Going to Montreal for a week. Where to eat?
I've been to Montreal many times but this is the first time since becoming a chowhound. Schwartz's and bagels are a given. But where else should I go?
You have to visit Jean-Talon Market where you'll find produces and many specialty stores and vendors. You can have a very good lunch there going for a euro style dog (baguette and sausage of your choice) and many other things. Don't miss Havre des glaces where they make one of the best, if not the best, ice cream in Montreal IMHO.
How about some 'hints': what kind(s) of food/cuisine you like or wish to try, price range if any, are you limited to a certain area of town, etc. Do you need recs. for all your meals(brekfast,lunch & dinner)? Great you'll be here for a week, you could get to try several good restos!
I'm very open minded about food and I'm always looking for something new. Something that maybe I can't get in Toronto. I hear good things about Au pied du cochon. Is it worth checking out? Also, should I check out the place where you eat in the dark? I'd prefer any recs to be accessible via metro.
Au pied de cochon is definitely worth trying. There are quite a few other worthwhile places - check some of the recent threads on this board. I recently read one of the most negative reviews I had ever seen, on O Noir (the place where you eat in the dark)- don't waste your time there.
Other recommendations that you won't find in Toronto are Club Chasse et Peche, Joe Beef, La Loie...
I don't recommend Club Chasse et Pêche. The food was not up to our expectations and it looks to me like a tourist trap. I recommend Cocagne and L'Express on St-Denis and Brunoise on Roy. The food is top quality, as is the service. We have never been disappointed.
Soupsoupe is a good place for tasty soups and sandwiches. Olive et Gourmando is a good place for a relaxed Thursday night dinner.
I've been to Club Chasse et Pêche twice last year it they were two of the best meals I've ever had. The staff was friendly yet extremely professional, the food masterfully executed, their "ravioli de pintade" with foie gras shavings were to die for as was the suckling pig and foie gras risotto. The Harem is my favorite dessert there. It has nothing to do with a tourist trap.
I'd say it's a must if you spend a couple of days in Montreal.
You definitely should try Au pied de cochon but not if you are looking for a quiet evening. It is noisy but mmmmmmmm, so good!
I love La Montée de lait, Villeneuve St., near métro Laurier. A young team, good food, good service and a wonderful list of wines.
Azuma on St.Laurent blvd. for the sushis. It is a small restaurant, very discreet, but the food is very fresh and the service is great.
Have a nice trip!
Personnally I really sugest 'maiko' ..it's a japanese restauraunt, which is for me, well worth the price!
I went to a fabulous portugese restaurant the last time I was there called Ferreira. Recommend it highly
Best Portuguese: Portus Calle on St Laurent. Service and atmosphere amazing.
Best Bring your Own wine: O'thym. On Ste Cath
Best Breakfast: LE Cartet on Mc Gill Ave
Top 5 French Restaurants: Toqué ($$$$), Club Chasse et Peche ($$$), Leméac(Laurier), LA montée de Lait ($$), Cuisine et Dépendance ($$$)
Best Chocolate: Juliette et Chocolat, Suite 88 on St Denis
Obviously, best, is relative. With this you can spend your week in peace. All are within metro reach. Enjoy your week.
I would suggest:
- sushi at Tokiwa on Bishop Street;
- Italian at La Diva on René-Lévesque East
- great sandwiches at a Kilo restaurant (several locations)
- French at L'Express or Le Continental (both St-Denis)
- Gibby's in Old Montreal is highly recommended (expensive steakhouse)
- best poutine would be at a Valentine franchise
- great, huge breakfasts would be at a Cora Déjeuner or Eggspectations (several locations)
- great thin-crust pizza at Dei Compari on St-Denis
- if you want chicken or ribs try a Baton Rouge (Sainte-Catherine in front of Place des Arts), the ribs there are fabulous
- Café Italia introduced me to Café latte a long time ago (on Saint-Laurent). For authentic italian ambiance.
If you want to search for more restaurants, you can try loggin on to restaurant.ca. You can search by price, type of food...
And if you are going to Pointe-Claire in the West Island, try Le Gourmand on Ste-Anne Street in the village.
re: West Island Mama
I have to disagree on two points. First poutine, Valentine is to be avoided at all cost. The gravy is way to salty and often slumpy and fries are often either over or undercooked. I'd recommend La Banquise located on Rachel St. between Christophe-Colomb and St-Hubert.
As for breakfeast or brunch, Cora and Eggspectations are chains that serve mainstream unsinpired breakfast. If you really want to try something different and really good, Le Réservoir on Duluth just east of St-Laurent has a great brunch while Le Café Byblos on Laurier east between Christophe-Colomb and Papineau serves iranian food where the feta cheese omelette is not to be missed.