Legend has it that the Cantonese steamed/fried mini-plates, Dim Sum, originated in tea houses for travellers along the extremely important 3rd-century trade route, the Silk Road. No, not the murder-y dark web wiki, this 4,000 mile Han dynasty trade route was extremely important throughout the millennia. Perhaps most importantly, it likely brought us Dim Sum. These little plates include fabulous pork and shrimp balls, steamed pork buns, rice noodles, chicken feet, tons of veggie dishes, and dessert dishes like egg tarts, thousand-layer cake, or dou fu fa: silky tofu served with a sweet ginger or jasmine syrup. The following are some of the best Dim Sum restaurants in Montreal, most offering the full-service "order off the cart" experience. PS. If you're from Toronto or Vancouver, I already know that your Dim Sum is eons better and blah, blah, blah.
Le Cristal is one of Montreal's best full-service Dim Sum spots. I know our city's Dim Sum bench isn't very deep, but Le Cristal would be a solid Sum-starter in any city. They even give you a picture book of all the dishes for you to choose, because you probably won't be able to understand any of the names. This Chinatown favorite is a leader in delicious pig ears, chicken feet, pork buns, beef tendon, shu-mai, and pan-fried noodles. This large restaurant is often calm and quiet for lunch -- turning into a lively spot teaming with locals in the evenings.At Kam Fung the food is exceptional, the portions are huge, and the pricing is fair. You'll want to ask for a table by the windows, though, as you'll get more action from the primo Sum-chariots like congee and chow mein. Kam Fung's food is seriously good. Some of the best items include crab claws, spring rolls, chicken chow mein, chow fun w/ black bean sauce, with tapioca soup or orange and banana slices in chocolate sauce for dessert.This Dim Sum spot is tucked away but very worth trying to sniff out! They have the full-service experience, with trolleys loaded with Dim Sum dishes like eggplant, teochew style dumplings, and spicy pork buns. This very inexpensive Dim Sum can sometimes be hit-and-miss, but for the price there's nothing better!Ruby Rouge is always on the lips of Montrealers when they talk about good local Dim Sum. This spacious restaurant is clean, serves fresh Dim Sum favorites, and is often packed and lively in the evenings. Obviously the food is kickin' and the price is right! The some of the best Dim Sum here include fish with black bean, lotus leaf chicken, and congee. All Dim Sum dishes are $2 before 11AM. Some more special items at Ruby Rouge are the crab roll, sticky rice balls, and sweet ginger tofu.You don't go to a Dim Sum resto for the decoration, and Fortune evidences this concept. The tasty food inside completely makes you ignore the somewhat dingy interior. The handmade dumplings here will give you the business. Beef and onion, beef and coriander, and pork and shrimp dumplings are obvious sensations. Don't miss out on green onion Jianbing pancakes!Cartierville's Tong Por does excellent full-service Dim Sum until 3PM everyday. All the traditional Dim Sum favorites like fried/steamed noodles, chicken feet, tripe, shumai (steamed dumplings), and char siu bao (BBQ pork buns). Tong Por also spits hot fire w/ their menu items: beef & broccoli, razor clams, chicken chow mein, and salt & pepper lobster.Qing Hua is absolutely one of Montreal's best Dim Sum spots. The soup dumplings, steamed pork and coriander dumplings, and shao-mai are fantastic. The pork and leak, lamb and cilantro, and chicken w/ mushroom dumplings are gush-in-your-mouth delicious too.
Montreal is home to so many beautiful independent cafes that you basically can't walk down any street without running into at least one of them. But what makes them so great is that each and every one brings something unique and special to the city!
This Chinese tea room is called Ming Tao Xuan Thé located at 451 Saint Sulpice St in the heart of Old Montreal.
They have a huge selection of delicious Chinese teas all coming straight from China. The decor is all traditional Chinese decorations and sculptures that will make you feel like you were transported to a tea room in Beijing!
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love my Pad Thai. All Thai food honestly, but Pad Thai is just the best dish out there.
When I found this picture on Instagram yesterday I was shocked, in a good way! Amazingly, you can get a huge 5 Lb plate of Pad Thai in Montreal now!
It's served at theGolden Bol (or Bol D'Or) on Montreal's South Shore. But guess what the best part is.. this giant plate costs only $12! You can choose to enjoy your enormous Pad Thai with shrimps or with chicken.
So, I know some of you may think traveling out to the South Shore for Pad Thai sounds a little crazy, but I'm telling you it's totally worth it. Because it's honestly one of the best deals in the city for the amount of food you'll get for such a small price!
