What had started off as a rough morning managed to end itself as a beautiful story…and it goes as follows …
Today i had the chance to try a new Vegan restaurant in town, ChuChai. A Vegetarian & Vegan Asian Bistro and Fine Cuisine. It is located on St-Denis down on Mont-Royal. The weather today was windy and a little chilly, but didn’t stop my cousin and I from venturing our way out. Isn’t she the best? She’s so open minded into try new places with me. Maybe one day she’ll switch over to my side of the plate (insertwinkhere).
So after taking a stroll downtown, we decided it was time to E A T. When i first arrived in Montreal, i made a list of many Vegan places on my “To Try” list, and ChuChai was one of them. My cousin called me last week and told me about a place a friend recommended us to try and surprisingly, ChuChai was on my list!
As soon i walked in i knew this place was bound to be good. We started off with 2 appetizers for Entrée, Fried Dumplings x Spring Rolls then ordered our main course, I had the Vegan Pad Thai with Fried Tofu and she had the Vegetarian Chicken [Soy] over Green Beans with a side of Brown Rice.
The Deep Fried Dumplings were delicious. They had a nice crunchy shell and tasty filling. I honestly can’t say what was in it, i was too busy savouring it’s beauty. Perhaps next time? Next we had the Spring Rolls. Now next to my french fries addiction, it is safe to say that spring rolls comes in next!
Crispy outside and well seasoned juicy filling. I believe it was Shredded Carrots, Shredded Green Cabbage and Vermicelli. Yums!
So after a few laughter and conversations our main plate arrived, boy was i excited. Oh and just to add, her plate was amazing, but gave me a mild allergic reaction, yes it’s true. I had a bite and knew somehow felt Ginger was involved. After a few bites in, my throat started to close up, and made it hard to swallow. Bummer isn’t it? Luckily i had my fancy dandy boyfriend with me [inhaler] 2 puffs in and a tall glass of water, i was back to normal, Yippie !!
They called it the “GAI PLIK KHING” on their menu, fancy eh?
Now this was best Pad Thai I’ve ever had. I am not exaggerating. The noodles were cooked to perfection, the sauce was perfect, now the Tofu was amazing [Certified Organic]. It had the right amount of flavour in, and fried to perfection, crispy outside and moist inside. The Ground Peanuts and Bean Sprouts complimented the dish perfectly! Overall i was pleased, and i am definitely going back for M O A R !
The atmosphere there is really cozy and welcoming. The staff was really friendly. Oh, did i mention it is a “Bring Your Own Wine” establishment? Sadly i didn’t know this, but if I’d known you know, my bottle would have been in my purse ready to be poured. I most certainly bringing a nice red wine on my next visit. Before i forget dessert was served, but i was already full from the appetizer and plate, that i myself decided to skip that part of the menu, but my cousin definitely had her share ! She went with the Tapioca over Coconut Milk, if i remember well. I do have a picture of it, but it’s doesn’t give it any justice. I can guarantee you it was good, all i heard was ” Omg, Humm, this is so good” until the last spoon !
So my dear readers, ChuChai was a success! I heard the the Vegetarian Duck is a killer there, now i’ve never had duck before, so i wouldn’t know what it tastes like anyways, but i think i’m going to skip on that one hehe. I will go for a beef & chicks’ next !
If you are on St-Denis and haven’t made a stop at ChuChai yet, don’t hesitate. You will be pleased!
And she walked out happily after ….
4088 Rue Saint-Denis