Montreal keeps a list of all of the restaurants that have received health infractions. The list exists to help inform consumers and keep them safe. It's also an important check on restaurants, as the threat of a health inspection is a strong motivator to keep their kitchens clean and tidy.

Restaurants can get infractions for all kinds of things, from more benign infractions like not keeping produce at the right temperature or chipping paint. Infractions can also be for more serious things, like the presence of rodents or insects or unsanitary kitchenware.

The website DO101 (open data 101), has used information from the City of Montreal and MAPAQ to make a list of the establishments that have received the most infractions in recent years.

Of course, some restaurants that feature near the top have many franchises, so it makes sense that they may also have more infractions.

Other factors that may affect this number and skew the results somewhat include how long a restaurant has been open and how serious the infractions are (for example, it's hard to compare 5 infractions for keeping food at the wrong temperature to 3 infractions for the presence of rodents).

Read on for a list of the 20 establishments with the most health infractions in Montreal.

1. Basha

Address: Different locations across the city.

Number of fines: 20

Total amount fined: $14,400

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-08-11 to 2019-01-10

Special mentions: A particularly heavily fined franchise was the now-closed restaurant at 930 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest.


2. Double Pizza

Address: Different locations across the city.

Number of fines: 17

Total amount fined: $17,350

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-01-08 to 2019-01-31


3. Super Marché Tropic

Address: 8075 Av. André-Ampère, Montreal

Number of fines: 15

Total amount fined: $56,450

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-04-01 to 2018-12-11

Special mentions: This place is so infamous it was even featured on the Journal de Montréal.


4. Saint-Jean Bagel

Address: 3702 Boul. Saint-Jean, DDO, Montreal

Number of fines: 11

Total amount fined: $25,100

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-05-25 to 2018-08-27

Special mention: Last month, the bagels from this DDO shop were hit with a "do not consume" advisory.


5. Restaurant Le Sommet

Address: 4767 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est, Montreal

Number of fines: 10

Total amount fined: $20,200

Earliest and latest fine: 2017-11-24 to 2018-12-13


6. Restaurant Amir

Address: Different locations across the city.

Number of fines: 10

Total amount fined: $12,400

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-10-17 to 2018-07-27

Special mentions: The bulk of these fines came from a now-closed franchise.


7. Imperial

Address: 998 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal

Number of fines: 10

Total amount fined: $12,800

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-03-15 to 2018-02-23


8. Vincent Sous-Marin

Address: Different locations across the city.

Number of fines: 9

Total amount fined: $10,700

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-05-11 to 2018-04-11

Special mentions: 9 of these infractions were at the address 3855 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est. 


9. Thai Express

Address: Different locations across the city. 

Number of fines: 9

Total amount fined: $7,800

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-01-08 to 2018-01-30

Special mentions: Thai Express has over 70 locations in and around Montreal and these infractions may have occurred at locations that are now closed. 


10. Le Cristal Chinois

Address: 1002 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal

Number of fines: 9

Total amount fined: $13,750

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-03-15 to 2018-02-23


11. Le Cristal Chinois BBQ Express

Address: 12230 Boul. Laurentien, Montreal

Number of fines: 9

Total amount fined: $16,100

Earliest and latest fine: 2017-05-25 to 2018-10-04


12. Kaido Sushi

Address: 8616 Av. Chaumont, Anjou, Montreal

Number of fines: 9

Total amount fined: $9,250

Earliest and latest fine: 2017-01-30 to 2018-05-25


13. Wok Cafe

Address: 3510 Boul. des Sources, DDO, Montreal

Number of fines: 8

Total amount fined: $10,700

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-03-29 to 2017-10-27


14. Restaurant Kalohin

Address: 1240 Rue Stanley, Montreal

Number of fines: 8

Total amount fined: $18,050

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-11-17 to 2017-09-26

Special mentions: This restaurant is now closed.


15. Restaurant Cari Masala

Address: 9194 Rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal

Number of fines: 8

Total amount fined: $10,000

Earliest and latest fine: 2017-09-13 to 2018-05-25


16. Produits Alimentaires Oriental Enr.

Address: 6909 Rue Marconi, Montreal

Number of fines: 8

Total amount fined: $15,250

Earliest and latest fine: 2017-04-28 to 2018-11-12


17. Lahmadjounes Arméniens

Address: 420 Rue Faillon, Montreal

Number of fines: 8

Total amount fined: $9,000

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-05-09 to 2017-12-15


18. L'Euromarché Latina

Address: 11847 Boul. Laurentien, Montreal

Number of fines: 8

Total amount fined: $19,500

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-09-12 to 2018-01-10


19. Qinghua Dumplings

Address: 1676 Av. Lincoln, Montreal

Number of fines: 8

Total amount fined: $13,800.

Earliest and latest fine: 2016-04-15 to 2018-02-15


20. Buffet Chinois Fu Lam

Address: 2 restaurants by this name: 4275 Rue Jean-Talon Est (now closed) and 3500 Boul. de la Côte-Vertu 

Number of fines: 7

Total amount fined: $18,550

Earliest and latest fine: 2017-01-27 to 2018-08-27


For more information about the infractions, when they were issued, and what the fines were for, you can search the city's website.

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