For a few years now I have been driving by various Restaurant Mon Ami locations, wondering what was behind the doors. I knew they served Korean food, but that was about it.
When my friend Marcus called recently and invited me for lunch at the Restaurant Mon Ami location on Decarie Boulevard in St. Laurent, I happily took him up on the offer.
The chain was established a few years back by Park Sang Chal, a man with great culinary skills and vision. Bringing in noted real estate expert and businessman Michael Byung Sun Park as his partner has placed Moni Ami on rapid road to growth and expansion.
Born in Korea, Michael’s family left there when he was 11 and relocated to Chile in South America. At the age of
Mon Ami presently has eight locations. There are sit down restaurants in St. Laurent, NDG (2), on Ste. Catherine Street downtown and in Brossard and Express counters in
The uniqueness of Mon Ami comes in the form of a large wok brought to your table and heated wirelessly. The menu offers choices of meats, vegetables, and their “famous” KFC (Korean Fried Chicken). You will cook the raw meat yourself. Everything is perfectly well seasoned.
We started things off with a bowl of Miso soup to share. It was very tasty. So was the seafood and green onion pancake, shaped like small pieces of pizza. Then came the Hot Stone Bibimbap (a Korean rice dish), with spicy chicken. The term “bibim” means mixing various ingredients, while the “bap” noun refers to rice. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang (a fermented soybean paste). With a tall glass of water next to me I was able to enjoy this immensely.
Michael did the
The menu has a variety of chicken, beef and pork options, not to mention baby octopus, imperial rolls deep-fried shrimps and even Korean style sushi. Express counters are naturally more limited in their offerings.
I would definitely recommend you drop by one of the locations. Find the one closest to you at www.monami.com.
MON AMI ST-Laurent
Adress: 747 Boul. Decarie, Montreal, QC, H4L 3L3