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Kem CoBa – Delectable ice cream in Mile-End

I've been to Kem Coba a few times this summer, amazing as usual. I was recently there late last night at around 10PM and there was still a 15-20 min wait. I always try the soft serve but I passed for the first time last night as one of the flavors was Rose Water, I just don't like the taste of rose water, I'm sure it would have been subtle but I didn't bother. The other half was rasberry/lychee sorbet.

They seemed to have some new scoop flavors on the board, cheesecake being one of them which is what I tried. I'm always blown away by their flavors but the cheesecake didn't do it for me, there was a hint of something I wasn't crazy about but couldn't pinpoint it.

I'll await for their next twist.

about 15 hours ago
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Upscale Portuguese in Montreal?

Restaurant Helena will be mentioned which is a recent addition.
http://www.restauranthelena.com

From the same operators there's also Portus Calle that has been around for 10 years.
http://portuscalle.ca

I haven't tried either so I can't give feedback but reading reviews here and elsewhere it seems you can't go wrong. Portus Calle has been on my list for a long time, I just haven't had the chance to go.

Then there's Cafe Ferreira which always gets the nod as the go to place. I've been once it was good but I wasn't blown away.

https://www.ferreiracafe.com/accueil

about 16 hours ago
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

T&T Tacos and Tortas

It could definitely accommodate 4-6 people, I was there on Friday night around 8 PM and if a party of 6 would have walked in they would have been seated immediately. There are tables running along the left side, I’m thinking there were maybe 12 chairs plus the facing bench running along the wall so 24 spots plus a few more tables along the window. I think there were seats in the middle too plus some stools up front. I can’t recall but they definitely have more room if they wish to add more tables in the future. It’s definitely not cramped and you don’t have to share tables like at Mais for example, there’s plenty of space.

I wouldn’t call it cafeteria per se as compared to say those South American pupusa shops on Belanger.

I’m not much of a drinker but they have a chalkboard of $9 cocktails so sure I guess you could have a fun night out although from what I saw Friday night that didn’t seem to be the type of vibe coming from this place. They may be going for that feel though as they have a small DJ area and at one point the music (Latino music) got really loud but that didn’t last long. It literally is just tacos and tortas so I don’t know how much time one could spend in there, then again one could have fun anywhere regardless of the menu.

No, there is no outdoor seating.

Ghost, I don't know if the carnitas were poached in fat.

Jul 08, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Food Truck Reports - 2014

I was planning on posting my recent food truck experience so I'm glad snackhappy started this thread. There were a few trucks on Monkland (street festvial) during the Grand Prix weekend. We had a chance to sample a handful;

The first was the Dim Sum truck as someone said above, very disappointing. I believe we paid $4.50 for two meat buns the size of your standard dumpling, served with cole slaw (why do they even bother with the coleslaw). The taste of the dumplings were fine but for what we paid I would never go back. Before I ordered I asked how many dumplings were included and when the woman said two I almost said screw it.

Next up was Le Cheese truck, we noticed Mac & Cheese on their menu so we had to try it, I mean they are a "Cheese" truck right so they must make a killer "cheesy" mac & cheese? One would suspect. I ordered a small size for $5, there was absolutely zero "cheesiness" to it, it was just laden with margarine/butter (I'm going to go with margarine) and they also slightly fried the noodles, taste was non existent. Shameful coming from a cheese truck, one would expect cheese in a Mac & Cheese being served by Le Cheese Truck.

Chicken schnitzel on fries for $9 from Das Food Truck was the following sampler. The portion seemed to be a full piece of chicken breast, pounded a bit too thin but it was nice and crispy and the chicken was fairly tender and juicy considering how thin it was. We did not find it greasy. As jay123 mentioned their fries were awful, we actually threw most of them away.

The last stop was Lucille's, I went for the lobster roll at $12, on the steep side but that seems to be the going rate for a roll elsewhere and higher in a restaurant. I really enjoyed it, there was a decent amount of lobster and packed in quite well, I was expecting a lot of filler but was pleasantly surprised. I didn't find it salty like jay123 and would definitely have it again.

We spent $30.50 in total, as a whole that's reasonable even though individually some trucks are completely gouging. Zoe's truck seemed to have some interesting menu items, I'd give Le Cheese another chance as they had a Philly Cheese on their menu. I don't spend too much time in the downtown core where the trucks typically hang out so it's still a novelty to me even though I've sampled a few over the last couple of years, I'm guessing the same goes for a lot of people.

Does anyone know if the trucks will be out for Just for Laughs in front of PDA as in previous years? I'm going to assume they will be.

Jul 08, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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T&T Tacos and Tortas

T&T was mentioned in the Opening thread but the tacos were so good I felt it deserved it's own thread.

The corn tortillas are made in house and are the best I've ever personally had. I tried the carnitas which mix pork shoulder and a bit of pork belly, they serve them with sauces on the side (a very mild tomatillo, too mild for my liking, a medium tomato salsa and a potent habanero one). A touch of habanero mixed with the tomato salsa worked for me.

You have to try the churros too, 3 long thin churros for $2.50 are perfectly fried.

