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Gia Ba has arrived. Go there now.

Hey JerkPork! Just about the chicken bones... I agree not everyone's cup of tea but I know it takes a long time to cook and involves a certain degree of expertise... hence the $12 for bones. But I see what you mean!

Jul 17, 2014
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Is Maison Publique the right choice?

I second Maison Publique. Perfect choice for this scenario.

Jul 17, 2014
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Montreal: Poutine and Shish Taouk and Couscous and....

Tried recently. It's stellar.

Jul 05, 2014
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Old Montreal - Sunday lunch

This seems like spam. Winnie's?!?!

Jul 05, 2014
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Suggestions for later in the evening in downtown Montreal

My recommendation would be L'Orignal in Old Montreal, open Mondays and usually a pretty good crowd that night since everything else is closed!

Jul 05, 2014
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Rivière des Prairies

Not all at once...

Jun 07, 2014
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Business dinner & roundtable options near Old Montreal

Le Local has a private room with good AV system. Not sure how many it seats.

Jun 05, 2014
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Montreal Restaurants more than 25 years old

Piment Rouge has closed. We went in winter 2013 and it was clearly on its last legs... now it's gone.

If "Restaurant John" refers to the one on Notre-Dame in St-Henri, it is now called "John 2.0" and they have a truly terrible sign outside.

Jun 04, 2014
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Gia Ba has arrived. Go there now.

I asked the same thing! They don't right now... they do seem to do a brisk take-out business!

Jun 04, 2014
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Bishop & Bagg

Hi again - went back to Bishop & Bagg for brunch not too long ago. Had maple crepes and ricotta on toast. Simple, tasty options and really reasonable prices.

Also had dinner there once more - tried whole rainbow trout with fiddleheads and beurre blanc (fantastic, if you're man enough to overlook a few bones and enjoy fish the way it was meant to be eaten) and had a few bites of steak which was also really good.

Jun 04, 2014
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Good news for Montreal chiliheads! Cuisine Szechuan

Whoups - then I misunderstood somewhere along the way. But Chef Andy, who was killin it at CS for a long time, has now opened Gia Ba.

Where has this mysterious Tapioca The chef gone now?

Jun 04, 2014
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Good news for Montreal chiliheads! Cuisine Szechuan

Posting this in every thread on Cuisine Szechuan -

The original chef, Andy, left CS last year to our great dismay. Happily, he has just opened a new place on Monkland in NDG, called Gia Ba. Same tasty food, more inviting setting. Here's the thread about it.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977654

Jun 03, 2014
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Cuisine Szechuan, 2350 Guy, corner with Sherbrooke

Posting this in every thread on Cuisine Szechuan -

The original chef, Andy, left CS last year to our great dismay. Happily, he has just opened a new place on Monkland in NDG, called Gia Ba. Same tasty food, more inviting setting. Here's the thread about it.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977654

Jun 03, 2014
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Is Cuisine Szechuan still good?

The original chef, Andy, left CS last year to our great dismay. Happily, he has just opened a new place on Monkland in NDG, called Gia Ba. Same tasty food, more inviting setting. Here's the thread about it.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/977654

Jun 03, 2014
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Dim sum

Shoot you're right. Sorry!

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

Gia Ba has arrived. Go there now.

Oh, they have. Let us know what you think!!

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

Gia Ba has arrived. Go there now.

Me too! I went back to CS once or twice in a futile attempt to get my fix, but it was just never the same without this guy.

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

Quick, tasy, healthy and cheap lunches near Square Victoria

I work in the area, and these 3 spots have earned by undying love and affection by virtue of their outstanding sandwiches (all around $10) as well as friendly service which is quite important to me.

1) Bello (363 Place Youville)

2) Café Luna d'Oro (469 St-François-Xavier)

3) Café Pavé (243 Notre-Dame Ouest)

I also go sometimes to Marché de la Villette (324 St-Paul Ouest) for a BIG classic ham and cheese sandwich on good baguette, or to Brit n' Chips for a very tasty (if less than wasitline-friendly) box of fish n'chips, or Five Guys when sheer gluttony is in order.

Stash Café, the Polish restaurant on St-Paul and St-François-Xavier, has good specials every day... and pierogies. Sometimes you just want pierogies.

When I want to be more frugal, I get salads and a spring roll at Clafouti. Occasionally I opt for a wrap at Java U and inevitably regret it.

