Did you know that the month of May celebrates Asian Heritage? This year, in 2022, the theme is "Continuing a legacy of excellence". This month reminds all Canadians to unite in the fight against anti-Asian racism and discrimination in all forms.
Inevitably, immigration has allowed many to open a restaurant and share their cultures through food.
We decided to celebrate this heritage by gathering the best places to find iconic Asian dishes in Montreal.
1900, rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, H3H 1M4
If you want to live the experience of a Korean pub with a festive atmosphere, good cocktails, and a menu that combines typical and local dishes, we strongly advise you to visit Bar Ganadara. The Tteokbokki is an appetizer that can be found on every street corner in South Korea and believe us, Bar Ganadara does it perfectly!
1620. Ave. Lincoln, Montréal, H3H 1G9
This family-run place is a little less known to the general public, but we can assure you that it is one of the best places to find an authentic Peking duck in Montreal. Whether it's half or whole duck, you can enjoy it in 4 different ways: sliced, fried duck silk, duck soup, and/or with pancakes.
Vietnamese Pho Soup
1001, boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, H2Z 1J4
In Vietnam, this soup is often enjoyed for breakfast. For many, it is the perfect meal after a night of drinking. Located in Chinatown, Pho Bang New York is one of the few places serving pho with the option of adding offal such as tendons or tripe. It is impossible to ignore the delicacy and mastery of their broth.
1964, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, H3J 1M8
Junior is the place to go to get many dishes from the Philippines in Montreal, such as spaghetti, fried chicken, and fried pork, commonly called Lechon, as well as silogs ( breakfast ). The service is excellent and the ambiance is dynamic.
7099, rue St-Denis, Montréal, H2S 2S5
A few steps from the Jean-Talon Market, Hung Phat Market is at once a Vietnamese ingredients grocery store with ready-to-eat dishes and a banh mi sandwich counter. The recipes are traditional and offered at affordable prices. Although it is not well known, believe us that a single visit will convince you and you'll be make detours for your next banh mi cravings.
88, ave. Bernard O, Montréal, H2T 2J8
Offering red, green, and yellow curry, this is one of the best places to serve you typical Thai dishes. The plates are aesthetically pleasing and are a unique blend of flavors, herbs, and spices. This is a perfect restaurant for any Thai food lover.
There are many variations of dumplings and both branches of Mai Xiang Yuan Ravioli are serving them to you! From vegetarian, lamb, pork, beef, or crab dumplings, there is no shortage of choices. Let us tell you that they are all as good as the others. Go ahead, don't be afraid to explore the menu!
Braised beef noodle soup/Taiwan
1609, rue Ste-Catherine O., Montréal, H3H 1L8
If there is one comfort food of excellence in Taiwanese cuisine, it is the braised beef noodle soup: slices of braised beef tendon served with noodles in a broth braised with spicy soy sauce. If you like bubble teas, they also come from Taiwan and they are delicious at Nos Thés.
1812, rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, H3H 1M1
If there's one place that offers a traditional ramen experience, it's in Kumamoto. Their individual booths allow you to enjoy your favorite ramen in privacy. It is, also, possible to eat there as a group, since the restaurant has a few tables.
Taj has been serving fine Indian cuisine in Saint-Denis since 1985 and most recently at the Time Out Market. Its reputation for excellent butter chicken is well established. The recipe has been refined and adapted over the years to fit the palate of Quebecers while keeping the authentic flavors.
1233, rue de la Montagne, Montréal, H3G 1Z2
Aside from the all-you-can-eat sushi that is available in Montreal, Sushi Hidden Fish has some of the best quality sushi on the menu. If you don't feel like choosing, let yourself be carried away by the tasting menu proposed by the chef called Kaiseki Omakase.
Experience a fusion of many Asian desserts at one of the 3 Sugar Marmalade locations. Don't be surprised to find red beans, taro, black sesame, durian, condensed milk and many more different dessert flavours. Ideal for people who wish to explore the Asian sweet world!
We recognize that this is a very short list and that there are numerous excellent Asian restaurants in Montreal, so please feel free to consult our list of Asian restaurants.