You probably already know about Cuisine Auntdai. Or you might not.
The story goes that the chef of beloved Cuisine Szechuan left and opened his own place in Côte des Neiges.
There was a big buzz on it a few years ago and, while it was always on my radar, I don't often go to Côte des Neiges so it just went on my backburner.
What I didn't know is that Aundai burned down in 2017 and that they moved downtown (near guy-concordia metro, on Saint-Mathieu!).
The real story though, is that their online menu seems to be commented by the owner (see link below). It features pearls of refreshing honesty like:
"General Tao chicken (Zuǒ Gōng Jī)
More than once, More than twice, our customers told me AuntDai has the best General Tao Chicken in Montreal. Hands half way down or 3 quarters way down maybe, I am no expert on North American Chinese food but I like our General Tao a lot, a lot more than what I would have thought. We use high quality chicken breast and our own special sauce.
I am really proud we have this great dish even though deep down I hope all the items on our menu are authentic Chinese."
"Orange beef (Chén Pí Niú Ròu)
Comparing to our General Tao Chicken, this one is not THAT good.
Anyway, I am not big fan of North American Chinese food and it's your call."
Some items has a great story:
"Sichuan pepper Chicken Salad (jiāo má jī )
This appetizer is prepared by myself and it's a secret recipe shared by my friend who is from ChengDu, Sichuan. I know this friend for almost 10 years and only found out he is a Sichuan food master recently. After seeing our first restaurant at CDN destroyed by a fire, he came to me to offer his secret recipes which he had so much confidence to make our restaurant very popular among Chinese customers. He showed me how to make this plate step by step. From now on, I call him Shifu like KungFu Panda.
this one is a cold plate which gives you numbness from the Sichuan peppercorn. A lot of chili oil too.
A bonus is it does NOT have bones.
I recommend everyone to try this."
Other are just very funny:
"Mouth-watering chicken (kǒu shuǐ jī )
Again, this dish is very well-known and we are not 100% satisfied with the flavor now and it will get better really soon.
PS. I am surprised that some customers still order this plate. In my opinion, our Sichuan Pepper Chicken Salad is better than this one."
I really find the honesty refreshing and I will try to visit them as soon as I can (with friend - the Sichuan pepper Chicken Salad will be on the menu along with Sweet and spicy potato and Sweet and spicy pork strips...!)
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