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Restaurants around St. Lawrence Market?

demeen25 Feb 26, 2007 11:11 AM

I want to take a friend out to a reasonably priced restaurant around her condo, which is located near the St. Lawrence Market. Any cusine will do. I'm not familar with the area, so i need some suggestions.

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    CulinaryChef Feb 27, 2007 06:26 PM

    If you like French, Le Pappillion is right at the base of Church and Front. Great crepes and reasonably priced. Their french onion soup is the best I've had, and they also have a great Caesar salad. If you want more main stream, there is a Keg right next door.

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      FlavoursGal Feb 27, 2007 06:30 PM

      I beg to differ. Le Papillon does not serve authentic French fare, and has the atmosphere and look of a tourist trap.

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        pescatarian Feb 28, 2007 06:08 AM

        I agree. Le Papillon was mediocre at best several years ago even.

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          FlavoursGal Feb 28, 2007 06:15 AM

          I've only been once, with a few other Montreal exiles who had sudden cravings for crepes. The crepes and onion soup (I'll eat anything for dessert) were disappointing, and the vibe we got from the restaurant was totalement francais faux.

          1. re: FlavoursGal
            pescatarian Feb 28, 2007 06:34 AM

            I remember thinking the crepes lacking in flavour. I don't know anyone that still goes there.

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      BuggySer Feb 27, 2007 04:06 PM

      The Sultan's Tent is awesome and if it's for dinner and bellydancing show is an experience in itself.

      1. thenurse Feb 26, 2007 03:34 PM

        JK wine bar
        skip the Sultan's Tent
        beer bistro (NOT beer markt)

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          demeen25 Feb 26, 2007 03:25 PM

          Mains for $12-$17

          1. pescatarian Feb 26, 2007 12:20 PM

            What do you consider "reasonably priced". Haven't been, but I get the sense that Colborne Lane might be a bit pricey for what you are looking for. I recommend sitting at the bar at JK Wine Bar. Beerbistro is a good option (and about a 10 min walk).

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              gentilesque Feb 26, 2007 12:20 PM

              I'd recommend the Sultan's Tent.

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                TorontoJo Feb 27, 2007 02:36 PM

                Please pass on the Sultan's Tent. It's an overpriced, mediocre tourist trap.

                I enjoyed my dinner at Trevor, though I was miffed with the tempura shrimp -- it was breaded, not battered, so should not have been labeled tempura. But I really loved the cornish hen, served with spaetzle that is pan fried so it gets a bit crisped to go with the chewy. The bits of bacon helped, of course! And the quince turnover with five-spice caramel sauce was the perfect winter dessert.

                And to reinforce thenurse's rec below -- yes to "beerbistro", NO, NO, NO to "bier markt".

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                Gary Feb 26, 2007 12:00 PM

                In addition to Trevor (which is very good, based on my one visit) there are also a number of other decent restaurants within walking distance of the St. Lawrence Market that have received generally positive reviews on here (but of course opinions do vary!)

                Colborne Lane - 45 Colbourne, one side-street north of Wellington... they just opened so you could be pretty cutting-edge with a visit there ;)

                Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar - 9 Church St., just south of Front

                Kultura - 169 King East, near Jarvis

                Toba - 243 King East, near Sherbourne

                Eggplant - 236 King East, near Jarvis

                Beer Bistro - 18 King East, near Victoria

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                  FlavoursGal Feb 26, 2007 11:33 AM

                  I haven't been yet, but Trevor, on Wellington, has gotten some excellent reviews.

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                    HarryLloyd Feb 26, 2007 11:47 AM


                    I didnt realize it was in that neighbourhood. What have you heard is good on the menu?


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                      pescatarian Feb 26, 2007 12:15 PM

                      IMHO, Trevor is best experienced at the bar. The sushi pizza and mac and cheese were good. My guests and I were not overwhelmed by the mains.

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                        estragon Feb 27, 2007 12:30 PM

                        I beg to differ. I loved the duck two ways, the pork tenderloin and the beef-cheek risotto. The mac and cheese is to die for, as Pescatarian says.

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                          Chester Eleganté Feb 27, 2007 06:40 PM

                          Nah, it's more like "good". Or "decent", rather =). The trio of burgers and the beef cheek nachos are much better.

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