- These are 20 of the spiciest dishes we could find in Montreal.
- To compile this list, we made use of customer reviews as well as personal experience.
- This list represents a variety of cuisines and a diversity of locations on Montreal Island.
Some lists are easy; find the best soft-serve ice cream spots in Montreal? How delightful and refreshing. Don't mind if we do. Please wait here while we treat ourselves to a nice cool down on this hot August day.
And then there are lists like finding the hottest Montreal dishes. And by hot we don't mean trendiest, we mean THE spiciest.
The level of spice anyone can withstand is completely arbitrary. But as a lover of all things ranking on the Scoville scale, if there's somewhere on your list that is a must-try for a Montrealer, let us know!
These 20 spiciest dishes we found are dishes that will make your waiter raise an eyebrow when you order and ask, "Are you sure?" and shake his head as he walks away. Dishes where your nose hairs twitch before they're even out of the kitchen with the plate, dishes that will make your mouth numb, your eyes bleed, and your organs ask what they ever did to deserve this treatment.
These are dishes that will make you wonder if your taste buds have packed their belongings, said a big 'Fuck you' and moved to a small town in England never to be seen again.
Rubs American BBQ
WHERE: 17 Rue Prince-Arthur
WHAT: Ghost Pepper Bloody Caesar
The restaurant name pretty much sums up this restaurant's fares. Though the staff may be friendly, they really want to see a grown man/woman cry. The caesar is tasty until you feel it ripping its way down your esophagus.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Ghost Peppers
Aunt DaiAunt Dai
WHERE: 1448 Rue St-Mathieur
WHAT: Mapo Tofu
Aunt Dai prides itself on serving traditional NorthEastern cuisine. The menu doesn't follow the normal format, instead, every entry is followed by the owner's personal take on each dish.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Chili Oil and Sichuan Peppercorn
WHERE: 6079 Rue Sherbrooke O.
WHAT: Beef Vindaloo
This Indian restaurant is about as unassuming as it gets. The waiter, trying to save me from myself, didn't want to serve me a regular vindaloo. I probably should have listened.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Red chili...and something probably cultivated from Satan's garden.
Restaurant JoleeRestaurant Jolee
WHERE: 5495 Avenue Victoria
WHAT: Chili chicken
What's a spicy list without a South Indian and Sri Lankan restaurant.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Chili sauce
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "If you enjoy spicy food, you'll be in heaven." (TripAdvisor)
WHAT: Homemade spicy sambal
You can order pretty much anything at this Singaporean restaurant and spice it up to your heart's content with their homemade chili sauce. But we still recommend the beef rendang or their famous laksa soup.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: A variety of chili peppers
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "They asked me if I wanted it spicy and I said yes. Will not do that again. :-)" (Resto Montreal)
Caribbean Curry House
WHERE: 6892 Avenue Victoria
WHAT: Jerk Chicken
A Montreal staple for Caribbean cuisine, they're known for their rotis but if you want to play with fire ask for the jerk chicken, spicy.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Scotch bonnet peppers
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "Make the pilgrimage and be rewarded with flavors and spice that will make you cry Rasta!" (Yelp)
WHERE: 4759 Avenue Van Horne
WHAT: Mirch masala dosa or the Chili Chicken
There are over 41 dosas on this South Indian restaurants menu. But it's the mirch masala you need to head for if you're brave — dipped in their spiced green chutney if you're feeling crazy.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Mangalore chili peppers
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "We asked for medium spice on the chili chicken and proceeded to lose feeling in our lips and tear up a bit" (Yelp)
WHERE: 88 Avenue Bernard O.
WHAT: Kaeng Phed Talay
This Thai restaurant is a bit on the pricier side, but worth every penny. The kitchen does play it safe in the heat factor but if your tastebuds have no fear, ask for it really spicy. Perhaps I was a bit too cocky and they just wanted to show me the error in my ways, but this burned.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Red Chili
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "Why do they hate me so?" (said by me while trying to breathe sharply through my mouth)
Mae Sri Comptoir Thai
WHERE: 224 Rue Milton
WHAT: Tum Pu Pla Ra (Papaya Issan)
This authentic noodle stand serves some of the best and most affordable Thai street food dishes.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Chili pepper
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "If you value your palate and taste buds, get the regular one, if you laugh in the face of pain, get the Issan." (Shutupandeat)
Shahi Palace RestaurantYardie-in-Miami
WHERE: 4773 Blvd. Sources
This is a lamb meat curry dish that is as tasty as it is spicy. They just renovated the restaurant, so you can burn your lips off in their newly decorated dining room.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Garam masala (a mix of Indian spices)
*This hidden gem is known to locals and doesn't even have a website.
