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2437 Mont-Royal E. Mont-Royal métro.

RESERVATIONS: 526-0230. HOURS: I I a.m.—I I p.m., Mon.—Fri. 4:30 p.m.—p.m., Sat. and Sun. NO SMOKING SECTION: Yes. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes. PRICES—TABLE D’HÔTE: $7.95—$14.95 (ç la carte), no table d'hôte. CREDIT CARDS: Visa, Mastercard, Interac.
We humbly suggest you take a trip down to the end of Mont-Royal east, where you'll find L’Amata, a Thai resto that has been slowly building its reputation over the last four to five years.

The room is a long rectangle, dark, moody, all in mints and turquoises with black laminated chairs as accents. It's all very "cool," in counterpoint to the spicy food offered here. The menu specifies "No M.S.G.," which is a definite plus, and the chef will make sure she captures the spiciness required in your special order. The selection of hot-sour soups are spicy and concentrated in flavour, and we particularly enjoyed the complexity of the yam woonsen (silver noodle salad with chicken, onion, hot chili and mint leaves).

The menu is heavy on duck and chicken. The Ped pod kha pao—boneless roast duck with hot chili and basil leaves—was gamey but pleasant, while the phra ram gai (chicken sauteed with peanut sauce and fried spinach) tasted, unfortunately, no more complex than peanut butter. There's half a dozen dishes for vegetarians, and a page and a half of Vietnamese specialties for those who can't get enough of the stuff.

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