My husband and I will be in Montreal next week with our 4.5 yr old son staying in Old Monreal. Any suggestions for kid friendly fine dining would be appreciated. No pizza parlours or fast food restos please. Ethnic restos, steakhouses cafes or delis would be great. I'm new to this site but have been lurking for awhile--Great site!!!
Be careful as Old Montreal tourist traps abound. A few reliables:
Lunch: Olive et Gourmando on St. Paul. Fantastic soup and sandwhichwes and a Valhrona brownie that is to die for. Closed Mondays.
Brunch: Le Cartet, on McGill.
Dinner: Chez l'Épicier on St. Paul. Inventive market cuisine, upscale service, good wine list, casual atmosphere.
Casa de Matteo didn't wow me. For I haven't been to Seak Frites St. Paul or Bistro Gourmet. Brasserie Holder is a reliable bet. Boris Bistro is decent bistro fare... but it really shines in the summer when you can sit outdoors.
For "ethnic" and good cheap lunches head to "the Plateau" neighbourhood. Indulge in the battle of the bagels by sampling both St. Viateur and Fairmont (you can walk between the two). Also see http://endlessbanquet.blogspot.com/ 's list of favourites... (he used to be the pastry chef at a great resto) as their recommendations are pretty solid.
re: Sam Ottawa
Thanks! My husband loves fois gras and duck confit--both of which are avail. at Brasserie Holder. So that is where I think we will go Friday night.As for Casa de Matteo we have reservations Thurs..A Montrealer that I work with highly recommended it--menu doesn't look too bad and reviews have been mixed.Maybe I will cancel and try
something else.Any other suggestions would be appreciated. It's been about 6 years since we were in Montreal and things have changes a bit.Thanks for the input.