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Where to Eat in Montreal’s Shaughnessy Village

Take your pick from halal kebabs sold by the kilo, handmade manti bathed in yogurt, or all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue

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Named after Canadian Pacific founder Thomas Shaughnessy (his mansion is now part of the Canadian Centre for Architecture), this bustling, Concordia-adjacent downtown ‘hood boasts some great food options thanks to its highly international population. Frequently described as Chinatown West, Shaughnessy Village features a collection of Asian restaurants and chains (takeaway counters like Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake and Chung Chun hot dogs), bubble tea stands, and grocery stores.

At the heart is Faubourg Ste Catherine, a formerly tony mall that’s now primarily focused on Asian food. Most of the second floor is taken up by Marché Newon, a sprawling market with a butcher counter, fresh fish and seafood, a global assortment of fruit and vegetables, rice from around the world, and a freezer section stocked with everything from frozen parathas to purple ube ice cream, while the food court one floor above hosts some pocket-friendly spots, several with some spotty post-pandemic hours.

Shaughnessy Village spans the area between Guy and Atwater, from Sherbrooke to Boulevard René-Levesque, and this map features some of the best spots to stop for a meal within those parameters.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sam Cha

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2176 A Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal
QC H3H 1M6, Canada
(514) 932-7565
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It’s all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue at Sam Cha — as long as the whole table orders it — but if grilled meats don’t quite cut it, there’s nyang myun iced noodles for summer slurping, soondubu stews for winter warming, or Kimchi fried rice, just because it’s so good. 

2. Avesta

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2077 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal
QC H3H 1M6, Canada
(514) 937-0156

Head to Avesta for hearty Anatolian treats like homemade manti dumplings bathed in yogurt sauce — and sadj kavurma, sautéed meat with caramelized onions. Everything is made in-house (often in the front window), including the hand-rolled dough wrapping for the gözleme grilled sandwiches with vegetarian-friendly options. Avesta’s dinner for four, including kebabs, kofta, lahmajoun, and salad is a great way to leave the decisions to the kitchen. 

3. Restaurant Jako

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1862 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3H 1J8, Canada
(438) 380-3840
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All Japanese and Korean bases are covered at JaKo (get it?), the restaurant formerly known as Ganadara. Choose from korokke to kimchi, donburi to dolsot, and if you hanker for a sweet potato and mozzarella salad with some miso soup on the side, there’s that, too.

4. KimGalbi

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2100 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2J4, Canada
(438) 387-7766

Pajeon pancakes, tteokbokki rice sticks in a spicy sauce, soothing tofu soups, and lots of kimchi dishes are on offer at Kim Galbi’s compact, popular premises. Marinated grilled beef rib, the namesake dish, are a must-have.

5. Ichifuku

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1925 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M3, Canada
(514) 932-7227
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Tucked inside the Kametsuru Japanese grocery store, the Ichifuku counter remains a draw in the quartier with their summer terrasse and winter takeaway option. Ramen lovers can select pork or chicken broth, add an egg (poached or marinated and boiled) or extra nori. There’s katsu, yakisoba, and chicken karaage to boot. 

6. Nilufar

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1923 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M3, Canada
(514) 846-1947
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Nilufar Al-Shourbaji’s generosity and optimistic falafel-it-forward philosophy have been winning fans for ages, but it’s really all about the pita wraps at her tiny and extremely affordable shop. The meat is halal, there are ample vegetarian options, and there’s even a party platter. 

7. Chef Lee

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1901 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M3, Canada
(514) 379-1260

Sammi and Soupe Dumpling owners Xiao Dan Song and Ting Liu’s newest project on the Ste-Catherine strip features Shanghai specialty sheng jian bao, an oversized, doughy dumpling with a crunchy pan-fried bottom. Stuffed with either pork or shrimp, this snack is the star of the show; other menu items include wontons (check out the chili oil variety) and various steamed bao. Qing Hua Dumplings, another of the couple’s outlets, is just a few blocks away on de Maisonneuve in case there’s a lineup. 

