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  • Peter Cherches Jun 8, 2006 03:54 PM

I'll be hooking up with a friend who eats mostly vegetarian when I come up for the jazz festival. He likes le Commensal, but that doesn't interest me. Any great South Indian places (one of my favorite cuisines) or other veg-friendly places we shouldn't miss between roughly these coordinates: St. Denis-Peel; de la Gauchetiere-Sherbrooke.

Thanks

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  1. The link below will be helpful for veggie spots.

    Chuchai (and the more casual Chuch) on St. Denis is good for Thai.

    Link: http://www.montreal.com/tourism/veggi...

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      Peter Cherches

      Has anyone been to Jolee?

      Link: http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVE...

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      1. re: Peter Cherches

        I went 3-4 years ago and quite liked it. I had a dosa and some vada which were quite good. The reason I have not returned? I came across a webpage from the city of Mtl on health inpection and apparently they had a rodent problem in 2002 and were fined. Maybe they have cleaned up but it turned me off.

        1. re: hungryann

          I went to Jolee a few months ago and the place is pretty gross. The walls and floors look like they haven't been cleaned in years. The bathrooms are revolting. There's food on the floor in the hallway and the kitchen. The kitchen itself is a festival of health code violations. The Dosa was quite good.

        2. re: Peter Cherches

          Jolee was fun only because of the indian music videos that they play but for cleaner and better food a few blocks further north also on Victoria is Dev, a much better choice (but no videos)

        3. A Friend who has travelled through for over 3 months knows her indian food and she told me good things about Au Pain de l'Inde that is located on St-Laurent between Ontario and Sherbrooke. Not too expansive and southern oriented hence more on the legumes and geggies than meat. I work 5 mins away, I guess I should try it some time soon.

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          1. re: Dave
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            Peter Cherches

            Thanks. The Mirror review doesn't hint that the food is southern oriented. My guess is that the veg. dishes are Punjab-style. No mention of dosas, iddlies, etc.

            Link: http://www.montrealmirror.com/ARCHIVE...

          2. Have been on the trail for good Masala Dosas in Montreal for several years. At present, the best ones (authentic, that is) are at Maison Indian Curry at 996 Jean Talon West (closest Metro station is Acadie).
            Don't let the name of the place throw you off as it implies North Indian cooking. But they know their dosas, too.

            1. i found a great article in the mirror about a good south indian restaurant -- only thing, is that it's in pierrefonds!
              i've got a car for the weekend so i'm trying it out -- i'll tell you how it goes!
              http://www.montrealmirror.com/2006/03...

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              1. re: ninces

                That would be Bombay Choupati and I heartily recommend it.

              2. Might want to try Bombay Mahal - 1001 Jean Talon (near l'Acadie). If you can ignore the nothing decor, the food is very good. I try to go during off-hours as the dinner crowd can make for a long wait.

                http://english.montrealplus.ca/portal...

                I particularly like their masala dosa and channa samosa.

                (sorry, just realized this is out of your geographical range, oh well!)

                1. I've had the dosas at all those places and while they are different, they are all outstanding.