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Jean Gagnon

The Essential Guide to Eating in NDG

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Église Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
| Jean Gagnon

Food-wise, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) may not be thought of as one of Montreal’s great food zones, relative to ‘hoods like the Plateau and Old Montreal, loaded with the city’s culinary icons. Yet it’s actually a fantastic dining area, with solid Korean and Persian food, fine dining options in restaurants like Hopkins, and old favourites such as Chalet BBQ.

Most of NDG’s eating options are clustered along two corridors — the slightly bourgeois Monkland Village (near Villa Maria metro) and the more-affordable Sherbrooke West (within reach of Vendome station). A few are scattered elsewhere, notably on Somerled.

This heatmap sticks strictly to municipal boundaries: St-Jacques on the south, Cote-St-Luc on the north, Broadway on the west and the residential streets just east of the Decarie on the east side. Looking for the other half of the borough? The Côte-des-Neiges guide is over here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Momesso

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5562 Upper Lachine Road, Montreal
QC H4A 2A7, Canada
(514) 484-0005
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They do burgers and poutines, but you go to Momesso's for the Italian subs. Approaching 40 years in business, Momesso's 14-inch Italian sausage mouthful is a neighbourhood institution.

2. Pick Thai

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5221 boulevard de Maisonneuve west, Montreal
QC H4A 0A4, Canada
(514) 316-9696
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There's not a whole lot of competition for good Thai food in Montreal, and Pick is among the best; it's just good Thai food, period. Lesley Chesterman dubbed chef-owner Vilay Douangpanya's green curry one of her dishes of the year, but it's hard to go wrong with most curry or noodle dishes here. Those willing to splash should consider one of the Thai grills.

3. Chalet BBQ

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5456 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal
QC H4A 1V9, Canada
(514) 489-7235
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The rotisserie chicken place that used to put poetry on its placemats is as real as it gets: over 70 years old, specials written in Comic Sans and cushioned booths that have been there for decades. Oh, and the rotisserie chicken is great, too (and a precursor to Ontario's vastly inferior Swiss Chalet).

4. Cosmos

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5843 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X4, Canada
(514) 486-3814

Possibly the city's most essential greasy spoon, Cosmos lives on even after the tragic murder of founder Tony Kolakis a few years ago. Pull up one of their very few chairs and order some greasy eggs with challah.

5. Jardin Iwaki

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5887 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X6, Canada
(514) 482-1283
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Reservations are mandatory for this cosy Japanese spot with just one chef and one server. Chef Tadayuki Endo turns out tasting menus of plates from his birth country, but no sushi here — expect okonomiyaki, tataki and soba noodles.

6. Hwang Kum

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5908 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada
(514) 487-1712

Mon Ami (also in NDG) does great Korean fried chicken and barbecue, but Hwang Kum excels elsewhere in the Korean realm — stews, bulgogi and seafood pancakes are good options.

7. Ganges

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6079 rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal
QC H4A 1Y2, Canada
(514) 488-8850
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Ganges does all the standard Westernized Indian food staples, and does them well — from exceedingly smooth butter chicken to vindaloo, it's easy to see why Ganges endures even in a cold spot for Indian food.

8. Café Bano

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6929 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4B 1P8, Canada
(514) 430-2824

A saviour for students at Concordia's nearby Loyola campus, this little-known Iranian lunch spot inexplicably does an excellent chicken schnitzel sandwich, but the falafels and cakes are worth the trek too.

9. Monkland Tavern

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5555 Ave. de Monkland, Montreal
QC H4A 1E1, Canada
(514) 486-5768

Stephen Leslie has built up a wee empire across the city (see: Tavern on the Square and Sieur d'Iberville), yet this Monkland Village staple is the original institution, doing steaks, oysters, pasta, and an excellent burger in a warm neighbourhood restaurant setting.

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10. Hopkins

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5626 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1E3, Canada
(514) 379-1275
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Probably NDG's finest restaurant these days, chef Liam Hopkins threw open the doors on his upscale bistro in mid-2017, with in-house charcuterie and a range of special duck dishes, most notably, his duck confit ravioli. Brunch is also an option on weekends.

11. Gia Ba

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5766 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1E9, Canada
(514) 564-7698
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Fusing Taiwanese and Szechuan style cuisines, much of Gia Ba's menu is familiar to the casual Chinese eater, but it's of a far higher calibre than almost any other equivalent in the city and for very reasonable prices. Try some pork belly or beef with fiery long chilies, or mapo tofu.

