Even those of us with nowhere special to go on Christmas have a traditional meal cooked up and ready on the 25th. There’s no prep required and nothing to clean if you’re savvy about eating out of boxes. Toss that overcooked turkey and stale gingerbread house into the trash. Bring on those crispy egg rolls, steamed dumplings, fried rice, and General Tso’s special dish.
While many restaurants shut their doors for the holiday season, we’ve got a few here that will be on-call so Santa has a place to stop when he’s tired of all those damned cookies.
Downtown and Chinatown
Roi du Wonton
2125 Rue ST. Marc
Home cooked yum. Also, you know, wontons. Soup. Good. A fave of many.
#M05, 1111 St. Urbain
Delivery with à la carte express and Just Eat
A Chinatown fave with plenty of place to sit and enjoy life! Good thing, because it’s usually packed. Dim Sum.
La Maison VIP
1077 Rue Clark
Here’s where you can get your General Tao, your lobster in black bean, chow mein and all the classics of North American Chinese.
4293 St. Denis
It’s one of those all-Asian places that has Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai food on its menu. Student friendly.
Szechuan et Nouilles
355 Rue Bernard Ouest
Brown sauce, sesame seeds, sweet and sour orange gunk, think greasy goodness for your Christmas meal.
Kum Mon Restaurant
6565 Chemin De La Côte des Neiges
Big tables for big groups. Cantonese with generous portions and hot and sour soup that people write home about. The house fried rice gets props too.
6730 Chemin de la Côte des Neiges
You’ve eaten here never because? Shrimp toast, salt and pepper shrimps, a staple for locals with giant portions and giant tables.
Rice Rice and Noodles
6254 Chemin de la Côte des Neiges
Cheap, family run place
3967 St Antoine West
People live and die by this place. General Tso’s chicken here is supposedly best in the city. Not sure if that’s a valid statement.
5397 Chemin de la Cote Saint Luc
A mile long menu. Noodle dishes, greasy, crunchy, the perfect Christmas day Chinese joint.
Tchang Kiang par le Yangtze
6066 Sherbrooke Ouest
La Maison Egg Roll
3741 Wellington St
Might be one of the worst Chinese restaurants in the city, but isn’t that what you want anyway?
7401 Boul Newman
Cantonese place off the beaten track. Dim sum and a combination of traditional and nontraditional dishes.
Ville Sainte Laurent
Restaurant Yi Pin Xiang
735 Blvd Decarie
Dumplings in many forms — shrimp, chicken, mushrooms, pork (of course), beef. Try them fried. Try them steamed. Sour and Chilli soup replaces the hot and sour.
4201 Rue Jarry
Family friendly restaurant also does delivery. It’s huge portions that are good to share. It’s not just Chinese either — it does Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese. So, papaya salad anyone?