After checking into the Intercontinental Montreal, we decided to walk to dinner since the restaurant I found on Yelp was only 1.5 miles away according to Google Maps. We stopped at the valet stand to borrow couple of umbrellas before venturing out on foot. While the forecast did not call for rain, we felt couple of rain drops as soon as we stepped outside. The first route that Google suggested was via RESO Montreal, which is Montreal’s underground city. We followed Google’s directions and went down the subway entrance but once we got underground, Google Maps’s App decided it was going to go haywire even though I had full cell coverage underground. So we came back up onto the streets and chose to take the second route via Rue Ste.-Catherine.
The route via Rue Ste.-Catherine turned out to be the better choice since Rue Ste.-Catherine is the primary artery of Downtown Montreal. As we walked along Rue Ste.-Catherine, we passed by many high end shopping boutiques, restaurants and other businesses. Rue Ste.-Catherine is the Fifth Avenue, Champs Elysees, and Oxford Street of Montreal. Since Rue Ste.-Catherine is the primary artery of Downtown Montreal, it was busy with lots of traffic and people as one would expect it to be. Our 1.5 mile walk ended up taking a lot longer than normal due to having to wait at practically every traffic light along our route.
Another thing that made our 1.5 mile walk a lot tougher was the COLD evening weather. Even with my jacket on, I could feel the chill, especially if there was a breeze. It did not dip into freezing this evening but it got close. I had to have my hands in my jacket pockets because they were becoming uncomfortable in the chilly air. Only took them back out to check my phone to see how much more we had to go before arriving at our destination. To make things even worse, when we finally arrived at the restaurant, it was completely packed and there was a long line outside along the outside of the building. We had to wait out in the cold for our turn to come up.
Due to many restaurants closing on Mondays in Montreal, we ended up having to have Asian Food for dinner tonight. After checking Yelp, I chose GaNaDaRa which had the highest review among the restaurants that I checked. I would classify GaNaDaRa’s food as Korean with their own twist. During our wait outside, my parents and I noticed that practically every table had ordered a chicken dish coated in red sauce. Since everyone else was ordering it, we ordered the chicken dish to start with. For my main course, I ordered kimchi and pork soup to warm me up after the walk and wait outside in the near freezing temperature. I was worried because visually, the items that the customers were ordering and eating did look mediocre, but looks were definitely deceiving at this restaurant. The food was delicious and melted away my annoyance of having to wait so long outside in the cold. After eating at GaNaDaRa, I can understand why it was so busy. The prices are affordable, the portions generous and the food tastes good!
After dinner, we walked back to the hotel the same way we came but the streets were much quieter than couple of hours earlier. It did feel colder than earlier in the evening, during our walk back to the Intercontinental Montreal, but after being warmed up with the big bowl of bubbling hot soup and spicy chicken at dinner, I did not mind the cold as much.