8. Thali Cuisine Indienne

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1409 Rue Saint-Marc, Montréal
QC H3H 2G4, Canada
(514) 989-9048
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Thali’s thali platters feature what you want, when you want it: a huge plate full of veg or non-veg flavour in tiny portions so you get to taste everything. If a full thali meal is too much, there’s always butter chicken and garlic naan — just leave room for a gulab jamun dessert.

9. Rôtisserie Poulet Bronzé

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1622 Av. Lincoln, Montréal
QC H3H 1G9, Canada
(514) 989-8555
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In a city full of fried chicken options, Poulet Bronzé stands out for its crispy chicken, which also happens to be halal. If birds fried in chicken fat aren’t quite your thing, check out their kabsa rice — chicken and rice cooked with Middle Eastern aromatics.

10. Cuisine AuntDai

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1448 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2H9, Canada
(514) 935-1067
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Owner Feigang Fei had his 15 minutes of worldwide fame during the lockdown, when his exceedingly frank commentaries on the menu went viral. Since that time he’s been recounting how the dishes fare after delivery and set up his own YouTube channel: the popularity of his lamb hot pot and three-cup chicken live on, however. By his own admission, some dishes are more wonderful than others. Check out his recommendations on the website and decide for yourself.

11. Yin Ji Chang Fen

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1861 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M2, Canada
(514) 932-3621
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Thin rice noodle rolls are at the heart of Chinese chain Yin Ji Chang Fen’s menu, but don’t stop there: the menu includes dim sum specialties and fifteen varieties of generously portioned congee, including C9, a classic shredded pork and preserved egg option. Get the S3 youtiao (dough sticks) to dip into your soup for pure comfort-in-a-bowl.

12. Restaurant I AM Pho

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1444 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2H9, Canada
(514) 903-1688
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One of four outlets across the city, I am Pho offers eight different kinds of pho plus bún bò hué, the spicy lemongrass-laced beef and pork soup. Grilled dishes, iced Vietnamese filter coffee, and a tri-coloured coconut pudding round out the menu. 

13. Château Kabab

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2140 Rue Guy, Montréal
QC H3H 2L8, Canada
(514) 932-1114
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Château Kabab’s downtown location features personal pita wraps and halal kebabs by the kilo (saffron chicken and filet mignon, among others). Also on offer: Persian dishes like mirza khasemi eggplant purée, mast o khiar yogurt dip, and zereshk (chicken and barberries) or Baghali polo rice, with lamb, fava beans, and dill. 

14. Délice oriental Chinese Cuisine

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1858 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada
(514) 564-8999
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Délice Oriental mixes up its menu with shredded tripe appetizers and beef slices in chili sauce next to the chicken balls with red sauce. The super BBQ fish is a big favourite here; aim for the spicy menu items like fish slices in hot oil for a truly Sichuan experience.

15. Bhandari Cuisine Indienne

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1668 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3H 1J7, Canada
(514) 903-9600
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Bright and cheery, Bhandari’s menu is full of options, from their thalis — vegetarian or lamb, curry- or butter-chicken — to deep-fried vada, in a yogurt sauce or sambar broth. There are idlis, too, for those who love these gluten-free fermented rice and lentil orbs. Plus, lassi, sweet or salty.

16. Otto Yakitori Izakaya

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1441 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2M4, Canada
(514) 507-8886
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This original Otto — there’s a bistro in the Plateau and a bar in Little Burgundy — features grilled and fried Japanese specialties, from skewers to karaage chicken and pork tonkatsu in a cozy setting. It’s easy to dine in or do DIY takeout with their nifty portable biodegradable grill if you get more than $50 worth of skewers. 

17. Kazu

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1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada
(514) 937-2333
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Destination Japanese spot Kazu features ramen and rice bowls, grilled meat and fish, sashimi, and homemade tofu on Sundays. Those who love it swear by it, regardless of the lineups. Their Japanese cocktails (head straight to the Calpico) are always a hit. 

