Just when you think you’ve explored every angle to Montreal’s culinary landscape, a new niche rears its delicious head. While Chinois is readily available along The Main, found in abundance around Chinatown, a proper dim sum joint is admittedly hard to pin down. If you’re looking for bite-size eating experiences outside of trendy tapas or fusion cuisine, you might want to visit — or revisit — this centuries-old style of dining. Where to? Check out these hallmarks about town.
Restaurant La Maison Kam Fung
Montreal’s go-to for inexpensive, no-nonsense dim sum, Kam Fung now operates from three locations on the island. All food is served fresh, piping hot, flavourful, and is recognized by many as Hong Kong-quality. Far from a hidden gem, expect a bit of a line, even on weekend mornings. We recommend the braised chicken feet. 1111 Saint-Urbain Rd., 514-878-2888.
A chic Szechuan eatery flying under the radar, drop in for dim sum around lunch, as that’s the only time you’ll find it. While missing some of the quintessential kick from peppercorns and chili, the food delivers flavour and the service is impeccable. We advise steering clear if you’re looking to beat a hangover. Instead, book a business lunch and pair with a pinot noir. 1 Place Ville Marie, 514-866-8000.
Le Piment Rouge
Redecorated last year, Piment Rouge brings new meaning to “luxury.” From the chandeliers to the skillfully executed plates, the unabashedly extravagant restaurant reinvents Szechuan food as Montrealers know it, and beats out most other upscale ethnic cuisine the city has to offer. We’ll vouch for the shrimp har gao, a dumpling prepared with immaculately seasoned shrimp, pork fat and bamboo shoots. 1170 Peel Street., 514-866-7816