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Bouffons Montréal
Quartier des Spectacles
Montréal, Québec

Metro:  Place-des-Arts
Bus:  STM 15, 24, 55, 80, 125, 129, 410, 427, 430, 435, 935

Visit:  July 26, 2013

One of my favorite parts of Chinese cuisine is Dim Sum.  Over the last few years, I tried to go around and sample all the different places that offer these small dumplings.  When I heard that there would a food truck offering these items, I was really excited.  Making its debut in the last few weeks, Dim Sum Montreal is that truck that’s taking this awesome aspect of Chinese cuisine to a whole other level.

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43 de la Gauchetiere E.
Montreal, Quebec

Metro:  Place d’Armes
Bus:  STM 55, 80, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747

Visit:  April 13, 2013


My mission to find all the various Dim Sum locations in the Greater Montreal Area continued recently and I was more than happy to take part in it.  Tong Sing is the little known Dim Sum place in the original Chinatown that seems to have taken a back seat to the 3 juggernauts.  During my visit, I was hoping to see if the sleeper choice would surprise or explain why it was tucked away in a corner of Chinatown.

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This is a revisited post for Ruby Rouge.  Click HERE to see the original post.

1008 Clark
Montreal, Quebec

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.

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1111 Saint-Urbain
Montreal, Quebec

Metro: Place D’Armes
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747

Visit: July 7, 2011


This is the second of three Dim Sum restaurants I plan to visit on the island of Montreal. When it comes to Dim Sum, you need to know when to show up. Dim Sum usually runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you want to avoid the rush, you come either early or at the tail end of the service. We showed up just before 2:00 p.m. We suffered a bit because the service seemed rather rushed. From the second we sat down, dishes just kept on circling the table. The restaurant itself was a quarter full, so it wasn’t that busy. Eventually, the push-cart staff stopped their rounds to sit down and eat. That didn’t bother anyone since most tables were done eating. Our whole experience at this restaurant took a mere 20 minutes. My last Dim Sum experience in April of 2011 took 45 minutes.

Shrimp Cheong Fun w/o sauce

Shrimp Cheong Fun with sauce

Tried: July 7, 2011

These have become one of my absolute favorite dishes in Chinese cuisine. The shrimp contents are quite tasty and it goes down really fast. If you fold it nicely, you can fit it all in one bite. But then again, that’s how a slob eats. It’s usually better to cut them into halves.

Beef Cheong Fun with sauce

Sui Mai

Tried: July 7, 2011

This is usually one of my go-to dishes, but this time, it did not deliver. It tasted like it was made from a restaurant across the street. It left another funny aftertaste.

Har Gau

Tried: July 7, 2011

This is another one of my all-time favorite Dim Sum dishes. This time, it lived up to the hype. The shrimp contents tasted good and we ordered two containers, which I was more than happy to take down.

Dumpling w/Shrimp and Greens

Tried: July 7, 2011

This is the first time I tried this dumpling. I’m unsure as to what it’s called, but what I do know is that it tasted good. The addition of the greens added to the power of the shrimp and casing.

Smashed Vegetables

Tried: July 7, 2011

According to my sources, these are vegetables smashed together. I may be completely wrong, so please correct me if I am. This had no taste and was one of the hardest dishes to finish for the table.

Chinese Style Egg Rolls

Tried: July 7, 2011

This looks like a spring roll, but it is filled with egg roll contents. This tastes much like an egg roll and I had no complaints. The sauce is something that you can get at any ordinary Chinese take-out restaurant.

The Bill

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67 de la Gauchetiere
Montreal, Quebec

Metro: Place D’Armes
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747

Visit: June 27, 2011

When I think of Chinese buffets, this place, in my opinion, is the top of Montreal. I don’t claim that because it is the best, but because the rest isn’t any better. As a half-Chinese fellow myself, I’ve been brought to other Chinese buffets to act as the litmus test for decency of quality. Still, nothing comes close. The problem is that I’ve been here so much that the variety doesn’t work for me anymore.

