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Restaurant Coréen Mon Ami - 모나미

Very glad to hear you liked it!

They have a lot of different sauces (not sure which you tried?) but if you're happy with your honey, then awesome. ;)

Apr 08, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Joe Beef vs. Liverpool House

Brit and Chips in Old Montreal is good if you're in the mood for that. Like O&G it's also very busy at lunch, suggest going earlier (they seem to open at 11) or later.

http://www.britandchips.com/

Apr 08, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Coréen Mon Ami - 모나미

I've been here a few more times since I posted this review and tried a few more dishes. Here are the results:

- beef bulgogi - everyone loved this (I don't eat beef so I didn't have any)
- noodles in black bean sauce with vegetables - gloppy, too much sauce, not enough other ingredients. It was also full of ground meat, which I didn't expect. Wouldn't order again.
- "sausages with vegetables" - almost no one touched this because the "sausages" turned out just to be little cocktail hot dogs, which isn't what anyone was expecting. The veggies were chunks of peppers and onions. Wouldn't order again.

We tried to order the ramen as takeout but they said it doesn't travel well and suggested the veggie dumplings instead, so we had that. They were good, but unfortunately fried, so we ended up with both fried chicken and fried dumplings - too much fried in one meal. :)

I've heard good things about the bibimbap so I plan to try that.

Apr 08, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for Russian grocery store in Montreal

I've never heard of this. Any idea if it has another name or in what part of town it's located? It's not Epicure, is it? http://epicuremarket.ca/

Apr 08, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

FRIED CHICKEN AT DAWA IN NDG

> Did they actually turn you away without a reservation?

They did one night because there was simply no room. It's a fairly small place.

I'd love to know what you think after you go!

Apr 07, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

FRIED CHICKEN AT DAWA IN NDG

Mon Ami's chicken is excellent. In case you missed it, I started a thread for it a couple of months back: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1006401

Apr 06, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Top Food-Related Items to Purchase

Lots of great suggestions there! Tons of amazing maple products at Marché des Saveurs at the Jean-Talon Market.

Just be wary about bringing back any meat, especially beef (hello Mad Cow scare!), since you may be forced to throw it out at the border despite the rules and how it's packaged, which would be super sad. :) The regulations on meat change from time to time and it can also depend on how you're travelling (plane vs. car, etc.) and on the whims of a particular customs employee.

Apr 06, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Maybe people don't want to open this gigantic thread anymore? ;) Hoping someone starts a new one, I think this 6-year old thread's had a good run.

Don Taco

Thanks, that's helpful! (I'd never been to Chez Saif.)

Mar 30, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Don Taco

One more question - how big is the place? About how many seats or tables? Or is it mainly takeout?

Mar 30, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Don Taco

Thanks for the report! I Googled for the address, will add it here:

1855 Sainte-Catherine Ouest, corner Saint-Marc
(couldn't find a phone number)

Has anyone tried the burritos?

Mar 30, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Coffee & Chicory Montreal

I've bought cans of Cafe du Monde brand coffee at Asian markets because it's sometimes used to make Vietnamese coffee. Try Marché Hawaii, Kim Phat, or Chinatown grocery stores.

Mar 30, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for Saturday brunch that takes reservations

"As per their website, Regine does not take reservations on week-ends."

You're right, I misread that, sorry.

Mar 30, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for Saturday brunch that takes reservations

"I know that Lawrence once took reservations for groups, I don't know if that is still the case (and if we would be too last minute)"

Only one way to find out: call or text them and ask if they have space. As far as I know they take reservations for groups 5 and over.

EVOO on Notre-Dame has also taken a group brunch reservation, and Prohibition on Monkland takes reservations though it's small, so you'd need to call ASAP. (I found EVOO good, but not as good as Lawrence, which would be my top choice if I were in your shoes.)

I've been wanting to try Café Régine, which says they take reservations for up to 8 on weekends.

Finally, for something a bit different, Byblos for a Persian brunch. (Not 100% but pretty sure they take reservations.)

http://lawrencerestaurant.com/
http://restaurantevoo.com/
http://www.prohibitionmontreal.com/
http://www.reginecafe.ca/
http://bybloslepetitcafe.ca/

Mar 30, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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

"Brunch - Lawrence (before 10am)
Lunch - Schwartz's
Dinner - Au Pied de Cochon (7pm)"

I have to say I think that cramming these three into the same day is too much, given that Lawrence opens at 10 am you have a reservation for 7 at WPDC.

Think about skipping Schwartz's and grabbing a late dinner there when you arrive on Friday. (Edit: you'll also miss the Saturday lunch lineups that way!) They're open til 1:30 am on Fridays and within walking distance of Quartier des Spectacles or a quick cab ride if you're really pooped.

Mar 23, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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

"do you need reservations for brunch"

I don't think Lawrence takes reservations for bunch for only two people. They open at 10, so if you're there a bit before hopefully you'll get a table. It's worth the effort, I think :)

Mar 23, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for a location to host a private casual reception for 50 people near Palais des Congress

I second this, Daylight Factory would be great as a venue, though I've never had the food there. Maybe you could do a tasting before booking. :)

Mar 23, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

CHINESE FOOD...NEED TO FIND GREAT BREADED JUMBO SHRIMPS & CHICKEN SOO GUY

Ha! That's some good motivation. :) I'll certainly keep my ears, eyes, and taste buds out for you.

