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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)