Satay Brothers – Amazing Restaurant With Delicious Singaporean Food

Satay Brothers - Amazing Restaurant With Delicious Singaporean Food

My husband and I were looking for a new and interesting restaurant for my birthday.  I wanted something casual yet delicious and my daughter suggested we try Satay Brothers.

After eating there I can say that if you are looking for one of the best Asian/Singaporean restaurants in Montreal then Satay Brothers is the place to go.  Satay Brothers is located at 3911 Rue St-Jacques in the winter months and right in the Atwater Market (address 138) in the summer. The kitchen team prepares delicious freshly cooked and well prepared Singaporean specialties.

The Satay Brothers are Mat and Alex Winnicki, siblings born to a Singaporean mother and a Polish father.  The food is inspired by the cuisine of their mother Kim.  The brothers bring delicious Singaporean street food to Montrealers in a warm bustling atmosphere with a small but pleasant dining area.

The vibe at the restaurant is fun, friendly and totally relaxed.  The restaurant is small, it seats maybe 25 people and there will probably be a wait of from 10 to 30 minutes – no reservations accepted, but it is worth it, believe me.  Besides, you can enjoy glass of wine or a nice mug of beer on tap like we did while we waited. The seating at most of the tables is communal, like at Schwartz’s but more genteel.  If you cannot wait, there is take-out. Prices are very reasonable – and considering that everything is prepared individually and freshly in the kitchen right in front of you I’d have to say Satay Brothers ranks as one of the very best values in Montreal.  Dinner for two with beer and wine was $72 – and we had tons of food of a wide variety. An individual can eat like a king or queen for $20.

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For dinner my husband and I decided to start with my daughter’s favorite, Laksa Lemak, a full meal portion soup made with Coconut milk, fresh chillies, fresh coriander, a quail egg, noodles and a broth.  I chose the chicken and my husband chose the shrimp.  It was delicious.  My husband wanted the soup hot and spicy and I wanted it not so hot and they were happy to accommodate us both.

Satay Brothers - Amazing Restaurant With Delicious Singaporean Food

We were determined to try several of the items on the menu.  Following the soup we chose the Green Papaya Salad, made of fresh shaved green papaya, chili, lime, Thai basil and peanuts.  It was really refreshing and tasty.

Satay Brothers - Amazing Restaurant With Delicious Singaporean Food

The daily satay was next – on the day we went it was grilled chicken and beef skewers, cucumbers and spicy peanut sauce.  The skewers are marinated with turmeric, ginger, onions and other flavors we could not identify.  This is the brother’s namesake and we understood why – they were delish!

Satay Brothers - Amazing Restaurant With Delicious Singaporean Food

We probably ordered too many dishes but we wanted to try a variety and somehow managed to eat it all.  Next on our long list of food was the Pork belly steamed bun (below right).  The buns which were soft and sweet were made with braised pork belly, cucumber slices, coriander and hoisin. (comes with pork or tofu )

The last thing we ordered was the Mee Goreng (below right) made from tossed together calamari, shrimp, egg, fresh tomato and potatoes on fried yellow egg noodles.  It reminded me of Pad Thai, I loved the seasoning of it.  This was my favorite dish of the evening.

Satay Brothers - Amazing Restaurant With Delicious Singaporean Food

Since it was my birthday my husband insisted I have dessert.  Our waiter recommended Kueh Salat – a two-toned green/cream colored semi-solid pudding with a custard topping, and a sticky-chewy base of rice.  The top layer is a pale green because it is made from pandan leaves.  The bottom layer has a coconut taste and that is because there is coconut milk in the rice.

When the waiters brought the dessert to our table it had a candle and a cute umbrella.  They knew it was my birthday :-)

Satay Brothers - Amazing Restaurant With Delicious Singaporean Food

The TMT Gals highly recommend this restaurant.  With fresh and delicious food, excellent service and great ambiance you cannot go wrong!


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35 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Michele January 11, 2014 at 2:30 am - Reply

    I live no where near where this restaurant is–but as I think about it I have never tried Singaporean food either–I’m sure I can find one somewhere near me-although it may not be as good as the one you went to in Canada! I am glad that you enjoyed your birthday!

