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Are there any good Doughnuts left in Montreal?

The donuts at 'Le Gros Jambon' are fantastic. They had a classic spiced donut, a peanut butter jelly donut and a chocolate glazed donut when I was last there. It has a suprisingly good pastry/dessert selection and it's all made in-house too.

The pineapple cheesecake I had was delicious. Next time I'll try the homemade Joe Louis.

Le Gros Jambon
286 Notre Dame West, Montreal, QC H2Y 2N7

Apr 19, 2012
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

"Soul Evident" French Kitchen in Montreal

That is a serious week of eating you have going on there! You have made some fantastic choices, but one place that I really feel you should try and squeeze in there is Kazu, as was mentioned earlier. So many restaurants you have chosen are in a very similar zone. Kazu would be a nice breath of fresh air for you, especially around day 4/5.

Regardless, enjoy and I'd love to hear about some of your experiences, so keep us posted.

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Kazu
1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA

Sep 29, 2011
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Do NOT order omakase at Jun i

I was taken to Jun-i recently for my birthday. We didn't specify the 'omakase' per se, but asked for the 'tasting menu', which landed up being 6 different courses. I'm not sure if there is a distinction there, because it sounds like your experience paled in comparison to ours.

It was a combination of interesting sushi items ( traditional and experimental) and cooked japanese/french fusion type items with a heavy emphasis on seafood throughout. One dish was foie gras based.

I was thoroughly impressed and I think it was a fantastic reflection of what Jun-i is trying to be. I would recommend trying this route on your next outing, if there is a distinction . . I'm not sure. Perhaps when they hear people ask for omakase they tend to steer away from their less traditional items perhaps trying to meet your expectations of something more traditionally Japanese. I don't know.

Sep 29, 2011
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bouillon Bilk - 1595 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

I went to Bouillon Bilk for lunch today with some friends from work.

Minimalist decor, some antique wood, black mosaic tiling around the bar, nice and clean. The space could use some art on the walls, which are a little too bare right now.

They have an interesting selection of dishes ranging from (if memory serves me well) a salmon burger, braised lamb shank (Moroccan style), pork belly (served with a grilled cheese sandwich), an interesting sounding poutine, a quiche (with veal tongue, brie and spinach), steak tartar and a few other choices I can't remember. Prices range from $13 - $18 with some appetizers in the $5 - $8 range.

We were immediately served some fresh bread, which was warm and delicious. It's sourced from Mamie Clafoutis so not too surprising. The house ice tea was lightly fruity, refreshing and comes with a free refill.

The salmon burger was made up of salmon meat that was minced together with herbs, lightly breaded, fried and served on a well toasted bun with some hand cut fries and garlic aioli. A delicious and ultra gourmet Fillet-O-Fish. The exterior of the pattie was light and crispy and the interior moist and not over cooked. Maybe a touch oily, but that's nitpicking. The burger bun reminded me of my experience at Umami burger, which can only be a good thing.

Another friend had the Pork belly dish which he enjoyed a lot. Served with a grilled cheese sandwich it sounded like a strange paring, but he said that the chinese styled bbq pork belly went quite well with the sandwich which was also served with a poached egg on the side.

Another friend had the Bailey's creme brulee for dessert, which smelled very good, and was enjoyed immensely.

Service was polite and attentive.

It's great to have a new appealing lunch option in the area, as (you probably know) downtown Montreal, especially around Place-des-Arts, doesn't have too many interesting choices.

I'll definitely be going back to try out some more dishes and I look forward to seeing how this resto evolves.

Apr 08, 2011
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ingredients for Jewish (Ashkenazi) Cuisine

I'm going to be cooking up a bunch of Jewish recipes. Specifically I'm looking for a place to get good quality shmaltz (chicken of course) and matzo meal for Kneidlach (Matzo balls). I'm also looking for a place with a good kosher wine selection.

I'm sure you chowhounds can point me in the right direction, I'd really appreciate it! If you know of any other places you could recommend for sourcing traditional jewish foodstuffs, let me know. I saw the Challah thread so I have a good idea about that. :)

Thanks!

Feb 10, 2011
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quiche - Where to find the BEST?

You will find quiche everywhere, but I love the quiche at de Gascogne and Mamie Clafoutis.

Jan 20, 2011
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Yummy Mid-High Range Restos?

Lawrence for sure.

http://lawrencerestaurant.com/

http://twitpic.com/3qdlju

I really love this resto.

Jan 17, 2011
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for short ribs

I buy my short ribs from Chez Vito on Fairmount. They are bone in and they will cut them however you like. I've bought short ribs elsewhere that have been excessively fatty and disappointing.

Nov 22, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food events (2010)

Does anybody know what's happening with the Salon Passion Chocolat this year? I noticed a month ago that their website miraculously switched from Salon Passion Chocolat 2010 to 2011 with dates to be confirmed. Hmmm. Guess it's not happening this year.

http://www.salonpassionchocolat.com/

Nov 19, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Mai Xiang Yuan: 1084 Saint Laurent

I went to Mai Xiang Yuan for lunch today and I was pleasantly surprised at how good the dumplings were. I'm a Qing Hua regular so I wasn't expecting much.

