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Apr 16, 2014 06:14 PM

Bakeries, pastry shops and inexpensive good food

Hi Montreal Chowhounders,

I am heading to Montreal with my family for two days this long weekend. We love eating in Montreal. We have two kids, so fancy sit-down meals are generally not a great idea, and we don't want to spend a fortune either. I tend to do a lot of research before our Montreal trips, so I've read a fair bit on Chowhound.

We would like to try really good new bakeries for excellent bread. I already love Guillaume and have tried Mamie Clafoutis, Le Fromentier, and others. I want to try le Pain dans les Voiles this time. Anything else? I especially love good whole grain breads with nice sour levain/sourdough starters.

Great viennoiseries: I love the croissants at Fous Desserts, have had some good pastries at Mamie Clafoutis, and used to love le Kouign Aman but have been disappointed lately. I will try to get to Christian Faure, but welcome all suggestions.

Are there any good grilled fish sandwiches in Montreal? Simple, affordable? Kind of like getting a merguez or lamb sandwich at the Jean Talon Market, but fish instead?

We love Aux Vivres, and would like to discover other vegan restos or cafes that have flavourful and affordable food. We're not vegan, but like to have a vegan meal here and there.

Good, inexpensive sushi near Jean-Talon market? It doesn't have to be right next door, but in a two kilometer radius or so.

Are there any inexpensive and good lunch places downtown that would be open on Good Friday and Saturday?

Thanks in advance,


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  1. Very close to Jean-Talon Market, there is a Thai restaurant called Kinnarie. I'm not familiar with the new management; it was very economical and was (and still is) a byow. The only thing close to fish sandwiches at JTM are the lobster rolls at Shamrock, and I don't think they have rolled them out yet. The winter was horrific, so a lot of things are late. I hope the Atkins and Poissonnerie Gaspésienne crew will have little trays of fried fish.

    Kinnarie definitely has meals with tofu as the protein, but I don't know whether they are fully vegetarian or vegan, since the fish sauce and seafood in spice pastes is what vegans must watch out for in Southeast Asian cooking.

    Very close to the Pain dans les Voiles on rue de Castelnau is Mia, an Indonesian small plates restaurant.

    1. You might like to check out Yuan Vegetarian. Really good vegetarian (and mostly vegan) Chinese food. Just tried with a group of mainly non-vegetarians and we all loved it.

      1. For a yummy inexpensive lunch downtown, check out La Folie du Koshary (Egyptian), Avesta (Turkish), or Antep Kabab (Turkish kebabs), all near Concordia.

        For brunch or a brunch-like lunch, check out Cocktail Hawaii for delicious Lebanese food: (turn your speakers down, auto-playing music alert)

        1. Panthere Vert for vegan.. have the falafel pita

          1. You'll enjoy La Bête a Pain bakery, amazing breads, great pastries, square pizza, breakfast sandwiches etc.... I really recommend it. It's a less than 10 min drive north from Jean Talon Mrkt, drive straight a couple of miles north on St Laurent and turn left on Fleury.


            Find @lesturbain on Twitter and click his Instagram account for some shots of the place and products. M Royal is one of the owners of the bakery and a resto on the same street and he's always busy on twitter.

            3 Replies
            1. re: JerkPork

              There is a byow restaurant nearby, Le Chien Rose, that points out the major allergens and gluten on its menu, so I'm sure it would also be reliable in terms of vegetarian and vegan requirements:

              This month's theme is "New York", so if you're from there, it might be superfluous.

              La Bête à pain also has a restaurant, le St-Urbain, but it might be a bit over your budget.

              Jerk, I'll have to get up there soon; it is a short trip by car or bicycle, but annoying by bus as the 55 bus only goes up to Chabanel, then one must take another northbound.

              1. re: lagatta

                Hwertheim, here's his instagram account to get you drooling;


                Lagatta, bike it, 20 min ride maximum. According to Google Maps Bete a Pain is only 4.9 km away.

                1. re: JerkPork

                  Indeed, it is nothing by bicycle, and it is flat. I tend to add a bit east-west, as I like taking the dedicated bicycle lane on Lajeunesse; I hate cycling on that stretch of St-Laurent.

                  Hanna Wertheim is a very pretty name, by the way. Wertheimpark is a beautiful small park in Amsterdam.