November 10, 2014

Montreal: Kiko Mufflers Review (Car Muffler Repair Garage)

My muffler broke off while driving so I pulled into my regular garage at DT Auto. The guys there were good enough to actually refer me to a different garage called Kiko Mufflers, who it turns out specializes in repairing and installing car mufflers. So I gave them a call, and I was told that no appointment was needed, just drive in and cross your fingers that there isn't a huge lineup of people waiting.

My Broken Car Muffler

I decided to drive across town to get there and hoped for the best. I was hoping the place would be easy to find, and it was...Hard to miss that sign outside and flags mounted on it.

Large Kiko Mufflers sign

November 02, 2014

Montreal: Le Cristal Chinois Dim Sum Review (2014 Update)

It's been two years since I've been here last time, and the dim sum is still good. Although the food is more expensive than other places in Chinatown, it's arguably the best dim sum around. The pork dumplings (Shui Mai) actually have a bit of caviar on them like they used to, years ago in Montreal restaurants until they decided to cut it out for some reason (they still use caviar in Toronto restaurants). In any case, on to the food pictures!

Le Cristal Chinois Dim Sum Food Photos

Chicken Dumplings

August 11, 2014

Montreal: Bouillon Bilk Restaurant Review

With no apparent sign sticking out on the street, it's an easy restaurant to miss on the busy St. Laurent street. Bouillon Bilk falls under the "New Canadian" restaurant category, but I don't really care what it's called as long as it's good.

We got in and had seats at the back corner of the restaurant. They had to play with the air conditioning throughout the night since for some people the place was too hot and too cold for others (low ceiling vents meant that the A/C draft made it cold for people sitting near them like us). We were seated in the corner near a vent, but instead of being cold, it was quite warm since they hardly (never?) even turned on the A/C very often that evening.

It's not a French restaurant, but for some reason I thought it was...Maybe it was the name of the restaurant that threw me off. In any case, the food was pretty much what I expected. Small bite size portions of food, but tasty and nicely presented. If you have a large appetite, you'd probably end up still feeling hungry after you walk out.

Bouillon Bilk Food Photos

Sign which is right next to the doors.

July 15, 2014

Montreal: Kanda Oriental Fusion - Chinese Restaurant Edition

Well it's true, I didn't believe it at first, but there's actually a Chinese restaurant under the Kanda Sushi restaurant on Decarie/Jean Talon. The top half of the restaurant is pretty standard stuff to those already familiar with all-you-can-eat sushi places. The bottom half of the restaurant is an afterthought, just hidden away down in the basement (literally). This review is only for the Chinese section of Kanda, down in the basement.

We got there around 9pm on a Sunday, and there were still a few tables with people. The menu looks pretty standard, and being hungry we went with a some familiar plates that were "safe". Not in the mood to experiment that night.

Food wasn't served super fast, but that's OK with me, as long as it's reasonable and the food is good. And yes the food was good. Surprisingly, good actually. I've had these dishes at other restaurants before, and all three plates were as good as any I've tried before, and all in one sitting. I don't know if it's always been this good before, but I'm looking to try it again and see if they can deliver a consistent experience.

Kanda Chinese Restaurant Photos

And as usual here are the pictures I took, along with my best guesses at what I am actually eating. If it tastes good and doesn't make me sick...I'm generally OK with it.

Fried seafood mix (squid, fish, shrimp, scallops)

June 23, 2014

Montreal: Bier Markt (No Beer) Review

This seems to be a Toronto restaurant chain that has expanded into Montreal. We got a seat easily on a weekday night. Beers are their specialty, with lots of beers to choose from around the world. So if you are a beer fan you should be happy to browse through pages of different beers.

Of course I didn't drink any beer, but did try a few of their appetizers, which weren't too bad overall. The chicken wings were different in that they seemed to be partially deboned(?) so that your fingers would not be covered in sauce. Dessert however was disappointing...Waffle smores may sound pretty good in theory, but it was just too dry to eat more than one piece. It really should be served with ice cream.

Bier Markt Photos

Bier Markt Interior