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Lovely Bun-Steamers Hào Check Out of the Plateau — and Other Closures

Including the final farewell for a Chinese classic


PLATEAU — In a blow to the Plateau’s very small steamed bun scene, Rachel Street restaurant Hào announced its closure over the weekend. Run by three siblings, Charles, Rachelle, and William Deluvio, it opened up in mid-2016 serving a tiny but delicious menu of Filipino siopao (similar to Cantonese-style bao buns). About a year ago, the trio expanded their tiny counter, taking over a space on the corner of Laval Street, but maintaining quite short hours. Only short notice was given of the closure — the final siopao were plated last Saturday (December 15), and the closure was announced on social media with the owners promising more details in the new year.

DOWNTOWN — Long-running Szechuan-Canadian restaurant L’Orchidée de Chine serves its final General Tao this week. The restaurant has been in business on Peel Street for just over 30 years, under Hong Kong-born siblings Eva and George Lau, who owned multiple restaurants in the city back in the ‘80s. As one of Montreal’s few higher-end Chinese restaurants, it counted figures like the Trudeaus (father and son) among its clientele. The shutter of Orchidée has been known for over a month, and the final service happens this Sunday, December 23.

CHINATOWN — Shaughnessy Village Chinese resto Little Pink Fish 2008 has also closed its doors on Ste-Catherine W, near St-Mathieu.

PLATEAU — Key French restaurant Laloux? Still closed.

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Orchidée de Chine

2017 rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 1T6