18. Antep Kebab

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1626 Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal
QC H3H 1J5, Canada
(514) 903-7979

The LED photo menu proclaims what’s on offer at this popular de Maisonneuve spot, footsteps from the metro and Concordia: halal skewers on homemade sesame bread or rice. Study the menu, order fast, and wait for deliciousness to come your way.

1. Sam Cha

2176 A Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC H3H 1M6, Canada

It’s all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue at Sam Cha — as long as the whole table orders it — but if grilled meats don’t quite cut it, there’s nyang myun iced noodles for summer slurping, soondubu stews for winter warming, or Kimchi fried rice, just because it’s so good. 

2176 A Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal
QC H3H 1M6, Canada

2. Avesta

2077 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC H3H 1M6, Canada

Head to Avesta for hearty Anatolian treats like homemade manti dumplings bathed in yogurt sauce — and sadj kavurma, sautéed meat with caramelized onions. Everything is made in-house (often in the front window), including the hand-rolled dough wrapping for the gözleme grilled sandwiches with vegetarian-friendly options. Avesta’s dinner for four, including kebabs, kofta, lahmajoun, and salad is a great way to leave the decisions to the kitchen. 

2077 Rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal
QC H3H 1M6, Canada

3. Restaurant Jako

1862 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3H 1J8, Canada

All Japanese and Korean bases are covered at JaKo (get it?), the restaurant formerly known as Ganadara. Choose from korokke to kimchi, donburi to dolsot, and if you hanker for a sweet potato and mozzarella salad with some miso soup on the side, there’s that, too.

1862 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3H 1J8, Canada

4. KimGalbi

2100 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal, QC H3H 2J4, Canada

Pajeon pancakes, tteokbokki rice sticks in a spicy sauce, soothing tofu soups, and lots of kimchi dishes are on offer at Kim Galbi’s compact, popular premises. Marinated grilled beef rib, the namesake dish, are a must-have.

2100 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2J4, Canada

5. Ichifuku

1925 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M3, Canada

Tucked inside the Kametsuru Japanese grocery store, the Ichifuku counter remains a draw in the quartier with their summer terrasse and winter takeaway option. Ramen lovers can select pork or chicken broth, add an egg (poached or marinated and boiled) or extra nori. There’s katsu, yakisoba, and chicken karaage to boot. 

1925 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M3, Canada

6. Nilufar

1923 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M3, Canada

Nilufar Al-Shourbaji’s generosity and optimistic falafel-it-forward philosophy have been winning fans for ages, but it’s really all about the pita wraps at her tiny and extremely affordable shop. The meat is halal, there are ample vegetarian options, and there’s even a party platter. 

1923 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M3, Canada

7. Chef Lee

1901 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M3, Canada

Sammi and Soupe Dumpling owners Xiao Dan Song and Ting Liu’s newest project on the Ste-Catherine strip features Shanghai specialty sheng jian bao, an oversized, doughy dumpling with a crunchy pan-fried bottom. Stuffed with either pork or shrimp, this snack is the star of the show; other menu items include wontons (check out the chili oil variety) and various steamed bao. Qing Hua Dumplings, another of the couple’s outlets, is just a few blocks away on de Maisonneuve in case there’s a lineup. 

1901 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M3, Canada

8. Thali Cuisine Indienne

1409 Rue Saint-Marc, Montréal, QC H3H 2G4, Canada

Thali’s thali platters feature what you want, when you want it: a huge plate full of veg or non-veg flavour in tiny portions so you get to taste everything. If a full thali meal is too much, there’s always butter chicken and garlic naan — just leave room for a gulab jamun dessert.

1409 Rue Saint-Marc, Montréal
QC H3H 2G4, Canada

9. Rôtisserie Poulet Bronzé

1622 Av. Lincoln, Montréal, QC H3H 1G9, Canada

In a city full of fried chicken options, Poulet Bronzé stands out for its crispy chicken, which also happens to be halal. If birds fried in chicken fat aren’t quite your thing, check out their kabsa rice — chicken and rice cooked with Middle Eastern aromatics.

