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Chowhound App?

Is anyone out there working on a Chowhound App for iPhone or Android etc.? Someone smart out there has to do this! I am at a loss without Chowhound when exploring a new city!

Apr 09, 2012
Mandarine in Site Talk

Anyone been to Van Horne yet?? Reviews??

Actually we DID ask for a meal just without the fish component and the chef also refused stating he had standards and had spent time composing the specific plates. I was with this group of 6 and I think the chef was really unreasonable in not trying to accommodate our vegetarian friend in some way.
My other comments about the restaurant:
The service was not the best. Maybe we made them nervous with our demands for vegetarian food, but my Moules appetizer came surrounded by a soupy sauce that was impossible to eat with a fork and no bread. Having to ask for a spoon, then bread separately was a bit odd. I guess they then felt badly for my vegetarian friend and towards the end of the meal, they tried to slip another basket of bread in front of her and offered her some cheese. Why didn't they offer this in the beginning? By then it was all too late and she was no longer hungry, just put off.....
Anyhow, I won't be going back. That was a terrible PR mistake on their part. Accommodating a vegetarian in this day and age is not that hard!

Fresh Yeast Cake

In case any of you are bread bakers, I just wanted to let you all know that you can buy fresh yeast cake at Frenco Vrac on St. Laurent, near Duluth. I bought some today and tried it for the first time as I was looking for a truly flavorful yeast product, as opposed to the rather tasteless "active dry yeasts" that are available everywhere. Unfortunately, yeast that has been selected for rapid rise has had all the flavor bred out of it!
Anyhow, yeast cake is easy to use and takes only a bit longer than these quickie yeasts and the flavor of then bread is well worth the wait. I used about a tablespoon sized hunk of it and dissolved it in warm water and some sugar and the rest is as usual when making bread. Here's my first attempt at Challah bread, made by hand. It was delicious.

Oops. Just realized CH can't upload photos from an iPad.....photo to follow.

Soy Sauce in Montreal

As a Chinese Canadian, I like Kimlan soya from Taiwan for eating sushi. You can buy it in Chinatown. China Lily is an awful product which I think is targeted at an unknowing audience. In Chinese cooking at least there are "cooking soyas" including Mushroom Soya and Dark soya, both used in small quantities for coloring the dish, whereas Light cooking soyas are for most stewed dishes. Light soya in Chinese brands means light in colour only, not in salt or flavor. No one wants a pitch black stewed pork rib dish.....sounds like you need to take a trip to Chinatown. It's all there, noodles too.

Confiserie Louise Decarie

I am so sad!  My favorite little candy store on St Denis is closing!  Louise Decarie Confiserie was a favorite for special treats. She is retiring and I don't know of any other little Bonbonnerie that even comes close to hers. So glad I got in there today. She really took the time to decorate each and every package of candy personally and took immense pleasure in ordering unique and delicious candies from all over the world. This was no M&M's or jelly beans candy store and I will sorely miss her treats!  Enjoy your retirement, Louise!

Laksa anywhere?

I've been to Satay Brothers, and IMHO, I think their Laksa is only OK. It is not a huge serving, firstly, and can be described as a snack only. Laksa is really a meal in Malaysia and Singapour and tends to be overflowing with toppings. Secondly, my fish cake was almost like rubber. Having said that, the flavour was very good and spicy. I'll be back for more, but only 'cuz there isn't a lot of choice in Montreal....

In Vancouver, there are Laksa "bars" where you can choose your noodle type, and 2 extra toppings(other than the bean sprouts, fried tofu, egg and fried onions that are standard) all for $7.50 which includes a drink! I know, you can't compare with a million Chinese there but the selection is really a must!

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Satay Brothers
138 Avenue Atwater, Montreal, QC H3J 2Z6, CA

LE FILET

Thanks Cheryl and Max. I think my parents will love it. Reservations made!

LE FILET

Hey Maximilien
would this be a kind of place to bring your parents? I can't decide between trying this place out or taking my folks to Kitchen Galerie. I'd appreciate your opinion.

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Kitchen Galerie
60 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S5, CA

Garde Manger, Au Cinquieme Peche, Le Bleu Raisin, or DNA?

Kitchen Galerie was AWESOME. We had a foie gras appetizer for 4 and it was an entire foie gras served with carmelized apples which went splendidly well together. We shared the mains, 2 people each: Beef ribs(so succulent and very large serving) and my friends had the ?Cornish Game hens. We didn't have room for dessert but did take in some lovely wine.
Has anyone tried KG Poisson?

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Kitchen Galerie
60 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S5, CA

Argentinian Asado?

I didn't think it was possible until I saw it with my own eyes! That was one DIVINE BOVINE!

Argentinian Asado?

Oh thank you, thank you! I will put it on the list to try!

Argentinian Asado?

Does anyone have suggestions on where to find a traditional Argentinian Asado or BBQ grilled meat restaurant in Montreal. I just returned from Buenos Aires and I'm still salivating about the 600gm rib eye steak that the waiter cut with 2 spoons! So tender and succulent.....let my dream live on!

Opening Tomorrow "Lawrence", 5201 Blvd St Laurent

What's the phone number? I'd like to make reservations if that is possible.....