I had a plate of the fried beef and curry onion dumplings and the flavours were excellent. Also the included 'wasabi salad' was very tasty too. SnackHappy, you'll be happy to know that they now put the chili oil and soy sauce directly on the table. Happy mixing. :) I'm looking forward to going back soon.

Oct 15, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Weekend in Montreal

Aug 12, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

First visit Chez Vito

Chez Vito also has possibly on of the best deals on 15 year balsamic vinegar, selling 250ml's for around $35 dollars. Compared to the stuff I've had that cost's double the price on average everywhere else, there is no major difference in the flavour. Balsamic vinegar connoisseurs may disagree though.

Aug 12, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Lallouz - Kebaberie

The kebabs are around $7. They offer a plate with 2 kebabs, salads, lafa bread and juice for $12. The pogomez was $3. I think fries are an extra $2 or so. All the prices included tax.

Thanks for the heads up, I'll have to check out Doum et Nick.

Aug 08, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Lallouz - Kebaberie

I finally got the chance to try out Lallouz, a new cafe that opened up very close to where I stay.

The menu consists of different kebab options, like chicken with harissa, lamb with dates and sage, and a bunch of others. You can order fries or salad, but I just went with the sandwich option. I had the "cherry bomb" which was Beef Kofte with cherries and herbs. It was served inside a grilled lafa bread with some coleslaw. The kofte was nice and moist, and very flavourful. The cherry flavour was subtle and delicious.

Something on the menu that I have to try next time is the Pogomez, a merguez sausage deep fried with chickpea batter. It sounds unique and tasty.

They have 49th parallel coffee and they have a bunch of homemade pastries etc. The carrot cake looked amazing. I was very tempted.

The place is beautifully decorated with a very light and spacious ambiance. I really like what they've done.

I'll definitely be going back to try some different things, and I would highly recommend you check it out.

Lallouz - Cafe - Kebaberie
69 St-Zotique E.
(514) 439-6969

Aug 07, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Sour cherry season?

I saw some wonderful looking sour cherries at Marche Fermier in the Plateau. http://marchefermier.ca/site/a-propos...

Jul 06, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pulled Pork Sandwich at le Pick UP

I live close to Dep Le Pick Up and have been there a myriad of times, and service issues are something I've never had, and I'm far from a hipster let alone a hipster apologist.

About the food, apart from the aforementioned pulled pork and chicken club sandwiches, their halloumi sandwich is amazingly delicious too and their breakfast specials never fail to please. Their iced tea is great too, when they have it.

Jun 19, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

7 hour stopover in Houston. What to do . . . suggestions?

Thanks for all the fantastic feedback! It's much appreciated. BBQ and Cajun/Creole will fit the bill perfectly. There's not much good BBQ in Montreal that's for sure.

I will be in Houston tomorrow, so hopefully most places will be open. Jimmy G's and Rudy's are both sounding like great options, and the fact that they're not too far from the airport is a bonus. I'll keep researching everything you guys have suggested.

Any more recommendations are welcome, and thanks again for all the info. I'll definitely post my feedback after the meal/s.

Jun 07, 2010
Speveo in Houston

7 hour stopover in Houston. What to do . . . suggestions?

So the only flight I could get to Mexico involves a 7 hour stop over in Houston. Now I'd hate to spend it by trying to kill time in the airport, so if any of you Houston locals could recommend some potential culinary adventures in your fine city, I would really appreciate it. I eat anything and everything, but I would love to sample some local Houston specialties.

I arrive at 11:40am and leave at 18:30. I don't know where the airport fits in geographically in the city, so I'm not sure what will be practically possible in the time frame, with traffic etc. factored in, so any of your advice and local know how would be welcome!

Thanks!

edit: I'll be arriving and leaving from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Jun 07, 2010
Speveo in Houston

Resto Recommendations for a girls grand prix weekend

Newtown would fit the bill for your Saturday night. It's on Crescent Street so it's right in the heart of all the Grand Prix festivities. It's on 3 floors, including a lounge/bar for after dinner drinks and a club upstairs too I think. With the new chefs the food should be pretty good. The menu does look delicious.

http://www.lenewtown.com/

My Sunday night pick would be Le Chien Fumant. It's got great food and cocktails and it will get you out into Plateau Mont Royal. It's a pretty popular place right now, so make reservations soon.

Le Chien Fumant
4710 de lanaudiere
(514) 524-2444

May 20, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Does anyone make Quail and/or Guinea Hen???

I just have to echo Carswell's recommendation of the Guinea hen at Les Trois Petit Bouchons. When I had it last, it was served, perfectly roasted, on a bed of porcini mushrooms, brussel sprouts, fingerling potatoes and shallots. The best I've ever had.

Apr 18, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pintxo - My Review

Next time you go you have to try the Stuffed Fig, the Foie Gras Torchon and the Blood Pudding. Those are all of my favourites.

I love Pinxto. It's a great place. I have been many times and the consistency is pretty good.

Feb 18, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Balkan grilled burger

You could try Cafe Sarajevo at 6548 boul. St-Laurent. They should have pljeskavica on the menu I'm guessing.

