After reading the review in the Gazette, my friend and I decided to check this place out at lunch today. It seems like we weren't the only ones; there were quite a few groups looking a little lost (most of the signs are in Chinese).
This place is quite the hidden gem. It's not much to look at. The decor is sparse:only a few wooden cafeteria-style tables, a tv, open kitchen with a buffet serving area... similar to other chinese places in the area like Maison du Nord and the old Qing Hua. It's much like a dingy looking-yet clean cafeteria. The food, however, is delicious and quite the bargain at $8 for rice and three choices (portions are extremely generous and could even feed 2 people). We were quite impressed at the variety of dishes on display. There were maybe 10-12 options to choose from. There is also complimentary self-serve tea and water.
I had rice with (1) spicy tofu, (2) green bean and glass noodles, (3) slivers of pork with green peppers and funghi (wood ear). My friend had rice with (1) spicy tofu, (2) zucchini and chicken(?), (3) braised beef with potato. All our choices were good and very flavourful - like real chinese home-cooking - but the real standout for me was the pork and wood ear dish which was tangy and a little sweet. All dishes had great depth of flavour and tasted very fresh. I find that most dishes at "buffet" type places tend to all taste the same but this wasn't the case here.
We also saw people eating various soups, beef noodle soup, some chinese-style meat pancakes, and there are also pork sandwiches on display. I think that beyond the buffet, there may be a wide variety of dishes that you can get made-to-order.
Address is 1622 de Maisonneuve, near Guy metro (2nd floor). I'm almost hesitant to post this as it's no longer going to be a hidden gem!
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