For a city pretty far from the ocean, Montreal has good seafood. But never mind seafood! You'll forget your own name eating some of the tasty fried calamari that are served here in Montreal. The quality of the squid is less important than the quality of the preparation. That squid could've been an outright bastard, but it'll taste mighty good fried up w/ butter and lemon and french fries, here in Montreal or anywhere else. The following is an unranked list of Montreal's best calamari.
Poissonnerie Aqua Mare
Holder Restaurant and Bar
Restaurant Nostos Souvlaki
Les Délices de l’Île Maurice
Poissonnerie & Restaurant Rayan
Au Pied de Cochon
536 Avenue Duluth E
With occasional specials like fried calamari poutine with squid ink sauce and gold flakes, Au Pied is on this list for a reason. The meat masters at Au Pied serve their regular calamari light and full of citrus flavor, accompanied by caviar. The seafood platter here is immense, bring some backup for stuffed mussels, conch, razor clams, calamari, cherrystone clams, oysters, and periwinkles sautéed in black bean sauce.
La Sala Rosa
4848 boul. Saint-Laurent
La Sala Rosa gives you big -- hot out of the oil -- calamari with plenty of crispy tentacles. This versatile restaurant does every dish in a fresh and unpretentious way, including juicy grilled squid.
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