Near the end of the parade and at my son's request, we quit the whole affair and went for a late lunch. We ducked into a Thai and Vietnamese place on Ste-Catherine street. My son had the chicken tonkinoise and I had the pad Thai. The pad Thai was not greasy or overly sauced, although not a shrimp could be found. It had generous quantities of egg and chicken. The tonkinoise soup was not memorable and the noodles were a little undercooked. The service was efficient but overall it was not a remarkable dining experience. I say this also because of the incredibly greasy imperial rolls and the shreds of iceberg? in my starter soup.
In the end our Saint-Patrick's day lunch was no match for Pho Bang New York in Chinatown. Your soup comes with lots of fresh basil and bean sprouts and the broth is the most flavorful I have tried. I would have headed over there except that my son was tired, cold and hungry.
Just to be fair the tonkinoise at:
5703 Côte-des-Neiges; 735-6949
Dinner for two, not including tax or tip: $14-$24
is also stellar. I went there a lot because my obstetrician is located at the Jewish General Hospital right next door and while pregnant I particularly craved these soups. There is an entertaining review of Pho Lien at Hour.ca.