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8 Essential Ceviches to Eat in Montreal

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Ceviche is the perfect dish for this final flare of summer. It’s light and refreshing, consisting of fish or seafood in a lime-based marinade that you’ll find yourself sipping when the fish is all gone. Nearly every country in Latin America has a version of ceviche, but in Montreal, the ceviche is almost always either Peruvian or Mexican.

Peruvian ceviche is distinguished by the addictive, milky-white leche de Tigre marinade, which is full of garlic, lime, and briny seafood flavour. Mexican ceviche is usually spicier, and can contain a little bit of ketchup, avocado and green olives that go perfectly with the marinated seafood. And there’s ample options for both here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Sol y Mar

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Great for large groups, Sol y Mar is an excellent option for Peruvian ceviche. They also serve anticuchos, marinated and grilled beef heart skewers. Order dishes to share, as the portions are very generous.

Pat’e Palo

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The portions at Pat’e Palo are huge, and the ceviche does not disappoint. Order one of their six ceviches to share as a starter, or get one all to yourself as your whole meal. The leche de tigre can even be ordered by itself — that’s how delicious the ceviche marinade is.

Chicho's

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At this Little Italy Peruvian restaurant, the ceviche mixto is a great bet, full of octopus and marinated fish, but they also have seven other kinds, including shrimp.

Mochica

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The ceviche tasting platter is the way to go here. You get a scallop ceviche, ceviche mixto, and fish ceviche for a very reasonable price. Expertly-made pisco sours are the perfect accompaniment.

Emiliano's

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Open since 2016, Emiliano’s gives Mexican cuisine a higher-end treatment compared to other places in the city, and the octopus inferno ceviche is a must-try. Real (i.e. not “slushee-style”) margaritas pair perfectly with their seafood dishes.

Junior offers a Filipino take on ceviche with a salmon ceviche with calamansi (a citrus fruit) and coconut milk, as well as the newly-added squid ceviche.

Augusto Al Gusto

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Legit Peruvian ceviche can be found at Verdun’s Augusto el Gusto, served with white corn and a slice of sweet potato. They also make jalea, which is a big platter of fried mixed seafood, for those desiring some cooked seafood as well.

El Sabor de México

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This neighbourhood Mexican restaurant makes a genuine ceviche, as well as Mexican shrimp cocktail. Either one will satisfy a need for sour and spicy fresh seafood.

Sol y Mar

Great for large groups, Sol y Mar is an excellent option for Peruvian ceviche. They also serve anticuchos, marinated and grilled beef heart skewers. Order dishes to share, as the portions are very generous.

Pat’e Palo

The portions at Pat’e Palo are huge, and the ceviche does not disappoint. Order one of their six ceviches to share as a starter, or get one all to yourself as your whole meal. The leche de tigre can even be ordered by itself — that’s how delicious the ceviche marinade is.

Chicho's

At this Little Italy Peruvian restaurant, the ceviche mixto is a great bet, full of octopus and marinated fish, but they also have seven other kinds, including shrimp.

Mochica

The ceviche tasting platter is the way to go here. You get a scallop ceviche, ceviche mixto, and fish ceviche for a very reasonable price. Expertly-made pisco sours are the perfect accompaniment.

Emiliano's

Open since 2016, Emiliano’s gives Mexican cuisine a higher-end treatment compared to other places in the city, and the octopus inferno ceviche is a must-try. Real (i.e. not “slushee-style”) margaritas pair perfectly with their seafood dishes.

Junior

Junior offers a Filipino take on ceviche with a salmon ceviche with calamansi (a citrus fruit) and coconut milk, as well as the newly-added squid ceviche.

Augusto Al Gusto

Legit Peruvian ceviche can be found at Verdun’s Augusto el Gusto, served with white corn and a slice of sweet potato. They also make jalea, which is a big platter of fried mixed seafood, for those desiring some cooked seafood as well.

El Sabor de México

This neighbourhood Mexican restaurant makes a genuine ceviche, as well as Mexican shrimp cocktail. Either one will satisfy a need for sour and spicy fresh seafood.

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