First time in Montreal
I am a regular to this most excellent board and always enjoy the recommendations given. So with that in mind I need your help: I am off for 4 days in Montreal and want some recommendations of the best places to eat. I need one recommendation for a client dinner (looking for excellent food but not too stuffy) and then several places I can dine alone. I love all food types and want to know where are the real local "finds" in Montreal. I will be staying downtown and will not have a car. Oh, and if you could also point out where to go to have the smoked meat sandwich that would be excellent.
Ended up going to toque on friday with my clients. Good meal but quite expensive. They used foam on almost every plate, I thought that had gone out of fashion in the 90's!
Had lunch at Schwartz's (thanks Bovoli!), what a great place. Sat at the bar and chatted with the owner and ate a classic smoked meat sandwich and frites.
Dinner that night was at Ferrera, fab Portugese restaurant with excellent food. I had the Sardines (best Ive ever had) followed up with a specialty they likened to Paella. It was OK and a little sloppy for my taste. Service was impeccable and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Montreal.
Schwartz for smoked meat and for a really nice place for dinner is la Montée de Lait (the food is the best and the wine reccomendations are precise). For your time alone I would recommend you to a new place called Robin des Bois where you can eat at a bar and enjoy great food.