12. Gryphon d'Or

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5966 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1G8, Canada
(514) 485-7377
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Many come to this very British Monkland Village tea room for its afternoon teas (all made to order — don't forget to book 24 hours in advance), but less known are their equally British brunches and dinners, featuring rarebit and kedgeree.

13. Amaranto

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5974 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1G8, Canada
(514) 510-1225
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NDG is light on Mexican dining options, but Amaranto suggests that what the neighbourhood lacks in quantity, it makes up in quality. Tuck into moles, tacos, ceviches, and more, at this very casual and rather affordable family-run nook.

14. La Meunerie Urbaine

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6151 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4B 1G3, Canada
(514) 485-2020

Martin Falardeau of Villeray's Le Pain Dans Les Voiles is one of the city's best bakers with international recognition for his baguettes — now he's in NDG, doing croissants, millefeuilles, chocolatines, and more, out of a bright, modern space.

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15. Côte St-Luc BBQ

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5403 ch. de la Côte Saint-Luc, Montreal
QC H3X 2C3, Canada
(514) 488-4011
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It may not be quite as old as Chalet BBQ, but Côte St-Luc BBQ has been char-broiling birds for a whopping 65 years, building a name as one of the city's favourite rotisseries. Mercifully, a major fire that knocked it out of action for a few months didn't change the juicy chicken offerings.

16. Mon Ami

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6290 Avenue Somerled, Montréal
QC H4B 2V5, Canada
(514) 439-2580
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NDG is Montreal's de facto Koreatown (although that's partly due to an relative lack of Korean food in the city) and Mon Ami is one of the best in the area. Their Somerled location has a solid fried chicken and Korean barbecue game, rarities even at other Montreal Korean spots. They've also been rapidly expanding all over the city of late.

17. Che Churro

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6543 Avenue Somerled, Montréal
QC H4V 1S8, Canada
(514) 303-8316
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Churros, both filled and classic, draw flocks to this wee Somerled location, and while it makes total sense given the reviews, the empanadas are worth some attention too.

18. Le K'Bob

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6563 Avenue Somerled, Montréal
QC H4V 1T1, Canada
(438) 386-7079
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Mon Ami might be the NDG institution for Korean fried chicken (and other solid Korean dishes) but it may have competition from this newer arrival, which does spicy and garlic-soy iterations of half or whole birds, alongside affordable versions of bibimbap, warming jigae stew, and more.

1. Momesso

5562 Upper Lachine Road, Montreal, QC H4A 2A7, Canada

They do burgers and poutines, but you go to Momesso's for the Italian subs. Approaching 40 years in business, Momesso's 14-inch Italian sausage mouthful is a neighbourhood institution.

5562 Upper Lachine Road, Montreal
QC H4A 2A7, Canada

2. Pick Thai

5221 boulevard de Maisonneuve west, Montreal, QC H4A 0A4, Canada

There's not a whole lot of competition for good Thai food in Montreal, and Pick is among the best; it's just good Thai food, period. Lesley Chesterman dubbed chef-owner Vilay Douangpanya's green curry one of her dishes of the year, but it's hard to go wrong with most curry or noodle dishes here. Those willing to splash should consider one of the Thai grills.

5221 boulevard de Maisonneuve west, Montreal
QC H4A 0A4, Canada

3. Chalet BBQ

5456 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, QC H4A 1V9, Canada

The rotisserie chicken place that used to put poetry on its placemats is as real as it gets: over 70 years old, specials written in Comic Sans and cushioned booths that have been there for decades. Oh, and the rotisserie chicken is great, too (and a precursor to Ontario's vastly inferior Swiss Chalet).

5456 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal
QC H4A 1V9, Canada

4. Cosmos

5843 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X4, Canada

Possibly the city's most essential greasy spoon, Cosmos lives on even after the tragic murder of founder Tony Kolakis a few years ago. Pull up one of their very few chairs and order some greasy eggs with challah.

5843 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X4, Canada

5. Jardin Iwaki

5887 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X6, Canada

Reservations are mandatory for this cosy Japanese spot with just one chef and one server. Chef Tadayuki Endo turns out tasting menus of plates from his birth country, but no sushi here — expect okonomiyaki, tataki and soba noodles.

5887 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X6, Canada

6. Hwang Kum

5908 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC H4A 1X7, Canada

Mon Ami (also in NDG) does great Korean fried chicken and barbecue, but Hwang Kum excels elsewhere in the Korean realm — stews, bulgogi and seafood pancakes are good options.

