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Best Tapas in Montreal?

gravyboat Jan 3, 2007 01:14 PM

Any suggestions for the most authentic tapas in Montreal? Does anyone have first-hand experience of Pintxo's on Roy?


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    swissfoodie RE: gravyboat Jan 3, 2007 05:52 PM

    Pintxo is amazing. Don't hesitate for even one minute - just go.

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      Abendschein RE: gravyboat Jan 4, 2007 04:29 PM

      Run, don't walk. Some really nice privately imported wines.

      That being said, this is definitely of Basque origin - pinxto is their term for tapas. It's more like haute tapas. Everything is quite beautiful in preparation and presentation. Traditional tapas generally isn't, and tends to be a bit heavier on the meat, seasoning, etc.

      I myself like Casa Tapas on Rachel for a traditional casual, Spanish-take-on-a-bistro. Is it the best tapas in town? Seems like maybe not, however, it's definitely an authentic experience.

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        InterFoodie RE: gravyboat Jan 4, 2007 05:37 PM

        I agree with Abendschein that Casa Tapas on Rachel is a good choice.

        Good Tapas, reasonable wine selection and just a fun and enjoyable place.

        1. carswell RE: gravyboat Jan 4, 2007 05:48 PM

          Tapeo along with Pinxto.


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            cepaulsen RE: gravyboat Jan 4, 2007 06:16 PM

            The pinxtos at Pinxtos were very good.. typically tapas are larger which works well when you are seated. Pinxtos on the other hand are smaller bites than even tapas and dont work so well when served at the table, due to the time between pinxtos and the relatively small size- 1-2 bites... In the Basque region of Spain, pinxtos are generally served standing, at the bar.. in fact the bar is genrally completely covered in dozens of different varieties, generally 1-3 euro each, often served/eaten on the honor system.. so you can grab a glass of crianza, eat a few pinxtos and move on the next bar... just works alot better.. highly recommended!

            that said, Pinxtos made them right, quite beautiful as they should be, and very tasty... just be prepared to wait awhile... wife and I had probalby 15-20 pinxtos total and it took quite a long time....

            Picture of typical bar in Basque region:

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              petrus61 RE: gravyboat Feb 25, 2007 02:52 PM

              I used to go often to Casa Tapas until I discovered Tapeo on Villeray St.

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                otso RE: gravyboat Mar 9, 2007 03:54 PM

                Pintxos is great. Also worth a try, for less upscale, more typical tapas, try El Club Espanol on St Laurence just below Mont Royal. It is upstairs. All the regulars are Spanish, the tapas are exactly what you would find in a good neighbourhood place in Madrid (where I used to live). Note: Cash only. It is in fact a club for Spaniards, but if a table is free, they will seat you. (I've never not been seated).

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                  Mr F RE: otso Mar 10, 2007 06:25 AM

                  Club Espagnol started accepting credit cards a couple of years ago. Probably debit too, but I'm not entirely sure about that. Easy not to notice if you long ago formed the habit of always paying cash there. :)

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