WHERE: 1050B Rue Clark
WHAT: Steamed Spicy Fish and Lamb
Chez Chili can go either way. Some dishes, while seasoned perfectly, won't even rank a sip of water — while others like the spicy fish and lamb will make you inhale the rice bowl.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Mostly chili peppers
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "Also, when they say spicy, they mean SPICY - not for the faint of heart!" (Yelp)
WHERE: 901 Rue Sherbrooke E.
WHAT: Duck Salad
If you noticed, this Thai restaurant made it on the list twice. While duck salad sounds rather innocuous, this one has a burn that many people can't handle.
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "Not recommended if you can't handle the spiciness." (Yelp)
WHERE: 1110 Rue Clark
WHAT: Spicy and Peppery Lamb with Cumin
This Chinatown staple is a weird mix of way too spicy and not spicy enough. If you're the former make sure to let the waiter know you're there to tough it out.
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "If you like spicy, this is the place for you. If you're scared of spicy food, well this is also the place for you." (Yelp)
WHERE: 3969 Blvd. LaSalle
WHAT: Ragout of Tofu
There are a lot of not so common dishes at this Verdun Korean restaurant to try but the spicy ragout of tofu is what you have to try.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Korean chili flakes (gochugaru)
WHERE: 5011 Blvd. Sources
WHAT: Fire Masala Dosa
The only recipe on their menu that garners a two-pepper rating is their take on a masala dosa. I'm now questioning their rating system altogether. But if you can make it out to Pierrefonds, this is the Indian restaurant to hit.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Red and green chilis
Pamika Brasserie Thai
WHERE: 901 Sherbrooke E.
WHAT: Kra Prao with fried egg
This is one of the most popular Thai street foods and Pamika doesn't miss. Minced pork filet, long beans, holly basil, and a fried egg cooked with fresh chilis.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Thai chili
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "Tip: if the waiter says it’s very spicy, trust him! It actually IS very spicy!" (TripAdvisor)
WHERE: 2027 Blvd. St-Laurent
WHAT: Any of their spicy Madras
There aren't a ton of Punjabi restaurants in Montreal that have such a great reputation. The madras are already fiery but ask them to not hold back on this red curry sauce. Let's fire it up!
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Chili powder
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: ..."take out was fast, and the spice blend in our curry and vindaloo was complex and spicy -- not bland or overly salty." (TripAdvisor)
WHERE: 1862 Blvd. Maisonneuve O.
WHAT: The Supreme Tteokbokki Poutine
There is so much going on with this 'poutine' and it's confusing and oh so tasty.
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "So much flavour. Spicy (make sure you can handle it)" (TripAdvisor)
McKibbin's Irish Pub
WHERE: There are four locations across Montreal. Click here to find the closest one to you.
WHAT: Rim Reaper Chicken Wings
The Irish aren't known for their spices. But that didn't stop McKibbin's. You have to sign a waiver to enter the challenge of eating 12 of the wings. No milk. You get a shirt after. Are you a masochist? Then it's worth every excruciating moment.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Ghost Pepper
BRAVE SOUL REVIEW: "My mouth was so numb from pain that I could not even tell I had fries in my mouth." (Lordof theWings)
Boucherie Beau Bien
WHERE: 3748 Rue Ontario E.
WHAT: Ass Reaper Hot Sauce
Ok, so this isn't a restaurant, but this little boutique is home to some of the hottest hot sauces known to man. The Ass Reaper will make you weep.
WHY IT'S SO HOT: Habanero peppers, African Oleoresin, Scotch Bonnet peppers
Let us know if we missed any of your favourite spicy dishes! Though I may need to give my tastebuds a long and cool vacation. Stay safe out there.