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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
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Private Dining Room for 40th B'day Party - French Cuisine

I second Laloux!

Feb 27, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bishop & Bagg

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

Feb 27, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bishop & Bagg

Just posted this in the "openings and closings" thread but maybe it should just be its own thread.

Just tried it out. Score!! Great addition to the neighbourhood.

Space is very warm and cozy. Just opened this weekend but already a good crowd. We tried a bunch of plates: jerk cornish hen, mushroom rarebit, arugula and beet salad, and... crispy pork belly with grilled endive, maple mustard, and grapes. All really well priced. Apparently the chef used to work at Joe Beef... and a couple of other places I've forgotten.

My favourite thing: in true British fashion the menu offers "pudding" instead of "dessert". It's all in the details...

Feb 26, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Opening/Closings January to March 2014

Just tried it out. Score!! Great addition to the neighbourhood.

Space is very warm and cozy. Just opened this weekend but already a good crowd. We tried a bunch of plates: jerk cornish hen, mushroom rarebit, arugula and beet salad, and... crispy pork belly with grilled endive, maple mustard, and grapes. All really well priced. Apparently the chef used to work at Joe Beef... and a couple of other places I've forgotten.

My favourite thing: in true British fashion the menu offers "pudding" instead of "dessert". It's all in the details...

Feb 26, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO decent mid-priced bistro for casual client dinner near Atwater Library

Is Taverne on the Square (Westmount Square) above the price point? You can't go wrong there for a client dinner.

Feb 20, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Is Cuisine Szechuan still good?

I ate there tonight, and two weeks ago. It's still good. But it's lost that loving feeling. Portions also seem a little smaller than in those heady early days.

The former chef has gone (temporarily) to Palais Imperial in the West Island - more here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9246...

Feb 17, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Jiu Xiang Yuan (Parc Ex). New Dumpling Resto

We ended up here last night as part of our attempt to have the least romantic St. Valentine's Day ever. It was perfect!

Three screens showed the Olympics, the speakers blared with the latest dance hits, and we had a gigantic booth to ourselves. The only other patrons were a pair of hipsters on a first date, a mysterious gentleman who kept asking to borrow the restaurant's phone, and a lady playing the VLTs.

The dumplings were quite good. We had lamb curry and pork/shrimp. I've had fresher-tasting, juicier, tastier dumplings - but these were very good. A cabbage, carrot and vermicelli salad was too sweet. But overall, a tasty meal.

We chatted with the owner - he said they've been open about a month, and business wasn't that great. I asked if he wanted to hear some feedback, and then told him the dance music had to go. He was very open and allowed me to help him change the channel on the satellite radio box to the 80s station. The hipsters seemed to appreciate that.

Feb 15, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Any exceptional Montreal South shore restaurants?

Whoups - being preggo, I shamefully forgot to mention the all-important detail that it's BYOB. So sorry guys.

Feb 14, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Saguenay-Lac St-Jean

For what it's worth, there's tasty poutine to be had at Capitaine Bob. Order with fromage en grains (not grated) and pick your sauce - "BBQ" or "hot chicken". Wash it down with a Red Champagne - a horrid soft drink available only in this region. Also, go to Fromagerie Perron to stock up on very old cheddar and other local stuff.

One place I don't particularly recommend is the restaurant at Chateau Roberval.

Capitaine Bob
360, boulevard Marcotte
Roberval, QC

Fromagerie Perron
156, av Albert-Pérron
Saint-Prime, QC

Feb 14, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Any exceptional Montreal South shore restaurants?

I HAVE ONE!

Papa Jackie.

It's an adorable Chinese spot run by lovely people, serving tasty, plentiful, inexpensive Chinese food. We went last night and had some beef w/ black bean sauce, hot and sour soup (wonderful), Shanghai noodles (plenty of wok hai), and yu hsiang eggplant (outstanding). Everything was fresh and delicious. Highly recommended.

Papa Jackie
4745 Grande Allee, Brossard
Lots of enticing photos on their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/43524...

Feb 07, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Golden Stone

URGENT! I must find Golden Stone. Having pregnancy cravings for Chinese salad and everything else they used to serve. Please help!!

Feb 06, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Has anyone been to PF Chang Decarie?

