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Asian Flavors from around the Globe in Montreal



If you've spent any time in Montreal you already know that it is a foodies' paradise. Montréal also has a diverse range of authentic Asian foods available too, found in a variety of restaurants ranging from the relaxed, diner - style places to high-end, trendy dining rooms created by contemporary Montreal designers. Lovers of Southeast Asian cuisine will be happy with Chao Phraya and its delicate Thai flavors such as leman grass and sweet basil.  Authentic Vietnamese dishes and the best tonkinoise soup can be found at Phõ Viet. The elegant Jun i focuses on Japanese cuisine with ultra-fresh sushi, tempuras and teriyaki dishes. A one of a kind Taiwanese restaurant also caters to vegetarians with dishes suitable for vegans too. Budget conscious diners are well-served by the Asian offerings in Montreal which often include bring your own wine (or beer) options. Just look for the "Apportez-Votre Vin" signs.  If you're walking around Montreal's Chinatown and are unsure of where to eat, follow the crowds. Especially good places are the crowded ones that cater to a mixed population. Whatever Asian flavor you're craving can be found in Montréal at a price to suit your budget and ocassion. Bon appetit!

 


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Sukho Thai Restaurant


This over the top, fun restaurant is worth the trip to the northern edges of Montreal in Laval. Diners can choose between Thai and Korean dishes and book karaoke sessions and take part in other themed evening events. The large space is designed to be used by both small and large groups. It's open every day for dinner and weekdays for lunch too. From Sunday through Thursday take advantage of the three course specials from five until seven. A red curry seafood and duck sone several ways are perennial favorites here at dinner time. For starters try the shrimp stuffed crab claws or lobster salad.

Recommended for Asian because: This large, colorful,lively venue features both Thai and Korean food.

Sherel's expert tip: If you're heading out to this Laval location make a night of it with karaoke and special events.

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Pho Viet ia a rare Vietnamese restaurant that can produce a good Pho - and a chef that cares about your opinion of her specialty. This is to be expected from the previous owners of a fish restaurant in Hanoi. The warm and fuzzy Gay Village restaurant all done up in shades of blue and gold does a good ginger chicken, carmelized salmon and pho noodles which can be served with peanut chicken. A good option for sharing includes the Vietnamese fondue. The lively crowd appreciates this tiny, unpretentious place that offers a bring your own wine or beer option near the Palais de Congres.

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Isakaya


A Japanese pub, as the name suggests, Isakaya offers a simple but warm and cozy decor and, unlike a lot of Montreal eateries, it's quiet and serene. The regular diners include stay at home moms, students and professionals. The excellent sushi choices include sweet raw shrimp and the Sushimi - an 18 piece sushi and sashimi combo. Popular Japanese tapas feature fresh oysters, eggplant, grilled squid, a spinach and mushroom salad, burdock root and popcorn shrimp. The best rolls are the kamikaze and bonzai ones. If you prefer your fish cooked order the grilled sardines with plum sauce or the spicy fried squid.

Recommended for Asian because: Isakaya is a comfortable spot offering a good variety of simple, fresh dishes.

Sherel's expert tip: Also on the menu is a variety of Asian candies, cookies and novelty knick knacks.

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Chu Chai


The trendy Chu Chai is best described as a Thai - vegetarian fusion restaurant where Chef Lily Sirikittikul has been serving up her creative veggie dishes since 1997. Her tasty faux beef, chicken, shrimp, fish and duck are served with perfectly cooked vegetables. The beef satay and curried duck are particularly authentic. Other favorites include her curry shrimp and vegetables, red curry duck, panang curry with sticky rice, chili basil tofu and satay dumpings. The hip crowd competes for the best seats on the front patio overlooking Rue St. Denis - the perfect spot for a summer evening of people watching!

Recommended for Asian because: Chu Chai offers tasty Asian foods suitable for vegetarian diets.

Sherel's expert tip: Order the tasting menu to try the best of Chu Chai dishes.

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Bombay Choupati


Mouthwatering dosas, made from lentil flour and stuffed with spicy potatoes, the crispiest this side of the world, are just one of the features of Bombay Choupati's predominantly South Indian menu. You'll also find samosas and pakoras, idli smothered in spicy sambal, and creamy rich butter chicken. Definitely off the beaten Montreal paths though, as it can be found on the west island, but certainly worth seeking out for lovers of all south Indian cuisine. Don't let the neighborhood or the physical appearance of the venue deter you from enjoying some seriously good Indian cuisine. Make sure to start with some Bombay bhel.

Recommended for Asian because: A suburban favorite, Bombay Choupati is adored for its tender and creamy butter chicken.

Sherel's expert tip: Don't let the neighborhood or the physical appearance of the venue deter you from some good Indian cuisine.

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Sustainable seafood, five-dollar starters and an extensive tartar menu all served in a romantic setting - what's not to like about Kyomi? Especially since "Sweet Tuesdays" feature chocolate fondue - something rarely experienced in an Asian fusion eatery and Sunday specials include a $15 menu. The spacious layout in this warm but modern interior can accommodate large groups too. The time-honoured, bring your own wine tradition, so popular in Montreal is an option here too. While it's hard to go wrong with any of their dishes, the lobster rolls, calamari and the sunrise salad all served by helpful and friendly waiters are especially popular.

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Toyo is quite possibly the closest thing to the Benihana experience one can find in Montreal with entertaining chefs - particularly with large groups. Toyo Restaurants specialize in Teppanyaki cuisine, a traditional Japanese cooking style performed on large iron griddles called teppan. Their downtown location also serves fresh and mouth-watering sushi. The large portions of traditional Asian grill and tasty saki keep regulars and visitors alike satisfied. Special occasions are given extra consideration by the skilled chefs so Toyo is a good destination for groups celebrating those events. The Toyo experience is also recommended as a good bonding activity for employees too.

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A genuine, high-end sushi restaurant complete with a master chef, Jun i is the place to go for all food Japanese. Best know for it's quality and variety of sushi, the other dishes are just as good. Original creations like red tuna with oyster mushrooms and truffle oil, a risotto featuring avocado and parmesan grace the menu. Avocado jazzes up the unagi roll of grilled eel too. Popular meat dishes include veal served with a Shiso pesto and a filet mignon done with maple syrup. Junichi Ikematsu's place is located in the Mile End neighborhood - perfect for an after dinner stroll.

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2K Sushi Express offers a comfortable and convivial atmosphere in Montreal's east end. It's especially popular with groups who enjoy the free and lively karaoke for birthdays and other special events. While the sushi is a good bet, the General Tao chicken could give it a run for its money. @K Sushi is a Japanese/ Chinese fusion restaurant that features Cantonese & Szechuan dishes with Vietnamese cuisine soon to be added. There are plenty of daily specials including a free meal on your birthday. A full bar stays open until 3 am on weekends and takeout and delivery is available.

Recommended for Asian because: This is a late night Asian food restaurant with karaoke parties that go on until 3 am on weekends.

Sherel's expert tip: Plan ahead for your birthday to take advantage of special offers.

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Named for Thailand's major river and a 2014 Diner's Choice award winner, Chao Praya has been open since 1988. The helpful staff are very good at deciphering the huge menu to insure you get exactly what you like. In order to try as many of the tempting dishes as possible, come with several people. The roast duck with spinach, soy sauce and peanuts and the shrimp with hot chili and sweet basil are particularly good but so is the chicken and vegetable curry, ditto the pad thai. Unlike other Asian restaurants, this one focus on one cuisine, that of Thailand.

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