This is a revisited post for Ruby Rouge. Click HERE to see the original post.
Metro: Place-d’Armes, Champ-de-Mars, Saint-Laurent
Bus: STM 14, 15, 55, 80, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747
Visit: March 2, 2013
For anyone of Chinese descent, Dim Sum is a mandatory practice that is part of living the traditional life. What used to be exclusively a Chinese activity had now become one that is now shared with just about anyone who likes to eat. I had an unfortunate Dim Sum drought that lasted years. It wasn’t until 2 years ago that the dry spell was broken with a visit to Ruby Rouge. Now, 2 years and 3 other places later, I have returned to Ruby Rouge to give it the due it so richly deserves.
1862 Sainte-Catherine O.
Metro: Guy-Concordia, Atwater
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 63, 66, 90, 104, 108, 138, 144, 165, 166, 427, 435
Visit: February 21, 2013
In Montreal, there is a list of the essential go-to spots that you have to check off of your list to officially call yourself a resident of this city. They vary from different kinds of cuisine, budget criteria, and just sheer levels of awesomeness. One of the places that I’ve been itching to go to in the last few years is called Kazu. You can ask just about anyone in Montreal and they’ll tell you that this is the place to go.
Metro: Place d’Armes, Champ-de-Mars
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 715
Visit: January 25, 2013
Happening Gourmand 2013 gives a chance for every Montrealer set foot in restaurants that they would not normally be able to afford. One of the newcomers in this year’s line-up is a place that people are talking about, Bevo Pizza. Their take on Italian cuisine and pizza is surely something that could no longer be ignored.
1019 Mont-Royal E.
Bus: STM 11, 14, 97
Visit: November 2, 2012
One of the most highly contested areas in Montreal cuisine is that of Greek food. There are literally dozens of worthy contenders to the title of who makes Greek food worth trying. While we all have our trusted favorites, once in a while. there comes new players that we must stop to take notice. One of the latest players on the scene is a place in the Plateau area of Montreal called Estia.
72A De La Gauchetiere O.
Metro: Place d’Armes
Bus: STM 55, 80, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747
Visit: October 26, 2012
A lot of people would agree, Montreal is one of the place’s with the greatest wealth of Chinese restaurants in North America. However, one of the other things that we would also agree with is the fact that despite an abundance of those places, there aren’t very many that truly satisfy their customers. It’s no wonder that when a new place opens up in the midst of Chinatown, it gets the attention of many. Today’s place in question is Ethan, right in the middle of the pedestrian walkway known as De La Gauchetiere.
Bus: STM 14, 15, 24, 30, 125, 150, 410, 427, 430, 715, 747
Visit: October 14, 2012
Over the last few weeks, the hot topic of conversation over the realm of social media has been about BBQ. While I’m no real expert on the subject, I always keep my eyes and ears open about where I could find worthy BBQ to try. Now, I didn’t go to the place where everyone is talking about, but I did find a place that had some of its own buzz over the last few months on its own. For the last 6 months, Diablos BBQ has been taking on its fair share on St-Denis, a great street for food.
25 Fairmount O.
Bus: STM 46, 51, 55, 80, 435, 935
Visit: August 21, 2012
The Mile-End part of Montreal is home to a lot of really big names in Montreal’s eating scene. Trying to become one of those iconic names isn’t quite that easy. When your neighbours are Wilensky’s and Fairmount Bagels, you know that the competition is ferocious. Fresh off their appearance their appearance on CTV’s Sunday Bite, Fabergé is one of the relatively new faces trying to cement their place among the rest.
Bus: STM 24, 30, 144, 427
Visit: July 21, 2012
Saint-Denis is not an easy street to have a restaurant. Go along any stretch of the north-south thoroughfare and you’ll see just how many eating establishments there are long the road. When you think broader and start branching out a bit, the competition is stiff. For my first burger in 8 months on the street, I chose Universel, a place more commonly known for their breakfasts. However, they also have a wide menu of other common food.
43 de la Gauchetiere E.
Metro: Place d’Armes
Bus: STM 55, 80, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747
Visit: July 12, 2012
My half-Chinese heritage demands that I scour the island for each and every restaurant that does my native cuisine justice. My purpose for my visit to Mon Nan is not to show what everybody already knows, but to shed light on another aspect that doesn’t get too much play. There are some pretty decent, well-known restaurants in Montreal where you can get lunch for well under 10 dollars and Mon Nan is one of them.
Bus: STL 55, 144, 151, 902, STM 64, 68, 69, 180, 468
Visit: May 31, 2012
When people think of Chinese food in Montreal, one’s mind starts to think of Chinatown. In recent years, places outside that small sector have popped up in various locations around the Greater Montreal region. While Tong Por might not be one of those recent places, it’s one of those names that are quickly mentioned when one thinks of Dim Sum in this city. It’s northern location allows those who can’t travel to the central city to get their fix.
5375 Queen Mary
Bus: STM 17, 51, 63, 166
Visit: April 21, 2012
Greek food and large group gatherings have become a vital part of my food adventures in Montreal. Ever since I’ve been to my first real Greek restaurant in September of 2011, I’ve been looking forward to every and each opportunity I could get. Most of those Greek outings, even if they were organized by me, came from the head of someone else. This would be the first time that I would be the one to choose the Greek restaurant. The pressure was going to be on my head.
Bus: STM 36, 71, 78, 108, 191, 211, 405, 411, 425, 485, 491, 496, 747
Visit: March 10, 2012
It’s been 2 months since I had my first experience with food from the islands. My first experience was at Kalalu. It was something quite refreshing and I was more than happy to embark on a second experience. The seeds for this particular choice was planted a month ago at the Deville Dinerbar. It was a suggestion made by our server for the evening. Looking for ideas for future outing, the group that was there for that evening was more than happy to seek out their appetite on Notre-Dame.
880 Jarry O.
Bus: STM 80, 179, 193, 435
Visit: March 8, 2012
Three years ago, before I started doing what it is that I do, if you’d ask me to go try Indian food, I would probably give you the most dumbfounded look you’ve ever seen. When I think of something to eat, Indian food isn’t the first thing that comes to my mind. It’s not that I have anything against this type of cuisine, it’s just that I grew up with a largely Chinese eating background. So, now that we’re in 2012, I am more than willing to give something different a try.
521 Duluth E.
Metro: Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal
Bus: STM 11, 14, 24, 29, 30, 97, 144, 427
Visit: December 15, 2011
My visit to Le Jardin de Panos is the third in the series of outings as part of the Fat Squirrel Society (inside joke). The first visit was in October for Korean BBQ and the second was in the midst of Chinatown. So, we took a little bit of a curve by going to see what other Greek restaurants there were to explore in Montreal. I honestly thought that I reached the plateau of Greek cuisine with my other visits, so I was hoping to expand to that list.
Bus: STM 100, 119, 179, 460
Visit: October 27, 2011
Food courts have always been a large part of my 28 years. From Subway, to McDonalds, and as far as Tiki Ming, they have fed me when I had no clue to what I wanted. Actually, one of the smallest regrets I had from my time at McGill was the fact that I relied too heavily on food courts, especially when I was surrounded by so much. But, being a student with limited funds didn’t always make expanding my culinary experiences so easy. So, in the last few years, I’ve been making up for lost time.