Leisurely lunches are sorta our thing, especially leisurely lunches where you do not have to return to work, those are the absolute best. Lately the Divas have been on a quest for the best dumplings in Montreal, and we’ve been devouring these little Chinese delights all over the city. Trilogie has been on our radar for a while but they’re only open on Monday to Friday, from 11:00 am to 3:00pm, so they aren’t very accessible to those working 9 to 5.
Potato was back in town and he’s always in the mood to go out and eat. We kept hearing about Trilogie so Diva #1, Potato and Sweet Pea decided to check out this tiny little restaurant on boulevard Saint-Laurent in Parc-Extension, right before Little Italy. There was a lineup to get in but we soon sat at a communal table, eager to try their famous little dumplings.
They have a variety of teas like rose & mint tea, chrysanthemum tea, and green tea, but we started with the jasmine tea. The jasmine tea was delicious, light but full of flavour. It opened our appetites and we were soon looking into the kitchen, hungrily watching the hands of the delicate Chinese women craft each dumpling.
They have a weekly menu on a chalkboard so that you can have their usual menu items with a few additions. We decided to order a lot of food, so we started with the entrée of the week which was fried wontons with chicken and lap cheong (Chinese sausage), vermicelli and spinach. The wontons were crispy and they came with a spicy dipping sauce of Chinese black vinegar with chili peppers, sesame seeds and coriander.We’re pretty sure that Hunan dumplings with peanut butter sauce are not even a North American concept, but a Montreal invention. We’re pretty sure that you can’t actually find peanut butter dumplings in China, but we love them even though they lack authenticity, simply because they’re from Montreal. The Hunan dumplings at Trilogie are the best that we’ve ever had. They were stuffed with pork, and shallots, a spicy peanut sauce enveloped these delicious dumplings and spicy peanuts were also ground on top. The dumplings weren’t drowning in the sauce, so the dumplings stood out.
The main dumplings on Trilogie’s menu are the vegetarian dumplings and the umami dumplings, with the dumplings of the day listed on their chalkboard menu. On our visit, one of the dumplings of the day was a delicious lamb and zucchini dumpling that was out of this world. We chose to order each serving of dumplings as half fried and half boiled for an additional cost. It really helped you taste each dumpling in a different way.
The umami dumplings came with Chinese cabbage, pork and shrimp, we loved these particular dumplings when they were fried. Trlilogie does not over fry their dumplings, and they lovingly all come topped with sesame and coriander for added freshness. We also tried all four of their dipping sauces, Chinese black vinegar & spicy sauce was our favourite sauce, but Chinese black vinegar, sriracha & hoisin was also delicious. The spicy peanut sauce really changed the taste of the dumplings, and the sesame oil & soya sauce was light.
The vegetarian dumplings were delightful, they were stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, delicate vermicelli, leeks and spinach. We loved these dumplings boiled since the flavour was very delicate. Even though we had ordered almost the whole menu for three people, we ordered the Chinese mushroom salad after all those dumplings. This pickled mushroom salad was tossed with coriander, a spicy vinaigrette, spicy chili peppers and grilled sesame seeds. It was delicious and unlike anything that we had ever tried!
Triologie you impressed us, your dumplings were small and full of flavour. Very different from soup dumplings, Trilogie’s dumplings were not bursting with broth, but they nonetheless packed a punch. We wish your opening hours were more understanding to those working 9 to 5, but we’ll try to come back sooner rather than later. The dumplings were just THAT good!
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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