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Korean Lunch in Downtown Montreal

More upscale than other Korean restaurants in the city, Atti is spaciously laid out and features a modern decor with arched metal structure on the ceiling as its centerpiece. Staged lighting mellows the dark wood panelling and light brick walls, conveying the coziness of sitting at a fireplace. One unique and quirky feature of this restaurant are the doorbells placed on each table to get waiters’ attention.

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The eclectic lunch-time clientele includes students, business people and Koreans alike between 11:30am and 2:30pm. The two-page menu features Korean specials for around $10 before tax and tip and includes tea or coffee but not dessert. The two most popular dishes are bulgogi, sautéed beef with rice, and bimbimbap, a bowl of minced beef, rice, egg, carrots, spinach, mung beans or other vegetables mixed together with hot sauce or soy. All dishes are served with rice, soup and banchan – an assortment of condiments including the ubiquitous kimchi pickled cabbage, radishes or other vegetables in a spicy pepper sauce. Vegetarians might want to opt for the yachae japchae (sweet potato noodles with vegetables), bokkeumbap (fried rice with vegetables) or the doenjang jjigae (soup with tofu, soybean paste and vegetables). Seafood lovers can indulge in a Korean-style pancake with molluscs, crustaceans and green onions (haemul pajeon), or the spicy squid with vegetables (ojingeo bokkeum). Finally, those who just can’t get enough kimchi can order the haemul kimchijeon pancake with kimchi and seafood.

Although not listed on the lunch menu, a limited selection of wine, beer (both domestic and imported including Sapporo) and hard liquor is available. At $7 for a small portion, the saké is really worth trying! For dessert there are three kinds of ice cream (red bean, green tea and black sesame) as well as other Korean sweets.

Atti is also open for dinner daily (except for Sunday) and offers a more elaborate yet reasonably priced menu. A perfect spot for a business lunch or dinner date.

Atti Restaurant
2077, Rue University
Montreal, QC H3A 2M3




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