Montreal Kosher Restaurants Update

almond tree | Aug 15, 201311:28 AM

Well, after several weeks in Montreal, I'm back in the good ol' E of I (Eretz of Israel). So glad I don't have to subsist mainly on canned fish and peanut butter filled crackers anymore!

Here are the restaurants I visited (full addresses are on MK site http://mk.ca/restaurants.html):

Mozart (cholovi), Queen Mary Rd. -- attractive interior, with outdoor terrace. I had a very good lasagna, layered with eggplant & roasted pepper as well as cheese & tomato sauce ($16) and my friend had a nicely presented, very fresh falafel plate ($11 IIRC). The cafe hafuch ($3.50) was thin, sour and almost foamless. Pleasant service.

Chez Benny (basari), Queen Mary Rd. -- basic diner. I went just because I had a hankering for a smoked meat sandwich ($10.95, or $15.95 with fries & a soda). The sandwich was good, flavorful & juicy. Service was very poor.

Expectation II (cholovi), Queen Mary Rd. -- adequate decor. Went for Sunday brunch. My friend and I each had the set menu of eggs, toast, various spreads & fruit salad. Hers was $9.95, mine $10.50 because I asked for asparagus scrambled eggs. Food was fair. The service was outstandingly efficient and courteous, especially considering how packed the place was. (On another occasion I sampled some of their French pastries, which were delicious.)

Pizza Gourmetti (cholovi), Victoria Dr -- Very simple premises, with outodoor terrace. We all had very good paninis ($7.95 each). Friendly service, but oh so slow, considering there were only 5 of us & we all ordered the same thing.

Oneg (basari), St, Viateur -- Basically a catering/take out place with a few small tables. Don't try to order from the posted menu. The man behind the counter just gave me what he happened to have on hand -- marinated chicken with chips, which turned out to be surprisingly good. Service was what you might expect from a chasid who's probably never eaten in a restaurant in his life -- amateurish but very sweet (he even salted my French fries for me -- I felt like a queen!). Not sure how much it cost, but it wasn't a lot.

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