Pass through the aisles of products pulled from just about every continent save for the Antarctic, and you’ll come to a counter slinging some of the city’s better fried chicken. The pandemic’s boom of takeout operations may have created a lot more options, but while that was happening, this place was easily ahead of its time—and super cheap, too.
An Choi Plaza brings an upscale Vietnamese to the city’s wine bar scene. Run by Michelle Vo of the Pasthyme ghost kitchen, Vien Man Cao-Tran (Bar Otto and Otto Ramen), and Douglas Tan (La Bêtise) on the Saint-Hubert Plaza stretch, the restaurant does good by Montrealers both day and night. During lunch service, you’ll find daily soups filled with dumplings and noodles, while the gloves come off at night: Sharing plates of dishes like lemongrass chicken skewers, carpaccio-style beef salads, and fried rice with soft shell crab hits tables with a lot of natural wines and cocktails.