You know when you eat a dish and then proceed to crave it every day after? That’s what happens when you visit Satay Brothers. Except, it isn’t just one dish that you’ll find yourself craving, but rather the whole freaking menu.
If you don’t know what Satay Brothers is doing, you will likely know who they are simply as being the longest queue at the Atwater Market in the summer. Lucky for us, earlier this year the team opened up a new home on Notre-Dame Ouest and we couldn’t be happier that they did.
So what are they all about? The food. The vibe. And of course, family. Satay Brothers was started by brothers Alex and Mat Winnicki, who wanted to bring Singaporean and Malaysian street food classics to the people of Montreal, and we are extremely grateful that they have. As soon as you walk in to the tucked away spot (look for the lantern), you can’t help but feel relaxed, and based on the wafting smells coming out of the open kitchen, you know you’ve come to the right place.
What kind of food can you expect at Satay Brothers? Dishes that are full of flavour, fresh, and extremely moreish (as in you want and need more). They’re known for their satay (of course), skewered grilled meat (pork or chicken) served with a tangy peanut sauce. And while the classic is definitely a favourite, we would encourage you to explore their delicious menu. Start off with their pillowy steam buns (pork or tofu) or spicy green papaya salad. Feeling more adventurous? How about a hot (temperature and spice wise) bowl of laksa lemak, a traditional spicy coconut based soup with noodles, shrimp, sprouts, and more. For something hearty, we tend to go for their gado-gado (a filling bowl with potatoes, beans, sprouts, cabbage, hard-boiled egg, tofu, and their dreamy peanut sauce on top).
And those are just our favourites. The menu’s got even more, and word for the wise: always inquire about their specials. Finally, if you’re anything like us, you’ll need to end on something sweet and they’re serving up traditional Singaporean treats like sweet and sticky rice, and coconut and pandan cakes. And naturally, wash it all down with something refreshing like their house lemonade (spiked with rum…).
The food at Satay Brothers is undoubtedly crave-worthy, which makes it hard to eat there without wanting to order everything all at once. But a visit to Satay Brothers is more than just a tasty meal. It’s the easy-going, friendly vibe you get from the minute you sit to paying up the bill. And those combined are why you become a serious regular.
You can check out Satay Brothers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and visit them at their stall at the Atwater Market Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00pm to 5:00pm or at their St. Henri location Wednesday to Sunday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm.
3721 Notre Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P8
Photos courtesy of Satay Brothers (unless indicated otherwise).