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    Best kept restaurants secret in downtown Montreal ?

    My fellow Canadians,


    I was in downtown Montreal the other day and I saw restaurants all over the place.

    I cannot possible try all of them, so I need to ask fellow Canadians to post here all the best kept restaurants in downtown Montreal.

    Please limit to downtown Montreal since I don't drive far from it.
    And the restaurants have to satisfy the following criteria to be in the best kept restaurants secret:

    1. Good price

    2. Good food

    3. Ethnic cuisine, possibly.

    Please don't post common restaurants like Tim Hortons and Harveys since I already know about these.

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    cheap eats: Italian and Chinese downtown

    Here'a a couple of Restos within a block of each other in the downtown area:

    The Rotisserie Italien on St-Catherine by du Fort.

    A charming little place with counter service, cheap Italian house wine, tasty pizza and pastas.


    Wok Cafe 1845, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest corner St Marc

    Wok Cafe is a restaurant specializing in Oriental cuisine; Dim Sum, Cantonese, Szechuwan, Thai, Japanese, and Vietnamese. Well known for there award winning General Tao’s chicken, all there dishes are steaming and fresh.

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    Not exactly downtown, but just a bit west of Decarie on the south side you'll find Chalet BBQ. Best BBQ chicken in town. Not exactly a high class joint but great chicken. A bit further you'll find Cosmo's which is probably the most famous greasy spoon in Mtl., basic but great breakfasts, burgers, hamburger steaks...no french fries though, home fries instead. You never know who you might see there, from local celebs to people like Robin Williams, Dan Akroyd and Liona Boyd.

    One thing you should try is spruce beer. It exists only in Quebec and is a 400 year old recipe. The oldest softdrink in the world and really refreshing on a hot day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New York
    My fellow Canadians,
    If you are Canadian how is it that you chose the handle "New York"?

    BTW, in my opinion, in the category of "great food for the money you spend", I would put the following restaurants:

    Boustan (Lebanese) - Crescent Street (best fast food in the city)
    Amir (Lebanese) - DeMaisoneuve (similar to Boustan, they make a very good falafel sandwich, and the stuffed vine leaves are large and superb)
    La Medusa (Italian) - Drummond (very good Italian for reasonable prices)
    Le Maison Kam Fung (Dim Sum/Chinese) - St. Urbain/Chinatown (paid $27 for lunch for me, O. Kloseoff and Stripper Lover before tip - doesn't really get better than this in the value department. Eat like a horse, pay very little)
    Mikasa (Sushi) - Peel (less expensive alternative to ShoDan, although not cheap)
    Le Casa Grecque (Greek) - Prince Arthur - very solid Greek food at a reasonable price
    Janos (Portuguese) - St. Laurent - good, inexpensive Portuguese food. Your wallet will not take a beating in this place.
    Casa de Mateo (Mexican) - St. Francoise Xavier/Old Montreal (solid, reasonably priced Mexican food)

    Please note that I am someone who normally prefers dining at higher end restaurants, but I also sample the lower end dining to see what the best value is for the money.
    Last edited by EagerBeaver; 08-07-2006 at 08:32 PM.

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    One of my favorite little restaurants is Bato Thai in the Gay Village area, a nice little Thai restaurant with a great lunch special. When it first opened about 10 years ago their soup used to be so spicy it would clear congested sinuses, but over the years they've mellowed its recipee.
    it's located on Ste-Catherine St.

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    Recommendation for Indian

    www.restaurantgandhi.com

    Re-posting my mini-review from another thread:

    This place ranks right up there with the best Indian restos that you find in the States in the big cities. It's also a nice, intimate place to go with your favorite sp on a date ! It does not advertise very much in the newspapers or other free rags and it doesn't need to, because once you've been there you're pretty much hooked if you like Indian cuisine like I do. I recently went there on a date with a babe who's vegetarian and we were impressed with the variety and quality of veggie dishes, especially all the curries that give you the option of going meatless. My recommendations based on 3 visits thus far: For veggie appetizers, definitely go for aloo chat (cubed fried potatoes with different spices), aloo ghobi (cauliflowers and fried potatoes), samosa and pakora. Yes, they also have onions bhajee too. For meat dishes, go with the chicken Tikka Masala or the jumbo prawns Masala, neither of which is spicy. For curries (either with or without meat) go with Korma (creamy, not spicy at all) or Sagwala, and Pathia (kick ass spicy). You'll need a mango lassi after these latter two dishes.
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    Red Thai

    Quote Originally Posted by shijak
    One of my favorite little restaurants is Bato Thai in the Gay Village area, a nice little Thai restaurant with a great lunch special. When it first opened about 10 years ago their soup used to be so spicy it would clear congested sinuses, but over the years they've mellowed its recipee.
    it's located on Ste-Catherine St.
    For me, the best Thai place is Red Thai on St-Laurent & Sherbrooke. Yummy fish cakes!
    A demander: une cochonne Quebecoise ou Allemande avec qui le sol se derobe sous mes pieds!

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    No specific recommendations. But what I have found for cheap eats is any place in the underground malls.

    Eaton Centre, Place de la Cathedrale, Place Montreal Trust, Les Cours Mont Royal, etc. all have good food courts on the Metro levels.

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    Bombay Palace
    Indian restaurant, good food, nice atmosphere, order from menu or choose the reasonably priced buffet
    2201 St. Catherine West ( several blocks west of Crescent)


    Basha
    A Lebanese cafeteria on the second floor of the building @ 930 Ste. Catherine West (same building where Sports Experts sporting goods store is located).
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    Nagoya

    I really like Nagoya. It is a Korean and Japanese restaurant on Notre-Dame, on the same block as the basilica. Their BBQ is the closest thing to actually go in Korea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond_james_bond
    No specific recommendations. But what I have found for cheap eats is any place in the underground malls.

    Eaton Centre, Place de la Cathedrale, Place Montreal Trust, Les Cours Mont Royal, etc. all have good food courts on the Metro levels.

    I would also add Les Halles de la Gare at the train station and Faubourg Sainte-Catherine for good food courts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spiderman05
    I am curious about Korean food (it seems that it is spicy too) and Haitian cuisine. I wonder if there are any reasonably-priced Korean restaurants.
    A few weeks ago I went to this Korean place,

    Restaurant Bulgogi House
    (514) 935-9820
    2127 RUE SAINTE-CATHERINE OUEST


    its on the north side of Sainte-Catherine, corner du Fort. I had the bulgogi, which is a Korean beef dish, it was good and the prices are not expensive.
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    very best indian in mtl?

    please tell me whats the best indian resto in mtl?

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    Le Maison Kam Fung ?

    Hello everybody,


    Since I had recommendations from many people, I tried Le Maison Kam Fung on St. Urbain.

    What a disappointment!!!

    Paid $10 and still hungry.

    Food is not so good.

    Service is so so.

    Whoever recommended this restaurant owes me an special dinner at an expensive restaurant to compensate for this loss.

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    Complex Desjardins food ?

    Hello everybody,


    I did not see any mentioning of the food at Complex Desjardins.

    This is a mistake.

    I had very very food at the food court.

    Food is good at reasonable price.

    Is this a mistake ?

    Good location too.

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