Girls night out is fun – isn’t it? They are a little different than what they used to be though. My friends and I decided to get together for a fun supper out. Half the group was pregnant, one friend had a 6 month old, and another an 8 week old. Let’s just say this Thursday night didn’t last into the wee hours.
But it was fun, there was good food, and it’s nice to get out and comb the hair every once in a while.
We decided to try out Hà located on Mont-Royal close to Le Filet.
HÀ aims to recreate the fun little simple street-corner restaurants located in Vietnam and Laos.
The menu is fairly short – in fact I thought it was the wine menu. We decided to order a bunch of items from the snack menu for appetizers and then share several of the mains.
Everyone enjoyed the Imperial Rolls ($6) which were served piping hot. Each portion had two rolls.
The pork buns ($9) were also a hit with the crowd.
And that’s where my food photos ended…
There was a big discussion after we’d tasted quite a bit of the menu as to what our favourites were. In addition to the imperial rolls and the buns we really liked the PFHÀ (Vietnamese Fried Chicken – $11), and the salmon satay ($3 a stick). There were mixed feelings about the spring roll as it contained Montreal smoked meat which some liked and some didn’t.
We tried four different entrees and our faves were the vegetable and tofu bowl ($14), and the classic coconut salmon ($19). I also liked the shrimp ($19) but some were not as keen on it.
The service was really good and we never had to wait for our food or drink refills. Everything was served hot and on time. This location is also open for lunch and in the future they plan on offering take away picnic baskets to eat at the park across the street. I would definitely bring a kiddo for lunch or perhaps a very early dinner. There are quite a few high tables, and then there are some tables that are a step up which would be annoying with a stroller, but there are some tables available on the main level that would have room for a stroller. It’s trendy and nicely decorated but you don’t get the feeling your kid would ruin the place. I could see some of the food being hits with young kids too like the imperial rolls, fried chicken, or salmon.
Pricing overall was good as well. I didn’t have any alcohol and my bill came to $30… which is kind of amazing.
I would recommend it – especially if you want to head somewhere for lunch or are sick of bistros.
Decor: Trendy and nice without feeling like you’ve entered some overly-trying hipster world. Those lights!
Service: Quick, friendly, informative and professional. Honestly – no complaints. They did keep dropping dishes in the back (!) but that’s an aside really…
Prices: I thought it was reasonable. Our waiter warned us that we were not to expect those enormous portions that people sometimes associate with Asian/Chinese food – and frankly I don’t think any of us was expecting that. It was more of a refined take on the asian experience.
Food: There were some hits and no real misses. There was nothing that we thought, oh we really don’t like that. Overall, everyone seemed pretty happy.
Good For: Night out with friends, lunch, kids. It is a little loud, as most restaurants are, so I wouldn’t take my hearing impaired aunt if you know what I mean.
Baby Friendly: So, I would say yes. At 7:30 at night? No – I think it’s probably a bit loud, a bit crowded and probably not the crowd that would totally love having a screaming baby/food throwing toddler around. For lunch? For an early dinner? I think it would be OK. Listen, I doubt they have change facilities (I didn’t check) but we’re used to that – no?
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Restaurant Hà – 243 av. du Mont-Royal West
ps Please note that some of the photos were given to me by the restaurant’s PR agency but this was after the fact. I went on my own, on my own dime, and these are all my opinions.
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