Assembly-line food. Okay-tasting, but by no means stellar. Vast, cavernous dining room. Too many people greeting you at the door when you walk in.

Was there dinner with a group of girls from the burbs, and they loved it. Just not my thing.

Feb 06, 2014
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Palais Imperial (Chinese food oasis in the West Island desert)

Whoups - I was so excited, I forgot to say where it was. Sorry about that!

Nov 18, 2013
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Sen Vang serving the very best Bun Bo Hue in Montreal

Just tried Sen Vang, having been inspired by Siumaleater's account. Thank you for the hot tip! This place is great. The bun bo hue was phenomenal. We followed orders to stay away from all condiments on the table except the sate (shrimp paste, chillies and lemongrass); it was sound advice. Also tried some grilled chicken and some pretty fantastic imperial rolls (all killer, no filler). The owner and his nephew who was waiting tables were both very personable and welcoming. Will definitely be back; highly recommend.

Nov 17, 2013
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Indian in Montreal.

Sounds promixing, lagatta. Will check it out!

Nov 17, 2013
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Indian in Montreal.

It's tough navigating the sea of low-key Indian spots around town. I like Punjab Palace on Jean-Talon near Acadie (diagonally across from Bombay Mahal) - it's spacious, BYOW, and the food is consistently fresh and flavourful. The lamb dishes I've had have always been spot on. However, the service is abysmally slow. Usually only one waiter for the whole place.

Nov 17, 2013
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ruby Burma questions

I came to Ruby Burma with a group a few weeks ago, so I'll chime in - I loved the food too. The soups and appetizers were especially tasty, and the owners were lovely. Highly recommended.

Nov 17, 2013
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Palais Imperial (Chinese food oasis in the West Island desert)

Has anyone tried this spot since it changed hands in December? A highly reliable source tells me the new management is connected to a former partner in the legendary Cuisine Szechuan on Guy. I stopped by to scope it out as I was in the area.

While I understand the menu will continue to feature the Canadian-Chinese staples loved by West Islanders, I'm told everything is made with love AND with the highest quality ingredients. But VERY interestingly, they're doing some szechuan dishes on a special menu. The "sliced fish in tofu flower broth" I used to inhale at Cuisine Szechuan is offered at Palais Imperial as "volcano fish". I live downtown but I'll be making a special trip sometime soon to get my fix. West Island Chowhounders (Uncle Steve, if you're reading this, I'm talking to you), please check it out and report back!

Nov 17, 2013
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Coconut cream in Montreal/Laval?

Any Indian store will have it, but I always buy this product at Akhavan at NDG. It's a key ingredient in green chutney (a popular Indian snack).

Mar 10, 2011
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

one day only in Montreal - places to eat close to Bell Centre?

I believe I have the perfect venue: Café Griffintown. The food is delicious and inventive, not too too expensive (menu, with prices, is online), and it's close to the Bell Centre (about a 10-minute walk). The atmosphere is very warm, with brick walls, high ceilings, friendly people. The only thing is, it will probably be a little quiet on a Tuesday, as many of your fellow game-goers will unwittingly choose one of the nearby tourist traps, Irish pubs, sports bars, or all-around terrible restaurants for their pre-game feasting.

Make sure you go to the one at 1378 Notre-Dame Ouest as there is another place with the same name a little further west, on the same street. Not saying that's a bad place, but I haven't been there and it's more of a café.

All of the places/areas suggested by wilmagrace and unlaced are all really great, but perhaps not as close - I always find googlemaps is my best friend for gauging walking distances in strange cities.

Have fun!

Mar 02, 2011
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Any suggestions for the West Island?

I second Bombay Choupati - it's a gem.

Feb 09, 2011
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dubai Yogourt & Subs??

Thanks for the report! Did you get any indication whatsoever, while you were there, as to the reason for the name?

Feb 08, 2011
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Any suggestions for the West Island?

I'd recommend Tandoor et Grille, an Indian BYOW on Sources (I understand they have recently moved so pls call them to confirm their address). On a recent visit with my family (who are of Indian origin) we found every dish we tried to be flavourful and made with fresh ingredients.

Feb 07, 2011
nochainsplease in Quebec (inc. Montreal)