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Jul 26, 2007 08:28 PM

Great Jewish restaurant in Montreal??

I'm essentially eating a pareve diet [no meat/milk] at the moment. I also have reservations at Au Pied de Cochon for next week which I'm re-thinking (unfortunately!!). I'm able to eat eggs and white fish (no shell fish). Can anyone please suggest a restaurant that might be accommodating or have some options for me? I don't have a particular atmosphere or price point in mind, but I'd prefer something like an alternative to Au Pied de Cochon. There must be something. I'd rather not go to an all-out vegetarian resto as my husband does not have the same dietary restrictions; it's our only night in Montreal.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. I love all cuisines, but in this case I'd prefer something that's not Asian in nature [which is why I thought a strict Jewish restaurant might be appropriate]. Any suggestions are more than welcome though.

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  1. Hmm - what about Lebanese, Israeli, or other Middle Eastern cuisine? You could have something like falafel, hummus, salads, etc. and your husband could have some brochette, shish taouk, or the like? I haven't been yet myself, but I've heard wonderful things about Le Petit Alep (Sryian, I believe) right near the Jean-Talon Market, which you could also check out while you're in the 'hood! There is also Chez Benny (Israeli) on Queen Mary, but it might be a little more casual. Enjoy your stay!

    Petit Alep (Le)
    191 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S8, CA

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    1. re: kpzoo

      Yes, I was thinking Sephardic or other Mediterranean cuisine. Most of the Ashkenazi Jewish restaurants in Montréal (except the dairy ones, obviously), are very meat-centred.

      Petit Alep was closed when I cycled by yesterday afternoon (and their wee terrasse is usually packed). Think they are on holiday now.

    2. If you're looking for a good meal, Brunoise just might be an option - they have a few salmon-based seafood dishes on their menu at the moment - you can check out their menus online and see if they fit the bill - It's a little fancier than Pied de Cochon, but not too different in price (possibly even less expensive).

      1. Not that I've been there but last year the reliable Maeve Haldane gave a thumb-up to downtown's gourmet kosher restaurant Eden.

        And while you've listed quite the set of restrictions -- no meat, no dairy, no shellfish, no dark fish, no Asian -- you should still be able to cobble together a decent meal at many of the smaller market-driven places around town. For example, I just checked the online menus on the Brunoise and Au cinquième péché websites and both would appear to be viable, provided you're willing to settle for a limited range of choices. In any case, you're best off checking when you make your reservation and double-checking when ordering (that's especially true at APDC, where meat stock and pork often find their way into dishes where you wouldn't necessarily expect to them to be in).

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        1. Thanks everyone. Too bad Le Petit Alep may be closed. I've bookmarked all of your suggestions though. And yes, this diet is very restrictive (and temporary I hope!!). It's recent, so it pains me to cancel our reservations at APdC. I'm getting more excited about other options though now!

          Any thoughts on:
          Ferreira Café?
          Leméac? [The salmon sounds divine! I may just say screw it and go with a dark fish if we end up here.]