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Montreal Restaurant Guide: Pichai

“The food here is powerfully flavourful, unapologetically spicy and damn delicious.”

The following capsule review of Pichai appears in the 2024 Montreal Restaurant Guide. To read the complete issue, please click here.


More than just an exceptional Thai spot, Pichai has firmly established itself as one of the city’s best restaurants. Building on the silky curries and mango sticky rice that made its sister restaurant Pumpui famous, chef Jesse Grasso’s food is diverse, composed and more reflective of dishes you’d see in northern Thailand. The springy fried fish balls in a sweet chilli sauce are incredible, as is the Laab Ped, a spicy salad of duck and duck hearts, but no trip to Pichai is complete without sampling a few seasonal specials. From Japanese firefly squid served with nam jim talay, a potent dipping sauce made of lime, coriander and pickled garlic, to grilled veal heart with a fragrant lemongrass relish, the food is powerfully flavourful, unapologetically spicy and damn delicious. (5985 St-Hubert)

Montreal Restaurant Guide: Pichai

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