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Dev – Review

Dev 324 Grand Blvd (east of Don Quichotte) L’Ile Perrot QC J7V 4X2 (514) 453-1234 Foods of many cultures are available here. Unfortunately, they are often westernized, losing some of the very characteristics that make the cuisine so appealing – but not at Dev. In this comfortable room you can… Read more »

Mon Village – Review

Mon Village 2760 Cote St Charles Hudson QC J7T 2H8 (450) 458-5331 Year round, this a pleasant & reliable place tor lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. In summer lunch with a cooling brew under a sunbrella on the terrace. In winter cosy up to a fireplace while the white stuff… Read more »

Ossiano – Review

Ossiano 16977, Rte Trans-Canada, Kirkland, QC, H9H 5J1 (514) 739-4000 If you want to linger over a magnificent meal, in beautiful surrounding & exquisite service – consider Ossiano. This is NOT a place to dash & dine. Here you appreciate, savour, experience. Am I overstating the situation? No! Beautifully plated… Read more »

Guaca & Molé – Review

Guaca & Molé Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar 11598 Boulevard de Salaberry Dollard-des-Ormeaux QC H9B 2R8 (514) 542-4452 It’s been a while since Pauline was so impressed by a new resto. Guaca & Molé – a Mexican restaurant out of the ordinary – opened 15 July. The novelty means there… Read more »

Mundo Trattoria – Review

Mundo Trattoria 17003 Trans Canada Kirkland QC H9H 5J1 (514) 783-1941 Many of us can whip up a batch of tasty pasta for friends and family. Some even know their way around a lamb shank, osso buco or minestrone. We can do these at home, but . . . there… Read more »

3 Restaurants on Harwood – Review

3 Restaurants on Harwood – Review

Home dining is in vogue. Food channels & kitchen specialty stores abound. Cooking for oneself or family & friends is creative, tasty but also dependant on good basic ingredients. Fortunately great suppliers are setting up shop in the west end. Here are three neighbours to help you create feasts at… Read more »

Première Moisson – Review

Première Moisson 11678 Boulevard de Salaberry, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9B 2R8 (514) 685-0380 Our lives are busy! We can’t always dine leisurely – sometimes we need to eat and get on with life. If your pantry is bare or you’re racing about doing errands, consider a break at a Première Moisson… Read more »

Table 09 – Review

Table 09 9 Place Frontenac Pointe-Claire QC H9R 4Z7 (514) 695-0620 Mediterranean cuisine is often a euphemism for Middle Eastern fast food. Not at Table 09. The fare here is fine dining redolent of lemons, garlic, grilled meats & seafood, accompanied by homemade pita – addictive! Food you recognise, but… Read more »

Le Cozy Café – Review

Le Cozy Café Le Cozy Cafe 484 Main Road Hudson QC J0P 1H0 450.458.2233 Hudson has fewer little shops to discover, but the resto trade is still interesting & Le Cozy Café is a VERY interesting addition. This small eatery – 18 seats inside, 18 outside when weather permits –… Read more »

Rotisserie Panama – Review

Rotisserie Panama 11604 de Salaberry (Marché de l’Ouest) DDO QC H9B 2R8 (514) 676-1096 Put aside thoughts of fast food Greek – Panama offers thoughtfully planned & prepared lamb or veal chops, fresh fish or grilled chicken along with traditional salads. Yes, you can order souvlaki – pork or chicken… Read more »

Bistro 1843 – Review

Bistro 1843 376 Chemin Cherrier L’Île-Bizard QC H9C 1S1 (514) 305-1229 Spoiler alert: you WANT to dine here if you care about superb and original food pairings with polished service in a warm ambiance. However, you must book weeks ahead because the 60-seat resto is an open secret and full… Read more »

Ristorante Linguini – Review

Ristorante Linguini 18990 Trans Canada Highway – Exit 44 Boul. Morgan Baie d’Urfé Québec H9X 3S4 (514) 457-4216 Linguini is an open secret on the west island: a wooden chalet on the south side of the Trans Canada Highway accessible by exit 44. Inside the rooms are high, airy, warmed… Read more »

Salon de thé Gryphon d’Or – Review

Salon de thé Gryphon d’Or 5968 Monkland (between Royal & Hampton) NDG QC (514) 485-7377 Cosy,meaning comfortable, calm, unperturbed, peaceful – describes this small tearoom to a . . . tea. Wooden tables, chairs & wainscoting against warm pumpkin walls create a welcoming vibe. The tearoom, located just west of… Read more »