The pljeskavica at Balkan Foods is a pretty authentic version compared to the ones I've eaten in Belgrade, only the kajmak (cream) isn't as good as the stuff I've had in Serbia. The kajmak you get in balkan food stores in Canada reminds me more of cream cheese than kajmak.

Jan 27, 2010
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cooking classes

I walk past this cooking school everyday and they always have great classes listed. The facilities are brand new and they have a phenomenal teaching area.

They also have a botique which stocks high end food items and equipment. They keep Christophe Morel products, which is a big big plus. :) He also teaches there regularly.

http://www.laguildeculinaire.com

6381 Boulevard St Laurent

(514) 750-6050

Apr 14, 2009
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

wonderful restaurant and a bargain

I go there regularly for their lunch special. At $16 it's a bargain (considering the quality of the ingredients) and it's been consistently delicious. I've never tried the table d'hote though. :(

Aug 15, 2008
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Los Clasicos: Authentic Mexican on St Laurent

I'm pretty sure I saw chile rellenos, but I'm not 100% sure. Next time I walk past or eat there I'll double check.

As for the mole, again I'm no expert. I've had mole at Maria Bonita, La Chilineta and Lele Da Cuca, and this has been the best I've tasted so far. It's rich with a good balance of flavours. Maria Bonita's I found overly bitter with too much cacao and Lele Da Cuca's flavours too subtle. La Chilineta's I enjoy sometimes, but Los Clasicos is better.

Aug 01, 2008
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Los Clasicos: Authentic Mexican on St Laurent

Has anybody tried the new mexican restaurant on Boul. St Laurent just above Ave. Mont Royal? It's in the space where Ail Y'ail Y'ail used to be, plus they've expanded the restaurant into the large adjacent store area so it`s a far less cramped space. It just opened this week.

I have been twice already, and I've had the enchiladas mole and the beef and bacon alambres. I've also sampled their gringas and chilaquiles (with 2 eggs) aswell, all very tasty and delicious. I also tried some of their drinks like the agua de horchata and the watermelon variation which was amazingly fresh.

I'm not really that familiar with mexican cuisine so I'm wondering how authentic their dishes are.

The service has been really great and attentive so far, and I think it should be pretty successful. It's a nice addition to the area and the prices are incredibly reasonable. On average I've paid 8 - 12 dollars for a main and a drink.

The address is 4563 Boulevard St Laurent for those of you that are interested.

Aug 01, 2008
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for Healthy but DELICIOUS Cookies & Brownies

Aux Vivres have a great treats selection. Everything is vegan, and I think organic too. In their Express section, they have a great selection of cookies, cakes and brownies pre-wrapped to go.

The restaurant part has a larger dessert selection (cakes, pies, chocolate parfait, truffles sometimes, etc) which changes quite regularly. They do have certain things consistently like their Choco Banana pie, which I love!

So far I haven't been disappointed by any of their desserts, and you never feel like you are eating a flavour compromised healthy version.

Yesterday I had the double chocolate and pecan cookie which was delicious! Their brownies have nice fudgy interior, slightly crumbly exterior with a small amount of nuts, I think little chunks of pecans again. You can also pretty much get anything they sell in the restaurant section to go as well.

There aren't any calorie counts available so I don't know how calorie friendly they are, but due to the vegan & organic nature of the products it's definitely worthwhile trying them.

Aux Vivres
4631 boulevard Saint-Laurent
(514) 842-3479

Jul 17, 2008
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Tapioca Thé?!

I went last night with my girlfriend and we had the beef with szechuan sauce and the imperial shrimp. Both dishes were excellent and thoroughly heaped with chilis and szechuan peppercorns.

The beef dish was quite hot, and reminded me of Niu Kee's better days for sure. The beef was served with large chunks of cabbage, both swimming in the glowing red sauce. We got the mandatory warning too . . "It's very spicy are you sure?" My last trip to Niu Kee was a disaster so I'm quite excited about this new spot.

The Imperial Shrimp had a very interesting sweet and sour tang and the numbing effect of the szechuan peppers was very interesting with this. It was quite different to anything I've tasted before.

I'm trying to find a subsitute for Niu Kee's salted crispy shrimp but at Tapioca Thé they were out of their salt and pepper shrimp, so I'm curious as whether it's similar or not.

I've been trying salt and pepper shrimp and similar dishes at quite a few places and so far Beijing comes closest, but you have to specify that you want the full shrimps in the shell. Nui Kee's had a gingery and salty edge that was quite unique and I miss it so. Enough rambling!

As for Tapioca Thé, I'll definately be going back to sample the rest of the menu. There's loads of unconventional stuff there too for the adventurous. Pork blood jelly, swamp eel, pigs ears, etc.

Mar 22, 2008
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pâtisserie Harmonie 麵包蜜語

I wouldn't be concerned about the strong smell, I've had durian bubble tea as well as durian ice cream before, and there is no strong smell that remotely compares to the real thing. At the same time most of these "durian" products are artifically flavoured and poorly capture the flavour of the real fruit.

Mar 01, 2008
Speveo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)