Tucked between bustling downtown and Old Montreal, Montreal’s Chinatown is a small but thriving spot for a quality culinary experience. Diners visiting Quebec’s largest city can indulge in a range of Asian cuisines, from Cantonese dim sum and Chinese roast duck to South Korean bibimbap and Szechuan Dan Dan noodles.
Ideally located on the pedestrian Rue de la Gauchetière, Beijing is a long-standing favorite in Montreal’s Chinatown district. The restaurant, which specializes in Cantonese and Szechuan food, has been serving up generously portioned dishes to Montrealers and tourists for years. Open from lunchtime to late at night, Beijing always has a lively atmosphere.
As the name implies, Noodle Factory specializes in fresh noodles, but it is also a beloved spot for its homemade dumplings. The family-run Chinatown restaurant has been open since 2008, welcoming locals and visitors alike to its humble, no-frills dining room to experience its authentic Szechuan, Shanghai and Cantonese cuisine.
Though Chinatown is best known for its Chinese cuisine, the small neighborhood is also home to a range of other Asian eateries. Chez Bong, for instance, specializes in South Korean fare, from flavorful kimchi pancakes to comforting bibimbap. The small restaurant, notable for its cozy wood-paneled interior, can be hard to spot on busy Saint-Laurent Blvd, but it’s certainly worth seeking out!
If you’re looking for a great spot for noodles in Montreal, Nouilles de Lan Zhou is it. The stars among its entrées are always the hand-pulled noodles, which provide a hearty foundation for a myriad of soups as well as meat and vegetable dishes. With its lantern-lit ambiance, Nouilles Lan Zhou is a great casual date spot, but it also offers delivery for those wanting the comfort of its noodles at home.
The Cantonese tradition of dim sum is one of the most enjoyable eating experiences out there. In Montreal’s Chinatown, Kim Fung specializes in the small tasty morsels that make up a dim sum spread, offering diners a dizzying number of options, from pork and ginger dumplings to fried squid or tofu stuffed with shrimp paste and more. As dim sum is traditionally eaten for breakfast or lunch, Kim Fung also has a wide dinner menu featuring many Chinese classics.
Tucked away on a small street in Montreal’s Chinatown, KanBai serves up a mouth-watering array of Szechuan dishes. It is an especially great eatery for lovers of spice – don’t worry though if you’re more sensitive to hot foods: the menu will accommodate you! KanBai is particularly good for dining in groups, thanks to sharing-size dishes and large round tables.