just my opinion Sensorial, since i was born here, lived here during the high time of montreal, left during the low times to travel the world, and now came back during supposedly the greatest period of montreal restos tp see that the food scene here is better than ever but certainly not world class and representing our huge ethnic communities! i am the first person to promote montreal as a destination for tourists, summer or wintertime, it is really one of a kind place to come
for us locals that live here, another story altogether
i love this city my home town but if you know of some secret great cambodian, turkish, sushi, sizchuan, bbq, pizza, tex mex, authentic mexican, chicken wings, indian, malaysian, israeli, pakistani, iranian, i coul go on forever, please let me know
even lesley says in her column that this is an uninspired time for montreal right now. this is a great city and it will come back again i know it maybe thanks to the support from all the recent good things written about it
also it is important for the sake of ethics to come clean that you are involved with the production of the Anthony Bourdain television show and maybe other commercial interests as well...? it is customary on this board to announce such things before promoting ones own interests
Okay Vinfidel, you raise an interesting question here. Which is this: Does a city need to have great ethnic food to be a great food city? What thrills me about the new Montreal is the emphasis, for the first time, on creating a great local cuisine. A pride in products. Support for farmers. An attempt to do what you can do as well as it can be done.
The thing about ethnic food is that I don't think you can have great ethnic restaurants without a knowledgeable population to support them. Which is why Los Angeles is so exciting for lovers of ethnic foods. There are whole sections of the city where no English is spoken, and where you find the most amazing Salvadoran, Korean, Oaxacan, Thai, Vietnamese, Cantonese, etc. food. It's made for people who know the cuisine, demand that it be good and won't frequent places that tone it down or dilute it for an American population. The same is definitely not true here in New York, and while I think this is a great food city, we don't have great representations of most of the cuisines you mention. Great Thai? Nothing to touch LA. Great Chinese? Ditto. Great Korean? There are more good Korean places on one block of LA's Koreatown than in all 5 boroughs of this city. Great Cambodian? No way. Great Mexican? I know ten taco stands in LA I'd rather eat in than anyplace here (although that situation is changing with the influx of Mexicans into NY). There is certainly no great barbecue in NY City, nothing to touch the Lulling Market in Texas or Philip's in LA or Big Ed in.... I could go on and on. But the point is, I think this is a great restaurant town because of what's here, not because of what isn't. And I'd say the same about your town.