Turquoise Blog’s Favorite Montreal Restaurant Dishes 2020 – Part 6 (#75 through #90)
75. Kansas cut steak – Lucille’s Laval (Laval)
Lucille’s Laval’s Kansas cut steak is one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. The grill was perfect, the seasoning was on point and the meat was just oh so delicious (and fatty, but a good, melt-in-your-mouth fatty). Unfortunately, I had it again at Brasserie Lucille’s, their Westmount location and it was nowhere near as good (and had some weird balsamic vinegar sauce going on). For more on Lucille’s Laval, click here!
76. Laab (Lao beef meat salad) – Thip Thip (LE CENTRAL – Quartier des Spectacles)
Thip Thip is one of many restaurants you’ll find at Montreal’s new food call LE CENTRAL. I particularly enjoyed their laab, a Laotian salad that can be made with different proteins (I had the raw beef one), which was like a South-East Asian beef tartare. The meat tasted great and the seasoning of the dish was so flavourful, well seasoned and fresh. I would, however, have preferred smaller pieces of beef, as raw beef is hard to chew. For more on Thip Thip, click here!
77. Lobster ravioli – LìOLà (Mile-End)
LìOLà’s lobster ravioli are one of the best if not the best I’ve ever had in Montreal! At first I was skeptical – cause I’ve had “lobster” ravioli before – so I asked our waiter and he confirmed that they were homemade (not on-site but off-site and specially for them) so I went ahead and trusted him and ordered them. Wow, I’m really happy I did, cause they were amazing. Super flavourful, full of chunks of lobster and real lobster meat that tasted like lobster and then covered in a rich, creamy and buttery saffron sauce; divine. For more on LìOLà, click here!
78. Margherita pizza – Basilico Italian Express (West Island)
Sometimes, pizzas are about the toppings, but other times, its all about THAT DOUGH. I’ve eaten many pizzas in my life time and Basilico’s pizza dough really struck me from the first bite I took. It has the perfect texture and the taste is just, wow. It tastes like a heavenly loaf of bread. For more on Basilico Italian Express, click here!
79. Nodini all’aglio – Pizzeria Napoletana (Little Italy)
Honestly, the garlic knots at Pizzeria Napoletana are probably the best thing on the menu; better than all the pizzas and pastas (sorry not sorry). The dough itself tastes great and then all of the little knots are covered in pure garlic goodness, olive oil and dried herbs. They were so good, we wanted to order a second plate. If you like garlic bread, you’ll love these little guys. For more on Pizzeria Napoletana , click here!
80. Nutella cannoli – Basilico Italian Express (West Island)
Another great item from Basilico, their Nutella cannoli. Basilico Italian Express is the first “real” and “traditional” Italian cannoli I’ve tasted that I loved. The shell was perfectly crunchy and the ricotta filling was smooth, rich and creamy but not overly thick, cheesy and heavy, which is what I usually dislike about cannoli. They also offer different flavoured cannoli, like a Nutella cannoli, which was a real delight. To read more about Basilico Italian Express, click here!
81. Peking duck – Impérial (Chinatown)
I think the first time I ever had Peking duck was this year at Impérial and it was delicious. The skin was super crispy and the duck itself juicy and tasty. The duck is served with all the necessaries to make these little duck crêpes, but honestly, the duck is bomb on its own. For more on Impérial, click here or here!
82. Porcini risotto – Primo & Secondo (Little Italy)
Primo & Secondo’s porcini risotto is one of the best I’ve ever had and definitely better than the basic mushroom risotto that I make (need to buy some truffle oil hehe). It was super rich both in flavour and texture, creamy, yet not overly heavy. The arborio rice was cooked to a perfect al dente and overall, it was an excellent dish; I would come back just for the risotto. For more on Primo & Secondo, click here!
83. Pork belly – Caifan (Little Italy)
Pork belly is definitely one of those things I could not live without as a vegetarian. Its just such a flavourful, rich and yummy part of the pork; who could resist? I especially loved Caifan’s pork belly, for all of those above-mentioned reasons: flavourful, rich and yummy. Makes a nice change from your more typical Asian flavoured pork belly. For more on Caifan, click here!
84. Profiteroles – Patrice Pâtissier (Saint-Henri)
Probably the best, most rich, most decadent most wonderful dessert I ate this year: Patrice Pâtissier‘s raspberry cream choux with caramel sauce. If you love French desserts, then you’ll surely love this one. The choux itself was perfectly crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, the raspberry cream was a dream and the caramel sauce, just wow. If you like “WOW” desserts, this one is for you! However, they don’t serve it all year long so you have to be strategic about it! For more on Patrice Pâtissier, click here!
85. Rib-eye steak tacos – La Cantina (Downtown)
Who doesn’t love tacos?! Had the pleasure of eating La Cantina’s rib-eye steak tacos twice already and they are some of the best I’ve ever had. According to my eldest, they’re the best he’s ever had (and we eat a lot of tacos at home with the kids lol). Perfectly cooked and seasoned rib-eye steak, over a melted cheesy tortilla and topped with caramelized onions and guacamole, you just cannot go wrong. For more on La Cantina, click here or here!
86. Samba on ice – Café Zezin (Villeray)
Café Zezin’s brownie was one of the best brownies I’d had in a long time. It reminded me a lot of Juliette & Chocolat’s brownie, as its rich and decadent, but not heavy and there’s a really nice balance between the chocolate and the sweetness of it. It also comes topped with a nice scoop of ice cream, which is always a good pairing for a brownie. To read more about Café Zezin, click here or here!
87. Soup dumplings (xiao long bao) – Sammi & Soupe Dumpling (Downtown)
I know, I’m extremely late to the whole dumplings game by only trying Sammi & Soupe Dumpling this year (shame on me, really). With that said, after my first visit at Sammi & Soupe Dumpling, I could proudly say that I’d been and that they were the BEST soup dumplings in Montreal. If you’re looking for an excellent place for soupy, juicy, flavourful and yummy soup dumplings that are centrally located (downtown), you 100% cannot go wrong with Sammi & Soupe Dumpling. I liked it so much, I actually went twice in like 9 days. For more on Sammi & Soupe Dumpling, click here!
88. Soup dumplings (xiao long bao) – Yum Yum Soupe Dumpling (Plateau)
After finally trying Sammi & Soupe Dumpling this year, I figured, these really are the best soup dumplings in Montreal. Well, half a year later, I tried the all-new Yum Yum Soupe Dumpling in the Plateau and now I’m definitely torn between the two! Yum Yum Soupe Dumpling’s dumplings are definitely yum yum, soupy, flavourful and juicy. They also offer dishes from other Asian cuisines, like laksa and noodle dishes, if you feel like mixing things up. Their fried dumplings are also very good and juicy too. For more on Yum Yum Soupe Dumpling, click here!
89. Syrniki (pancakes) – Arthur’s (Saint-Henri)
IF YOU STILL HAVEN’T TRIED ARTHUR’S PANCAKES, YOU ARE SERIOUSLY MISSING OUT. For more on Arthur’s, click here!
90. Turkish eggs – Bloomfield (Outremont)
Bloomfield’s Turkish eggs dish was a very pleasant surprise and I loved it. Soft boiled eggs sitting upon a bed of a labneh (Bloomfield makes theirs quite liquidy and garlicky) it sounds kinda weird, but it was delicious and a great pairing. For more on Bloomfield, click here or here!
*All photos and opinions are mine