- Montreal is packed with thousands of good restaurants, but its dumpling game is on another level.
- And the best part about dumplings? They make for the perfect meal to share with a date!
- Find out the best 21 spots around the city to fill your dumpling craving below!
Once the cold weather sets in, I feel like there are very few incentives to step out of my house to go to anywhere, it's hard to convince myself to even get up to go to one of Montreal's many good restaurants. With online shopping and food delivery at my fingertips, it's almost too easy to hibernate all winter long. One of the few things I'll leave my apartment for? Dumplings.
The steamy, soup-y little bundles of happiness are the perfect sweater-weather food, and I can always justify buying a heaping portion of them because they are so cheap! Most of the restaurants on this list won't set you back more than $15 for about a dozen dumplings (not a bad idea for those looking to take a date out on a budget). Not to mention the fact that I fail miserably every time I try to make them on my own.
Montreal has a pretty solid dumpling game. The best part is that you don't necessarily have to make your way down to Chinatown to find some delicious and authentic dumplings. From the West Island to Rosemont, there are some pretty great dumpling restaurants all over the city. Read on for a list of 20 of the best places to find doughy, steamy, flavourful dumplings. You're welcome.
Where: 1909 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal
What: This simple restaurant in the Concordia area is arguably the best place in Montreal to get soup dumplings: a perfectly textured dough bursting with flavour.
Where: 1228 Rue Stanley, Montreal
What: This all-new Russian restaurant is a great spot for comfort food. Besides dumplings, they also serve "cheeseboats" and donuts... What more could you ask for?
Where: Various locations around Montreal
What: Qinghua Dumplings is a student favourite for one reason: a huge plate of dumplings will never set you back more than $12. I'll take two, please.
Where: 1813 Sainte-Catherine St Ouest, Montreal
What: This new dumpling restaurant is already making its mark on the city: the bustling restaurant serves some fantastic dumplings in a trendy decor.
Where: 3591 Clark St, Montreal
What: This super home-y restaurant is beloved by Montrealers for a reason. The restaurant, though simple, has a very cozy atmosphere, friendly waiters, and truly unbeatable dumplings.
Where: 1201 Rue Rachel E, Montreal
What: This Plateau restaurant just opened its doors in August. They have a pretty good selection of vegetarian dumplings and super friendly staff.
Where: 6592 Somerled Ave, Montreal
What: This fantastic haunt in Côte-des-Neiges has a great selection of dumplings for a super reasonable price. A must-try for sure!
Where: 1425 Mackay St, Montreal
What: Mei is another great dumpling spot in the Guy-Concordia area for fresh, hot dumplings. If you're in the mood for a change, they also have an extensive menu of other Chinese dishes.
Where: 1050 Clark St, Montreal
What: This restaurant, nestled in the heart of Chinatown, is a great spot for a casual bite to eat downtown. They have an extensive menu of delicious dumplings.
Where: 931 Rue Jean-Talon O, Montréal
What: Jiu Xiang Yuan is so underrated: their dumplings are truly some of the best in town. Located in the Parc Ex, this bare-bones place is worth the detour.
Where: 1084 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal
What: Located in the heart of downtown, this must-try has some of the soupiest soup dumplings in town. As the name indicates, they do taste very homey.
Where: 4801 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal
What: This Mile End haunt serves up a great variety of tasty, homemade dumplings. This trendy restaurant serves up amazing food at half the price of other restaurants in the area.
Where: 6381 Rue St. Hubert, Montreal
What: This restaurant, located just steps from the Beaubien metro station, is the perfect place to hang out with friends on a cold night. Their delicious dumplings are warm and bursting with flavour.
Where: 1082 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal
What: This casual restaurant has almost 40 different kinds of dumplings, and each is as good as the next. It's a highly-recommended address in Chinatown.
Where: 20 Avenue Duluth E, Montreal
What: Although best known for their delicious cocktails, Bar Suzanne serves some very legit dumplings. It's a great place with a fun ambiance right off of Saint-Laurent.
Where: 6707 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal
What: You might not expect to find dumplings in Little Italy, but this cozy spot is a nice change from pasta and pizza. Beloved by locals, this restaurant serves delicious dumplings at an unbeatable price.
Where: 4291 Boul Saint-Jean, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
What: This brand-new spot in the West Island is a must-try. They serve some refined dumplings in a convivial atmosphere.
Where: 5309 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal
What: This Mile End spot has been feeding the neighbourhood tasty, inexpensive dumplings for over 30 years. This tried-and-true spot has some pretty solid vegetarian options, too.
Where: 1603 Rue Ontario E, Montreal.
What: This restaurant and bar located in the heart of the Gay Village has some surprisingly good dumplings and steamed buns, along with other Asian-inspired dishes and fantastic cocktails.
Where: 2125 Rue Saint-Marc, Montreal
What: Roi du Wonton is another gem hidden in the Guy-Concordia area. Students love it for the amazing quality/price tradeoff and the tasty Taiwanese food.
Where: 6250 Blvd Cousineau, Saint-Hubert
What: Mama Dumpling is one of the best spots to get dumplings on the south shore. Their delicious Xiao Long Bao will have you coming back again and again.
With all of these spots in mind, you definitely won't run out of fun new restaurants to try in the upcoming months. Grab some friends and get ready to feast on a budget.