Really friendly staff too especially the owners.

51 Rachel St W

Jul 05, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Interesting things to do around Jean Talon Market?

It's possible that I miss prime time as I mostly get there later in the day (around 2-3pm). My other observation is that seedling season and then peak peak harvest season (late Aug/early Sept) gets really nuts. July to early Aug seems to be a tad less busy.

But I do suggest OP get there early if they can.

I like sweetooths's plan, JTM then Mile-End (Bagels, Kem Coba for ice cream, great coffee at Caffe in Gamba)

Jul 03, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

I'm so over...

If I'm not mistaken isn't the majority of cattle raised in the US/Canada Angus?

Jul 03, 2014
JerkPork in General Topics

I'm so over...

It's big time annoying hearing people say they are "gluten free"....grrrrrrrrr.

I was in a Whole Foods type store (in Montreal) recently and they had samples of gluten free "bread", the guy manning the station said, "do you want to try some, do you like gluten free breads" I told him, "I love gluten" but tried this nonsense he was passing off as bread anyway and almost spit it up as it tasted like saw dust.

Jul 03, 2014
JerkPork in General Topics

Interesting things to do around Jean Talon Market?

Parking is a nighmare on the side streets but far from impossible to park on premises, take your car and park in the outdoor section on rue Casgrain (there's an underground section on the other side (Henri Julien Street) which I think I've only parked in once), it's very convenient and you pay on your way out so you don't have to worry about meter time running out. Two hours of parking will run you about $3-4 (cash only). Depending on what time you show up you may have to wait no more than 5 mins to enter the parking lot. I'm there every weekend and I think I once in 10+ years waited 10 mins. The last few weekends have been smooth sailing with no line ups to enter the lot but do use the outdoor parking I think it's less hectic. I think peak time is around 11 am to 2 pm, I know after 2pm it's not as crazy. You are then a 5 minute drive away from the other neighbourhood suggestions with easy meter parking.

Jul 03, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Gia Ba has arrived. Go there now.

Tried out Gia Ba recently.

Dan dan noodles were really good not groundbreaking but like the kick, slice pork appetizer also was excellent. Dumplings in chili sauce also a standout.

Unfortunately I tried the sliced chicken bones and I wish I would have asked how the plate was prepared as I would not have ordered it.

You could tell me it's as authentic as it comes, that it's bar food, etc... but I couldn't care less. They are charging $12 for pieces of bones from the neck and back of the chicken with no meat on it minus a piece here and there. You end up chewing on bone which isn't my cup of tea.

I would definitely go back though as the food is fresh and the place is really really clean, I've stopped going to a lot of Chinese places as so many of them are filthy and have been even been shut down temporarily and/or fined by city inspections for horrid conditions. This ban of mine extends to a lot of other places too not just Chinese restos. I know we're not supposed to talk about inspections in here but I'm not calling out any specific establishment.

Looking forward to trying some of their westernized plates too.

Jun 28, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to get family (big) size organic ground turkey for cheap?

You won't notice the difference until you think about all the antibiotics that were ingested by those conventional turkeys. Maybe try Lawrence there prices are more reasonable as not everything they carry is certified Organic but "organic" nonetheless.

Jun 26, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Potato buns for hamburgers! Where can you get 'em?

I haven't justified paying $1.50 per bun, sure it's only 1.50 but the patties I grind at home barely come out to about $2. I'm sure I'll "splurge" 1.50 at some point :) as I think they have the best bread around.

Jun 26, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Potato buns for hamburgers! Where can you get 'em?

I went to pick up regular buns a couple of weeks ago and noticed them too, I got all excited like you but don't hold your breath if you think you are going to get Shake Shack style buns. The packaging says "potato buns" but the taste doesn't. They have the same old lovely ingredients that the regular buns have plus some potato flour, but I will continue to buy them as they are a touch better than the regular buns. I saw these potato buns at Loblaws and Provigo so I'm assuming other big chains carry them too. Too bad places like Pain dans les Voiles charge $1 and $1.50 for their burger buns.

Jun 26, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Via their Twitter account.

"Extremely excited to announce the opening of brasserie lucilles fall of 2014, valet! Reservations! 4124 st catherine"

Jun 25, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quesada Just Opened

I tried out Quesada over the weekend and was not very impressed, nowhere close to Chipotle and definitely not as good as Burrito Shop on St Laurent.

The chicken burrito wasn't too bad but the pork was meh. I much prefer the braised options of Chipotle and Burrito Shop, the pork at Quesada seemed to be roasted and it tasted like it was only spiced with cumin and the pork itself when looking at the bits seemed to have that overly salted/tenderized texture to it that I despise as did the chicken.

As a whole the burrito minus the cumin lacked taste even with the hot salsa. The salsas themselves lacked something and looked like they were thickened with corn starch, another texture I despise in salsas.

The rest of the ingredients, beans, lettuce, tomatoes all seemed to be quite fresh.

The tortilla chips they serve on the side (as part of the trio) were very generic, overly salty and had that cardboard taste.

Staff were friendly.

I'd go back only if I was in the area and needed a quick bite.

Jun 23, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal: Poutine and Shish Taouk and Couscous and....

