Summer is around the corner and that means lots of Kosher tourists will flock our city. I saw that someone did this last year and I disagreed with most of his recommendations for good Kosher food and restaurants in Montreal. So here's my two cents:
For elegant, fine dining places:
Mortys Steakhouse, 5395 Queen Mary, Montreal 514-481-2000
This is really Montreal's best Kosher restaurant. They openned last year and its owned by the people at El Morocco. They serve top quality beef, dry aged, the works. They also have a great fish menu. This is an authentic steakhouse, the decor is very New York and the food is awesome. It's perfect for birthdays, dates, business meetings and just if you want to spoil yourself. The service is fantastic, its very warm and hospitable. They had a rocky start, but 1 year later, the food is incredible and everything is perfect from start to finish. They hired a chef who worked in a very big Steakhouse institution in Montreal (Moishe's) and they do a great job.
El Morocco, 3450 Drummond, Montreal 514-844-6888
Montreal's oldest Kosher restaurant, openned in the late 70s and still open today. Something unique for Montreal. The food is authentic morrocan, although they have some items that are not moroccan. They also own Mortys, so they serve some of their steaks. It's Montreal's only Kosher restaurant downtown, so its great for tourists who are staying in hotels around it. They also cater for Shabbat and can have it sent to your hotel. The food is incredible and the decor is really nice. It was a little downhill a few years ago, but they went through a nice facelift a couple years ago and are back on top. Probably my 2nd most favorite place after Mortys. The service is also very nice.
Ernie and Ellies, 6900 Decarie, Montreal 514-344-4444
I put this restaurant in the elegant section. It's not really elegant, but I didn't create a 'do not visit' section, so i decided to put it here. This used to be a great kosher restaurant! For the last few years, it really went downhill. The food is gross, the service is outright rude and the management doesn't care. They make all their money in takeout and catering so the restaurant only exist to get rid of the food they couldn't sell at their catering or takeout. So I'm writing this in hopes that someone from Ernie and Ellies reads this and makes some changes!
Exodus: Closed, but was replace with Mortys, see above.
Family friendly place, moderately priced:
Rahamim Glatts, Cote st Luc Road, near TCBY
They just openned this place and only went there once. My theory is that they figure that since Exodus closed, they wanted that clientele. I'm not sure if they've succeeded, but its not a bad restaurant, its not great either. The food is decent. They have italian, french and moroccan. I think with the right effort, they can become much better. I'll review it again later.
Yakimono Sushi, 4210 Decarie, Montreal 514-484-1515
Probably the best Sushi in Montreal. They have lots of choices and the prices are very fair. It's not a big place, so you need to reserve if you're going to be more than 4 people. They also do takeout. If you want great sushi, this is the place. Beware, they don't much besides Sushi.
Pizza Pita, 6415 Decarie, Montreal 514-731-7482
The name says it all. Good Pizza. It's like a Kosher equivalent of Domino's. Good Pizza, good prices, family friendly. Don't expect stone oven thin crust pizza here! But for what it does, its great.
Exception 5039 Queen Mary, Montreal 514-344-0508
A really nice restaurant, too bad its only Dairy. They have some great sandwiches, omelettes and pasta. The decor is gorgeous and really well tought out. They also have incredible pastries and cakes. Definitely one of Montreal's best Kosher restaurants in this category.
Fast food, counter places:
Chez Benny, 5071 Queen Mary, Montreal 514-735-1836 (also another one in SaintLaurent)
Not what it used to be, but still pretty good. The food is tasty, the quantity is good and the quality is decent. They could be a little more polite, but i guess it comes with the territory. The place to go for a Shawarma, Fallafel or some grilled stuff.
Prime Grill, 5334 Queen Mary, Montreal 514-656-9900
I used to love this place, now I just like it. The food is Israeli. They have the best Fallafel in the city. Their Shawarma is good. Their service is friendly, which is unique in this type of Kosher restaurant. It's a small place, but its very well located on Queen Mary.
There are other Kosher restaurants in the city, but they're either not worthy of mention or totally out of the way. For a complete listing of Kosher restaurants in Montreal approved by the MK (Vaad Hair of Montreal), go to:
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