Comptoir de Bruxelles – Review

Comptoir de Bruxelles 333 Harwood Blvd Vaudreuil-Dorion QC J7V 1Y6 (450) 218-7773 Very occasionally one discovers masters of food: a sorcerer with sauce; a wizard of wine; a Picasso of plating. Now, here – descendants of a Belgian family who have dedicated themselves to the field of gustatory delights since… Read more »

Angkor Express – Review

Angkor Express 271 Chemin du Bord-du-Lac-Lakeshore Pointe Claire QC H9S 4L1 (514) 225-6655 Pointe-Claire Village is evolving: store locations have changed, expanded, renovated, revamped – and restaurants are following suit. New to the Village – they opened in late summer – Angkor Express is, as the name suggests, a fast… Read more »

Marmalade – Review

Marmalade 320 Chemin du Bord-du-Lac-Lakeshore Pointe Claire QC H9S 4L5 (514) 426-0699 Life is change. We are happy when things change for the better, but that is not always the case. The new owners of Marmalade have a keener business sense, perhaps, than the previous owner. Still serving sandwiches, salads… Read more »

Avocado Sushi – Review

Restaurant AVOCADO, Sushi du village 270 Chemin du Bord-du-Lac-Lakeshore Pointe Claire, QC, H9S 4K9 (514) 505-4055 Clearly Pauline Pourboire LOVES good sushi! And why not? Quality sushi involves the freshest of ingredients, delicate handling & superb creativity: all traits found at AVOCADO. For two years now folks in Pointe-Claire Village… Read more »

Sac-Wich – Announcement

Sac-Wich 6321 Autoroute Transcanada, Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5A5 (514) 630-0303 Celebrating the new renovation of Sac-Wich in the West Island, they’re offering a brand new custom Make-Your-Own Salad bar as well as new healthy additions to their existing menu! Mike, the owner and operator of Sac-Wich makes sure his ingredients… Read more »

Restaurant Rube – Review

Restaurant Rube Seafood & Steak House 147 Rte 201 (Exit 17, south of Trans Canada Hwy) Rigaud QC (450) 458-5369 Rube’s is a comfortable spot in the countryside serving superlative steaks, immense lobsters, one of the best seafood chowders in the area, and a truly tasty Caesar salad – and… Read more »

Patate & Persil – Review

Casse-Croute Patate & Persil 125 avenue St-Charles Vaudreuil, QC J7V 2K7 (450) 455-6421 gobsmacked/ adjective/ British INFORMAL Utterly astonished; astounded. Which was Pauline’s reaction upon discovering this off-island bijou: fast food with a gourmet twist, made fresh, with good ingredients and creative combinations. So, yes, a snack bar, meaning informal… Read more »

Aikawa – Review

Aikawa 55 Brunswick Blvd Dollard-Des-Ormeaux QC H9B 1P7 (514) 684-4333 Celebrating a decade on the west island in 2013, Aikawa is the sushi fan’s paradise. A skilled tag-team of sushi chefs produce works of art using the freshest ingredients with a generous dollop of inventiveness. The expansive sushi bar is… Read more »

Resto Pub Bord’Eaux – Review

Resto Pub Bord’Eaux 53A, rue Ste-Anne (corner Lalonde) Montreal, QC, H9X 1L5 (514) 505-0750 A relative newcomer to the west island, Bord’eaux appeals to the eye, the soul & the belly. The owners have extensive hospitality experience and Bord’eaux is their labour of love in a carefully redesigned heritage home… Read more »

La Verita – Review

La Verità 11680, boul. de Salaberry Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC, H9B 2R8 (514) 684-4999 Understated elegance and a menu to accompany it. Very well stocked bar and a barman who deeply understands the art of a cocktail. Glorious wines to accompany home made pastas, sauces and hearty dishes. Italian fare the way… Read more »

Caribbean Tasty Treats – Review

Caribbean Tasty Treats 4410 Sources (between Hwy 40 & Pierrefonds Blvd) DDO, QC H8Y 3B7 (514) 542-4410 Get a head start to Summer with a hot hot hot excursion to the islands! Donat Danny and Andre Campbell (father and son) bring authenticity and tasty delights to the west island with… Read more »

Burger de Ville – Review

Burger De Ville 59 Westminster North Montreal West (514) 564-9902 A great burger is tricky to find. Many establishments dish up mystery meat, with basic condiments & a side of (frozen) fries. Sad. High-end burgers are hyper-popular, with special toppings inflating the price to double-digits – for a burger!!! –… Read more »

