[Translation] Translation request for JP
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Sat Jul 25 10:36:52 PDT 2009
We have one last largish document to deal with for the con. Please
translate the attached document. It is part of the restaurant guide.
We would need this translated for Saturday, August 1.
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3439 rue St-Denis, (514) 842-2242 $10-15
Open Mon?Wed noon?10pm, Thu?Fri noon?11pm, weekends
5pm?11pm. Booking not essential, but might be an idea with a big
group, as there are only a few big tables.
From the Palais, take the metro direction Montmorency to Sherbrooke,
get off onto St. Denis and walk downhill, it?s very near.
The décor is traditional Plateau French Victorian?ornate wood,
overlaid with Tibetan drapes and chimes and pictures, which makes
it seem somehow as if the Tibetans had colonized France, or perhaps
the other way around. There are a lot of kinds of delicious dumplings,
halfway between a won-ton and a pierogi, awesome soups, and
more Indian-style vegetables with rice. Lots of vegetarian choice,
some meat as well. The breads are great. You will, of course, order
butter tea whatever I say, because you?ve read about it all your life.
One between you will do!
2171 rue Crescent, (514) 849-9333 $40-60
Open 5pm?11pm. Booking a good idea but not essential.
From the Palais: Walk or take 55 bus up St Laurent to St Laurent
metro, go on green line direction Angrignon to Peel, come out onto
Stanley, walk along Maissoneuve west to Crescent.
The style here is definitely Tsarist Russia, and with a whole pile of
vodka and caviar choices, you can definitely get decadent enough to
encourage the peasants to rise up and overthrow you. All the food is
very good, especially the pelimeni (dumplings) and borsht (soup) but
I recommend the wild boar with foie gras for pure melt-in-the-mouth
delicious. The desserts are great too. I tend to think of this as a
winter treat destination, but it is sufficiently air conditioned to make
you feel as if it?s cold outside.
Le Georgia Georgian
5112 boulevard Décarie, (514) 482-1881 $25-40
Open weekdays noon?10pm, weekends 2pm?midnight.
From the Palais: take the metro direction Côte Vertu to Snowdon,
walk west down Côte St Mary to Décarie, and then turn north.
Georgian food is like Russian only spicier, closer to Hungarian. There
are an interesting variety of dumplings and goulashes.
5263 rue St-Laurent, (514) 271-5263 $20-30
Open for lunch 11am?3pm weekdays, and for dinner 3pm?11pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday. No need to book.
From the Palais: take a 55 north on St-Laurent to Rue Maguire.
?I haven?t had that since I was in Japan,? was the refrain of one
friend we took to Azuma. They have all the things you would expect,
but try the things you don?t see everywhere. The sole in lemon
sauce is wonderful, the oyakodon is my new comfort food, and they
always have daily specials that are worth investigating. Oh, and the
mixed vegetable tempura includes lotus root and other very unusual
vegetables. Vegetarians can do well here. At lunchtime they have a
limited menu. The ?whatever we have today bento? is often excellent.
The staff are really friendly and I?ve never had a bad meal here.
3469 avenue du Parc, (514) 845-8226 $30-40
Open Wed?Fri 11:30am?2pm, 6pm?9:30pm, Sat?Sun 5:30pm?
9pm, closed Monday and Tuesday. Booking recommended.
From the Palais: take an 80 bus from Place d?Armes to Rue Milton.
Or walk about 1km up Rue De Bleury (becomes Ave Du Parc).
This is a Japanese/French fusion restaurant, where they serve sushi
but also eel en croute and other Japanese kinds of food with French
sauces and vice versa. It can be a little surreal sometimes.
2155 rue de la Montagne, (514) 844-9292 $30
Open Mon?Fri 11:30am?2:30pm, 4:30pm?10pm, Sat 4:30pm?
11pm, Sun 4:30pm?10pm. Booking a good idea with large groups.
From the Palais, take the 61 north from Square Victoria to McGill
and Ste Catherine, then walk west to Montagne and then north. Or
take the metro to Berri-UQAM and change onto the green line direction
Angrignon and get out at Peel and walk.
Teppenyaki, which means they cook the food on a hot table in front
of you, with much flame and excitement. The food is always delicious,
and the cooking is entertaining. Ideal for a group of up to
From the Palais: Take an 80 bus and get off at Bernard, then walk
177 rue Bernard Ouest, (514) 274-1464
Breakfasts Thursday?Sunday, dinner every day.
east two blocks.
