Running out of restaurants (that I know of)
My parents are coming to visit me in 3 weeks. I'm a student so I never eat out unless they come here, in which case, I take advantage of the opportunity, and take them to the best restaurants I can think of. I need 3 dinners and 2 lunches, at some new places. We have been to:
Au Pied du Cochon
Au Petit Extra
Le Club Chasse et Peche
Les Caprices de Nicolas
Le Mas Des Oliviers
Tsirco (It's no longer there I believe)
that's all I can think of off the top of my head. I don't want to go to a steak house, as we are from Alberta, and they get great steak back home.
I was thinking maybe Aix Cuisine du Terroir and Anise for two dinners. What do you think? Any other suggestions? What is XO like? Cassis? Area?
Area is very recommended although I haven't been there. It's french fusion food.
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By all accounts Anise is a great choice. Looking forward to trying it soon.
Joe Beef is great in my limited experience, though there have been some dissenting reports. Plan on about $100/person.
Le Bleu Raisin is solid by all accounts (three visits for me, loved it all three times). $50-60/person + whatever wine you bring.
À l'Os is also a solid BYO, though maybe a little close to steakhouse for your needs. $60+/person + your wine.
Café Via Dante might be an interesting Italian option. Haven't been in a while, but I've heard the quality's still high despite some changes in format. Similar vein to Lucca, but not quite as upscale...except the sometimes-insane wine markups. About $60/person (if you're careful with the wine).
Niu Kee is delightful Szechuan. $20-25/person if you're an incorrigible glutton.
Garde Manger has been getting raves lately, haven't tried it yet. No idea of price, but I'd expect APdC/Joe Beef range, maybe a little lower.
We just got back from Montreal. Garde Manger is fun and very loud after about 9 pm (cranked up bad music from the 80's). The shellfish platters looked amazing. We did have some very fresh and delicious oysters and a steak frites plate. On our second night there we sat at the bar and ate very good garlic shrimp and a salad. Make reservations especially on the weekend.
We also ate at Lemeac. This is in Outremont and a classic bistro. We thought the food was good not great.(We're from the SF Bay Area so do have a rather spoiled view). It would be a good parent restaurant.