Been in Montreal for quite some time, always looking for some good Chinese restaurants here and sometimes I go to Toronto for this purpose and to be honest, it's way better there than here.
Anyway, let's not give the hope for searching in Montreal.
For Chinese restaurant, people always focus on the taste, authenticity and peculiarity and price for sure. Service is often overlooked.
here is my list for best Chinese restaurant in Montreal, please tell me it's fair or not. no ranking for the list.
HongFanTian (don't know why it's called Kanbai in English)
There are two restaurants with the same name. 1813 Ste. Catherine and Clark corner in Chinatown.
Food: Sichuan food is really good here. I guess for Chinese folks(from mainland, it's the top brand) with some controversies here and there.
I went to this one several times since it opened in Feb 2014. it's like new generation of Chinese restaurant in Montreal, authentic Chinese food with great service. This is the only one Chinese restaurant I know in town who do real Chinese food with a sense of sit-in feeling, you want to stay longer there with family or friends. they also have a very nice website to have all info online for customers. www.auntdai.com
Food: they have food from northern China, Sichuan and somewhere else. I am from the north and find the northern food is great and Sichuan food is average.
Service: feel like home. really great.
Le Cristal Chinois:
Address 998 Blvd. St-Laurent (top floor). only a few year, it has established it's top position for the Cantonese food (Dim Sum). Their place is decorated better than their competitors ( Rouge diamond and Kam Fung). Food is better there too. I don't go there very often unless I crave for some morning tea. It's good for a large group or celebration events. their website www.lecristalchinois.com
Food: Dim Sun is really good. little bit more expensive than others. If you want good seafood, your best bet is here.
Service: good, lots of servers pulling the food carts for you.
it's a very famous hotpot franchise in China so almost everybody from China knows it's name. since their opening in Montreal Chinatown, it's been popular. it opened another restaurant in Brossard. One thing some people may not like LittleSheep is the broth they use will stick inside your overcoat for at least a day. so strip naked before you go in.
Food: for hotpot, they are still your first choice in Montreal. there is another hotpot brand beating LittleSheep in China, it's called HaiDiLao. Unfortunately, they even haven't opened one in Toronto yet, so we have to wait much longer.
I will add more to my list but I will take my time. I have to go there several times to make sure what I write is as accurate as possible.
Have a good day.