With fresh ingredients and an unusual style, Senzala is worth going
out of the way for. They have excellent meat and great vegetarian
choices, the breakfasts are unusual and very nice. There?s a terrasse
5672 avenue de Monkland, (514) 482-2256 $10-20
Open 11am?11pm daily, no real need to book except maybe with a
huge group on a Saturday.
From the Palais: take the metro direction Côte Vertu to Villa Maria
and then take a 103 bus and get off at Oxford.
Chase does all the standard Lebanese things, but it does them very
well. They make their own hummus. They also do more unusual
things?grilled quail, fish and lamb?and they have a whole page of
vegetarian options. The staff are very friendly. This is an ideal place
to go if you have some meat eaters and some vegetarians and don?t
want to spend a fortune.
Le Petit Cafe Byblos Persian
1499 avenue Laurier Est, (514) 523-9396 $10-20
Open 9am?11pm, closed Mondays.
From the Palais, take the metro to Laurier and walk east.
Byblos is a Babylonian restaurant?well, actually the people are
from Iran and they describe their food as the family cuisine of the
middle east. Everything is top quality. The specials tend to be rice-
based or couscous-based and have one meat and one vegetarian option.
I?ve had lovely things and very odd things. They?re very creative
with their spices and combinations, and while sometimes this works
incredibly well, other times it can be very peculiar. On some Sunday
nights they do a special thing with lamb and herbs (or vegetables
and herbs) in a kind of casserole in a stone jar. It?s delicious but very
messy to eat.
Magdala Ethiopian Ethiopian
1222 rue Bishop, (514) 866-7667
Open 4:30pm?11pm, closed Monday.
From the Palais, take the metro direction Côte-Vertu to LucienL?Allier,
walk up Lucien-l?Allier to René-Lévesque, left and then right
Magdala is by far the most authentic Ethiopian around. Prices
are good, and the portions are reasonable. It has both meat (beef,
chicken, lamb) and vegetarian dishes.
Café Santropol Sandwiches, salads, wifi
3990 rue St-Urbain, (514) 842-3110 less than $10
From the Palais, take a 55 bus up St-Laurent to Duluth, walk 2
blocks west on Duluth to St-Urbain.
Hippie décor of gloriously mismatched chairs, pressed tin ceiling on
the walls, pleasant eat-in garden. A neighbourhood fixture. Mostly
large sandwiches (some of them are odd, hippie sandwiches?largely
ovo-lacto vegetarian but with add-on options of roast beef, ham, or
chicken) on their own heavy, brown, moist bread, each garnished
with a mass of whatever fruit and vegetables they have on hand that
day, but they also serve salads and chili and soup and some vegetarian
pies. Dozens of teas, coffees, and fizzy, syrup-flavoured drinks. A
place to sit for an afternoon and chat.
La Binerie Mont-Royal Diner
367 avenue du Mont-Royal E, (514) 285-9078 less than $10
Open Mon?Fri 6am?8pm, Sat?Sun 7:30am?3pm.
From the Palais, take the metro direction Montmorency to Mont-
Royal, and walk west one block.
If you?re not after fancy, but want a taste of traditional Quebec
cooking, this is the place. A hole in the wall, but they serve tourtière
(meat pie) and cretons (pork spread) and, of course, fèves au lard
(baked beans). Breakfast all day. The pouding chômeur (poor man?s
pudding) is right and the price is low.
Yakimono Kosher sushi
4210 boulevard Décarie, (514) 484-1515
Pareve. Delicious and highly recommended. From the Palais, take
the metro direction Côte Vertu to Villa Maria, come out onto Décarie,
cross the road and walk down a few doors.
Morty?s Steakhouse Kosher steakhouse
5395 rue Queen Mary, (514) 481-2000
Well thought of locally. From the Palais, take the metro direction
Côte Vertu to Snowdon and walk downhill 3 blocks.
El Morocco Kosher
3450 rue Drummond, (514) 844-6888Meat, Middle-Eastern style. From the Palais, take the 61 north to
Ste Catherine and walk along until you get to Drummond, or take
the metro direction Montmorency to Berri-UQAM, change onto the
green line direction Angrignon, get out at Peel at the Stanley exit,
walk one block west and one block north.