El Rey used to make amazing gorditas fried on the spot both outside and inside too before they expanded.

I had one a few weeks ago to go and watched helplessly as the cook nuked the gordita shell. Let's just say I won't be ordering another one.

A few other things I've had in the past were very ordinary, everything is precooked and dry.

Yah, the little taco stand is very good next to the coffee shop.

Twinkie, what other Mexican options are there around JTM? Iticate is decent but their prices have gotten ridiculous.

Jun 20, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal: Poutine and Shish Taouk and Couscous and....

Tim Horton’s coffee is nothing fancy but for drip brewed coffee it sure beats Starbucks, Second Cup, etc…I wouldn’t go out of my way for it though, especially as a tourist. If I’m on a road trip or need a coffee fix on a weekend and I’m stuck running errands outside the city I’ll definitely try to track down a Tim Horton’s. If you happen to find yourself in front of one why not jump in and yes, the only thing I’ll order every now and then is a, rousette. I think calling it, "diarrhea coffee" is a bit over board, and obviously it’s not the same as compared to a good cappuccino that costs $4.

I would definitely visit one of our many great pastry shops instead of Tim Horton (Fous Deserts, Rhubarbe, Maison Christian Faure, Patrice Pâtissier) if you don’t care for French pastries, try Rustique for awesome sweets offered in mini versions i.e. key lime pies, whippets, pecan pies, etc…or as others have mentioned, Leche Desserts for donuts.

For really good coffee go to Café Myriade, Melk Bar, Caffe in Gamba, to name a few. You will find very good donuts and a few other sweets at these places if you don’t get there too late.

Definitely head to Abu Elias for Shish Taouk, the best in the city, grilled over charcoal.

Avoid St Hubert, their sauce is so watered down, I find their chicken has zero flavour and they use frozen fries. Unfortunately I’ve had it recently (it was out of my control).

Local strawberries are finally here, slight delay this year due to the weather but they are as sweet as usual.

Oh and you need to get to Kem Coba and have their soft serve.

Jun 20, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

CSA Farms

This should help you.

http://paniersbio.org/en

Jun 17, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Metro Taking Over Premiere Moisson

Is this the kiss of death for decent chain bakery bread?

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/metro-taki...

Jun 17, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bar scene for hip 30-somethings

LOL, pretty generic post to reincarnate 10 years later. I wonder if the OP is now a hip 50 year old. :)

Jun 13, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

World Cup venues 2014?

The original poster mentioned Montreal and vicinity/suburbs, so nothing wrong with Vieux Kitzbuel. Anyway, I think you could pretty much go to any place in the city with a TV set in the coming month and you could be guaranteed any match will be on and there will be an interest.

Most of Bob's venues are places where there will be a large interest, others it seems he just matched the cuisine with the teams but doesn't mean there will be TVs or a crowd. i.e. Tamelara, TA Pies, Ganadara. These places have screens but I can't say I've ever noticed anything but DVDs rolling. Obviously the sports bars and a lot of those cafes will have the most interest.

Jun 10, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Jean-Talon Market & area 2014

How are their nut prices? The nut guy at the market has increased his prices as has Chez Louis, they both have fresh nuts but the prices are starting to get out of hand. It's time to start going back to that stretch off L'Acadie.

Jun 05, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal Restaurants more than 25 years old

I believe Momesso's should be on this list.

Jun 04, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Grilled Cod Filet

Thanks, I went with the tented foil. Drizzled some olive oil, red pepper flakes, paprika, chives, onions, garlic and a bit of lime juice and was ready in 5 mins. I was going to flip them after 5 mins but they were done. It cooked perfectly can't wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Jun 02, 2014
JerkPork in Home Cooking

Grilled Cod Filet

I've never grilled fresh grilled cod filet, will it fall apart or should I foil it.

Thanks

Jun 02, 2014
JerkPork in Home Cooking

Best Mexican (Itacate or Maria Bonita?)

I was back at Iticate recently, they have revamped their menu again. They have gotten rid of a lot of their appetizers (i.e. no sopes, no tortilla soup, etc..) Burritos, enchiladas and tacos are all that's left for mains but they do have weekly specials on their blackboard.

Only two enchiladas are served now instead of 3.

See their Facebook page for new menu.

Such a shame that they have made so many changes, too bad they just didn't stay at their original location.

Jun 02, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

This area is definitely lacking a good Szechuan restaurant. There seems to be a connection to Cuisine Szechuan according to Eater.

It seems it just recently opened.

Gia Ba
5766 Ave de Monkland

Jun 02, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

anyone eaten at Schwartz's in Montreal recently? [moved from Ontario board]

Does anyone know if Snowdon Deli smokes their meat in-house?

May 29, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

eggs rolls

I'm assuming Oliver is referring to; Tchang Kiang By Yangtze in NDG 6066, rue Sherbrooke.

It's been mentioned in here in the past.

May 28, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Finding Fresh Corn Tortillas West Island Montreal?

Highly doubtful, I've never heard of fresh corn tortillas in the WI. Where's your stand, St Anne's market?

May 28, 2014
JerkPork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)