Stash Cafe

One of the best

In Old Montreal around the corner from the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Stash’s is a comfortable Polish bistro with a traditional menu that ranges from beet borscht to bigos (hunter’s stew) to chocolate poppy seed cake. It is a polite place with flowers on every table and gracious old-world service, but it is in no way fancy. Seating in the center of the dining room is on benches at long tables, making this a great spot for a small party or family dinner.

Indeed, the food tastes like it was family-made … if your family happened to be a bunch of excellent Polish cooks. Oh, what good potato pancakes, available as a main course or as a side dish, to split. They are crunchy and golden with creamy insides. Sour cream is the usual companion; apple sauce is also available. The pierogi are good, too, but not quite as buttery as we like. The showstopper meal here is weiner schnitzel, made the “a la holstein” way, which means it is topped with a fried egg. The cutlet is tender and moist, its crust wickedly crisp, and its companion shredded pickled beets sweet and earthy.

Dessert choices include various old-fashioned multi-layer poppy seed cakes, nut cake and a choice of delicate strudels: apple and peach.

The variety of ethnic eateries in Montreal is staggering. If you are looking for a meal of Polish comfort food, Stash is a great place to go.

What to Eat
Stash Cafe, Borscht
The borscht is simplicity itself, a bright beety broth without meat or potatoes, presented with a dish of sour cream on the side.
Stash Cafe, Pierogi
Pierogi are served as an entree. The classic Polish dumplings are available filled with meat, cheese, or cabbage. Customers are encouraged to choose a mixture of all three.
Stash Cafe, Potato Pancakes
Potato Pancakes
Potato pancakes, known as placki, are served savory or sweet. The crunchy cakes are the same; the difference is what comes with them: sour cream or apple sauce.
Stash Cafe, Wiener Schnitzel
Wiener Schnitzel
Stash's wiener schnitzel is listed on the menu as Sznycel Wiedenski, and described as 'The glory of Habsburg's gourmet, made now as then from the tenderest veal and served Warsaw style.' However it is spelled or labeled, it is one very delicious crisp-fried cutlet.
Stash Cafe, Poppy Seed Cake
Poppy Seed Cake
A layer cake in a class of its own: chocolate poppy seed. Rich? Forget about it!
Stash Cafe, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Stuffed cabbage rolls are a wonderful entree for a chilly Montreal evening.
Stash Cafe, Pork Croquettes
Pork Croquettes
Pork croquettes are served under a blanket of mushroom gravy.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12 pm - 10 pm
Monday11:30 am - 10 pm
Tuesday11:30 am - 10 pm
Wednesday11:30 am - 10 pm
Thursday11:30 am - 10 pm
Friday11:30 am - 11 pm
Saturday12 pm - 11 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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