5908 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada

7. Ganges

6079 rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC H4A 1Y2, Canada

Ganges does all the standard Westernized Indian food staples, and does them well — from exceedingly smooth butter chicken to vindaloo, it's easy to see why Ganges endures even in a cold spot for Indian food.

6079 rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal
QC H4A 1Y2, Canada

8. Café Bano

6929 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4B 1P8, Canada

A saviour for students at Concordia's nearby Loyola campus, this little-known Iranian lunch spot inexplicably does an excellent chicken schnitzel sandwich, but the falafels and cakes are worth the trek too.

6929 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4B 1P8, Canada

9. Monkland Tavern

5555 Ave. de Monkland, Montreal, QC H4A 1E1, Canada
Randall Brodeur

Stephen Leslie has built up a wee empire across the city (see: Tavern on the Square and Sieur d'Iberville), yet this Monkland Village staple is the original institution, doing steaks, oysters, pasta, and an excellent burger in a warm neighbourhood restaurant setting.

5555 Ave. de Monkland, Montreal
QC H4A 1E1, Canada

10. Hopkins

5626 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1E3, Canada

Probably NDG's finest restaurant these days, chef Liam Hopkins threw open the doors on his upscale bistro in mid-2017, with in-house charcuterie and a range of special duck dishes, most notably, his duck confit ravioli. Brunch is also an option on weekends.

5626 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1E3, Canada

11. Gia Ba

5766 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1E9, Canada

Fusing Taiwanese and Szechuan style cuisines, much of Gia Ba's menu is familiar to the casual Chinese eater, but it's of a far higher calibre than almost any other equivalent in the city and for very reasonable prices. Try some pork belly or beef with fiery long chilies, or mapo tofu.

5766 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1E9, Canada

12. Gryphon d'Or

5966 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1G8, Canada

Many come to this very British Monkland Village tea room for its afternoon teas (all made to order — don't forget to book 24 hours in advance), but less known are their equally British brunches and dinners, featuring rarebit and kedgeree.

5966 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1G8, Canada

13. Amaranto

5974 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1G8, Canada

NDG is light on Mexican dining options, but Amaranto suggests that what the neighbourhood lacks in quantity, it makes up in quality. Tuck into moles, tacos, ceviches, and more, at this very casual and rather affordable family-run nook.

5974 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1G8, Canada

14. La Meunerie Urbaine

6151 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4B 1G3, Canada
Facebook/La Meunerie Urbaine

Martin Falardeau of Villeray's Le Pain Dans Les Voiles is one of the city's best bakers with international recognition for his baguettes — now he's in NDG, doing croissants, millefeuilles, chocolatines, and more, out of a bright, modern space.

6151 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4B 1G3, Canada

15. Côte St-Luc BBQ

5403 ch. de la Côte Saint-Luc, Montreal, QC H3X 2C3, Canada

It may not be quite as old as Chalet BBQ, but Côte St-Luc BBQ has been char-broiling birds for a whopping 65 years, building a name as one of the city's favourite rotisseries. Mercifully, a major fire that knocked it out of action for a few months didn't change the juicy chicken offerings.

5403 ch. de la Côte Saint-Luc, Montreal
QC H3X 2C3, Canada

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16. Mon Ami

6290 Avenue Somerled, Montréal, QC H4B 2V5, Canada

NDG is Montreal's de facto Koreatown (although that's partly due to an relative lack of Korean food in the city) and Mon Ami is one of the best in the area. Their Somerled location has a solid fried chicken and Korean barbecue game, rarities even at other Montreal Korean spots. They've also been rapidly expanding all over the city of late.

6290 Avenue Somerled, Montréal
QC H4B 2V5, Canada

17. Che Churro

6543 Avenue Somerled, Montréal, QC H4V 1S8, Canada

Churros, both filled and classic, draw flocks to this wee Somerled location, and while it makes total sense given the reviews, the empanadas are worth some attention too.

6543 Avenue Somerled, Montréal
QC H4V 1S8, Canada

18. Le K'Bob

6563 Avenue Somerled, Montréal, QC H4V 1T1, Canada

Mon Ami might be the NDG institution for Korean fried chicken (and other solid Korean dishes) but it may have competition from this newer arrival, which does spicy and garlic-soy iterations of half or whole birds, alongside affordable versions of bibimbap, warming jigae stew, and more.

6563 Avenue Somerled, Montréal
QC H4V 1T1, Canada

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