Le Gourmand – Review

Le Gourmand 42 Ste Anne (in Pointe Claire Village) Pointe Claire QC H9S 4P8 (514) 695-9077 The h*** with fast food! Grant yourself the luxury of dining at Le Gourmand. Start slowly. Lunch is a bargain and the menu changes every Wednesday, so this could become a discovery habit! Choices… Read more »

Les 3 Maria – Review

Les 3 Maria 4886A Sources DDO, QC, H8Y 3C7 (514) 683-1333 Something new in town! The only Portuguese resto in the west island opened in mid-February, bringing authentic charcoal grilled chicken, pork, octopus, calamari, sardines. The owners have extensive hospitality experience, Maria Augusta worked 23 years at a Montreal landmark,… Read more »

Katoreya – Review

Katoreya Restaurant & Sushi Bar 1864C Boul. Des Sources Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5B1 (514) 505-4555 Great sushi is a joy, and rare as a week of sunshine during this wet, wet summer. Open for over a year, Katoreya delivers style, service, creativity and at a kinder price-point than some of… Read more »

40 Westt – Review

40 Westt 2305 Boul. Des Sources Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 5Z5 (514) 428-9378 Swanky. 40 Westt is stylishly luxurious. And can be expensive. Accept that, and you are in for a treat: soaring ceilings, white nappery and heavy cutlery; BIG steak knives for BIG dry-aged beef; an expansive raw bar. 40… Read more »

Ciao Gelato – Review

Ciao Gelato 150 rue Ste Anne Ste Anne de Bellevue, QC (514) 957-4567 Flavour. Gelato – authentic Italian gelato – is all about intense flavour variety. And smooth mouth feel. And the mini-excitement of a glorious treat on a summer’s day. Ciao Gelato, a newcomer to the West Island, delivers…. Read more »

Bistro Nolah – Review

Bistro Nolah Blue Haven Shopping Centre 3669 St Jean North Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC H9G 1X2 (514) 696-9797 Following a tip from a fellow foodie, Madame Pourboire was very happy to dine at this cosy resto anchoring a strip mall. What a joy finding a southern-style restaurant embracing authentic spicing at a… Read more »

Homestyle Bakery & Black Lion Pub – Review

Homestyle Bakery & Black Lion Pub 445 Beaconsfield Boulevard Beaconsfield, QC H9W 4C2 (514) 697-2234 There are many dining disappointments in life – just think of fast food! Occasionally there’s the opportunity for an honest sandwich requiring two hands & a hearty soup. Think of Homestyle Bakery in Beaurepaire Village…. Read more »

Café Campagne – Review

Café Campagne 3673 Harwood Vaudreuil-Dorion QC J7V 0K1 (450) 458-8204 Yes, Pourboire LOVES cooking. And eating. But sometimes she wants a break from her sun-splashed kitchen. Just a short drive off island is a charming venue in the country, with someone else making breakfast or lunch – and that’s a… Read more »

Ta Pies – Review

Ta Pies 5525 Monkland Avenue NDG, QC, H4A 1C8 (514) 481-1743 Ta specializes in Australian/New Zealand “rapid cuisine:” perfect, buttery-puff pastry filled with: Bacon & egg Classic beef or beef & cheese Pate chinoise Steak; steak & mushroom; steak & cheese; steak bacon & cheese; steak & kidney; pepper steak… Read more »

Pecheur de Marché – Review

Pecheur de Marché 3464 Sources Blvd. DDO QC H9B 1Z9 (514) 683-3474 Entre nous, West Island is a tad weak on fish and seafood, but Pecheur de Marché is a pleasant surprise. Not upmarket but honest, and good. For lunch, a snack or early supper you choose your fish or… Read more »

Towne Hall – Review

Towne Hall 50 Boulevard Brunswick Pointe-Claire, QC H9B 2L3 (514) 426-9991 Towne Hall labels itself “casual dining” but there is a level of sophistication – with those towering crystal helix chandeliers and 40s-inspired cream leather banquettes – that makes you feel debonair just walking in. Service is polished and understated:… Read more »

Le Vieux Four Manago – Review

Le Vieux Four Manago 3636 St Charles (north of Hwy 40) Kirkland QC H9H 3C3 (514) 428-0100 Many Italian-style restaurants in our berg: high-end to low and several in-between. Manago covers the range with style, beyond competent food and professional service. You can feel comfortable dropping in to share (or… Read more »

Enoteca Mozza – Review

Enoteca Mozza 3800 St-Jean Blvd DDO QC H9G 1X1 (514) 675-3400 The west island is a happy compromise of city and country living. Similarly, Mozze combines a family restaurant with the Enoteca, a stylish wine bar. For date night, or watching the game with friends, choose the elegant bar. For… Read more »