Trilogie: Quintessential Chinese Cuisine in Montreal
Dumpling, a small piece of dough with filling, is present in pretty much every cuisine around the world. Whether it’s called ravioli, kibbeh or pierogi, it all goes down to two main things: dough and filling. It comes in a very wide variety of forms, cooking methods and fillings. At Trilogie, you’ll discover the Chinese version of dumplings called jiaozi (水餃) which is steamed — and its pan-fried counterpart, the guotie (鍋貼). In my honest opinion, these are hands down the best Chinese dumplings in Montreal.
Since it opened a few years ago, I’ve been several times over lunch with friends and I decided to finally put this article together with photos taken throughout the years.
How to make the best dumplings?
I first met the lovely Anita — the creative mind and owner of Trilogie — on Instagram and through common friends. Needless to say, when I’ve heard she was opening a restaurant, I made sure to go as soon as possible even though I wasn’t living in Montreal at that time.
So how do they make the best dumplings in Montreal? As I always mention, the look and feel of the place is very important and Trilogie really succeeded at building an amazing branding that is very unique. The fact that Trilogie is a family affair also makes it for amazing dumplings — and food in general. Anita invited family members all the way from China to develop the menu. All the flavours are subtle and on point. Everything seems calculated but effortless and that’s what make this place so awesome.
The menu at Trilogie
The menu is divided in four different categories in which you’ll find the most delightful stuff ever.
Appetizers at Trilogie
I can’t make my mind on what is my favourite appetizer in this restaurant. I just love the crushed cucumbers salad as well as the Chinese mushrooms salad — both are very delicate and tasteful. On my latest visit, I had the chance to taste the eggplant appetizer which was so scrumptious.
Dumplings at Trilogie
Of course, most people go to Trilogie for their amazing dumplings. It comes in a very generous portion of 12 pieces and you always have 3-4 dumplings to choose from. You also have to choose if you want them steamed or pan-fried. Personally, I like to order two plates and get one of each cooking style.
Desserts and beverages at Trilogie
In Asian countries, it’s really common to drink a hot beverage while eating. In fact, it’s apparently so much better for your health to drink warm or hot water throughout the day than cold water. Perhaps it’s the reason why most of the beverages offered at Trilogie are hot tea. While I never had it, thé aux fleurs de chrysanthèmes seems to be a huge favourite because every time I go, people have it on their table.
As for desserts, it’s always changing but it’s always very good. I like a light, not too sweet dessert, like they have here.
How to get there?
The restaurant is located minutes away from STM Crémazie Station in Villeray. If you prefer the bus, the 55 line stops almost right in front.