- Though many Montrealers refrain from visiting, the West Island is full of culinary treasures.
- Here is a selection of West Island restaurants that our writer believes are criminally underrated.
The West Island of Montreal is almost like its own little universe. This collection of suburbs may be known for its cookie cutter houses and big shopping malls, but it also has some pretty amazing restaurants.
We recently wrote about five of the most underrated spots in Montreal, which is why we wanted to go a little west and see what this part of the island had to offer.
From some of the best submarine sandwiches in the city to Afghan food that will blow your mind, the West Island is actually pretty cool.
Where: 4710 Boulevard Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds
Located in Pierrefonds, this small yet mighty sub shop serves up hearty sandwiches that will make your taste buds dance.
Toasties is worth driving to the West Island to try. The fresh ingredients combined with their special sauces and toasted bread make Toasties' creations beyond any submarine sandwhich you have ever tried.
Where: 4886 Boul. de sources, Dollard-Des Ormeaux
Remember the expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover?" well, keep it in mind when you check out this place.
Do not let the strip mall vibe throw you off, Aryana produces some pretty ridiculous eats.
Afghan food is hard to find in the city and for those of you who have never tried it, you are missing out. Every plate is delicious and their desserts are even more amazing.
Where: 4071 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Whenever I am craving pasta in Montreal I have always tended to gravitate toward Little Italy. But after tasting the food at Riccardo’s, my feelings have changed.
Riccardo’s homemade pasta topped with authentic sauces makes this place stand out.
Located in a strip mall in DDO, this restaurant serves up some of the most simple and inspiring Italian dishes that will guarantee you coming back for more.
Where: 3669 Blvd. St.-Jean, Dollard-Des Ormeaux
As delicious as Southern food is, there are few places in our city that do it justice. But Bistro Nolan is the notable exception.
Chef Richard Taitt focuses on New Orleans options specializing in gumbos and jambalaya. Bistro Nolan’s Charleston-style shrimp and grits is a fan favourite, but to be honest, everything on the menu is good.
This adorable restaurant is the perfect spot to try if you are craving that New Orleans flavor.
Where: 1771 Ave. Cardinal, Dorval
Don’t let Kimbob’s cafeteria vibe mislead you, this Dorval restaurant is one of the most hidden gems in the west island.
This restaurant seves Korean dishes that are all outstanding, especially their japchae and bibimbap.
If you are a fan of Korean food or you are looking to try it for the first time, this is the perfect place to go.
What are your favourite less-visited spots in the West Island?
All research done in this article is by the author. Restaurants never pay to be featured on Narcity's "Best Of" lists; furthermore, this list represents a showcase of great spots, and is not a numbered ranking.