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Best Ramen in Montreal

Went to Sumi Dojo but then got too interested in other items on the menu so didn't try the ramen yet. The grilled squid and karaage were better than other places I've tried and the atmosphere was great.

Leg of Lamb with bone Prices in Montreal area

We got a 2.2 kg leg of lamb with bone in from Provigo on Mont-Royal for $28 at Easter. Frozen New Zealand lamb, but delicious. They had nice looking fresh ones at 4 Frères on St-Laurent this week but double the price.

Best Ramen in Montreal

Thanks for the report! I like springiness in noodles, will have to try Sumi Dojo one of these days. I felt the same way about Saka Ba. I actually like razor thin pork but I think Yokato Yokabai doesn't have a liquor licence yet? Are all the ramens you tried about the same price?

Top Food-Related Items to Purchase

As the others mentioned, Marché des Saveurs has a really good selection. I like to pick up creme de cassis or wine there from Cassis Monna et Filles. There are also maple products, good honey and mustards, jams.

Final 2 Day Itinerary Critique

I was at Au Pied de Cochon recently and wouldn't have been able to have any other meals after, let alone breakfast so maybe skip the late night idea? It's nice to be able to enjoy the full experience without worrying about heading somewhere else afterwards. If I had to chose between the Binerie and L'Express, it would be L'Express, btw. We like bagels from St-Viateur and 4 hours is fine. Unless piping hot out of the oven, bagels all benefit from toasting before eating anyway. It's a good idea to slice them and freeze them as soon as you can to preserve their moisture.

Unsliced sandwich bread

You could try the Pansu at Le Fromentier. Looks like this, https://montreal.lufa.com/en/product-...

Don Taco

Looks good and reminds me of tacos I've eaten in Mexico, not so stuffed that it all drops out, and two tortillas to hold it together. You wouldn't usually get guacamole there either unless you order it. Great to see the menu. I'll have to try the fish tacos one of these days.

Cuisine AuntDai is selected as #1 best Chinese restaurants in Montreal.

I saw that too. Not sure you'd like Maison VIP. It's like a lot of Chinese restaurants in Canada from the 80s, deep fried Cantonese dishes like sweet and sour pork. Haven't been to Niu Kee for years so I was surprised to see it mentioned.

Heading to Montreal by way of NYC next weekend and feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared!

Or after midnight in that 'hood could be good time to wander over to Maison VIP in Chinatown for some trashy deep fried things.

Heading to Montreal by way of NYC next weekend and feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared!

I've never been but this looks like a cool event this weekend, a kind of sugar shack street fair, http://www.promenadewellington.com/ev...

Cat Cafes?

I've walked by Cafe Chat L'heureux quite a lot and they seem to have a lot of rules to explain before people can enter, what they can do once there etc. I gather it is geared more to humans not making the kitties dirty than the other way around. But really the best cat show is across the street at the Salon Moov where there are nearly always two lovely leopard spotted cats lounging in the window. It makes for an odd juxtaposition, cats in windows on both sides of the street.

Shrimp / crab shells (for stock)

Might be worth buying a bunch of shrimp and keeping the shells for stock? I've also made shrimp butter with leftover shells, same with lobster shells. Or it could be worth asking at a Odessa or some place similar? They often sell fish stock which might save a step.

Road Trip from Montreal to Quebec City - Where To Stop & Eat?

If you are driving along the south shore you might want to consider stopping for poutine along that route as that can be fun quest. It's not fine dining but supposedly poutine was invented in Victoriaville which is about halfway and there are some good places around Drummondville as well. Here's a map to help with some choices.

http://poutinewar.com/en/poutine-map/

Otherwise, packing a picnic with good items from Jean-Talon or Atwater market could be a good option.

Montreal Advice - 5 Days

Wow, this is getting to be quite an epic thread, well done everyone. Just wanted to mention that my last few visits to La Banquise were not great (cold soggy fries, for example) and there is a lot of very good poutine all over the city, particularly in the area you are thinking of staying near Sherbrooke. Also a lot of great "gites" or bed and breakfasts if you want something more charming than a hotel. Street parking doesn't have to be a problem in May.

Chinese New Year 2015

Sorry to have missed it. How was it? Nice to know the dragons visit the restaurants. Is it nearly always on a Sunday?

