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Montreal Restaurant Guide: Pichai

“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.


A Thai restaurant without equal and easily one of the city’s best restaurants. Moving away from silky curries and mango sticky rice, which 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 fried fish balls in a sweet chilli sauce are incredible, as is the Laab Ped, a spicy salad of duck and duck hearts, but it’s the specials that keep the crowds coming back. Seasonal specials might include firefly squid served with nam jim talay (a potent dipping sauce made of lime, coriander and pickled garlic), or 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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