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Sep 26, 2006 04:50 PM

byow update: recommendations anyone?

Greetings all! I know bring your own wine places have been discussed many times in the past, but I am looking for an update. We are coming to Montreal in November (for the Decemberists concert-highly recommended)and are looking for dinner plans for Saturday.

Last time in town we hit 2 of the top recommended places on Chowhound at the time(about a year ago -les Heritiers - very good quality, presentation lacking a bit and somewhat pricey to still have paper napkins and no proper wine glasses)and La Calombe (proper wineglasses and linens! Excellent quality and presentation,but some of our friends thought the selection was too limited (I did not)). Anyhow, any updates on the BYOW scene? We were thinking of revisiting La Calombe- any thoughts???? Did Les Heritiers upgrtade their settings?


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  1. La Colombe is also my favourite. A few others to try include: À l'Os, O`Thym and Le Petit Plateau.

    1. I've always enjoyed my experience at La Colombe. You may also try Bleu Raisin - if you bring a "better quality" bottle with you, they'll likely break out the Riedels for you. If you found the menu at La Colombe limited, that'll probably be the case as well with the table d'hôte here - usually only 3-4 options but always very good.

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      1. re: grillit

        Small correction on Le Bleu Raisin: there's no table d'hôte, just five or six apps, one sorbet "entremets", five or six mains (usually two fowl, one seafood, two or three red meat dishes), and cheese and desserts. All à la carte, and no duds yet after three visits.

        To give an idea of price, a recent dinner for two with apps, mains and desserts came to $100 before tax and tip. Other visits were a bit pricier, presumably because we ordered foie gras those times.

        1. re: Mr F

          True that. In my mind it's always "table d'hôte" since we always get an entrée, a main and of course, dessert. :-)

      2. The quality and value of the food at La Colombe is never in doubt. Why I don't rank it higher is because I've rarely been wowed by a dish there, unlike at Le Bleu Raisin, Le P'tit Plateau (points off for their inadequate stemware, nor do they have tablecloths or cloth napkins) or Christophe. While À l'os is variable and pricey, it's the closest thing to a BYO steakhouse. Of it and its sister eateries Les Infidèles and O'Thym, I much prefer the last. Sounds like Le Bleu Raisin would come closest to what you're looking for.

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          1. Have to disagree with you slightly here. The polish and imagination of the dishes at Les Infidèles,, is beyond that of the other BYO restaurants. My experience at Le Bleu Raisin was that the dishes were a bit forced in terms of creativity.

            On the other hand, I am suprised people don't mention it more often so perhaps it is just me.