The menu is a creative mix of Mexican-Californian and the food is of an absolut freshness. The servings are gargantuesque, so much there are no desserts at all, none what so ever... Where you should find the dessert section on the menu it reads: "desserts : unbutton your pants instead!" ...and that's what you'll probably do after a "Monster": the biggest hamburger you've ever seen, to those who dare and succeed, a 10% rebate on your bill and an "I ate the Monster" t-shirt. The decor is very intelligent, recycled from anything and everything; you can dine in a carriage, sitting on the floor as arabs or even around a sandfilled bathtub while you enjoy growing plants in washroom sinks plastered to the walls... quite eclectic indeed!
Favorite Dish: La Perla burger: roasted chicken breast with alfalfa sprouts, mushrooms, fried peppers, tomatoes on a big crusty bun... served with their famous french fries... the MAYO (secret to El Zaziummm) is out of this world!
This is a funky kind of restaurant. You have to go there in group, much more ambiance and party feeling that way. You have to get reservations to get a "funky" table, it could be a bath, a table with sand, or any other decorations. They sell various type of food, its a mix between californian cuisine and mexican cuisine. They have big and tasty sandwiches with different kind of meats and garniture inside, like the Monstre. It's a enormous sandwich that if you finish your plate (accompagnied with fries and salad) you get a t-shirt written I've been able to eat the Monster at El Zaziumm ;) They also sell a small Monster (I was able to finish that one and I was more than full!!!) Chicken breast grilled with avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, etc with a large portion of home made fries!!! MIAM!
They also sell fajitas and other classical mexican foods. Everything looks good and tasty and the prices are pretty easy on the wallet. It's a rather small restaurant and so the quality of the food is very high.
Favorite Dish: I really recommand this restaurant for 4 people and up. We were 3 and the noise of the big table beside was ruinning a bit our "fun". It's a bit loudy, so it's better to be more and make your own party ;)
El Zaziummm (there is 3 of them).
I used to go there since Winter of my 15th, so since 1991. There was only one restaurant on Lanaudière street (doesn't exist anymore - or changed into Laurier street one) and it was very small. I remember I thought the cook was cute! Hehe. But the food and the ambiance are very funny and fine. The décor is made with anything you can find on a beach (beers canes, condoms, postcard, sand, etc) There is sometimes people doing tarot, mariachis. It was so nice and popular that somewhere around 1993-94, they opened new ones around the Plateau Mont-Royal.
Favorite Dish: Hambuger Mexicali, Fajitas, Hot dog Hollywood (bacon, merguez, cheese, mustard, tomatoes, lettuce with fries) , Le Monstre (so huge that if you eat all the plate, you have 10% off the price and a t-shirt: 'J'ai mangé le Monstre' which means 'I ate the Monster'). A margarita, a téquila...
El Zaziummm. This restaurant is the same type as El Zaz bar, but it is a restaurant, and not a bar (!) It is unique. The scenery is marvellous. There is one table that's a bath full of sand and stuff, covered with a piece of glass. The food is good (they call it 'funky californian beach food'.... or something like that), but it is not so cheap (you can get eat for 15-20 $can., without alcohol...) There's a great ambiance.
Favorite Dish: Le bébé monstre. It's half the plate called Le Monstre, which is HUGE (they give a t-shirt to anyone who finishes it!) The bébé monstre, is the same, but smaller. It's a big sandwich with avocadoe, chicken, tomatoes, etc etc etc. Very Good!