I’ve spent a lot of meals here in Shanghai with my friend Christina exploring restaurants and other eating adventures, so when I sent her an email complaining we hadn’t eaten together in a while, she responded that we needed to go to Tock’s a soft-opened Montreal Smoked Meats deli located near the east end of Nanjing East Road, near the Bund.
Christina, of course, had arrived ten minutes ahead of me. Because they’re still in soft opening stage, the owner was still giving out sampler platters of the smoked brisket. This is the plate that Christina left for me
For our meal, Christina and I both ordered the smoked meat sandwich. While neither of us are Quebecois, we both come from cities with good delis and good brisket so I would say we would be able to judge the quality of good meat. The sandwich comes with a really nice cole slaw and a wonderful wonderful homemade pickle. They do have pickle platters on their menu as ell.
You can order differing levels of fattiness with your meat: lean, mixed, fatty and extra fatty. I opted for the mixed while Christina had the lean. Really nice mixed of flavoring and with that slow cooking that really makes the brisket very tender. Writing this now, I am craving another sandwich.
As a side dish, we both ordered the poutine. As a non-Canadian, I’ve had a lot less exposure to this mix of french fries, gravy and cheese curds. In fact, my only experience of eating poutine is at the decidedly less than mediocre Shanghai sports bar. This I am less enthusiastic about, to be honest. I may stick to the fries next time, or maybe more meat. Chistina said the cheese curds were a little on the small side.
The sandwich set was a little bit on the expensive side, but I think next time I’d be in for the larger size. Also, to really set it apart as a deli, I would like to see some stuff like egg creams or at least root beer or cream soda. Or is that only a New York deli thing? The quality of the meat was really good though, so very tender and tasty and that is why I’ll be going back.
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