4403 boulevard St-Laurent, (514) 670-6770
Traditional Persian food, halal meat and vegetarian. From the Pal
ais, take a 55 bus and get off at Marie Anne.
Halal 786 Halal
786 rue Jean-Talon Ouest, (514) 270-0786Widely considered the best Pakistani restaurant in Montréal. From
the Palais take the 80 bus north to Parc metro and then walk east on
Le Commensal Vegetarian buffet
1204 avenue McGill Collège, (514) 871-14801720 rue St-Denis, (514) 845-2627
These places sell food by weight, in a cafeteria system. Everything is
vegetarian and there?s a big range of things. Beware of getting more
than you can eat if you don?t have a fridge. From the Palais to the
McGill Collège (not Rue McGill) location, walk to the Hilton, up the
hill on University for a couple blocks, then left on Cathcart. For St-
Denis, take the metro direction Montmorency to Berri-UQAM.
400 rue Sherbrooke Est, (514) 848-0513This is a Taiwanese vegetarian restaurant my veg friends really
enjoyed. From the Palais take the metro direction Montmorency to
Sherbrooke, come out onto St-Denis, walk south and cross the road.
1748 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, (514) 931-4136
Take a 36 bus from Square Victoria.
Tea in Montréal
The general standard of tea is better than in the US, but there still tend
to be ?hot water with a teabag in the saucer? incidents. In walking distance
of the Palais, there?s Cafe Momus (243 Notre Dame) and Vallier
(425 McGill), plus the first two below.
Ming Tao Xuan
451 rue St-Sulpice, (514) 845-9448.
This place is awesome, it?s full of museum quality Chinese statues
and teapots, and has four tables. They serve dim sum-style snacks,
and a variety of wonderful Chinese teas, in appropriate pots, on
trays. They come over and make the first pot for you, as a demonstration,
and are quite happy for you to sit there for hours drinking
tea slowly and talking. $5-10 for a pot of tea. They also sell loose tea.
The St James Hotel
355 rue St-Jacques, (514) 841-3111They do an afternoon tea service daily from 2:30pm?5pm in their
splendid Victorian dining room. The splendor is rather more impressive
than the tea, though the way the white coated waiters pour it
individually has to be seen to be believed. For $30 I want more than
one cucumber sandwich, one salmon sandwich and one scone with
my pot of tea, but you can?t deny you get it in style. It?s very formal
indeed, so dress up. But we were still hungry when we left.
351 rue Émery, (514) 286-4002From the Palais take the metro direction Montmorency, get out at
Berri-UQAM, take the St-Denis exit from the metro, walk north
up St-Denis to Émery, from the corner you can see the giant teapot
that is the sign. Again, they sell tea and are a tea house. There?s an
incredible variety of tea from around the world, served in beautiful
pots. They also have cakes and desserts. Beautiful décor, relaxed
atmosphere, a lovely place to hang out. $3-6 for tea, $3-8 for cakes.
Open noon?11pm, very busy late afternoon and early evening. Very
knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended.
4646 rue Wellington, (514) 769-1242Near De L?Eglise metro, but from the Palais you can take a 61 bus
south from Square Victoria and it takes you pretty much directly
there. With a more Middle Eastern than Asian ambiance, Cha
Noir has all kinds of tea, including English-style with milk and
sugar, unlike most tea houses in Montréal. They also serve a terrific
cheese plate, individual chocolates, and desserts. They sell loose
teas, including their own blends. $3-7 for tea, $3-10 for food. Open
noon?10pm. Highly recommended.
5756 avenue de Monkland, (514) 303-8238From the Palais, take the metro direction Côte Vertu, get out at Villa
Maria and take a 103 bus down Monkland getting off at Melrose.
(These guys clearly did detailed customer research before deciding to
open in walking distance of my house.) Great range of Chinese teas,
huge range of iced teas, lovely Chinese ambiance, low tables, teas for
sale, desserts, very friendly staff. $5-10 for tea, $5 or so for cakes.
The Gryphon d?Or Tea Room
5968 avenue de Monkland, (514) 485-7377(Directions as above.) British style tea room, with British style tea in
blends made with boiling water and served with scones. Afternoon
tea with 24 hours notice. Open Mon?Tue 10am?5pm, Wed?Fri
10am?8pm, Sat 10am?5pm, closed Sunday.
6202 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, (514) 303-6425From the Palais, take the metro direction Montmorency to Vendôme
and then take a 105 and get off at Grand, directly opposite the cafe.
