Travel Munchies: Montreal (Pt. 3- International)

Montreal is a city that embraces multiculturalism so you can find many international cuisines here. In this post, I’ll be sharing some of those with you! If you haven’t already, check out Part 1 for my cafe reviews and in Part 2, I talked about some of Montreal’s specialties.


Gado Gado

Our first night in Montreal was the most hectic! The B&B we originally booked didn’t turn out the way we wanted to.. so we ended up having to search for a place right on the spot. Thankfully, we found one. Gado Gado is an Indonesian restaurant located in Downtown Montreal, a brisk walk away for our hotel that night. 

We went relatively late (probably close to 9) so there was only a couple of other tables. Service was extremely slow.. there was one waiter who was very friendly, but it was difficult to get his attention because the counter is all the way in the back and he couldn’t exactly see us.

Gado Gado– $7 (3.5/5)

Classic Indonesian salad, peanut salad

This salad features blanched veggies (cabbage, bean sprouts, green beans), fried tofu puffs, tempeh, lontong (rice cake), kruput (fried cracker) and hard boiled egg, dressed in a creamy peanut sauce. This salad had a nice variety of textures and the peanut sauce gave it a nice flavour. If you’re not a fan of raw food, you might prefer this salad with cooked veggies.

Laksa– $11 (3.5/5)

yellow curry soup

The noodle soup consists of rice noodles, shredded chicken, shrimps, fish cakes, fried tofu, hard boiled egg, bean sprouts and cucumbers. This was not bad, although I thought the broth could be more seasoned. I was expecting more spice, but it was rather mild.

Lapis Surabaya– $4 (4/5)

This is a two-layered spongecake, with the bottom being rum infused. We really enjoyed this as it wasn’t overly sweet, and it has a denser, but still moist, texture.

***

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 3.5/5 | Service: 2.5/5 | Value: 3/5 | Ambiance: 4/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Gado Gado Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Site: http://www.gadogado.ca/home.html


Thali

On another night, Mama Rae and I visited Thali for some quick, inexpensive Indian food. The place serves cafeteria-style- you order, pick up your tray, then head to a seat. It was super busy when we went there! The shop is super tiny so be prepared to steal a spot as soon as you see one available.

Vegetarian Thali– $9 (3.5/5)

3 different vegetarian dishes, Basmati rice, naan bread, salad & papadam

For my vegetarian dishes, I chose Chana Masala (chickpea), Aloo Gobi (potato, cauliflower) and Mixed Veggie (potato, carrot, green beans). The curries were on the oilier side, but exceeded my expectation for the price. The portion was more than enough, so it was a bargain for sure! I also didn’t notice that my salad was missing, oh well..

Lamb Biryani– $9 (3/5)

Mama Rae got their biryani, which is a spiced fried rice. A salad and a yogurt-based dressing comes on the side, and the amount of rice was hugeee! There was a decent portion of lamb too, so you can probably make two meals out of this. 😛 However, it was far too salty.

***

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 3.5/5 | Service: 3/5 | Value: 5/5 | Ambiance: 3/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Thali Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Site: http://thalimontreal.com/en/


Dessert de Taiwan

While visiting Chinatown, I was craving for Asian desserts. This vendor seemed to be very popular with line ups, so I decided to try a few things. They have a variety of drinks, wheel cakes, shaved ice, and their signature item were egg rolls. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try them because they came in a huge pack and Mama Rae said no, haha. xD

Original Milk Tea + Pearls (1/5)I’d hate to do negative reviews but I gotta be honest.. this was terrible! The wait was extremely long and I was so disappointed when I tried this. The milk tea had no flavour of milk or tea, it tasted just like sugar diluted in water, yuck. The pearls were chewy like they should be, but it just wasn’t appetizing with a poorly made base.

Red Bean Shaved Ice (1/5)

***

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 1/5 | Service: 3/5 | Value: 2/5 | Ambiance: N/A

Overall: 2/5


Restaurant Ethan

For dinner that evening we visited Chinatown, Mama Rae wanted some Cantonese food. Montreal’s Chinatown is relatively small so we didn’t have much of a choice, but Restaurant Ethan caught our eye. Restaurant Ethan is your standard Hong Kong style cafe, serving a variety of dishes from noodles, rice, congee and more. 

Wonton Noodle Soup (5/5)

Mama Rae ordered this and was very impressed! She thought everything- broth, noodles, wontons- were on point. The broth wasn’t MSG-ladened, while the egg noodles had the right texture and soaked up the light savoury flavour. The five wontons had thin wrapping, and lots of shrimp inside. I didn’t get to try the wontons but the soup noodle was delish! It also comes with some lettuce and green onions.

Tofu Veggie Stir-Fry (3/5)

My dish was quite average. I didn’t expect the tofu to be fried tofu puffs, although they did soak up the sauce nicely. What I didn’t like was the vegetables they chose- broccoli, sweet corn, onions and a bit of Chinese cabbage. I was expecting a Cantonese dish and broccoli and sweet corn aren definitely not what’s typically used in Cantonese cuisine.

***

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 4/5 | Service: 3/5 | Value: 4/5 | Ambiance: 3/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Ethan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Saigon VIP

When we came back to Montreal from Quebec City, it was already pretty late at night. We searched for another nearby restaurant and decided to stop by Pho Saigon VIP for some Vietnamese food.

There was probably more staff than customers at that time, maybe we came a bit late again. I also found it a bit awkward when the first thing we got asked was “Are you Vietnamnese? Chinese?”…

Vegetable Pho (2.5/5)

I don’t have sharp tastebuds like a lot of bloggers, but I knew right when I tried the broth how loaded of MSG it was. This is usually the case for a lot of pho restaurants and although it was very “umami” indeed, it got me chugging down gallons of water. On the brighter side, I did appreciate the loads of vegetables in here- broccoli, cabbage, carrots, onions..

Beef on Vermicelli (3/5)

On the other hand, Mama Rae was satisfied with her meal. The large bed of vermicelli was topped with grilled beef, pickled veggies, a piece of vegetable spring roll, and on the side is the usual fish sauce. I didn’t try the beef but the spring roll was nice and crispy!

***

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 3/5 | Service: 3/5 | Value: 3/5 | Ambiance: 3/5

Overall: 3/5

Saigon VIP Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


I had my first full day of classes today! It honestly wasn’t the most fun because being in Grade 12, the teachers just jump straight in with the content. 😛 I have a couple of things I wanted to fix for my schedule too and that’s been kinda stressing me out.. Anyways, crossing my fingers that all will go well. Have a lovely evening. (:

<3, Rae

 

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