window, but I don't know how photo friendly it'd be as its somewhat narrow and the meats are lined up for the inside customers rather than the street.

            Does it have to be Chinese themed and does it have to be in Chinatwon?

            1. re: porker

              It has to be either in Chinatown or the Old Port area, but it definitely doesn't have to be Chinese themed - I just figured that this would be low hanging fruit (or duck, as the case may be) and an obvious possibility (but being a non native who's only been in Montreal for circa 8 days before...I didn't take the other issues into consideration)

              Don't want to double post, so I'm linking to some other ideas downthreAd that I mentioned:

              1. re: cellardoor

                So you are looking for big display windows of food? Of the top of my head, one obvious choice would be to stroll up St-Laurent from Sherbrooke where there are a number of old world shops and restaurants with interesting items in the window - including the grill at janos, briskets at schwartz's and the main and various sausages and random meat products along the way. Another pretty good window display is downtown at Douze Vinght-et-un which shows their expensive aged sides of beef. At Porker's suggested shop, there is a small window with cooked meat but hardly the kind of display that you would see at a decent china town.

                1. re: catroast

                  +1 You wanna hit St-Laurent between Pins and Rachel for a bunch of delis, restaurants, and bakeries with good window displays. Chinatown has nothing that will best Ethan.

          1. re: cellardoor

            There are no street-facing ones. Montreal is too cold for that.

            1. re: Shattered

              ah, that makes perfect sense - thank you for pointing that out.

              reverting to the original question - are there any backups in addition to Ethan than have similar (non-quite-street-facing) displays?

              1. re: Shattered

                Alternatively (maybe this should be placed in a new thread), are there any particularly spectacular looking groupings of fish, cured meats, cheeses, etc near chinatown OR the old port?

                I mean "spectacular looking" somewhat literally; as in, makes for quite a visual spectacle due to quantity, backdrop, etc...


                1. re: cellardoor

                  Why near Chinatown or the Old Port? I can think of lots of places on St. Laurent and also some butcher shops in the Markets that have hanging meat.

                  1. re: williej

                    I was thinking the same thing (lots of places), but I'm guessing a ceremony in Old Montreal and a reception in Chinatown (or nearby each place). Don't wanna drag the wedding crew half way across town for photos on the big day...

                    1. re: porker

                      Yep, this, pretty much - thanks to all for the other suggestions though

                2. re: Shattered

                  there used to be, there was a huge controversy during the 90s and the city forced them gone.

            2. By the way, belated thanks for all your help - much appreciated!