Bits and Bites

Bits and Bites

Maison India Curry: Like home, only better
Photo: Joseph Yarmush

(3961 St-Laurent, 514-845-3509)

Montreal’s premiere steakhouse since 1938, and it shows no sign of losing its hefty reputation. Each table starts with a basketful of fresh bread – kimmel, pumpernickel and baguette – accompanied by big bowls of vinegary coleslaw and sour pickles, both made in-house, and now available in grocery stores all over town. The chopped liver and onions is a great starter, but ordering it will most probably result in a doggy bag full of superb shish kebab. The French fries are fantastic, but most opt for the famous Monte Carlo, a baked potato that is emptied out, seasoned, and then stuffed back into the skin. Bring your appetite and your wallet – the prices are high, but the portions are more than generous. 4/5 (Peter Horowitz)

Maison India Curry
(996 Jean-Talon W., 514-273-0004)

Nestled in Montreal’s Little India, otherwise known as Parc Extension, Maison India Curry works hard to distinguish itself from the pack of over a dozen Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan eating establishments. The standard thali plate ($5 veg or $6 non-veg) is a bargain and includes basmati rice, nan bread and a chapati along with the regular thali selections (chick peas, lentils, butter chicken, paneer). The menu is thorough and reasonable enough to encourage trying unfamiliar dishes, such as the chana samosas or the bhel puri, a specialty of Bombay made from puffed rice, lentils, chopped onions and coriander chutney. 3/5 (Peter Horowitz)

Plus que Parfait
(60 Fairmount W., 514-779-7220)

Who eats gelato in winter? Exactly. And so the cheery gelateria that’s a sesame seed flick from Fairmount Bagels is offering soups and sandwiches for the cooler seasons (open 11 to 4, Monday to Saturday). Upon finishing a bowl of their matzo ball soup, one older fellow ordered a second, saying "you just can’t get soup like this anymore." Broths are all natural, made from scratch, and the Singaporean laksa with coconut milk, noodles and a hard-boiled quail egg is a spicy treat indeed. Vegetarians needn’t feel left out with the vegetarian chili, house sub with Vietnamese leanings, or Mediterranean sandwich with marinated veggies. Sandwiches are made on the spot, so call ahead to place your order. As business picks up, they hope to offer delivery. 4/5 (Maeve Haldane)

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