  2. Mel Cole January 11, 2014 at 3:52 am - Reply

    The singaporean food looks like some of the food I ate in Philippines. I’m sure they taste different. Looks delicious!

  3. Le-an Lacaba January 11, 2014 at 5:31 am - Reply

    I’d love to eat here, considering that Ive never tried Singaporean food before. Just by the way you described it, it sounds superb!

  4. Allie January 11, 2014 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Looks absolutely yummy!

  5. Janelle January 11, 2014 at 8:55 am - Reply

    I just love Singaporean Food

  6. Pamela January 11, 2014 at 9:24 am - Reply

    The food looks yum.

  7. Rosey January 11, 2014 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Those restaurants that have a wait usually are pretty delicious. :) The pictures look great!

  8. Nikki January 11, 2014 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I’ve never had Singaporean food before. I used to write articles for a client about Singapore, though, and some of the food just sounds amazing. This looks like a great restaurant.

  9. Robin (Masshole Mommy) January 11, 2014 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Oh wow, thank you for the introduction to Singaporean Food! I’ve never tried anything from Singapore before, but this post makes me want to try some :)

  10. Megan January 11, 2014 at 10:21 am - Reply

    That all looks so good. I wish we had more options like this around where I live!

  11. Veronica January 11, 2014 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Looks very delicious! I can’t say I have ever had Singaporean food

  12. Joanna Sormunen January 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    The food looks amazing! I never tried any Singaporean food but I really would like to after seeing this post. It’s a new experience I need to have :)

  13. Cyndie January 11, 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    I have never had Singaporean food before and you have peaked my interest.

  14. Jen January 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Happy Belated bday Robyn. And nom, I could live on Asian food.

  15. DD January 11, 2014 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Nice presentation!

  16. BusyBee January 11, 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    That papaya salad looks super tasty.

  17. Chubskulit Rose January 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    THose looks delicious! I wish that there is other Asian restaurant like that over here rather than just Chinese resto.

  18. Aisha Kristine Chong January 11, 2014 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    I’ve had singaporean foods before in SG – they are so yummy. I’m sure those food taste awesome there soon. yum!

  19. Kristin Sumner January 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I have never had this food before. I do love Asian food, so I am sure this would be good. To bad I don’t live close to Montreal or that is where I would go on our next date night. Maybe I can find one around Missouri. Thanks!

  20. GossipMoms January 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Singaporean food looks so yummy, yummy, yummy,. I wish I can eat some of that right now, But any who HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, Im glad that you enjoyed your day & I wish you many more

  21. Lawna January 12, 2014 at 12:53 am - Reply

    If I am ever in Motreal, I am definitely going their. I love the presentation of their food and it looks so delicious!

  22. Pamela January 12, 2014 at 8:34 am - Reply

    Love the look of this food!

  23. marielle altenor January 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I live really close to the Atwater market! Will have to check out the satay brothers! thanks fr the review!

  24. Amanda Love January 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness that food looks totally delicious! They aren’t close to me but if they were I would so be in there trying out these delicacies. Thanks for sharing.

  25. MK January 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Wow! This looks all so darn tasty!

  26. Erin January 12, 2014 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I wouldn’t have thought it would appeal to me but your descriptions and photos make it look so yummy.

  27. Jocelyn January 13, 2014 at 10:28 am - Reply

    OMG YUM! I want to go there right now!

  28. teresa mccluskey January 14, 2014 at 10:29 am - Reply

    My belly is growling now! I wish I had a Satay Brothers here! I will have to remember them if I am ever in your neck of the woods :D

  29. BusyBee January 14, 2014 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I wonder if we have something like this nearby me.

  30. Allie January 15, 2014 at 5:48 am - Reply

    I tried this place last week, so delicious

  31. Janelle January 15, 2014 at 5:49 am - Reply

    I’m going to have to cave in and give this place a whirl

  32. DD January 15, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I wonder if I would like this kind of food.

  33. Pamela January 19, 2014 at 7:16 am - Reply

    This post is making me hungry!

  34. Ave February 3, 2014 at 4:37 am - Reply

    Looks like you had a lot of fun! I really would like to try their grilled chicken and beef skewers, sound so delicious! Love that they knew about your birthday!

  35. Shiny February 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    This will definitely be my first stop when I hit Montreal next year.

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