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Same here. That was a sleepless, useless night, hey? Will drown my sorrows in foie gras at the restaurant. Saves us the trouble of driving into the country, at least.

Chinese New Year 2015

Copying this from another thread, gabriellin83 posted this Chinese New year dumpling event at AuntDai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA9zY...

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Thanks for the links! That is very cool and sounds like a fun Chinese New Year activity. Will try AuntDai soon.

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

That's a great list! Will look out for the lamb skewers. I also like the crepe at Mei, didn't love their dumplings. Forgot to mention earlier that some of my favourite dim sum is Taiwanese at Su Shian Yuang. Their deep fried radish cakes are a family favourite and their smoked tofu bun is also very good, all vegetarian.

Chinese New Year 2015

The most festive event I can find for Chinese New Year is this show at the end of February, link below. There might be a parade in Chinatown next weekend but I'm not sure where one would be able to find out? Not many of the dim sum places serve dim sum at night but there are a few good dumpling places that serve dumplings all day long. Also not sure they'd be doing anything different or more festive for the New Year. It seems to be celebrated as a family dinner event here, as gabriellin83 points out: http://placedesarts.com/shows/event.e...

Chinese New Year 2015

I went for dim sum with friends at Chinese New year last year and there wasn't much of a festive atmosphere. We were told most of the celebrating happens on the Saturday, fyi.

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

I'll look out for the cardboard packages now at Marche Hawai then. Last time I was there I picked up a big plastic jar and it is okay but I wasn't convinced it was the right thing. Everything else on the shelves nearby was sold out, hmm.

Thanks for the chili oil recipe! The first time I made it the oil was much too hot, had to toss the whole batch. This is the mapo tofu recipe I used, btw, really tasty: http://thewoksoflife.com/2014/03/ma-p...

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Oh, that's a good idea. Just using dried chilis was too mild and mixing in fresh ones made it very hot. I might try a ready made brand. Will look for the Pixian DouBanJiang in brown paper! Thanks.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Nice to see 'hounds credited over at Montreal Eater! http://montreal.eater.com/2015/2/4/79...

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Like the others, I'm happy to have a Szechuan expert on the boards! I've been trying to improve my own Szechuan cooking and spent a long time at Marché Hawai looking for Pixian doubanjiang. I did manage to find a big container but if you know of a specific brand that you would recommend, I'd be happy to try it. I am also struggling a little to make decent chili oil so tips for that are welcome too. Enjoy the dumplings!

Where to buy good quality goat's milk in Montreal?

Lufa has whole goat milk 3.8% from Beurrerie du patrimoine in its marketplace now.

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Great, thanks. I remember liking their chili and salt -fried seafood (not on the menu but they'll mix it if you ask) but then being disappointed with some other deep-fried dishes. Nice to know the duck and lobster are good.

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Cool, sounds good!

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

pkzilla, what are the specific dishes you'd order at Beijing? Lots of my friends enjoy going there so it would be handy to have a list ready. I vaguely recall enjoying eggplant in black bean sauce, snow pea leaf greens, maybe the hot and sour soup?

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

This is a good idea for a post especially as restaurants are always changing. I wish we could keep track of great Chinese chefs the way we do for other cuisines. I like Le Cristal Chinois for dim sum but had very average food there for dinner recently and extremely lackadaisical service. Never mind, I'll forgive everything for their turnip cake in XO sauce or the sesame balls with salty egg.

I like Little Sheep hotpot and it is the same in both cities, being a franchise. And since you cook it yourself, it's kind of your own problem whether you enjoy it or not, right? I've bought the soup stock package from their company and that is a fun way to start hot pot dinner at home, btw.

Had delicious and inexpensive soup dumplings today at the third Qing Hua location which is in fact called Sammi et Soupe Dumplings. They were really good and we were comparing them to those at Asian Legend in Toronto (one of my favourite places there). They are heartier and less expensive so we'll be going back. The pot stickers were nice but I much prefer the ones at Chinoiserie et Dumplings on rue Chabot. They are hard to beat in either city.

I wouldn't put Beijing on the list unless you want to please very Chinese Canadian palates. Their spring rolls are the size of a ... well, they're really large and greasy. Many of the dishes are hit and miss so trying to keep track of the hits is difficult.

What dishes would you recommend at Aunt Dai and Kanbai?