Korean influences can be found are all over the place, sometimes where you might not expect them.
Station W is a café in the Verdun district of Montreal. It’s a welcoming place, with very friendly employees. The room is bright, with lots of places to sit, and free wi-fi, too.
You can buy tea, coffee, smoothies, soup, salad, sandwiches and assorted sweet things – muffins, cookies, date squares.
The first time I went there, I was intrigued by the kimchi cheddar sandwich. I don’t remember seeing such a thing anywhere else, not in Montreal, Seoul or Busan. (That’s not to say that other places don’t offer such a sandwich, of course.)
I had to try it! I was hungry, so I ordered the sandwich along with soup of the day, which was cauliflower. They were both very tasty, and I felt quite virtuous, too, because I had bought things with vegetable content, instead of going for a sweet treat.
On a later visit, I was introduced to the guy who put this sandwich on the Station W menu. (I did not get his name, oops, sorry!) As I recall, he hadn’t seen a kimchi cheddar sandwich elsewhere, and he didn’t know a lot about Korean food, either, he just thought kimchi and cheddar might be a good combination. And he was certainly right!
You’ll find Station W at 3852 Wellington St.,
Montréal (Qc) H4G 1V2
Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 8 am to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The web site is www.station-w.com