Hot food for cold days in Montréal

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

This article was updated on September 10, 2021.

It’s the perfect time of year to be talking comfort food, whether it’s hot and spicy food or just a great big bowl of steaming goodness that will keep us warm while we go about our daily lives in this harsh and frigid weather. Here are some of our favourite hot foods to keep us cozy.

Indian vindaloo curry at Restaurant Dévi

Vindaloo is one of the spiciest Indian curries on Restaurant Dévi’s menu, but the complex and interesting flavour make it worth the tears and is guaranteed to keep you warm for hours.

Cheese fondue at Restaurant La Raclette

Who doesn’t crave a cheese-laden extravaganza when the temperature plummets? Dive into Restaurant La Raclette’s Swiss cheese fondue or the Swiss and Québec combo raclette, with a side of tartiflette to share, of course!

South East Asian laksa lemak soup at Satay Brothers

The Satay Brothers have garnered a cult following among Montrealers. Their Saint-Henri restaurant is like no other in Montréal and is a must-visit, especially for their laksa lemak soup, an Indonesian specialty made with coconut milk, lending it some sweet and spicy flavours.

Vietnamese Pho at Pho Tay Ho

Any pho you choose at popular no-frills restaurant Pho Tay Ho will have a rich broth and a generous helping of toppings. Squeeze in some sriracha for an extra kick.

Japanese ramen soup at Yokato Yokabai

Rich tonkutsu ramen with a pork bone broth that’s simmered for 12 hours is the specialty at Yokato Yokabai. Top it with any pork, chicken, veggies and any extras that you like. 

Mexican pozole at La Tamalera

Traditional Mexican pozole soup is made with maize and a choice of meat and topped with cabbage, radish and other choice vegetables. It’s so hearty that it’s guaranteed to warm you up! Get it at La Tamalera.

Curry at Pumpui

This Petite-Patrie fuss-free, Thai-inspired curry counter is the perfect remedy to any cold day. A handful of curries and specialty dishes are available every day, but the Thai green curry is one of our favourites. Pumpui is also vegetarian friendly.

Onion soup at Gus

The epic onion soup at this beloved neighbourhood restaurant is made with guajillo pepper, red beer, pork hock, cheddar, ancho powder and avocado and is on the menu only if the Montréal Canadiens season is in full swing. It’s a hearty, stick-to-your-ribs soup that you will be more than happy to dig into when it’s freezing out.

Bibimbap at Le Petit Seoul

Nothing beats a steaming (literally) serving of Korean bibimbap to soothe the cold-weather blues. Le Petit Seoul has been an instant popular success since its opening day. Their bibimbaps come in meat laden as well as vegetarian options and are all the very definition of comfort food. 

Weekly thali at Le Super Qualité

This colourful Indian snack bar is one of the most adorable restaurants in town. Order the generous thali of the week and tuck into a heaping serving of rice accompanied by a series of wonderfully flavoured and perfectly spiced dishes to nibble on. Le Super Qualité also serves a vegetarian version of the weekly thali.

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

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