Although it may not look like much from the outside, Nonya is the only Indonesian cuisine restaurant in Montreal, and they serve absolutely delicious food which is reasonably priced, beautifully presented, and well portioned.
I phoned a day in advance to see if they would be able to prepare a gluten free meal, and the hostess informed me that I would be able to choose from many of the regular menu items, and could discuss my concerns and questions with my server or directly with the chef. Upon arrival, our server Stephanie took the time to detail the ingredients of each dish and suggest slight substitutions which would not affect the unique blend of flavours (for example, the sweet soy sauce is not gluten free, but the peanut sauce is). Between courses, Stephanie informed us that the kitchen has a list of all common allergens posted for servers to consult and ensure that all guests’ special dietary needs can be accommodated.
I go back every time I'm in Montreal and I'm always extremely pleased with both the service and the food. I especially love the gado gado (egg, tofu, and veggie salad with a peanut coconut milk sauce), beef rendang (tender and flaky), as well as the velouté de chocolat noir for dessert. I've eaten Indonesian in Amsterdam (which is famous there), but I much prefer Nonya (especially because it's so hard to find in Quebec and Ontario)!
Tips: They are only open for dinner (5:30 until 11pm) and closed Mondays. Free street parking can be found nearby, or you can easily walk from Rosemont Metro station. The table d'hote is a more economical option; however, the Rijstaffel gives you the chance to try small amounts of different dishes. Be warned the sweet peanuts on the table are addictive!
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