Montreal's 'Ugly-Duckling' Restaurants

The food will surprise the fvck out of you.
Montreal's 'Ugly-Duckling' Restaurants

I'm the queen of discovering Montreal's hidden gems. You know, the type of spots that look like nothing from the outside, but the food is out of this world and you're left completely mind blown with the whole experience after you're done.

That feeling when you don't want to tell anyone about a restaurant, because you don't want people to know how awesome it is. Has it ever happened to you? Well I know ten Montreal spots that are just like that. It's almost painful to share these spots with you, but I can't help myself. So here are Montreal's 10 "ugly-duckling" restaurants.

1. Ganadara

1862 Maisonneuve Blvd W

Hearty Korean dishes that will leave you 100% satisfied. So delicious and affordable, you'll come begging for more. Bibimbap, seafood pancakes, spicy soup... All the winter necessities under one roof, basically.


2. Yuukai Fusion Japonaise

5658 Av du Parc

Great little place on Parc with amazing affordable sushi, sashimi and it's BYOB. Don't tell anyone about it, because it's legit my favourite spot in its category. Wouldn't want it to get too crowded.


Photo cred - Thisiswhywerefat

3. Chand Palace

989 Jean Talon Street West

Hands down, best Indian restaurant in Montreal. It looks like nothing, but the food will take you to space. If you're a fan of Indian cuisine (and even if you're not), you have to give it a try.


4. Bangkok Express

5645 Av de Monkland

Enjoy the tastiest Thai dishes of life in a laid back, casual atmosphere. Make sure to try thai pad thai and crispy fish, you'll love it.


5. Kazu

1862 Rue Ste-Catherine O

You may or may not be familiar with this tiny Downtown Japanese eatery. Housemade tofu, shrimp burgers, tuna and salmon tartares... It's a gastronomical heaven. Seriously.


6. Au 14 Prince Arthur Ouest

14 Rue Prince Arthur O

It's a perfect place to satisfy your cravings for Vietnamese.Au 14 Prince Arthur Ouest is a neighbourhood staple that not too many Montrealers know about. The food is unbelievably tasty and the prices are very fair.


7. Nostos Grill

9530 Boulevard de l'Acadie

Best gyro you'll ever have in your life! Enjoy traditional Greek dishes and drinks in a casual setting. I would sell my soul for a bite of their famous grilled chicken right now.


Photo cred - Topmenu

8. Spicy Noodle

3575 Av du Parc

If you're in the mood for noodles, this is your go-to place! Yummy noodles, good prices and it's open until late at night.


9. Mai Xiang Yuan

1082 Boul St-Laurent

Get your dumpling fix here! A huge variety of delicious dumplings: fried, steamed, pork, sea food, fried egg, etc. I'm craving these right now.


10. El Rey Del Taco

232 Rue Jean-Talon E

This little authentic taco joint at marché Jean-Talon will make you feel like you're in Mexico. They serve a bunch of delicious Mexican street food that you absolutely have to try if you haven't already. Everyone loves tacos, right?


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