Satay Brothers: How Two Brothers Became Montreal’s Masters of Singaporean Street Cuisine

In Montreal’s Saint-Henri district, there exists a place that remains both famous and unknown, revered for their homemade Southeast Asian specialties, yet overlooked by their hawker stall in the Atwater Market food court in the summer or their small, unmarked winter location on Rue Saint-Jacques. Inspired by Singaporean and Malaysian street food classics such as laksa lemak (a spicy prawn coconut milk soup), pork belly steamed buns, daily satay (chicken, beef or pork) skewers and papaya salad, this restaurant brings people together over great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and plenty of smiles.

What is this place, you’re wondering? Unique to Montreal, it’s known by all simply as Satay Brothers, and if you haven’t tried their food, you’ve really been missing out.

The real brothers behind the operation are Mat and Alex Winnicki, two siblings born to a Singaporean mother and a Polish father. Together, they realized their mother’s dream of introducing Montrealers to the cuisine of her childhood. We recently caught up with Alex, who told us all about Satay Brothers since their humble beginning in 2011. Watch the video to find out everything you need to know!

Written by Daniel Bromberg