ChuChai, Montreal

I faced some serious disappointment when I found ChuChai closed on New Years Eve. For future reference, most restaurants that don’t cater to tourists are closed in Montreal on New Years, and even any time between Christmas Eve and the New Year. But my companion and I persevered, a and returned to ChuChai a few days later. Sadly, we couldn’t open our bottle of champagne, … Continue reading ChuChai, Montreal

The Bagels of Montreal

In the North American Bagel scene, it’s Montreal vs. New York. Both sides have their advocates, and both bagels are, well, bagelly, but they are different variations on the same idea. I stopped in at St. Viateur Bagel Shop in a Hasidic neighborhood in Montreal to see what all the fuss was about. St. Viateur is a serious, no-nonsense bagel shop. One enters the store … Continue reading The Bagels of Montreal

Poutine at Resto La Banquise, Montreal

The thing to do when you’re in Montreal, especially if you’re a few beers into a long night on the town, is to go and eat poutine. This Quebecois classic isn’t as fancy as it sounds – just french fries, gravy and cheese curds. Of course, many poutine places have taken this version to grandious levels and you can order almost any type of poutine … Continue reading Poutine at Resto La Banquise, Montreal