lunch options near the Palais des Congres?
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.
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
"-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.
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.
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.