Maneki Comptoir Asiat: The Newest Addition To HoMa Food Scene
Whenever I hear about a new restaurant opening, I get all excited and immediately make plans to try it as soon as possible. When I first heard about Maneki Comptoir Asiat — through their own Instagram page and Tastet review — I was beyond thrilled to discover it was going to be minutes away from where I live. Because let’s face it, Hochelaga is a very nice neighbourhood to live in but the restaurant scene is not what I would call exuberant. Thanks to projects like Maneki Comptoir Asiat, Hochelaga is finally getting attention on the coveted Montreal Food Scene map.
The story behind Maneki Comptoir Asiat
Officially opened on January 20th, the restaurant located right in front of STM Station Préfontaine has a great back story of family and friendship.
This is the project of four friends who wanted to bring an affordable, diverse and quick cuisine to the great neighbourhood that’s HoMa — and they’re really awesome at it. Some of them have a family background in restaurant industry which came handy to develop this new concept.
The interior and graphic design at Maneki Comptoir Asiat
Everything from the graphic design to the interior design has been thought through and is very coherent. It has been developed by Studio Beau, a design, brand and film agency from Montreal. Needless to say, it’s a very modern and unique space. I loved the quirky posters on the walls with references to many pop culture icons. In my opinion, a great interior is always a giant first step in the right direct of an overall experience — because, first impressions. Also, did I mention I was really into the rap and hip-hop playlist they had on? Definitely something that will make us come back.
This neon restaurant totem is EVERYTHING.
The menu at Maneki Comptoir Asiat
What would be an amazingly designed restaurant without great food, you say? The guys at Maneki seem to have thought about absolutely everything and it’s even truer when you see the menu.
Nothing too fancy, just good food made very well — and that’s exactly what I like about a restaurant like this. There are many classics that you’ll recognize right away — such as General Tao Chicken, which is one of the best seller — but I literally fell in love with their Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings — I hereby declare this the Best Salt & Pepper dish in Montreal. My boyfriend got the Chicken Soo Guy and loved it too — their Soo Guy makes you wonder how the other restaurants can make it that soggy and sloppy.
Also, if you’re in for a wonton soup, don’t hesitate to get it — it’s definitely the best wonton soup I had in my entire life. Many vegetarian options are also available if that’s what you’re looking for.
Where is Maneki Comptoir Asiat?
Located right in front of STM Station Préfontaine, it’s literally minutes away from downtown Montreal when using the metro.