I never, ever go to Olive + Gourmando (I just can't stomach the price of a sandwich, but if they can keep it up, more power to them).

Finally: I heard there is a new spot called Cantinho do Lisboa on St-Paul, and then there's Le Serpent on Ottawa, but that's a little far for the OP. Looking forward to trying those.

Jun 02, 2014
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Dim sum

My favourite is Mon Nan on Clark and de la Gauchetiere. Oh, and it's kid-friendly for sure.

Jun 02, 2014
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Gia Ba has arrived. Go there now.

Ever since the original chef (Andy) left Cuisine Szechuan, I've been patiently waiting for his spectacular food to resurface... lo and behold, it now has.

From what I can gather, Andy and his wife Debby have poured their hearts into Gia Ba, their new spot on Monkland in NDG. He's still serving all his CS specialties (green beans with minced pork, chillie beef, twice cooked fish, chicken and tofu flower in spicy broth, etc etc etc) but also offering some new interesting dishes.

When you go - and you will - please, please trust me and order chillie chicken. The dish essentially consists of sliced chicken bones which have been generously spiced and then slowly deep fried to absolute perfection - we were told it's Chinese bar food, to be enjoyed with beer. (Which they now have, by the way). The night we went, they were also doing a special of szechuan-style crawfish - and I have a feeling they'll be regularly supplementing the menu with fun stuff to keep us coming back.

Prices are very reasonable - comparable to CS, even though this new space is much more inviting. Fewer greasy students, no grime, no bright yellow walls randomly festooned with travel posters.

We should all go support this talented chef and his labour of love!

Jun 02, 2014
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Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

Gia Ba is open and it's spectacular. Same chef from Cuisine Szechuan, doing what he does best. The space is inviting and the food is phenomenal. We should all go and support them!

Jun 02, 2014
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Opinions on best Thai food?

Same here! Exciting!

I also tried Tuk Tuk the other day and it was tasty, cheap, and homey - with very pleasant service.

Mar 09, 2014
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Opening/Closings January to March 2014

The original location on St-Laurent is reopened. Same people, same phenomenal dumplings. The only change seems to be a new... carpet.

Mar 05, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Recos within walking distance of our hotel

1) There are no really authentic old-school "casse-croutes" (snack bars) in Old Montreal, but there is tasty upscale poutine to be had in the area. For example, Taverne Gaspar (89 De La Commune West) has one with confit duck. But at $20 it's definitely on the high end of the poutine scale.

2) Definitely no bagels. Highly recommend following the other posters' recommendations and going to St-Viateur or Fairmount.

3) Definitely Christian Faure; it's new and spiffy. For croissans, I like Olive & Gourmando (closed Sundays and Mondays - gets packed whenever it IS open).

4) I second Le Cartet and Le Gros Jambon for brunch. And I'm also going to make a suggestion of a place I've never eaten at, but have heard good things about: L'Arrivage, the restaurant at the top of Pointe-a-Calliere (the archeology museum). The view of the Port is pretty great.

Mar 05, 2014
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Indian in Montreal.

Just tried Flavours of India; it was great. Tasty north Indian food for ridiculously low prices in an accordingly simple setting. Festive yellow walls. Ample seating (the place is massive). Pleasant service (one sweet young girl serving the entire place). Will definitely go again; sooner than I care to admit.

Mar 05, 2014
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Best pub food in Montreal?

I loved the food there, which was impressive as the place had been open a week when I went. But no fish n' chips or burgers on the menu - it's pub food's cooler older brother. And yes - it's indeed a cozy spot!

Mar 02, 2014
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Private Dining Room for 40th B'day Party - French Cuisine

I second Laloux!

Feb 27, 2014
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Tuck shop or Chien Fumant for a group of 8

I hate the "one bill for the whole table" policy. It's 2014. Maybe I'm missing something.

Feb 27, 2014
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Bishop & Bagg

Classy move not elaborating on the kinks; after all that's sort of the point of a soft launch!

Feb 27, 2014
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Old Mont. Recos for a pregnant lady?

I'm pregnant and all I want to eat is grilled cheese, but as for you, could you not have fish? Lots of Old Montreal restaurants have great (cooked) fish and seafood. L'Orignal springs to mind (479 St-Alexis); I'm pretty keen on their black cod, and I think it's the right feel for your purposes.

Feb 26, 2014
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