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lunch options near the Palais des Congres?

alex m Aug 2, 2006 08:17 PM

I'm a NYC hound coming to Montreal for a business trip and while I have most of my dinners lined up already, I'm looking for lunch places near the Palais des Congres where I'll be during the day. I value the food above all else--I'll go to a sit-down, white-tablecloth place or grab something to go from a greasy hole-in-the-wall. I just need places within close walking distance (1 mile or less). Oh, and I'll be eating a lot of French food for dinner, so non-French recs will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Daveyy RE: alex m Aug 2, 2006 08:32 PM

    I work close to the Palais so know about lunch around here.
    Here are some suggestions:

    - white linen table cloth classic French and excellent lunch prices try Le Bonaparte on St François Zavier about 2 streets south of the Palais.

    -great casual sandwiches and grilled vegetables in eclectic atmos. Le Titanic on St-Pierre, 2 blocks south as well

    -Vietnamese Soupe tonkinoise try My Cahn on St-Laurent 2 blocks East

    -Chez Postel for sandwiches on Notre-Dame just south

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      Mr F RE: Daveyy Aug 3, 2006 01:44 PM

      "-Vietnamese Soupe tonkinoise try My Cahn on St-Laurent 2 blocks East"

      Which of course means walking right through Chinatown (such as it is -- one wag dubbed it "China-block-and-a-half").

      Options on and near this strip include Beijing (corner de La Gauchetière + St-Urbain). I suppose New Yorkers won't find it to be anything special, but it's pretty solid. Likewise, there are a few places do have a respectable if unspectacular dim sum if that's your urge. Kam Fung (upstairs in the mall at 1111 St-Urbain) is closest to the Palais; Ruby Rouge (1008 Clark) is also nearby though my last weekday experience there was a disappointment: cavernous room + few customers + few carts = mediocre quality.

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      Campofiorin RE: alex m Aug 2, 2006 08:33 PM

      Here are some good ideas for simple yet tasty lunches round that ugly building that we like to call Palais des Congrès. If you want something simple, head towards Vieux-Montréal, there's Titanic on St-Pierre which has good soup, antipasti and sandwiches. In the Old Port as well, Olive & Gourmando on St-Paul. There's also Holder, Boris and Cluny in that general area. Just up Bleury street near de la Gauchetière, I really enjoy Sur Bleury's soup and gourmet sandwiches. They also have a small selection of wine by the glass as well as beer and good fries.

      Most of them are simple, yet affordable and yummy.

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        quitesimplysmj RE: alex m Aug 3, 2006 02:39 PM

        For a real hole-in-the-wall greasy spoon right close by:
        Nouveau Notre Dame Du Vieux Montréal
        237, rue Notre-Dame Ouest,
        Montréal, QC H2Y 1T4
        Tel. : 514-845-5757
        They serve a good straight-up poutine, probably my favourite in the greasy spoon category.

        I also quite like Sur Bleury (especially their fancier poutine with extra old cheddar). I find it has quite a relaxed and artsy atmosphere with less tourists around.

        My favourite little hidden spot, also very close to the Palais is Romagna Caffè, (60 St Jacques, H2Y 1L5 Tel. : 514-844-1528). They have a very good selection of salads, paninis, pizzas, homemade gelati, a great selection of tea (and most importantly, the know-how to serve a cup of tea properly). Plus the atmosphere is very clean and calm, which is always a welcome change from a day at the Palais des Congres.

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          Peter Cherches RE: alex m Aug 4, 2006 03:45 PM

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