In search of Good Bistros in Plateau or elsewhere
I'm meeting some friends from San Francisco mid July for a week and I needed some recommendations for French Bistros in the Plateau area or even elsewhere in the city.
I'm staying at the Hotel Gouverneur Place Dupuis on St. Hubert/Ste. Catherine.
My friends aren't looking for a highend highroller experience. They simply want good food in a Bistro which offers great food/great value.
Can anyone help with some recommendations?
Your hotel is in the Latin Quarter, just south of the Plateau and west of the Village and on the main north-south and east-west metro lines. The following bistros get a lot of discussion on the board, so make use of the search engine. My personal faves are Au Petit Extra, Leméac, Laloux (assuming it's returned to form), Au Cinquième Péché and Le P'tit Plateau, but you really can't go wrong at any of them.
Village (the northeastern edge): Au Petit Extra (great QPR and many people's favourite).
Plateau: L'Express (the mother of them all, a little slice of Paris on St-Denis Street, with variable but never less than good food, fun wine lists and lots of beautiful people), Cocagne (just across the street), Le Continental (just up the street), Laloux (wonderful interior with a new and reportedly strong team in the kitchen). FWIW, Martin Picard once described Au Pied de Cochon as a "bistro du peuple" (bistro for ordinary people).
Old Montreal: Holder (big, bustling).
Outremont/Mile End: Leméac (chic, bustling).
There are also many smaller restaurants sometimes referred to as neighbourhood bistros: Au Cinquième Péché, La Montée de Lait, Le P'tit Plateau (a BYOB), Bruno Bistro, Truffert Bistro de Christophe, Les Trois Petits Bouchons, etc.
Avoid: Globe, Rosalie and, unless a nice terrace matters more than good food, Boris Bistro. Chez Lévêque, just across the street from Leméac, is popular but I've never been thrilled by the food.