Huge variety of good quality teabags, excellent sandwiches and
salads, truly astonishing waffles with hot chocolate sauce and sliced
strawberries, croissants, and they?ll give you as much more hot water
as you like. Very friendly staff. Tea is $3, lunch is about $10.
Chain, variously around Montréal.
Despite being a coffee specialist, they have excellent tea in a huge
variety, and served in teapots. I always hope for one. $3.50 for tea.
Toi, Moi & Cafe
Notre Dame by Marché Atwater; another on Laurier West near ParcThey?re a cafe serving decadent breakfasts, lunches and dinners,
excellent desserts, and they have real tea and know how to make it.
Montréal is famous for its bagels, hand-formed and baked in wood-
fired ovens. These are the most authentic.
263 rue St. Viateur Ouest (514) 270-2972
24 Hours! Take a 55 north to St-Viateur.
St-Viateur Bagel & Café
1127 avenue du Mont-Royal Est, (514) 528-63615629 avenue de Monkland, (514) 487-8051
74 avenue Fairmount Ouest, (514) 272-0667
24 Hours! Take an 80 north to du Parc/Fairmont, walk east 3 blocks.
Montréal has three great brewpubs where they brew their own beer.
They all serve food, and they?re all worth checking out.
Le Cheval Blanc
809 rue Ontario Est, (514) 522-0211
Take the metro direction Montmorency to Sherbrooke, and walk
south on St-Hubert.
Dieu de Ciel
29 avenue Laurier Ouest, (514) 490-9555
Take an 80 bus north to Laurier, and it?s about a block west.
1215 rue Crescent, (514) 393-9277
Either take a 61 north to Ste Catherine and then walk west to Crescent
and then north, or take the metro to Berri and change to the
green line, direction Angrignon, get off at Peel, walk west to Crescent.
There?s a large IGA on the corner of St-Urbain and René Lévesque,
which probably has enough for most people?s supermarket needs.
There are also three bakeries and many groceries in Chinatown, for
fruit, buns, cooked ducks, etc.
There?s a decent medium-sized pharmacy on the corner of Viger and
St-Urbain, just outside the Place d?Armes exit of the Palais. It?s open
until 9pm daily. [Sadly, it?s no longer the Neo-Phan pharmacy, but we
couldn?t resist the picture.]
There?s a huge Bureau en Gros (?Staples?) behind the Delta, at 770
For party supplies, or more extensive shopping, I recommend going
west about a mile on Notre Dame to Marché Atwater and Super-C.
(The 36 bus runs along here from Square Victoria, or you can take
the metro direction Côte Vertu and get off an Lionel Groulx and walk
south.) Super-C is a huge discount superstore, good for flats of cans,
beer, potato chips, paper plates etc. Marché Atwater is a market, part
Farmers? Market and part delicatessen. You can get anything here in
the way of fruits and vegetables, cold meats, cheeses, exotic chocolate,
pates, etc. There are also two SAQs here, one giant one and a small one
in the market that specialises in local products. If you enjoyed the ice
cider in Anticipation?s bid parties, this is where it came from.
Banks with ATMs
Banque National?500 Place d?Armes, 600 de la GauchetièreDesjardins?900 Viger OuestCIBC?265 St-Jacques OuestHSBC?88 René-Lévesque Ouest
Bank of Montréal?61 René-Lévesque OuestBanque Scotia?437 St-JacquesTD?1401 Bleury
Bureaux de Change
380 St-Antoine Ouest
1008 Rue Clark
Postes Canada has a branch in the Palais, down the corridor with the
Couche Tard and the Subway.
Kanji Laundry Service
1235 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, (514) 501-3577
Pick-up, wash, dry, fold, deliver, $1.50/lb min 15lbs. No self-service.
Seems to require some sort of registration.
Buanderie Du Village laundry
1499 rue Amherst, (514) 526-4084 (1.9 km / 1.1 miles)
Mon?Sat 9am?7pm, Sunday 11am?7pm.
$9.00-$9.50/load for wash, dry, fold, usually the same day, depending
on when you bring it in. Self-service available. No pick up or
Buanderie Du Parc laundry
3486 avenue du Parc, (514) 885-6478 (1.3 km / 0.8 miles)
Mon?Sat 9:30am?10pm, Sunday noon?10pm.
Self-service, possibly wash/fold as well.
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