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“A (not so) hidden gem in my home town”

Les Deux Singes de Montarvie
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Ranked #1 of 5,769 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Cross street: De l'Esplanade & Waverly
Transit: Metro Rosemont. Bus 55 St-Laurent, stop at St-Viateur Street.
Montreal, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“A (not so) hidden gem in my home town”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

Being consistent in creativity does not seem to go together but this restaurant seem to manage both qualities beautifully. I have dined here 3 times and each time there were dishes that surprised and impressed me. From its flagship duck ravioli to salad, curry, beef, chicken, seafood. Everything brought to the table seem to please your eyes, surprise your nose and tickle your taste buds the right way.
Last week-end I had a chicken curry soup, and shared a seafood dish with my friend. The curry soup was served with a hint of mint “pommade”, droplets of paprika oil and a few drops of cream. The whole yields a quite sophisticated and mystical product, good enough for me to ask for a second one.
The seafood dish was composed of tender octopus, big clams and striped bass served in a creamy sophisticated broth. Everything was fresh and tasty.
The bread served here is warm and crisp. The choice of wine is honest and affordable. The desert menu is short (usually 3) but very professionally executed. This time we tried the ginger crème brûlée which was quite tasty but I preferred the coconut crème brûlée that I had last summer.
The owner Nada provides excellent and prompt service.
I would say that quality-cost wise it is one of the best places I have been in Montreal.

  • Visited January 2014
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4 Thank michikoQC
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English first
New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent meal”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

Food was superb, service (by the owner) very friendly and informative, good size servings, prices in line with the quality. Desserts could be improved. High percentage of Anglophone clientele, mostly couples sitting at tables for two. Tablecloths would be nice, as the tables were a bit stark. Nicely decorated, but the plywood finish on some walls should be upgraded.

Kitchen staff (in attractive open kitchen layout) seemed very serious, clean-cut, young and trendy, and having the owner/chef run the kitchen is usually a secret for success. It sure worked well here. The chef, however, should wear a hat or hairnet, as required by law, so this was not impressive. The sous-chef wore a wool hat.

Located in a former immigrant area of the city, parking can be difficult, as several restaurants and a very popular bagel factory are in the area

Overall, well worth the trip.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank ivanbrown99
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

Best part of our trip. Only 2 guys in the kitchen..everything homemade. Service was impeccable and flawless. Ordered the most amazing soup of my life as well as the bison tartare. Boyfriend ordered the lamb shank and I had the veal.. Both were to die for.. Up there on favorite meals ever. Great hidden gem.

Visited December 2013
Thank rmb1234
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Victoria, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Quiet, romantic and delicious!”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

An absolute must visit in Montreal. My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of dining at Les Deux Singes over the holidays and were blown away by the attentive service, fabulous food (I ordered the milk fed veal...sensational!), and cozy ambiance. The restaurant itself is tiny (probably seats less than 25 people), and doesn't look like much from the outside, but we would return in a heartbeat. Perfect for a romantic date in a beautiful city!

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Brianna F
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Montreal, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Simply AMAZING !!!”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

This restaurant is such a hidden gem.
Some places in MTL get all the spotlight of food critics and i wonder why a place like this doesn't. It's simply one of the best place to eat in MTL.

I went with my lover and we were both amazed by the amazing flavors in each dish we ordered.

We got the soup of the day. A rich creamy mix of aragula, cabage and ham... SO delicious ! Not the first time i try their soup and it's always a pleasant surprise. Never boring.

The Chicken thigh roulade, was very fun. Kind of a laksa based broth with coconut milk , lemongrass. Very well balanced. The chicken was juicy and tender rolled up with a poched leek inside. I finished the sauce with a spoon...

The duck ravioli were outstandingly good. Good texture and the sauce foie gras sauce was to die for. Definetely a must try.

We shared the milk-fed veal as a main. Cooked perfectly, served with a purée of Jerusalem artichoke and mushrooms. Amazing sauces again, very very good dish. Everything worked well together.

I got to say there is a lot of work in each dish. The presentation is always neat and everything taste fresh.

If you haven't tried this restaurant yet you HAVE to go.
It's also a very romantic spot if you want to impress your date.

  • Visited December 2013
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3 Thank Mary H
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