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Where to Eat in the West Island

Go west for your pick of Afghan cuisine, Montreal smoked meat, Cajun-style seafood boils, and lots more

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Some inner-city folk may snicker at the prospect of venturing past the metro line to Montreal’s western suburbs for lunch or dinner, but the West Island is home to a diverse — and very much worth exploring — food scene. From Bistro Nolah’s southern cooking and Aryana’s Afghan eats to Bombay Choupati for Indian or Don Rigo for must-try Mexican, West Island municipalities (and their many, many strip malls) play host to several standout eats — and in recent years, they’ve only expanded their culinary reach.

Here’s your guide to some of the best the west has to offer.

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Smoke Meat Pete

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Technically located west of the West Island, this L’Île-Perrot diner has been serving Montreal-style smoked meat since the ‘90s, when the diner’s namesake owner left his role at his father Peter Varvaro’s smoked meat joint (Montreal’s The Main), venturing out on his own.

Resto Pub Bord'Eaux

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Expect home-style cooking that warms you from the inside at this charming pub in the Sainte-Anne Village with no-nonsense grub, like steak and pepper sauce and barbecue ribs.

Bistro Grace

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This hip — especially by West Island standards — Pierrefonds hidden gem (literally) has a dedicated local following. It features fresh ingredients and fresh takes on classic bistro staples in a chic environment.

Bistro 1843

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Run by husband-wife team Sarah-Ann and Tarik out of the old house they live in, Bistro 1843 features technically strong, French-leaning cuisine on a small table d’hôte menu. That said, expect a few touches from Tarik’s Moroccan background — and elsewhere, too.

Cugini's Pizza Cafe

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Chef Germano Mustone has perhaps the strongest pizza game in the West, courtesy of an eye for flavourful ingredients. There’s no clear adherence to one pizza style, with elements of both New York and Neapolitan pizza on display, but if the pie is good, does it matter?

Jasmine Al Sham

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There is a Boustan on Boulevard St-Jean, but many in the area will contest that Jasmine Al Sham is the superior shawarma, with standards like shish taouk and crispy falafels, alongside fresh Lebanese and Syrian salads.

Grill Sélect

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Though billed as both Greek and Persian, the latter cuisine is the strength at this Kirkland BYOB spot, with marinated meats and specialties like ash (Persian noodle soup) and mirza ghassemi (eggplant dip) as highlights.

Ooh! Crabe

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Last fall, the West Island unexpectedly became the city’s go-to place for Cajun-style seafood boil, with the opening of two new spots. At Ooh! Crab, seafood lovers happily don plastic bibs before digging into generous piles of shrimp, mussels, lobster, and more — all taken up a notch with its signature sauce.

Tacos Don Rigo

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The Mexican tunes spill out the door at this young Pierrefonds counter-service spot — already a West Island favourite. Inside, orange and blue walls lined with gilded frames, a lively atmosphere, and excellent tacos and tortas await. Try their quesabirria, filled with slow-cooked beef and melted cheese and served alongside a flavour-rich consommé.

Toasties

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Pierrefondians love this little sub shop, one of few places to get a hearty, reliable, non-chain submarine sandwich in the West Island.

Vivaldi

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This crowd-pleasing Pierrefonds haunt has something for everyone, with a largely Italian-leaning menu that pads plates of pasta and pizzas with offerings like mussels à la Dijonnaise and fish and chips. A fantastic option for group events made even better by being BYOW.

Riccardos Restaurant

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Riccardos’ homemade pasta and sauces make it stand out amid a relatively saturated selection of Italian restaurants in the area, even if the location, in a Dollard strip mall, makes it feel like the kind of place you’d have brought a first date in high school.

Lucille's Fairview

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Upscale seafood-and-more spot Lucille’s is a household name in and around Montreal, where over the years, it has expanded from Monkland Village to Laval, Brossard, and now the West Island. It’s an excellent bet for oysters, lobster rolls, and steak, with its grilled octopus Greek salad being an incredibly delicious entrée or light main.

Bistro Nolah

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Southern food is scant in Montreal, but Nolah certainly doesn’t rely on mere novelty factor. Chef Richard Taitt has an adept hand with meat and seafood, serving up bourbon mussels, Charleston-style shrimp and grits and focusing on New Orleans specialties like gumbo and jambalaya.

Mama Dumplings

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Handmade steamed and fried dumplings are Mama’s calling card, with lamb and coriander, beef curry and onion, and shrimp with leek and egg taking centre stage. Spicy pickled cucumbers round out the meal, and there are a couple of dumpling options for vegetarians, too.

