Fav. BYOW restaurants? What're the best in the city?
Coming to Montréal in a few weeks and looking forward to checking out a good BYOW restaurant. I've been to L'Académie, and was quite surprised at the quality of the food, considering the price, and the service was very pleasant and upbeat. But I would like to try something differnt, but only in the downtown core. Any suggestions?
As you look for a BYO, consider that there are two main types. (I offer this because it took me a while to figure it out, obvious though it seems now.)
1. Crowd-pleasers. Places where the food is fairly cheap and ordinary, and where you should bring pretty much any ol' bottle of plonk. Some of these places can be of interest if you're going to be with a large, boisterous group of people who are easily pleased. L'Académie (though I've never been) would seem to be in this genre, and so are most of the places lining Prince Arthur and Duluth streets. You can eat for as little as $15/person in many such places.
2. Fine-food establishments. Note I didn't say fine dining, because while the food may be consistent with fine-dining aspirations and presentation (and, ideally, standards), the décor/ambiance and service usually tend more toward the casual, though not divey. For these places, you will want to investigate the menu beforehand and give some thought to appropriate wine. In most cases, expect to spend anywhere from $40-80 per person. I think this is the genre you really should be looking at.
There may be a few that fall somewhere in the middle. The ones that really need to be avoided are those that belong in category 1 but have category 2 appearances and prices. *cough*Au 917*cough*
Hi may i suggest restaurant YOYO.
Its on Rue Marquette (in the "plateau" area which is still very close to downtown) number is 514-524-4187
FANTASTIC french food...much better than academie actually.
By reservation only. They only have 2 reservation times though. i believe at like 6 and 9. Its absolutely fantastic. And for dessert may i suggest this molten chocolate cake that is unbelievable.
By the way, just by taking a walk through some of the streets in that area (i.e. rachel, duluth etc) you will find some fantastic little restaurants to try out.
Enjoy your visit!
Have fun in montreal.
I strongly suggest you spend a few minutes reading back threads, especially when curious about topics as broad as "Best BYO." For example, that very question was discussed as recently as last Monday -- http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... -- and you'll find much more about BYOs, both general and specific (including reviews), further down the thread listing. You can also avail yourself of the Search and Advanced Search functions, both a huge improvement over the old board's versions.
And what do you mean by "downtown core?" Most Montrealers think of downtown as roughly bounded by St-Laurent on the east, Sherbrooke on the north, René-Lévesque or Notre Dame on the south and Atwater on the west. There are very few BYOs within that rectangle and none of them are particularly good. If quality matters, you're going to have to resign yourself to schlepping to the Plateau or Mile End where, I can promise you, you'll find many far better BYO eateries than L'Académie.