Restaurant: Estrella’s Montreal Deli
Last visited: June 28, 2011
Location: Langley, BC
Address: 5932 200th Street
Price Range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
- Locally owned/operated
- Famous for Montreal Smoked Meat
- Authentic smoked meat
- “Best Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwiches”
- All natural ingredients
- Home made soups
- Home made cheesecake
- Popular/busy at lunch
- Comfort food
- Local favourite
- Hidden gem
- Accepts MC/Visa
- Catering available
- Eat In/Take out
- Mon – Fri: 9-5pm
- Sat: 11am-5pm
- Closed Sun/holidays
**Recommendations: Estrella’s Montreal Smoked Meat, Smoked Meat Chili
I’m calling all Montreal Smoked Meat Lovers… out to Langley! You will thank me! Unless you’re a true Montreal smoked meat fan, then you probably have discovered this gem on your own. Housing Metro Vancouver’s “Best Montreal Smoked Meat” is the one and only Estrella’s Montreal Deli, Restaurant & Delicatessen. Oh god. I don’t even know where to begin. First, it’s a must try. Second, it’s a must try.
Whether you’re familiar with Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwiches, it doesn’t even matter. As long as you like meat, I almost guarantee you’ll fall in love with Estrella’s Montreal smoked meat. This place is the real deal and although I haven’t tried any of the ones in Montreal, this is apparently the best there is in Metro Vancouver, and I believe it. So pack your day bag, save your money on a plane ticket, but spend on gas and cushion your bum with this mean sandwich that is a must try in the city! In fact, make it a day trip if you’re not already in the area, and I’ll even plan it for you.
Follow Me Foodie to Langley/Surrey
2. Lunch at Estrella’s Montreal Deli – Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich, Smoked Meat Chili
3. Late “Afternoon Tea” at Krause Berry Farms – U-pick berry picking, Roasted Corn Pizza, Berry Milkshakes, Berry Ice Cream & Berry Pie to go
5. Dessert – The desserts you got to go (I haven’t found many 6/6 desserts in Langley/Surrey yet)
Estrella’s Montreal Deli is pretty packed during lunch. It’s full of neighbourhood locals and the menu is even more extensive than I thought. There’s a selection of sandwiches, but of course the Montreal Smoked Meat is the way to go. All the soups are made in house and the owner is really proud and passionate about everything that comes out of his kitchen.
I’ve known about it for quite some while, but being that I’m rarely in the area I never made plans to really go. Gosh, why I ever waited so long I do not know. I don’t think I realized how good Montreal smoked meat could get. Even if you’ve never had Montreal smoked meat, this will make you an avid fan.
A big thank you to Sherman for the pictures and the extra push to actually go. In this case, it was more of a physically push since I was 1000lbs by the end of our epic foodie day. We decided to come after our Cowboy’s Eggs Benedict, Everest Burger, Coconut Cream Pie and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie a la mode at Hilltop Cafe Diner also in Langley. Yes, we came here after the EVEREST BURGER, and after Estrella’s we even made a pit stop at Be ‘wiched Cafe for Chain Gang Chili, Blueberry & Lemon Glazed Scone, and Chili Chocolate with Lime Coconut Icing Cupcake. Food drunk is an understatement for how I felt after.
On the table:
- Petite (Small) $5.99 Classic (Medium) $8.99 The Montreal (Large) $12.49 Oh Canada! (Ex-large) $17.99
- Sliced, old fashioned Montreal Smoked Meat stacked on light rye with your choice of regular or Dijon mustard. Extra lean (no fat), lean (some top fat), medium (marbled) when available.
- All our sandwiches are served with your choice of a kosher dill pickle, hot cherry pepper, or pepperoncini peppers.
- True Montreal-ers will order medium which is the classic, and many say it’s the only choice for an authentic Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich.
- I ordered it with a “blend” of meat because I wanted to try the lean as well as the medium for comparisons sake.
- Since I got the “blend” you can see that the bottom half was lean meat and the top half was medium. I thought they were going to alternate the layers which would have been better.
- The medium is a lot looser, more fall apart tender and obviously more moist. I’d just go 100% medium next time.
- The extra-large is stacked with probably 5 inches of meat!
- As amazing as the meat is, the extra large was too much meat for me and I prefer the small or classic. It’s just more enjoyable and balanced as a sandwich. No doubt this was visually exciting though and still good!
- Close your eyes. Just do it. Actually, no wait! Don’t! Because you have to read my blog! But, imagine sinking your teeth into the tenderest, butteriest, softest and ultra thin slices of smoked meat. The meat, being beef brisket, sliced by hand. The only way.
- I’m telling you, your teeth glide through the layers with the smallest about of biting pressure. Omg. OMG! Foodgasm.
- I’m not exaggerating, the first bite will send you to heaven, but come back because you have to finish!
- The meat was melting in my mouth and it required very minimal chewing.
- The meat slices were almost falling apart into shreds with every bite and the fat was marbled so that it didn’t taste fatty or gelatinous or have any of that “fatty” texture despite how it may look. It’s not particularly juicy since it’s cured, but it’s moist.
- I could have picked up a slice and dangled it around and the meat probably would have fallen in chunks like snowflakes… meat snowflakes. That’s how tender it was.
- The flavour was just as incredible as the texture.
- It’s salty and peppery with lots of whole black peppercorn interwoven throughout the meat slices. It had good spice and it was even a bit sweet. The saltiness isn’t sharp, but rounded, and it was just the right amount to enhance the natural meat flavours.
- I could taste a mild hint of star anise or licorice aroma too. It may have been fennel seed, but the flavours were dynamic and layered.
- Despite it being called “smoked meat”, there was no smokiness that I could taste, but I didn’t really care.
- It’s served on a traditional thin Rye bread and I asked for Dijon mustard which just brought out the black pepper flavours and added an extra kick.
- This is a must try sandwich. I have dreams about it.
- Small $3.99 Large $5.99
- I didn’t think anything could beat one of my all time favourite chili’s from Be ‘wiched Cafe – the Chain Gang Chili, however this was some serious competition. They’re so different, but both so good and I don’t even know if I can pick! Both certainly have Follow Me Foodie stamps of approval, but it’s just a matter of beef or pork?
- The chili is made in house and of course it’s made with pieces of their Montreal smoked meat.
- It comes with two small slices of toasted Rye bread that was almost like crostini for dipping.
- I love cheese, but I actually could have gone without the cheese for some reason. It was amazing as is.
- The chili was thick and hearty with lots of beans and Montreal smoked meat scraps.
- It used the same seasonings in the smoked meat and the flavours of the meat just infused into the chili.
- The chili had that freshly cracked black pepper flavour balanced with sweet bell peppers and some acidity from perhaps tomato paste.
- It was savoury, smoky, sweet, slightly tangy and moderately spicy. It carried a good amount of heat and lots of flavour.
- I could have used more Montreal smoked meat, and most of it was itty bitty peices, but regardless the chili was delicious and it’s not to be missed.
- I’ll remind you that this meal at Estrella’s was already after a monstrous brunch at Hilltop Cafe Diner, and my spoon was still like a magnetic with this chili. I was so full and I couldn’t stop because it was that good.
- How we made it to Be ‘wiched Cafe after this… I have no idea… but we did it and you really should too!