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

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cellardoor Feb 28, 2013 01:15 PM

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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    wattacetti Feb 28, 2013 02:16 PM

    Like Ethan?

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      cellardoor Feb 28, 2013 02:29 PM

      Ah, thanks much.

      Yep, as shown here
      http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/food-wine/Casual+Dining+Ethan/6601731/story.html
      http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

      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?

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        williej Feb 28, 2013 07:11 PM

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

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          cellardoor Feb 28, 2013 08:23 PM

          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.

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            porker Mar 1, 2013 03:26 AM

            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?

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              cellardoor Mar 1, 2013 04:20 AM

              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:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8922...

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                catroast Mar 1, 2013 05:03 AM

                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.

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                  Shattered Mar 1, 2013 06:07 AM

                  +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.

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          catroast Feb 28, 2013 07:51 PM

          are you a narc...or a vegan

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            Shattered Feb 28, 2013 10:01 PM

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

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              cellardoor Feb 28, 2013 10:18 PM

              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?

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                cellardoor Feb 28, 2013 10:36 PM

                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...

                Thanks!

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                  williej Mar 1, 2013 10:33 AM

                  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.

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                    porker Mar 1, 2013 12:51 PM

                    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...

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                      cellardoor Mar 1, 2013 01:00 PM

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

                2. re: Shattered
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                  catroast Mar 1, 2013 04:02 AM

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

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                    cellardoor Mar 1, 2013 04:15 AM

                    Ah, that's unfortunate indeed...

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              cellardoor Mar 13, 2013 11:33 PM

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

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