1622 Av. Lincoln, Montréal
QC H3H 1G9, Canada

10. Cuisine AuntDai

1448 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal, QC H3H 2H9, Canada

Owner Feigang Fei had his 15 minutes of worldwide fame during the lockdown, when his exceedingly frank commentaries on the menu went viral. Since that time he’s been recounting how the dishes fare after delivery and set up his own YouTube channel: the popularity of his lamb hot pot and three-cup chicken live on, however. By his own admission, some dishes are more wonderful than others. Check out his recommendations on the website and decide for yourself.

1448 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2H9, Canada

11. Yin Ji Chang Fen

1861 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M2, Canada

Thin rice noodle rolls are at the heart of Chinese chain Yin Ji Chang Fen’s menu, but don’t stop there: the menu includes dim sum specialties and fifteen varieties of generously portioned congee, including C9, a classic shredded pork and preserved egg option. Get the S3 youtiao (dough sticks) to dip into your soup for pure comfort-in-a-bowl.

1861 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M2, Canada

12. Restaurant I AM Pho

1444 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal, QC H3H 2H9, Canada

One of four outlets across the city, I am Pho offers eight different kinds of pho plus bún bò hué, the spicy lemongrass-laced beef and pork soup. Grilled dishes, iced Vietnamese filter coffee, and a tri-coloured coconut pudding round out the menu. 

1444 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2H9, Canada

13. Château Kabab

2140 Rue Guy, Montréal, QC H3H 2L8, Canada

Château Kabab’s downtown location features personal pita wraps and halal kebabs by the kilo (saffron chicken and filet mignon, among others). Also on offer: Persian dishes like mirza khasemi eggplant purée, mast o khiar yogurt dip, and zereshk (chicken and barberries) or Baghali polo rice, with lamb, fava beans, and dill. 

2140 Rue Guy, Montréal
QC H3H 2L8, Canada

14. Délice oriental Chinese Cuisine

1858 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1, Canada

Délice Oriental mixes up its menu with shredded tripe appetizers and beef slices in chili sauce next to the chicken balls with red sauce. The super BBQ fish is a big favourite here; aim for the spicy menu items like fish slices in hot oil for a truly Sichuan experience.

1858 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada

15. Bhandari Cuisine Indienne

1668 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3H 1J7, Canada

Bright and cheery, Bhandari’s menu is full of options, from their thalis — vegetarian or lamb, curry- or butter-chicken — to deep-fried vada, in a yogurt sauce or sambar broth. There are idlis, too, for those who love these gluten-free fermented rice and lentil orbs. Plus, lassi, sweet or salty.

1668 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3H 1J7, Canada

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16. Otto Yakitori Izakaya

1441 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal, QC H3H 2M4, Canada

This original Otto — there’s a bistro in the Plateau and a bar in Little Burgundy — features grilled and fried Japanese specialties, from skewers to karaage chicken and pork tonkatsu in a cozy setting. It’s easy to dine in or do DIY takeout with their nifty portable biodegradable grill if you get more than $50 worth of skewers. 

1441 Rue St Mathieu, Montréal
QC H3H 2M4, Canada

17. Kazu

1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1, Canada

Destination Japanese spot Kazu features ramen and rice bowls, grilled meat and fish, sashimi, and homemade tofu on Sundays. Those who love it swear by it, regardless of the lineups. Their Japanese cocktails (head straight to the Calpico) are always a hit. 

1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada

18. Antep Kebab

1626 Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal, QC H3H 1J5, Canada

The LED photo menu proclaims what’s on offer at this popular de Maisonneuve spot, footsteps from the metro and Concordia: halal skewers on homemade sesame bread or rice. Study the menu, order fast, and wait for deliciousness to come your way.

1626 Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal
QC H3H 1J5, Canada

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