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Smart Shopping Montreal


Secret Montreal Eateries


Be adventurous and explore! That�s what travel is all about, isn�t it? All the eateries listed below are choice excerpts from a unique guidebook called Secret Montreal. Most of these spots are found off the beaten track in Montreal�s neighbourhoods. We suggest dining out at lunch hour when the prices are down and service is much more attentive. Hop on the bus or Metro and for under a $2.00 fare you�re guaranteed a delightful cultural and culinary experience. P.S. This is a perfect opportunity to practice your high school French. But, don�t worry. Most people speak English as well.

Secret Indian
Taj Mahal de l�Ouest
(5026 Sherbrooke West, just east of Decarie, tel: 482 -0076) features cuisine from the north and south of India. Calcutta-trained chef Sadeq Choudhury serves up consistently excellent fare. Try it for dinner, or the very well-priced lunch specials. A particular favorite is the chicken tikka dinner, a succulently tender chicken breast braised in the unique tandoori style.

Secret Italian
La Cucina
(5134 St. Laurent, between Laurier and Fairmount, tel: 495-1131) is a bistro-style eatery serving pasta, pizza, and calzone. Conveniently, pastas are available in half portions, so you can mix and match, sampling a variety of flavors.

Secret Japanese
The upscale Soto Restaurant Sushi Bar (3527 St. Laurent, north of Sherbrooke, tel: 842-1150) is located smack in the middle of the hot St. Laurent nightlife scene. If you�re a sushi gourmande, or if you�ve been anxiously awaiting the occasion to get in on the craze, you�ll find a complete selection of these delicate morsels as well as a full menu of other Japanese specialties.

Secret Greek
Restaurant Hermes (1010) Jean Talon West, west of du Parc, tel: 272-3880) offers authentic Greek cuisine, including all the classic dishes, homemade in the traditional manner. It�s like eating in your mother�s dining room. As seems to be a requirement in Greek restaurants, the portions are overly generous.

Secret Vegetarian
Le Commensal (2115 St. Denis; 1204 McGill College; 3715 Queen Mary across from St. Joseph�s Oratory) offers imaginative and extensive dining. The chefs work wonders with tofu and seitan. The food is served buffet-style, but while you�re heaping food on your plate, keep in mind that you pay by weight.

(Source: Secret Montreal, Tod Hoffman, Publisher ECW Press. For further info, please click here)



Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.
(Source: Alice's Restaurant Cookbook, 1969, The New Beacon Book of Quotations).

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