They also serve tons of other Thai dishes and Chinese dishes that are also massive! You can try their General Tao that weighs in at 3 kg, all kinds of fried rice dishes, curry chicken dishes and sooo much more.
Not because of your meal, of course. That was epic. So epic, in fact, that you've eaten way too much. Like, you've stuffed yourself so full of yummy, yummy carbs and grease (or maybe kale and arugula?) that you actually cannot function anymore.
It's the very definition of something hurting so good, I guess. The post-delicious meal pain is totally, totally worth it, but still, you kind of wish you understood the basic concept of quitting while you're ahead. Or at least quitting before you feel more overstuffed than the burrito you've just basically vacuumed up.
Although this kind of situation is totally avoidable, it happens to the best of us. (And not just me, I'm really, really hoping). Maybe you're celebrating something awesome; maybe you're going best on cheat day; maybe you're just seriously hungry.
Whatever the situation is, the endgame is the same. It always ends in some form of self-loathing. But no worries, guys. You won't find any judgement here; enjoying delicious food, and then kind-of-but-not-really regretting it, is all part of living ya best life.
So ask yourself, friend: just how much self-hatred are you willing to go through for some seriously delicious meals?
This Old Montreal restaurant specializes in locally grown, wholesome vegan food. Their dishes are legit amazing, and since they're cruelty free, you can stuff your face as much as you want with delicious food and only 10% regret it later.
Looking for a spot with healthy brunch? Well, stop looking. Le Sain Bol has got you covered. Deliciously good for you food is key at this Plateau spot, so don't feel too bad about eating. All. The. Things.
Poke, flatbread pizza, smoothies, and tacos rule the roost at this healthy, California-themed restaurant. Once you peruse the menu, trust, you'll want to eat every single thing on it - but no worries if you do, it's just that good.
Poke is actually my life, so I feel like it's worth noting that at Koa Lua, you'll be getting some of the most legit poke in the whole city. Pair it with their spam n cheese musubi and Alohavocado, and prepare for quite a few treats!
Spring rolls, pho soup, pad thai, oh my! This St. Denis spot specializes in above and beyond delicious pho soups, with a menu so full of delicious dishes that you'll order tons, eat it all, and regret nothing.
Honestly, if you want authentic Chinese dumplings, look no further than this beyond delicious restaurant. Prepare to fall in love with the dumplings here, stuff your face into oblivion, and then very happily do it all over again.
The only thing better than fresh and delicious tacos, friends? Fresh and delicious $1 tacos. Yes, a taco or two is yummy, light, and even sort of good for you... but about 30 tacos? Prepare to love your food, but kind of hate yourself.
Literally, this Little Italy restaurant takes whatever you order, and multiplies the quanitity by about 3. Delicious Italian dishes are king here, like their eggplant parmigiana, fresh pastas, and wood-oven pizzas; the portions are huge, but the taste is so legit that you'll finish everything off.
This Thai/fusion restaurant is pretty much one of the most delicious spots you could possibly nosh at. Bonus points for their poutine, which features lobster, cheese, and fried sweet potatoes. Try not to eat, like, 3 of them (but don't feel too bad when you do).
Macaroni and cheese seems like a simple enough dish, right? Oh, friend. No. Not at this Ontario Street restaurant, which jazzes up their mac and cheese enough to make you want more, and more, and more, and more.
Okay, the calamari at Marven's might just be my soulmate... but then again, all the food here is. Prepare to be so impressed by this Parc-Extension Greek restaurant that you legit eat allll the dishes.
I don't know a better combination than macaorni and cheese slathered on a poutine, and then sprinkled with bacon. Dirty Dogs pretty much hits the nail on the head with this dish, so much so that you'll legit never. Want. To. Stop. Eating.
Alright. The sushi at Takumi will blow you away with how fresh and tasty it is. Be prepared to order about 3 more plates than you're comfortable with, eat all the sushi anyway, hate yourself instantly, and then do the same thing all over again next week.
If you always leave choosing a fabulous brunch restaurant to the last minute on the weekend then this is truly the list for you! All these brunch restaurants are located in Down Town Montreal which makes it very easy to get to and it obviously means that you will have a delicious time!
These brunch spots range from elegant and classy, to lay back and chill. So, choose according to your event! You can go big or go chill, either way you will be having a great time and a scrumptious breakfast!
If you happen to love the movie, Breakfast at Tiffany's then this is the place for you! Their brunch menu was created by Chef Jérôme Ferrer and includes pastries, fresh fruit and an egg dish, and everything your heart desires.
If you never know what to get for brunch then you might have some more trouble here. They have two pages full of delicious brunch dishes that will make your life really hard. HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSE TO CHOOSE!