Chinese Food - Best Spots
02 Dec 2018
Hot Spots for Chinese Food in Montreal
It is no surprise that Chinese food is a favourite among Montrealers. Chinatown is a go-to for delicious Chinese cuisine, but there are also some great options outside of the quarter. From authentic dim sum to hand-pulled Lan Zhou noodles and hot and sour soup, these spots below will surely satisfy your Chinese food cravings.
Nouilles de Lan Zhou
This restaurant specializes in Chinese noodle dishes, and it is located in the heart of Chinatown on the second floor of a grocery store. The noodles are hand pulled and always fresh, and you can even watch them being made at the front window. You choose the shape and thickness of your noodles and customize the level of spiciness. The result is chewy noodles with a variety of rich, flavour broths, and tons of fresh vegetables and meat to add on. Their specialties include the Lanzhou beef noodle, which is made with a clear broth, white radish, peanuts, red chili oil, and coriander, and the Dandan noodle, which consists of a homemade spicy beef sauce with vegetables, noodles, and peanuts. The prices are reasonable and the portions are extremely huge. Although the restaurant is small and has line-ups, it is well worth the wait!
Location: 1006 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 9Y9
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 11:00 AM – 9:15 PM
Friday & Saturday, 11:00 AM – 9:45 PM
Restaurant Chinatown Kim Fung
This restaurant specializes in Cantonese food and it is a great spot if you’re looking to eat authentic dim sum. Kim Fung is located on the second floor of a mall in Chinatown, and the food is presented on a cart. You have a wide variety of seafood and meat dim sum (steamed and fried), and they also have a great selection of Cantonese dishes from fried noodles, stuffed tofu, and more. It’s perfect for going with a group of friends and sharing so you can try a variety of dishes. This restaurant is always packed with people, so it’s best to come early, especially on weekends.
Note: Dim Sum is served every day until 3:00 PM.
Location: 1111, Rue Saint-Urbain, #M05, Montreal, QC H2Z 1Y6
Hours: Everyday from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM and 4:30 – 10:00 PM
Open since 1989, this homey restaurant serves authentic Cantonese food, but with a large selection of westernized Chinese dishes. Their specialties are seafood and homemade noodles, and some of their most popular dishes include hot and sour soup, peanut butter dumplings, ginger lobster, Cantonese chow mein, and more. They’re open late so it’s a great spot if you’re craving Chinese food after hours. If you want to try something different, ask for their “secret menu.”
Fun Fact: Many famous people have eaten here, including Leonard Cohen and Michael Chang.
Location: 92 rue de la Gauchetière O, Montreal, QC H2Z 1C1
Hours: Everyday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 AM
This Chinese restaurant specializes in cuisine from the Sichuan province, so expect to taste lots of bold and spicy flavours, as they use lots of garlic, chili peppers, and Szechuan peppercorns in their food! Some of their fiery dishes include the Yu Xiang Eggplant with Dou Ban Jiang, which is a Szechuan eggplant dish in a chili bean paste, or their poached fish filet and bean sprout in a chili and peppercorn broth. Their menu is extensive with tons of variety, and it’s a great spot for authentic, spicy Szechuan cuisine.
Location: 2350 Guy St, Montreal, QC H3H 2M2
Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday & Friday, 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Saturday, 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Restaurant Gia Ba
This Chinese restaurant located in NDG serves a fusion of Taiwanese and Szechuan cuisine. Gia Ba means “pleasantly full” in Taiwanese, which is how chef Andy Su felt after eating a meal at his aunt’s house. Gia Bia’s goal is for you to leave his restaurant with the same satisfied feelings. The menu is filled with many delicious, authentic dishes, and the chef’s creations will leave your mouth on fire! From Szechuan braised chicken with potato and 13 spices to twice-cooked pork, as well as other classic Chinese dishes, the extensive menu offers something for everyone to enjoy. They also have a variety of Chinese beer you can enjoy with your meal. You’ll definitely taste bold and flavourful dishes in a comfortable, cozy setting at Gia Ba!
Location: 5766 Monkland Ave, Montreal, QC H4A 1E9
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Sunday, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cuisine Aunt Dai
Located in the Guy-Concordia area, here you will find quality and traditional Chinese cuisine, along with many westernized dishes. What’s unique and quite funny is that the detailed menu has the owner’s honest comments on the quality of the dishes. So who is Aunt Dai? She is the mother of the owner’s friend, and he fell in love with her cooking so he asked her to show him how to make some of her signature dishes. He said that if he opens a Chinese restaurant one day that he would name it after her – and that was the start of his adventure! There are tons of tasty dishes to try, such as the poached fish slices in chilli oil (Shuǐ Zhǔ Yú Piàn), spicy diced chicken (Là Zǐ Jī Dīng), twice-cooked pork (Huí Guō Ròu), poached beef slices in chilli oil (Shuǐ Zhǔ Niú Ròu), Sichuan pepper chicken salad (Jiāo Ná Jī), and more.
Location: 1448 St Mathieu St, Montreal, QC H3H 2H9
6381 Boulevard Roi-René, Anjou, QC H1K 3G4
Hours: Everyday from 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM (Downtown)
Every day from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Anjou)
This restaurant is located in Chinatown and is known for their extensive menu of comforting, westernized Chinese dishes, such as chicken fried rice, pineapple chicken and General Tao. Their portions are massive, so it’s best to choose a few dishes on the menu and share them with your friends. Try their 5$ lunch specials or stop to grab a bite to eat after a late night out, since they’re open until 3:30 AM. If you’re overwhelmed by the choices on the menu, try the Cantonese style chow mein – it’s highly recommended. You also have the option of choosing something from their Chinese menu if you want something more authentic.
Location: 1077 Clark St, Montreal, QC H2Z 1K3
Hours: Everyday from 11:30 AM – 3:30 AM
This is a popular restaurant especially among university students, as the dishes are very tasty and affordable. They offer Chinese and Thai dishes, and some of their most popular ones include the stir-fried egg noodles with soy sauce, General Tao, Singapore rice noodles, sesame beef, sweet and sour chicken with pineapple, Thai fried rice, and more. You get excellent portions for the price you pay, and the food is consistently tasty and of great quality. This place is always buzzing, so you have to try it out for yourself!
Location: 1809 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M2
Hours: Everyday from 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
This restaurant has been around for over 30 years (NDG location), and it is a great spot for Chinese comfort food that keeps people coming back for more. Their generous portions make it ideal to share with your friends and family. The braised duck in pecking sauce, peanut butter dumplings, salt, and pepper shrimp, shrimp wonton soup, and hot and sour soup, are just some of the tasty dishes from their menu. The food is always tasty, fresh, and of high quality. This restaurant is also fully licensed so you can enjoy a variety of Chinese beers, Saké, and wines with your meal.
Location: 6730 Côte-des-Neiges Rd, Montreal, QC H3S 2A84
771 Ave Van Horne, Montreal, QC H3W 1H8
Hours: Sunday – Tuesday, 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM
Friday & Saturday, 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
Come here for delicious Chinese noodle soup with fresh, hand-pulled noodles made on the spot! It’s simple - you have the option of having the noodles in a broth or dry with the soup on the side. There are a variety of options such as spicy beef shank, pulled chicken, seafood and wonton soups, and each one of them has their own distinctive broth. You also have the option of many additional toppings, which gives you a soup with tons of texture and flavour. If you want an appetizer with your meal, try the dumplings and scallion pancakes!
Location: 1055 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2Z 1J6
Hours: Everyday from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Note: They also have a location in the Eaton Center.