Bombay Choupati

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This unassuming strip mall spot is the preferred place to grab an Indian curry for many West Islanders. Bombay Choupati’s hearty portion sizes (the dosas are especially hefty — and delicious) and spot-on flavours are complemented by its homey, local feel.

Becks Cuisine and Catering

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Becks does stellar homemade Filipino food worth driving for. Try anything that involves deep-fried pork belly, homemade sausage, pickled papaya, or calamansi lime and chili pepper. When Sunday brunch is on, it means heaping plates of fried beef, chicken adobo, garlic-fried rice, and pork dinuguan, a Filipino stew made with pork meat and pig’s blood.

Ignore the strip mall vibes and enjoy one of Montreal’s few spots for Afghan cuisine: Azim and Safia Afghanzadah do herby and saucy concoctions from the juncture between the Middle East and India — get dumpling-esque ashak and mantoo, and don’t skip dessert.

Falafel Abou Hanna

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Go for the hot, fried falafels stuffed in pitas along with pickled turnip, tomatoes, tahini sauce and fresh mint. Then go back again for hummus, fava bean foul, and musabaha, a hummus variation where many of the chickpeas stay whole. 

Janette's Spicy Island

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The West Island may have recently welcomed Caribbean Curry House’s second outpost into its fold, but locals have been getting their roti from Janette’s for far longer. It’s a takeout-only Jamaican spot, where diners also go for some much-loved jerk chicken, oxtail, and goat curry. Open Thursdays to Sundays only.

Restaurant Birdhouse Wingerie & Bar

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Though tacos, nachos, and poutine are all on offer, Birdhouse bills itself as a “wingerie,” and the bulk of its menu reflects that. Chicken wings come “wet & messy” with variations like smoked apple habanero, sriracha lime, and cherry cola BBQ, or dry-rubbed, with unique flavours like cacio e pepe and ketchup chip.

The Korean fried chicken at this strip mall restaurant (located between a Baskin Robbins and a SpiceBros) is worth every penny — especially in the soy-garlic version.

40 Westt

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With its family-friendly vibes, the West Island has a number of places where to celebrate Grandpa’s 80th or Mom’s big promotion. Upscale Pointe-Claire steakhouse 40 Westt fits the bill, but not without merit — it serves up the best steak in the West Island.

Maiko Sushi

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Suburban Montreal might not scream “fresh, quality sushi,” but this local favourite is good (and aesthetically pleasing) enough to compete with more central sushi offerings. It’s not the cheapest spot, but it’s the best sushi you’ll find without trekking into the city.

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Smoke Meat Pete

Technically located west of the West Island, this L’Île-Perrot diner has been serving Montreal-style smoked meat since the ‘90s, when the diner’s namesake owner left his role at his father Peter Varvaro’s smoked meat joint (Montreal’s The Main), venturing out on his own.

Resto Pub Bord'Eaux

Expect home-style cooking that warms you from the inside at this charming pub in the Sainte-Anne Village with no-nonsense grub, like steak and pepper sauce and barbecue ribs.

Bistro Grace

This hip — especially by West Island standards — Pierrefonds hidden gem (literally) has a dedicated local following. It features fresh ingredients and fresh takes on classic bistro staples in a chic environment.

Bistro 1843

Run by husband-wife team Sarah-Ann and Tarik out of the old house they live in, Bistro 1843 features technically strong, French-leaning cuisine on a small table d’hôte menu. That said, expect a few touches from Tarik’s Moroccan background — and elsewhere, too.

Cugini's Pizza Cafe

Chef Germano Mustone has perhaps the strongest pizza game in the West, courtesy of an eye for flavourful ingredients. There’s no clear adherence to one pizza style, with elements of both New York and Neapolitan pizza on display, but if the pie is good, does it matter?

Jasmine Al Sham

There is a Boustan on Boulevard St-Jean, but many in the area will contest that Jasmine Al Sham is the superior shawarma, with standards like shish taouk and crispy falafels, alongside fresh Lebanese and Syrian salads.

Grill Sélect

Though billed as both Greek and Persian, the latter cuisine is the strength at this Kirkland BYOB spot, with marinated meats and specialties like ash (Persian noodle soup) and mirza ghassemi (eggplant dip) as highlights.

Ooh! Crabe

Last fall, the West Island unexpectedly became the city’s go-to place for Cajun-style seafood boil, with the opening of two new spots. At Ooh! Crab, seafood lovers happily don plastic bibs before digging into generous piles of shrimp, mussels, lobster, and more — all taken up a notch with its signature sauce.

