My thoughts on Asian Food in Montreal (at least the type that is not so common). You can also check out my Urbanspoon reviews but really why are you coming to a film-related blog for food opinions? You should probably read This is Why We’re Fat or Food at First Sight or Shut up and Eat which all do some very good food and restaurant reviews. Other sites of note are Braised and Confused, Food Guy Montreal, Fou de Food MTL and BoulouBoulou.
And finally here I list some notable restaurants that serve other Asian dishes and street food which isn’t commonly offered at enough places to merit their own pages.
General Tao poutine is offered at La Betise (6015 St-Hubert) and Planete Poutine (51 Rachel O). I have never tried this and have no inclination to but it’s kind of an obvious fusion dish for Montreal that I’m surprised took this long to show up.
Steamed buns with pork belly are offered at a few places. Satay Brothers [Summer location: 138 Avenue Atwater (Marché Atwater), Winter location: 3911 Saint-Jacques O] is where I first had them and they were totally awesome. I also tried this at Gado Gado (1242 Mackay) where it was just as tasty but lacking veggies. Big in Japan (3723 St. Laurent) also have a version but I haven’t tried it.
Takoyaki (deep fried balls with a bit of octopus inside) is a popular Japanese street food that is a rare find in Montreal although I’ve started noticing it pop up on some all you can eat sushi menus but I highly doubt they’re any good. I can easily say that Imadake (4006 St Catherine O) makes some great takoyaki. At $6 for five balls, it’s a bit pricey for what it is but worth a try at least once. They were expertly fried with a thin crispy layer encasing a soft batter with a piece of octopus. It was drizzled with mayo, ponzu sauce, bonito flakes and anori (dried seaweed in powder like form). Hyang Jin (5332 Queen Mary) have TakoYaki but they call them (home made) dragon balls $6.50 for seven. They’re quite good as well sprinkled with bonito flakes green onion and ponzu sauce with mayo on the side. Kinoya also offers this but only 4 balls for $5.75 which makes it the most expensive per ball. While they were not bad, I’d first go for Hyang Jin or Imadake’s versions easily.
Banh Mi (An inexpensive sandwich with Vietnamese style meat, pate, pickled carrots & turnips inside a French baguette) that’s prepared in a couple of bakeries in Chinatown, and some Asian supermarkets although I generally don’t find that any one is noticeably better than the other. I did like the beef one that I had at Vua Sandwiches (1579 St. Denis) where I also had a great mango smoothie to go with it. They might look like a chain but they’re not. Hung Phat (7099 St. Denis) also does a very good banh mi but I wouldn’t say their version is miles ahead of anyone else’ s offering.
Pho lovers can just read this food blog for that blogger’s top three restaurants to get some pho. I’m amazed at the high number of Vietnamese restaurants there are in Montreal and how many of them this blogger managed to try.