Meringue powder?

Many thanks! I know the risk is low but I don't want to poison my godchildren....

Laksa anywhere?

Does anyone have an idea where to get good Laksa, the Malaysian/Singapourean coconut soup? I just got back from eating it in Vancouver where it was delicious and cheap. Any suggestions?

Meringue powder?

Does anyone know where you can buy meringue powder. I need to make "Royal icing" to make a homemade gingerbread house, but royal icing is traditionally made with raw egg whites and this means you can't eat the gingerbread house! Now what's the fun in that? Meringue powder apparently is a good alternative and allows you the pleasure of picking off all the candies and eating the gingerbread house!

Burger DE ville - NDG ( Westminster)

Burger De Ville is a landmark in Montreal-Ouest(not NDG). Great burgers, excellent prices, all the fixin's for free(unbelievable choice too!) and awesome fries. I sometimes go to visit friends just so I can grab a burger there. I am so happy that they finally opened in the Plateau---haven't eaten there yet but spoke to the owner and expressed my gratitude!

Sparrow closes kitchen?

I just received that email too. I was so sad, but having read the thread below, I am relieved that they are not throwing in the towel and giving up on a winning recipe! Wonder what the new resto will be called? Glad I ate there last week!

Any Dep selling American Microbrews?

They probably don't want to translate every label into French! All ethnic products and anything made outside Quebec has to have a French label on it for at least the ingredients.

3 BYOs in the plateau

We just went to O'Thym on Amherst and de Maisonneuve last night. Haven't been there in years and it is still as good as I remember it 7 years ago. It has always been a BYOB. The menu changes often depending on what is in season.
Last night they started off our meal with a complimentary gazpacho of white asperagus and pear with truffle oil. Served ice cold, it was a lovely starter. I then had a lovely arugula salad, with smoked duck, parmesan shavings and a figue confiture. It was fantastic. My partner had their salmon tartare with a endives and capers. Very, very tasty too. The portions were nicely sized and presentation was excellent.
For the main course, I ordered one of two specials of the night, a cote de veau with a fresh morel sauce. It was accompanied by fresh steamed green beans and a pommes de terre gratin. It was cooked to perfection. My partner dug into a beautiful filet mignon with fresh cipollini mushrooms. Also cooked to perfection.
Finally for dessert(I admit we couldn't fit in 2 desserts), we shared a lovely pot de chocolat with a salty caramel and 'brownie' on the the bottom of the pot. It was divine and was not quite enough for two, but alas, one has to think of the waistline sometimes......
Overall I give it a 4.5/5 stars. The service was excellent and the prices were very reasonable. I'd definitely go back. Having gone to Yoyo and Le P'tit Plateau in the past, I think I actually like this place better. The ambiance is nicer, the restaurant has high ceilings and is well lit and not overly crowded although the place was packed last night.
Give it a try. It is more in the "gay village' area than in the Plateau but definitely worth the short hike!
www.othym.com

Passing of Mila Oh (aka moh)

We may rename our team for the Run for the Cure: MOHTOWN. So far, Mr. Moh gives it a thumbs up.
We're also planning to set up an running/jogging group(Mohtown wannabees!) for Saturday mornings on the mountain starting on June 26, 8:30am, for a light jog/walk/run then downhill for brunch and/or Cafe Myriad coffee. In the true spirit of Mila!!!

Jun 03, 2010
Mandarine in Site Talk

Passing of Mila Oh (aka moh)

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Jun 03, 2010
Mandarine in Site Talk

Passing of Mila Oh (aka moh)

Thanks for the donation, Marblebag. Come join me for the run! CT

Jun 02, 2010
Mandarine in Site Talk

Passing of Mila Oh (aka moh)

Thanks, Carswell for passing this on. I'm thanking all the Chowhounders in advance for their contributions to the Run for the Cure. Hope to see a few more of them join the actual team for the run! Mila would be very impressed, I think!

Jun 02, 2010
Mandarine in Site Talk

Passing of Mila Oh (aka moh)

I second that! I know that Mila would want us to feast and drink in her honour!
I have known Mila for many years and have always admired her zeal for life. She worked almost up till the last day before she went into hospital and recently won a prestigious teaching award at McGill. Such a tour de force. Someone who savoured each and every moment she had on this earth. I will miss you so much, Mila.

May 29, 2010
Mandarine in Site Talk

Bouchonee/La Montee

cool. Thanks for the update.

Bouchonee/La Montee

Has anyone tried the (new) Montee on St-Laurent? Is it much like Bouchonee was(a wine bar with good nibbles) or more like the Montee was(ie. sit down resto with high quality food)? I have friends in town in early June and was hoping to bring them there.

La Sirene de la mer

Has anyone got any comments on La Sirene de la mer, a Lebanese seafood restaurant on Sauve O.? I've been invited there tomorrow and want to know what's the best thing to order. Any super-stellar dishes to suggest?

Best lunch specials?

I still like Pinxtos on Roy and Laval for their lunch deals. I think they are only open on Thursdays and Fridays though for lunch.

Brunch suggestions for Quebec City

Thanks for the suggestion. The brunch WAS excellent! Would go back just to try the supper menu!