Another note that one should consider is the servers and tipping. If you don’t tip, they will hassle you. I’m not kidding. I’ve seen them run after people for tips, not just in the restaurant, but in the street. Our server was hovering around our table until all members of our party left a tip, They didn’t care so much about the bill, but the tip was paramount.

Sui Mai

Tried: June 27, 2011

This is my go-to dish whenever I come to this buffet. I know you can get this at any Dim Sum location, but I tend to always stock up on these every time I fill a new plate.

BBQ Pork

Tried: June 27, 2011

This is usually hit or miss. BBQ pork tastes a lot better when fresh. The harder the piece is, the worse the experience. It takes a very keen eye to spot the good pieces in the tray. I try, but I’m 50-50.

Spring Rolls

Tried: June 27, 2011

There’s nothing much to say about spring rolls. I like the size of the ones offered here. Having worked in a Chinese packaging plate before, there’s smaller.

Egg Rolls

Tried: June 27, 2011

These are standard to most Americanized Chinese meals. I always make it a point to get one of these during my buffet blitz, though I’ve have much better from a take-out place near Lew central.

Vegetarian Noodles

Tried: June 27, 2011

These are the exact same noodles that are offered at the Ruby Rouge Dim Sum restaurant just a block away. I usually take this to help vary the flavor on the plate.

Sweet and Sour Pork

Tried: June 27, 2011

This dish is one of the better choices, thus why you see it half empty. The flavor of this one isn’t half bad and actually earned a second helping later on.

Beef Rice Noodles

Tried: June 27, 2011

This dish is one of my standard weekly dishes I get from my regular place. I find they do it a lot better here. You don’t have to fight the noodles due to the fact that you don’t have to overchew.


Tried: June 27, 2011

I have a soft spot for leafy greens during Chinese meals. They go well with almost anything. They also help counterbalance all the “garbage” selections I tend to make, though, not by much.


Tried: June 27, 2011

Chinese restaurants don’t really offer dessert options, and this is why. These are very simple cakes. You can finish them in two bites and feel blah about the whole thing. If you want something dessert like after the buffet, just cross the street and go to a pastry shop, there are plenty.

Plate 1

This plate contains Sui Mai, an egg roll, a spring roll, beef rice noodles, and bbq pork.

Plate 2

This plate contains vegetarian noodles, greens, Sui Mai, sweet and sour pork, and beef rice noodles.

Plate 3

This plate contains a spring roll, sushi (yes, I know), Sui Mai, sweet and sour pork, and bbq pork.

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1018 Saint-Urbain
Montreal, Quebec

Visit: April 1, 2011

Metro: Place D’Armes
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747


This restaurant was recently voted #4 in the Mirror’s Best of Montreal poll of best noodles. We visited this location prior to that ruling out of sheer curiosity. The first thing you’ll notice was that this place is extremely small. The need for turnover is extremely high. Once a table leaves, another one needs to be filled. The big even that took us off guard was when the waiter came to clear our table. He took what was left on the dish and deposited it into our plates, saying, “no left overs, no waste now.” In my opinion, that’s a big NO-NO.

Chinese Vinegar

This was on the table. This is meant to be used with dumplings. This smells awful. This was so awful, I contemplated taking some with me for use on unruly students in class.

Siu Mai

Tried:  April 8, 2011

Siu Mai is a type of dumpling that can contain many different ingredients, most notably shrimp.  This was by far, of the three dishes ordered, the one that delivered for me.  Whenever I go to a Chinese buffet or to a Dim Sum place, this is high on my list of things to get.  Whether you add soya sauce or not, the taste is always great.

Beef Stir Fried Handmade Noodles

Tried: April 8, 2011

These are supposedly handmade noodles, but I doubt that. These noodles were too soft for me. They tasted okay, but nothing too memorable. This made me miss my crispy chow mein noodles.

Steamed Pork Chinese Dumplings

Tried: April 8, 2011

This looks good on paper, but it didn’t do the trick for me. The dumpling casing taste a little weird for my taste. I come to find out that this is the norm when getting dumplings. A word of advice, let them cool down before consuming. This was, however, one of the most ordered dishes when I was there. If you do order this, it does take a very long time to come to your table.

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