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mwise May 17, 2007 01:33 PM

Who has the best seafood in Montreal? Is there a Mont version of the NE lobster roll ? How does it compare?

  1. carswell May 17, 2007 01:40 PM

    At the high end, Milos, Ferreira and, between late spring and early fall, Au Pied de Cochon, which also has the city's best lobster roll (topped with foie gras, naturally).

    Mid-range: several of the psarotavernas, like Faros.

    Lower end: Ail, Y'ail, Y'ail.

    All in all, though, seafood is not one of the city's strong points.

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    1. re: carswell
      rcianci May 17, 2007 01:45 PM

      The lobster roll topped with salt-cured foie gras at APdC is very fine indeed. I do wish, however, that they didn't top it with old cheddar. IMHO, it overwhelms the other fine flavors.

      1. re: rcianci
        carswell May 17, 2007 01:52 PM

        Whoa. The version I tasted, not long after they started offering them, didn't have any cheddar that I recall. Talk about your wretched excess. Well, you can always tell 'em to hold the cheese.

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      celfie May 17, 2007 01:51 PM

      i must give props to mall food court restaurant AQUA LUNCH under the paramount theater and now at rockland for some mighty fine fish n chips as well as whole deep fried snapper. I long for this style of restaurant everyday of my life - why must it only exist in malls!

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        C70 May 25, 2007 02:31 PM

        I ate at AQUA LUNCH in Rockland today- Had the fish sandwich combo, which, for ONLY 6.50, was a GREAT deal. Two decent sized fried sea-bass filets on a bun with tomato & tartar sauce, homemade fries, and a green salad were on the very full plate, and a CANNED drink is included. I felt like I was ripping them off! The fish itself was fresh and delicious, and they had a few other fish daily specials- salmon, sole in a creamy sauce, and something else with mixed seafood. Everything looked pretty good.

        It was 2 pm so they weren't that busy but I hope they do well!

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        foodismyfriend May 18, 2007 12:58 PM

        While the fish at Milos is likely the freshest, it is, in my opinion, extraordinarily over-priced. Good, but not great. Our meals at Ferreira have always been excellent and while a little on the expensive side, nothing compared to Milos.

        The lobster roll at APDC is yum, but nothing like the NE roll you are used to. I don't know who, if anyone, serves a traditional lobster roll in this town.

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        1. re: foodismyfriend
          rcianci May 18, 2007 01:17 PM

          Maybe, maybe not. There are two versions of the lobster roll in New England. One hot with melted butter and the other cold with mayonnaise. Take away the roquette, salt-cured foie gras, cheddar, and balsamic glaze and you've got a cold NE lobster roll, heavy on the mayo.

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          yow yul May 21, 2007 08:44 AM

          I agree with Carswell, the city isn't strong on restos dedicated to seafood. You'd have to head to New Brunswick for the closest lobster roll or the Gaspe peninsula for a shrimp or crab "guedille". My mom is from the Gaspe - so shellfish was a staple in our household growing up.

          Do what I did last Saturday afternoon - head to Jean Talon Market, head straight to the the fish monger with the stand from Ste-Anne-des Monts. We bought from him a 1.5 pound lobster and 2 sets of crab sample legs (Alaskan). While he kindly prepared them up for us, we nibbled on his very fresh very tasty matane shrimp.

          Sat down at a picnic table to eat in the sun and mmmm. Not glamourous, but oh so very very fresh seafood. At a fraction of the cost in a restaurant.

          Also I was told that the seafood platter (oysters/crab/lobster/smoked salmon/scallops) and lobster my sister was served yesterday at Aix Cuisine du Terroir in Old Montreal was very fresh. http://www.aixcuisine.com/

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          1. re: yow yul
            celfie May 21, 2007 01:49 PM

            costco's restaurant has lobster rolls go for it

            1. re: celfie
              TravelToEat May 21, 2007 03:58 PM

              Ferreira Cafe gets my vote every time.

              We were there a couple of weeks ago and I had the grilled sea bass - very very good. My husband had the seared tuna - also very delicious. We actually had trouble deciding which one we like best!!

              Our experience at Aix was not as positive - we stayed there for New Year's Eve and dinner was part of the package. I wonder if that has something to do with the sub-par dinner we had...

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