The Best Chinese Restaurants in Montreal: Our suggestions
Montreal is full of diversity in every sense of the word, and its multicultural side is our favourite. People come from all over the world to settle in Montreal and bring so much richness from their native country; such as their traditions, languages and gastronomy.
Walking along the streets of Montreal, you can see all kinds of restaurants representing different nationalities. At Tastet, it would be impossible for us to choose the country that makes the most delicious dishes, but we can’t hide our love for Chinese food and we must admit that we are a bit addicted to a good dim sum. Whether taken-out or enjoyed around a large white-tablecloth table, Chinese food always satisfies our hunger.
It is widely agreed that Chinese food is one of the most popular in the world. As a general rule, most major cities have their own Chinese neighbourhood where you can find all the classics of Chinese cuisine and Montreal is no exception. In Chinatown and beyond, you can find many of our favourite dishes such as dumplings, imperial rolls, Peking duck, variations on general tao and more. These dishes are and will remain eternally comforting and consistent in their unique flavours.
Chinese cuisine has carved out an important place for itself in Montreal’s gastronomic landscape as well as in our eating habits. We certainly eat more Chinese take-out than we did 50 years ago, especially in these pandemic days, but we’re not complaining! Here are a few Montreal addresses where you can find some staple Chinese dishes.
The Imperial Restaurant is the ideal place if you are looking for a good dim sum or deliciously authentic Chinese cuisine! The restaurant was born out of the owners’ desire to showcase the richness, finesse and community feel of Chinese cuisine. On the 6th floor of Swatow Plaza, you will discover what the owners call “true Chinese cuisine”.
Mai Xiang Yuan is certainly one of the best dumpling and dim sum restaurants in Montreal. If you’re looking for a casual, inexpensive and quick place to grab a bite, Mai Xiang Yuan is the place to go! The address offers all kinds of dumplings with multiple flavours, whether meat, seafood, or vegetarian based. PS: the restaurant also sells pre-cooked frozen dumplings to savour these delicious bites in the comfort of your home!
Located in the heart of Chinatown, this unique establishment serves some of our favourite dim sum in the city! The bites are presented to the tables on rolling carts in the true tradition of Chinese dim sum! After 11am, you can also enjoy chow mein with soy sauce and very good rice noodles with XO sauce.
Mon Nan is a pillar in Chinatown and is to be discovered as soon as possible if you haven’t already! Opened in 1982, the restaurant has been gaining in popularity ever since. It offers an impressive selection of classic and traditional Chinese dishes. The authenticity of their rich Chinese cuisine is the heart and soul of this place that treats its customers to salt and pepper shrimp, a very good Peking duck served with homemade pancakes, a sautéed gai lan (Chinese broccoli) and other traditional Chinese dishes.
This restaurant located on Saint-Urbain Street is a hidden treasure in Chinatown. Open since March 2019, Dobe & Andy has quickly become a must for Chinese food lovers. The concept is quite simple, a restaurant inspired by the best BBQ found in Hong Kong. In normal times, that is to say outside the pandemic, the place has 90 seats and offers table service. Among the specialties found here, there are of course all the dishes cooked on the famous BBQ like the crispy pork roast and the sweet chicken, but Dobe & Andy is also known for its delicious curry braised beef. Plus, the dishes are offered at very affordable prices ranging from $7 to $17.
Lan Zhou’s Noodles is by far one of our favourite places in town to savour delicious Chinese noodles made to order. Despite the restaurant’s modest appearance, the long line of hungry customers that often spills out onto the sidewalk is a testament to the quality of this address. The noodle bowls come in a variety of options, including a vegetarian option and a selection of noodle sizes. The dish that regulars love is definitely the Lan Zhou beef noodle special, which is served in a beef broth and topped with vegetables and thinly sliced beef.
The restaurant Beijing opened its doors in 1989 and is a very popular address in Montreal for Chinese food lovers. Typical of most Chinese restaurants, the menu is very long and offers plenty of choice. It is a restaurant that offers excellent value for money. It serves mainly Cantonese and Szechuan specialties, including a good chow mein, an excellent wonton soup and an irresistible Peking duck. Also, they’re open until midnight.
At Keung Kee Restaurant, you can enjoy Chinese and Cantonese specialties. It’s a good place to go if you have a late night craving since they don’t close until 1am. The seafood – clams, lobster and scallops – are among the favourite dishes. Also, expect very generous portions!
Since the most authentic restaurants are predominantly found in and around Chinatown, it’s not always obvious to leave the neighbourhood for good Chinese. Kam Shing is changing this after opening three locations in the Montreal area; two in Côte-des-Neiges and one in Laval. Vegetable fried rice, Peking duck and pork chops are among the most popular dishes. This address is a bit more commercial than others in the neighbourhood, but the dishes are well executed and the service is courteous. It’s also a great place for groups and families.
Located in the heart of Chinatown, as are most authentic addresses, Dynastie stands out for its typical Cantonese food that brings us straight to the heart of Hong Kong. Dynastie has become a place of choice for two reasons (other than its delicious cuisine); to feast and to satisfy our cravings until the wee hours of the morning. Open 7 days a week, they lock their doors at 1:30am from Sunday to Wednesday and 2:30am from Thursday to Saturday! For our part, we let ourselves be charmed by some specialties of the house; the wonton soup, the shrimp dumplings, the general tao and the Yi mein noodles.