Tacos Don Rigo

The Mexican tunes spill out the door at this young Pierrefonds counter-service spot — already a West Island favourite. Inside, orange and blue walls lined with gilded frames, a lively atmosphere, and excellent tacos and tortas await. Try their quesabirria, filled with slow-cooked beef and melted cheese and served alongside a flavour-rich consommé.

Toasties

Pierrefondians love this little sub shop, one of few places to get a hearty, reliable, non-chain submarine sandwich in the West Island.

Vivaldi

This crowd-pleasing Pierrefonds haunt has something for everyone, with a largely Italian-leaning menu that pads plates of pasta and pizzas with offerings like mussels à la Dijonnaise and fish and chips. A fantastic option for group events made even better by being BYOW.

Riccardos Restaurant

Riccardos’ homemade pasta and sauces make it stand out amid a relatively saturated selection of Italian restaurants in the area, even if the location, in a Dollard strip mall, makes it feel like the kind of place you’d have brought a first date in high school.

Lucille's Fairview

Upscale seafood-and-more spot Lucille’s is a household name in and around Montreal, where over the years, it has expanded from Monkland Village to Laval, Brossard, and now the West Island. It’s an excellent bet for oysters, lobster rolls, and steak, with its grilled octopus Greek salad being an incredibly delicious entrée or light main.

Bistro Nolah

Southern food is scant in Montreal, but Nolah certainly doesn’t rely on mere novelty factor. Chef Richard Taitt has an adept hand with meat and seafood, serving up bourbon mussels, Charleston-style shrimp and grits and focusing on New Orleans specialties like gumbo and jambalaya.

Mama Dumplings

Handmade steamed and fried dumplings are Mama’s calling card, with lamb and coriander, beef curry and onion, and shrimp with leek and egg taking centre stage. Spicy pickled cucumbers round out the meal, and there are a couple of dumpling options for vegetarians, too.

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Bombay Choupati

This unassuming strip mall spot is the preferred place to grab an Indian curry for many West Islanders. Bombay Choupati’s hearty portion sizes (the dosas are especially hefty — and delicious) and spot-on flavours are complemented by its homey, local feel.

Becks Cuisine and Catering

Becks does stellar homemade Filipino food worth driving for. Try anything that involves deep-fried pork belly, homemade sausage, pickled papaya, or calamansi lime and chili pepper. When Sunday brunch is on, it means heaping plates of fried beef, chicken adobo, garlic-fried rice, and pork dinuguan, a Filipino stew made with pork meat and pig’s blood.

Aryana

Ignore the strip mall vibes and enjoy one of Montreal’s few spots for Afghan cuisine: Azim and Safia Afghanzadah do herby and saucy concoctions from the juncture between the Middle East and India — get dumpling-esque ashak and mantoo, and don’t skip dessert.

Falafel Abou Hanna

Go for the hot, fried falafels stuffed in pitas along with pickled turnip, tomatoes, tahini sauce and fresh mint. Then go back again for hummus, fava bean foul, and musabaha, a hummus variation where many of the chickpeas stay whole. 

Janette's Spicy Island

The West Island may have recently welcomed Caribbean Curry House’s second outpost into its fold, but locals have been getting their roti from Janette’s for far longer. It’s a takeout-only Jamaican spot, where diners also go for some much-loved jerk chicken, oxtail, and goat curry. Open Thursdays to Sundays only.

Restaurant Birdhouse Wingerie & Bar

Though tacos, nachos, and poutine are all on offer, Birdhouse bills itself as a “wingerie,” and the bulk of its menu reflects that. Chicken wings come “wet & messy” with variations like smoked apple habanero, sriracha lime, and cherry cola BBQ, or dry-rubbed, with unique flavours like cacio e pepe and ketchup chip.

Matjip

The Korean fried chicken at this strip mall restaurant (located between a Baskin Robbins and a SpiceBros) is worth every penny — especially in the soy-garlic version.

40 Westt

With its family-friendly vibes, the West Island has a number of places where to celebrate Grandpa’s 80th or Mom’s big promotion. Upscale Pointe-Claire steakhouse 40 Westt fits the bill, but not without merit — it serves up the best steak in the West Island.

Maiko Sushi

Suburban Montreal might not scream “fresh, quality sushi,” but this local favourite is good (and aesthetically pleasing) enough to compete with more central sushi offerings. It’s not the cheapest spot, but it’s the best sushi you’ll find without trekking into the city.

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