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Thai with a twist

Lissa Aug 28, 2000 02:15 PM

Here's a great Thai restaurant with a twist. It's completely vegetarian, but the food is prepared to simulate meat dishes, by using tofu and seitan. I've been there twice, and can't believe how unbelievably tasty their dishes are. The textures, the sauces and the spices are mouth-watering. I've had "chicken, fish and shrimp" dishes so far, each one was just delicious. The prices are quite low for the quantity and quality of the food, and I had the same smiling, helpfull waiter both times I've been there, which was about a year apart. It's called Chu Chai. I'm sorry I don't have the exact address, but it's on the west side of St. Denis. (I'm pretty sure it's north of Deluth, south of Rachel)

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    Jim Leff Aug 28, 2000 02:51 PM

    Anyone with an email address as hip as yours should have been able to find the address! 4088, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal (Québec), H2W 2M5 (514) 843-4194

    Hey, are you sure these guys aren't Chinese, by the way? Sounds a lot like Chinese Buddhist veg...though I know nothing at all about Thai Buddhist veg cuisine (and suspect there's someone out there who can write up a major treatise for us on the subject!)

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      Liz Jun 1, 2001 04:06 PM

      I was there last summer with a vegetarian who was VERY skeptical about "faux meat"--we both ended up loving it and wishing we hadn't waited until our last night in town to eat there. I had a "fish" dish that was amazing, the texture was perfect and the seasonings were heavenly. The restaurant is definitely run by Thais, by the way, as the servers were speaking Thai to each other and not Chinese. I'm going back to Montreal next week for the F1 Grand Prix and I'll be eating at Chuchai more than once!

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