Really good Vietnamese food?
- cheryl Mar 29, 2006 10:53 AM
Does anyone on this list have recommendations for a place to get really good Vietnamese food in Montreal? I've yet to find anything above the ordinary standard stuff. I recently had incredible takeout Vietnamese in New York (Saigon Grill), and I would love to find something of that calibre here.
Ru de Nam across from the Corona theatre in Saint-Henri is not bad, at least a good notch above the usual fare.
I know a place called "Harmonie d'Asie", a Vietnamese restaurant that serves any sort of non-pho traditional dishes. It's family-owned/run, it seems, and they serve things like sour soup, tilapia-like fish fried with fish sauce, and a sort of tartare with slices of raw beef topped with lime juice and nuts. 65 Duluth E, close to St-Laurent Boulevard.
For pho soup, then I recommend "Pho Lien" (not to confound with "Chez Lien"), on the corner of Cote-Ste-Catherine and Cote-des-Neiges, facing the Jewish Hospital. They have the usual pho, but also a few particular dishes you won't find elsewhere, like fried rice cake with eggs.
Au Cyclo on du Parc is excellent. Generally Asian food in Montreal is an abmonination. Having lived in Los Angeles where you can get anything from anywhere, I would say that Au Cyclo is great by any standard - not by the standards of Montreal Asian fare.
That said, it is a place for a $20 meal. It is a very nice, charming place. But it is not your blowout place. It is simply an excellent mid-price Vietnamese place by any reasonable standard.
I had heard it was sold.... And some of those other posters indicated that they loved the sushi there. Au Cyclo (at least under the original owner) was pure Vietnamese, no sushi, although he would prepare a raw fish appetizer if he got to know you. He had told me he was going to open a new restaurant, and do catering as well... but I never learned if he opened one.