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“Amazing food with great service”

Chu Chai Thai Vegetarian Cuisine
Ranked #162 of 5,724 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $24
Cuisines: Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Rochester, New York
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Amazing food with great service”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

We ate Vegetarian Duck at Chu Chai Thai that just amazed my discriminating vegetarian wife and me. It looked like a duck, it smelled like a duck, it tasted like duck, but it was vegetarian. The menu offered a large selection of vegetarian food that I've never seen elsewhere.
All of our dishes were excellent and reasonably priced. The waiters were friendly and helpful. Language wasn't a problem.
We sat outside, under the awning, on a porch raised above the street so we had an excellent view of Rue Saint-Denis. They have their own bar, so you can't bring your own bottle of wine, as you can in some Montreal restaurants. The chairs on the porch bothered my wife's back, but a waiter solicitously brought out a chair from an inside table. The menu is so varied that we felt we could eat several meals there without being bored. There is no question that it would be at the top of our list when we return to Montreal.

  • Visited July 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Even our Meat-Eating Teen Loved It!”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

During a family vacation to Montreal, a local suggested that we try Chu Chai. When he first said that it was a vegetarian Thai restaurant, our teen rolled his eyes. But then he went on to say that the flavors and texture of the food was remarkable, and that it is his own kids' favorite restaurant. So we tried it. We fortunately got there early since we did not have reservations, and got a seat on the patio. The meal was every bit as good as described. My wife and I shared a 'beef' and 'chicken' dish, as well as a puff pastry appetizer and spring rolls. Our son had Pad Thai with 'chicken' and 'shrimp.' I am not usually a fan of faux meat vegetarian meals usually, and prefer vegetarian dishes that are not trying to pretend to be meat. But they pull it off. The only thing that clued me into the fact that it wasn't meat was that there was no fat or gristle. But what really made the food stand out was the spicing and sauces. Really wonderful food all around. Even our son said it was the best meal we had in Montreal.

Visited June 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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269 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Veg Asian Fusion”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

My wife has tried this restaurant about 12 yrs ago and she wanted to revisit this place. We got a nice roadside patio seat and enjoyed a quiet veg light lunch. A pad makire ( aubergine with Asian light sauce) was delicious with brown rice. But the curry puff was more like samosa.
The service was great and was very attentive. Since the wild brown rice we had ordered took longer, he even waived the charge.

All in all a great experience and would highly recommend.

  • Visited June 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Still great!”
Reviewed June 28, 2014

We enjoyed sitting on the terrasse on this lovely sunny day, and enjoyed the food and service even more! The cocktail I had (basil, lemongrass, vodka, lime juice and something else) was superb (although pricey) and a great opener for our spicy appetizers. Our mains of pad thai and mock duck with black pepper -our fave!- did not disappoint. The mock duck is truly an amazing dish, succulent and flavorful, with the perfect texture.

Service was excellent, and the renos are very nice. Well worth the trip from Ottawa!

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank petstylist101
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Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“The most creative Vegan/Vegetarian Cuisine I have experienced!”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

This was the best-The mix of ingredients/flavors was genius! Prep. of meat subst. out of this world!

  • Visited June 2014
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