Yes there is good Dim Sum in Montreal, in fact two of the best are completely different and just a block from each other in Chinatown, on Saint-Urbain street. Plus they are both just a short walk from the metro (subway) station Place-d'Armes.
The first is the main dining room of the Holiday Inn Chinatown, Chez Chine. It is very upscale and brings mainly business people. It is more expensive than most other Dim Sum places because they use special ingredients and specialties like shark fin soup, dried scallops dumplings, etc. Also the service is more formal you get a menu with pictures and trilingual names. They are prepared in the kitchen "à la minute" and sent to your table right away. No little ladies with carts here.
The other is the Maison Kam Fung on the second floor of a multi use building, at the end of a small Chinese shopping center. The place is huge but cannot contain everybody that shows up so do not think of getting a table at noon right away. If you arrive a bit after 11 they might also bring you some menus since only a few carts are running with breakfast things like congee. But the action will start pretty soon and the specific specialty that you have ordered will probably be in the first few carts. Why make one portion when you can make 25? This is during the week or Saturdays, on Sundays the crowd starts at 10h30. Since most tables are for families of six or eight you can also mention that you don't mind sharing your table if this don't bother you, it will shorting your waiting time. Also the carts may contain some more exotic offerings like tripes or chicken feet but usually the ladies in charge don't show them and announce them only in Chinese so as not to offend some of the clientele. The best of the best Dim Sum specialty in Montreal is served here it is the fried shrimp dumplings served with...mayonnaise!
...I was quite disappointed with the Holiday Inn when I went there. There are two others in Chinatown: the Tong Por (which I also found disappointing the last time I was there, but I have been before and it was fantastic), and Ruby Rouge, which is on par with Kam Fung.
There are also restaurants further out that do Dim Sum -- I know of one in Brossard and another on Pie-IX just north of Beaubien.
All out of town Chinese chefs I know as well as foodies don't have a high opinion of Chinese food in this city. Although Montreal generally has a great culinary reputation, Chinese and Indian food are definitely sub par.
Agree with Platipus...Chinese food in Montreal is extremely sub-par (I'm Chinese myself). Compared to other cuisines available in the city, the Chinese food is not particularly impressive. However, if you are really having a craving for dim sum and you are not too particular, you should be able to satisfy your cravings in Montreal.
Some of the penelist are very negative about Chinese food in Montreal and, more or less I agree.
But not for Dim Sum where for me the quality at Maison Kam Fung is as good if not better than any in Toronto. I have not been at the Holiday Inn in a while but it was a Chinese friend, with his half his family living in Montreal and the other in Vancouver, who brought me there and at Maison Kam Fung explaining the differences in style and prices. The quality may have slipped at the Holiday Inn but certainly not at Maison Kam Fung.
The one is Brossard is another Maison Kam Fung and I consider preposterous for panelists to suggest restaurants that are totally off the beaten track when there is a good value readily available downtown.
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