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Jun 2, 2014 12:20 PM

Gia Ba has arrived. Go there now.

Ever since the original chef (Andy) left Cuisine Szechuan, I've been patiently waiting for his spectacular food to resurface... lo and behold, it now has.

From what I can gather, Andy and his wife Debby have poured their hearts into Gia Ba, their new spot on Monkland in NDG. He's still serving all his CS specialties (green beans with minced pork, chillie beef, twice cooked fish, chicken and tofu flower in spicy broth, etc etc etc) but also offering some new interesting dishes.

When you go - and you will - please, please trust me and order chillie chicken. The dish essentially consists of sliced chicken bones which have been generously spiced and then slowly deep fried to absolute perfection - we were told it's Chinese bar food, to be enjoyed with beer. (Which they now have, by the way). The night we went, they were also doing a special of szechuan-style crawfish - and I have a feeling they'll be regularly supplementing the menu with fun stuff to keep us coming back.

Prices are very reasonable - comparable to CS, even though this new space is much more inviting. Fewer greasy students, no grime, no bright yellow walls randomly festooned with travel posters.

We should all go support this talented chef and his labour of love!

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  1. I am so looking forward to trying this place! The last time I was at Cuisine Szechuan, about a month ago, the food was very disappointing, and I'd heard the chef had left. I'm glad to hear he's resurfaced! I intend to be a regular customer...

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    1. re: cherylmtl

      Me too! I went back to CS once or twice in a futile attempt to get my fix, but it was just never the same without this guy.

    2. Wow - thanks for the report, I was so hoping to finally have non-Westernized Chinese food in NDG... have my wishes been answered? Can't wait to check it out!

      5766 Monkland Avenue
      (514) 564-7698

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      1. re: kpzoo

        Oh, they have. Let us know what you think!!

        1. re: kpzoo

          kpzoo, were you by any chance there this evening?

          1. re: cherylmtl

            I was! Were you too? I didn't recognize you! (I know it's been ages...)

            1. re: kpzoo

              I thought that was you, but it has been ages, so I wasn't sure...we were sitting near the at the very back, near the kitchen.

        2. cool im going there this saturday!

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          1. re: Crispyporkbelly

            Their FB page says something about not serving their regular menu this Fri-Sun due to the Monkland street festival -not quite sure what that means but just a heads-up.

          2. It was sooo good. We had twice-cooked fish, cumin braised chicken, and dan dan noodles, which are vegetarian with homemade noodles.

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            1. re: kpzoo

              thanks for the tip!!! looks really good

              1. re: Arktik

                I asked the same thing! They don't right now... they do seem to do a brisk take-out business!