Mar 20, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

CHINESE FOOD...NEED TO FIND GREAT BREADED JUMBO SHRIMPS & CHICKEN SOO GUY

My theory is that this type of what I call "Suburban Chinese" food has gone out of fashion. I haven't been able to find anything decent of this ilk in years. As you've said yourself, it was a style popular in the past but just isn't today, with the rise of other styles of Chinese food in Montreal. Maybe someone can think of something...

Mar 20, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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

Maisonbistro mentioned that the Westminster taco place was closed. I was just at the Sherbrooke/Royal location and it was hopping. Much better location, glad they're there.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1008173
http://montreal.eater.com/2015/3/19/8...

Mar 20, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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

Mar 16, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Shirataki japanese low carb noodles

Like others said, Asian markets. They have them at the Korean grocery on Sherbrooke West across from Akhavan in NDG, in one of the refrigerated cases.

Mar 11, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Buying fish bones

I'd try Sami Poisonnerie in LaSalle.

Mar 06, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

First time in Montreal. Looking for "can't miss" breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

Since you'll be here over the weekend I'd highly recommend a couple of places for breakfast/brunch:

Lawrence - http://lawrencerestaurant.com/ - go a bit before opening to grab a spot and avoid lineups. Get the homemade doughnuts for dessert.

Prohibition - http://www.prohibitionmontreal.com/ - in NDG, if you'd like to see an off-the-beaten-tourist-track neighbourhood. Specialties include blueberry ricotta pancakes or French toast with fried chicken

Gryphon d'or - http://www.gryphondor.com/ - another NDG spot, specialties include their homemade scones and Guinness eggs benedict

Mar 04, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

A few days in Montreal with a vegetarian mom and a somewhat radical college-age daughter?

Others have the veggie options covered, so let me hone in on the fish angle, since your girlfriend eats fish.

I'd highly recommend Rayan for an off-the-beaten path, fantastic fish & seafood experience. It's not a trendy place but if they're looking for good food and an unpretentious atmosphere, check it out. Also highly recommend their potatoes and salad. The grilled veggies are also yummy but you can get those anywhere.

http://restaurantrayan.com/

I've only been to the one on Cote-des-Neiges.

For some incredible Peruvian fish & seafood check out El Jibaro on St-Hubert - again, off the beaten path. Fun atmosphere and amazing food.

https://plus.google.com/1138019022643...

Mar 04, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

First time in Montreal. Looking for "can't miss" breakfast, lunch and dinner options.

What days of the week are you here?

Mar 04, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

BYOB Recommendations

Flavour of India - Indian - Park Ex - http://flavourindia.com/
Shahi Palace - Indian - Park Ex
Aryana - Afghani - West Island

Mar 03, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Coréen Mon Ami - 모나미

The skin is intact - I just had the leftovers and they were delicious.

Feb 28, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Coréen Mon Ami - 모나미

This NDG Korean place specializing in fried chicken - but with a ton of other specialties on the menu - deserves its own thread.

Restaurant Coréen Mon Ami landed on Somerled at the corner of Madison late last year. The spot had previously occupied a rotating collection of mediocre to bad pan-Asian or Italian restaurants for over a decade, but I predict this one is going to stick around a while.

The place is packed - mostly with Koreans, always a good sign. The first time we tried to go without a reservation we were apologetically turned away, so we made a reservation for last night.

The waiter was super friendly and since we were obviously not Korean he gently asked if we'd had Korean food before, and explained that the salad and daikon pickles came with the fried chicken as a counterpoint to the chicken.

We got a full soy sauce and garlic chicken which came split into about 10 pieces. (We could finish only two-thirds of it and took the rest home.) Our chicken was juicy, the skin perfectly crunchy, and the sauce just right, not too thin and not too thick.

Some chicken varieties come in half portions, some are offered in boneless varieties; sauces include sweet-and-spicy, green onion, and a super-spicy cheesy sauce that nearly blew a friend's head off one time when he accidentally inhaled a chili pepper.

We also ordered the "cheesy corn" - while delicious, it felt more like a Southern US side dish. It was very good though, and I'd get it again - creamy and hearty.

The menu also includes Korean faves like bimimbap, beef bulgogi, and sushi, along with less common specialties, like fried chicken gizzards, jokbal (pigs' feet), and golbaengi somyeo (spicy freshwater snails with thin noodles).

I think this place is destined to be a keeper. Their only problem seems to be handling the crowds, so be sure to make a reservation before heading out. They also do takeout, but they warned us that it can take a while, so call well in advance.

Restaurant Mon Ami
6290 Somerled Avenue
(514) 439-2580

http://restomonami.com/
https://www.facebook.com/restomonami

Review: http://www.shutupandeat.ca/2014/10/02...

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

SnackHappy, have you been to Cuisine Xiang lately? I stopped going a year or two ago because the menu changed completely and became much more humdrum/westernized. If it's back in good form I'll give it another try.

Feb 21, 2015
kpzoo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)