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Jun 1, 2003 02:32 AM

horse meat in Montreal

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I'll be in Montreal for a long weekend in July, and I'd like to eat some horse meat (in a restaurant). I'm also interested in buying some meat to take home (from a butcher).

Any suggestions/leads would be appreciated.

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  1. I responded before your post got moved from International, so here goes again:

    Le Petit Moulinsart is a very charming place in Old Town with great Belgian (and Quebec) beers, Tintin, and horse and mussels on the menu.

    We didn't actually eat there, because my wife wasn't up for the menu (I shouldn't have translated it!) but as I think Jim Leff pointed out, it's hard to find a place in Montreal that isn't as good as it looks.

    It has a nice bar in the front where you can quaff excellent beer while you study the menu (like we did).

    It's a must for anyone who likes Belgian beer or is a Tintin fan, even if you're not looking for "cheval" on the menu.

    I can't tell you anything about where to buy horse meat (or what difficulties it might present at Customs), but perhaps someone else can.


    1. Can I ask why you want horse meat? It's not like it's very prevalent in Montreal, but I guess you can find it if that's what you really want.

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      1. re: Jay

        It's legal and eaten in Canada. It's quite common in France - where I've had it many times. I like it very much. Can't get it in the US, so I thought to have some in Montreal.

        1. re: Nina

          (Nina) Horse meat is NOT common in France anymore. On a recent trip to Paris, I mentioned that it was something I would never eat and asked why it was popular in France. I was quickly shut down quite rudely and told it is definitely out of fashion now and it would be difficult to find it on a menu! I then got a lecture on Canada's vulgar seal hunting.

          1. re: westisbest23

            I was skiing in Chamonix a couple months ago and saw it everywhere in the market especially in charcuterie. I did not see it on any menu at the restaurants I went to (but then again... in Montreal I don't either). As per the the rude response... its France (im going out a limb and guessing Paris).

            edit: oh just realized you said Paris in you response.... not surprising whatsoever.

      2. The Frites Alors chain offers a small bavette de cheval, at least the one on Rachel does.

        What you want to look up is "boucherie chevaline". For example, Boucherie Chevaline Prince Noir (et gibier) 4675 Saint-Denis, 514-281-8442. (Gibier is game.) Also, the Maison du rĂ´ti, 1969 Mont-Royal East, 514-521-2448, has horse meat alongside more usual meats. You could try Atwater Market - the butcher shops there are bound to either have it, or be able to suggest something. I have no idea about what happens at the border, but I would expect to be queried about meat products especially with the current concern about BSE.

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        1. re: Kate M.

          I'll add that I hope Nina checks out the prohibitions first and abides by them. I got nailed for bringing in a piece of Jinhua ham from China to the US. Confiscation, a $50 fine on the spot, and I suspect a "flag" in the Cutoms/Immigration computers. Six months later I was given the "Third Degree" for no apparent reason in the Customs Inspectors office before flying from Toronto to the US (almost missing my plane, to boot).

        2. FYI there was an article on horsemeat was in Saturday's Globe.


          1. Just had some GREAT horse at a small restaurant in Montreal. I believe it was called Joe Beef... incredible menu.... fairly expensive, but worth the price.

            Joe Beef
            2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

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            1. re: ricole1961

              I haven't been in years, but I believe Joe Beef has a chalkboad menu and items change regularly - horse today, gone tomorrow - maybe call ahead.

              FWIT, many large grocery stores (IGA for sure:, I'm pretty sure of Super C, and perhaps Metro and/or Maxi/Loblaws/Provigo) carry Richelieu brand, pre-packaged horse meat. Sirloin, tournedos, and hash.
              I think all IGAs carry it and other groceries are on a store to store basis.
              I tried these in the past and they were quite good. I have not tried horse from a butcher so cannot compare the pre-packaged to the fresh carved.
              As you'll see in the link above, IGA also has pre-packaged deer, bison, wild boar, and wapiti.

              May I suggest bringing back some cretons, something like the 3rd and 4th picture as you scroll here:

              Joe Beef
              2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

              1. re: porker

                I used to cook horse meat as used to be easily found in neighbourhood grocery stores. I am not sure that it would be anything special in a resto, was it the sauce that made it worthwhile to order, some special preparation.

                1. re: wilmagrace

                  Personally, I don't find horsemeat extraordinary, but I think the OP cannot get it where they live, so it is somewhat an exotic item. Kinda like eating capybara on vacation for me...(or camel/alligator/roo/guinea pig/pecari/etc etc)

                  1. re: porker

                    you can buy kangaroo meat at Metro prepared to fondue (and horse...)

                    edit also many pet stores have guinea pigs lol

                    1. re: kpaxonite

                      I had roo on a stick and roo tail in Oz a few years back.

                      1. re: porker

                        What's it taste like?

                        Horse meat is available most days at Provigo. I like it more than beef, especially for burgers or tournedos. It's leaner and gamier, and Worchestershire sauce really brings the dense flavour out. It's also cheaper, which is kinda surprising.

                        1. re: Shattered

                          Tastes like chicken....
                          Nah, actually its very beef-like, a much redder meat, and more intense meaty flavor.
                          I had jungle rat (AKA paca or gibnut) in Guatemala this past winter. Quite tasty, kinda like a gamy pork/rabbit flavor.

                2. re: porker

                  I was at Joe Beef last night.. and horse was on the menu. It was VERY good!

                  Joe Beef
                  2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA