Kuu Bistro – Amazing Japanese Izakaya

Kuu Bistro is a new Japanese Izakaya in downtown Montreal. They have the Japanese tapas style dishes, sushi rolls, and oysters.

A bit different from Imadake, the decor is very airy and bright with floor to ceiling windows looking out into Square Philippe. There’s also a second floor that can be a great private party venue.

The food is absolutely fresh and delicious. My favorite dishes would be the white fish carpaccio, and grilled miso black cod. The white fish carpaccio is lightly grilled on the outside and dipped in a rich sauce with different spices. I’ve always loved black cod. It’s a slightly fattier fish and the miso complement the taste very well.

For people who like sushi rolls ,they also have a fairly large selection of makis to choose from. Kuu lollipop is wrapped with cucumbers, very refreshing with tasty sauce to go with it.

They have different types of oysters on the menu as well, which is pretty rare for Japanese restaurants in Montreal.

I’ll definitely go back to sample the other half of the menu!

Kuu Bistro - Oysters

Kuu Bistro – Oysters

Kuu Bistro - Tacoyaki Squid balls

Kuu Bistro – Tacoyaki
Squid balls

Kuu Bistro - White Fish carpaccio

Kuu Bistro – White Fish carpaccio

Kuu Bistro - Kuu Lollipop

Kuu Bistro – Kuu Lollipop

Kuu Bistro - Grilled Squid

Kuu Bistro – Grilled Squid

Kuu Bistro - Ramen

Kuu Bistro – Ramen

Kuu Bistro - Assorted Sashimi

Kuu Bistro – Assorted Sashimi

Kuu Bistro - Grilled Miso Black Cod

Kuu Bistro – Grilled Miso Black Cod

Kuu Bistro - Kuu Roll

Kuu Bistro – Kuu Roll

Kuu Bistro - Miso Soup

Kuu Bistro – Miso Soup

Kuu Bistro - Ice cream

Kuu Bistro – Ice cream

Kuu Bistro

1219 Rue Philippe Square Montreal, QC

(514) 866-6800
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Antep Kabab – Addictive Turkish Cuisine

Antep Kabab is a small Turkish restaurant located near Concordia University. They have the best chicken sandwich I’ve ever had in Montreal! Every time I pass by the neighborhood, I can’t resist the urge to drop in and get a sandwich to go. At $6.50 each, it’s a steal!

The restaurant bakes their own bread that is soft and chewy on the inside with plenty of air, and slightly crispy outside. The meat is grilled to perfection and just the right amount of charcoal. They have the option of chicken, beef, and lamb. But chicken is definitely my favorite. It’s flavorful and not dry at all.

If you can eat spicy food, ask for some spice in the sandwich. It makes the taste so much better. But beware, it’s REALLY spicy.

When I’m feeling like a piglet, I’d order their platter with extra bread (because just half a bread is certainly not enough!).

Antep Kabab - Chicken Sandwich

Antep Kabab – Chicken Sandwich

Antep Kabab - Platter

Antep Kabab – Platter

 

Antep Kabab

1626 de Maisonneuve Ouest Montreal

(514) 903-7979
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Kanbai – Amazing Szechuan cuisine in Montreal!

Kanbai is probably my favorite Chinese restaurant in Montreal. I love spicy Szechuan cuisine and Kanbai is arguably one of the most authentic Szechuan restaurants in the city. Don’t be scared if you can’t eat spicy food, because there’re plenty of non-spicy options to choose from in the menu.

As you can see from the amount of photos here, I’ve been there too many times and I have sampled 70% of the menu. Most of the dish are very delicious and I’m always stuck with the dilemma of whether to try new things or order old favorites every visit.

My favorite dishes would be the following:

(I included Chinese names of the dishes because I don’t really remember what the English translations are on the menu. When in doubt, show the waiter the Chinese names :P)

Fish in chili sauce (水煮鱼) – The amount of burning red chili peppers floating on the top of the soup may seem daunting. But don’t worry, it’s not as spicy as it looks! As long as you avoid chewing on the peppers, you’ll be able to enjoy the fish just as much!

Cumin chicken with potatoes (大盘鸡) – There are two different cumin chicken if I remember correctly. The one I recommend is the one with potatoes in them. Potato soaks up all the spicy sauce and I might like them better than the bone-in chicken chunks!

Beef slices with chili sauce (夫妻肺片) – This is a cold dish with beef slices and beef stomach (I think). Don’t think about it and just pretend it’s all beef. You won’t even realize there’re intestines.

Pea leaves with garlic (蒜蓉豆苗) – The vegetables are all good with a little bit of garlic in them. I don’t normally recommend a seemingly plain dish of green leaves. But this is a lot tastier than it looks!

 

Kanbai - Clams with Black Bean Sauce

Kanbai – Clams with Black Bean Sauce

Kanbai - Beef

Kanbai – Beef

Kanbai - Vegetables

Kanbai – Vegetables

Kanbai - Steamed Fish

Kanbai – Steamed Fish

Kanbai - Cumin chicken with potatoes

Kanbai – Cumin chicken with potatoes

Kanbai - Fish in chili soup

Kanbai – Fish in chili soup

Kanbai - Eggplant

Kanbai – Eggplant

Kanbai - Hot pot

Kanbai – Hot pot

Kanbai - Beef slices in chili sauce

Kanbai – Beef slices in chili sauce

Kanbai - Cumin Lamb

Kanbai – Cumin Lamb

Kanbai - Saliva chicken (no saliva is used in the making of this dish, unless you pissed off the waiter...)

Kanbai – Saliva chicken (no saliva is used in the making of this dish, unless you pissed off the waiter…)

 

There are two locations, one on downtown St-Catherine street and the other one in Chinatown on Clark street. Personally I prefer the Chinatown location because it’s more spacious, more items on the menu, and the waiter is also more hilarious. The older waiter is not afraid to joke with you. Don’t be offended. 🙂

 

Kanbai(红翻天)

Downtown

1813 St Catherine West Montreal, QC

(514) 933-6699

 

Chinatown

1110 Rue Clark Montréal, QC

(514) 871-8778

 

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Il Focolaio – Wood Oven Pizza

Il Focolaio is an authentic pizza restaurant in downtown specializing in maple wood burning oven pizza.

In addition to almost 100 different choices of topping combinations, the best feature is the pizza dough cooked in their famous wood fired ovens. The dough is crispy and chewy but not hard at all. I didn’t know pizza could taste so different before I tried Il Focolaio!

 

Some of my favorites are:

Arugula: Pesto (with almonds), fresh arugula, balsamic glaze, fresh tomatoes (with garlic, oregano, basil) soft swiss cheese

I’m normally a meat lover. For me to recommend a vegetarian pizza, that means it’s pretty darn good!

Al Prosciutto: Tomato sauce, prosciutto, mozzarella, mushrooms

Prosciutto makes everything better, just like bacon. 😛

Volcano: Sauce, pepperoni, pancetta, hot italian sausage, mushrooms, mozzarella, hot peppers

This is one of their Calzone options. For those who don’t know, Calzone is like a pizza hot pocket, with the fillings on the inside. Volcano is spicy, hot pocket indeed!

 

Il Focolaio - Said Tomato sauce, capicollo, pepperoni, ham, hot italian sausage, mushrooms, mozzarella, green peppers, olives, hot peppers

Il Focolaio – Said
Tomato sauce, capicollo, pepperoni, ham,
hot italian sausage, mushrooms, mozzarella, green
peppers, olives, hot peppers

 

Il Focolaio

Rue Du Square Phillips, Montreal, QC H3B 3E9

(514) 879-1045

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La Belle et la Boeuf Burger bar

The beauty and the beef burger bar opened in downtown near Guy-Concordia! We went to try it out and it’s a fun place. The decor and menu are quite funky, filled with jokes and pop culture references. I would come back to try out their drinks for sure!

This time, we just tried their famous burgers.

The hamburger meat patty is a generous 8oz size. I wouldn’t say it’s super special in taste…(I’m not a burger connoisseur anyways) but the patty is juicy on the inside which is good enough for me! I wonder if it’s going to taste even better if they are confident in their beef enough to grill medium rare burgers. 🙂

One special thing on the plate is the cool-aid pickle (yes, it looks kinda red). It tastes like a normal pickle, but with a funny taste, like medicine maybe? I don’t even know how cool-aid is supposed to taste like if it’s mixed with the sourness of a pickle. I surely didn’t hate it. But wouldn’t go out of my way to order it either.

La Belle Et la Boeuf Burger bar Downtown location

La Belle Et la Boeuf Burger bar
Downtown location

La Belle Et la Boeuf Burger bar - Mushroom burger 8oz ground Angus beef patty, swiss cheese, shallot-sauteed with Parisian mushrooms, caramelized onions and wine sauce. Coleslaw, cool-aid pickles and sweet potato fries

La Belle Et la Boeuf Burger bar – Mushroom burger
8oz ground Angus beef patty, swiss cheese, shallot-sauteed with Parisian mushrooms, caramelized onions and wine sauce. Coleslaw, cool-aid pickles and sweet potato fries

 

La Belle Et la Boeuf Burger bar

1620 Saint Catherine St W Montreal, QC H3H1L9

(514) 507-8558

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Garage Beirut

Garage Beirut is a small Lebanese restaurant on MacKay that won praises from real Lebanese people. 🙂 I think that verifies the authenticity of their food.

I’m not a stranger to middle eastern food. But I was still somewhat lost when looking at the menu filled with words I’ve never seen before. Good thing I had my Lebanese friend with me to recommend some of her favorites. 🙂

 

I was at first hesitant to order Shanklish because of the goat cheese. In general I’m not a big fan of strong tasting cheese. However, this is so well done with the herb and condiments that I don’t really taste the normal “goat” flavor in the dish. Wrap a bit of cheese in the pita bread and it’s simply delicious!

Garage Beirut - Shanklish Aged cheese, mixed with diced tomatoes, onions, parsley and olive oil

Garage Beirut – Shanklish
Aged cheese, mixed with diced tomatoes, onions, parsley and olive oil

 

Fattouche is a simple salad with fried pita bread, a generous sprinkle of sumac spice, and pomegranate seeds garnished on top. All the extras added a crunchiness to the salad. Very refreshing.

Garage Beirut - Fattouche Mix of fresh vegetables served with fried pita bread

Garage Beirut – Fattouche
Mix of fresh vegetables served with fried pita bread

Garage Beirut - Hummus

Garage Beirut – Hummus

 

Kabab is no doubt a signature dish. My favorite out of the four is definitely the chicken. It’s so juicy and tender!

Take a chuck of the kabab, dip it in hummus, then wrap it in a piece of pita bread. Yum!

Garage Beirut - Mixed Grill Chicken, filet mignon, beef and lamb kababs

Garage Beirut – Mixed Grill
Chicken, filet mignon, beef and lamb kababs

 

Garage Beirut

1238 Rue Mackay Montreal, QC H3G2H5

(514) 564-2040

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Cacao 70

Chocolate is like a drug for most girls. It makes us happy! It’s a scientifically proven fact. OK I’m just trying to justify my love for chocolate 🙂

But it’s not a surprise that Cacao 70 has become a hot spot for girls and guys alike to indulge themselves in chocolate heaven.

I have been visiting Cacao 70 for quite a couple years. At the beginning, their specialty was gourmet hot chocolate, a base (white, milk or dark) paired with a chocolate of your choice. It’s almost like wine tasting as the menu describes different types of chocolate using words like “a fresh fruity note”. I’m not sure how much I can taste but everything is pretty darn good.

The last time I was there, I tried part of the “Cacao 70 experience” on the menu. And it didn’t disappoint!

In addition to the delicious chocolate, the whole experience just yells “cute” with little dishes of everything neatly displayed. The waffles are crispy on the outside and chewy in the inside. Just perfect!

Little Bitter chocolate experience - Cacao 70

Little Bitter chocolate experience – Cacao 70

Cacao 70

http://cacao70.ca/

Address: 2087 Sainte-Catherine St W  Montreal, QC H3H 1M6
Tel: (514) 933-1688

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