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restaurant choice: Ariel, Vertige or La Gaudriole

I have narrowed my choices to Ariel, Vertige and La Gaudriole. I need a chef that respects vegetables and pays great attention to plate presentation. Nowhere too trendy or noisy. Other lesser known restaurant suggestions are welcome but i am curious about the three above. Any recs?

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  1. As you may know, Marc V├ęzina has decamped from La Gaudriole, leaving it in the hands of his student/assistant Nadia Boudreau. For what it's worth, today's Voir has a review, the first I've run across since the changeover. While it remains to be shown that she and the rest of the new Voir food team have the chops for the job, the reviewer likes the new decor but has minor issues with the cooking. www.voir.ca/restos/chronique.aspx?iID...

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    1. re: carswell

      You mean the Guadriole food team I think.

      Sorry, I think I'm an editor at heart.

      1. re: maisonbistro

        "'You mean the Guadriole food team I think."

        Nope. Tastet's departure left a vacuum at Voir that the current team hasn't begun to fill. I read their reviews but have yet to be convinced they're trustworthy, whence the FWIW in my ealier post. What's more, they're as boring as hell, though that seems to be par for the course in Montreal these days (just look at the Gazoo's fine dining reviews, for example). Thank gods for Joshua Kaparti.

        1. re: carswell

          Trying to find out who Joshua Kaparti is and follow his reviews. Karpati.

          1. re: minisma

            Sorry 'bout the typo -- late in the day and after a tasting of Australian and South African wines (the 13% abv white was the lightweight of the bunch). Karpati is one of the two reviewers filling in at Hour while Maeve Haldane is on double maternity leave. My favourite quip to date (from his review of Madre): "The real problem was the heavy-handed use of lime juice, which rendered the dish more sour than Dick Cheney at a Marxist-Leninist rally."

            1. re: carswell

              Figured it may have been 11pm-wine-tasting related! Thanks for the info, just read his write up on Le Canard Libere, now "Oh, what to cook, what to cook"!

              1. re: minisma

                If you like Karpati's style, you might want to keep an ear out on CBC Radio One's "Go" (Saturday mornings) where he's sometimes featured as "Mr-Know-it-All". He's also made occasional appearances on Jonathan Goldstein's "Wiretap" on the same station.

                1. re: kpzoo

                  So that's who Joshua Kaparti is!!! You are wealth of information. I saw him at a "Go!" live taping around 6 months ago, when that program did a show from Montreal. Only 2-3 weeks ago, I saw the faces of the two people behind the An Endless Banquet(one of them Anthony, who occasionally writes restaurant reviews for the Montreal Mirror), when they did a Q&A in the Montreal Gazette

                  1. re: BLM

                    Hey, I think I was at that taping too, it's such a small world!!! The one where Patrick Watson performed live?

                    1. re: kpzoo

                      I don't remember Patrick Watson performing live on that taping. The Bronte co-owner Zach was there as a guest. It was the show focusing on Montreal bagels.

                      1. re: BLM

                        Ah! Different taping, then. The one I was at had the theme "the most embarrassing parent in Canada." Still a small world. ;-)

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      1. I have been a big fan of Ariel for a while now - you will definitely get what you are asking for there. French-trained Japanese chef - really speaks to what you desire.
        If you do go, please give feedback on how it was!

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        1. re: buzz_sapien

          What is the approximate, per person cost, without liquor at Ariel's? Thanks for this info.

          1. re: buzz_sapien

            What is the approximate, per person cost without liquor at Ariel's?

            1. re: naturelle

              I'm guessing that this response might be too late, but I wanted to take a chance anyway - My bill for 2 people including alcohol varies between $110 and $160 depending on my wine selection....

            2. re: buzz_sapien

              I was curious about Ariel myself - is it run by the same people as Caprices de Nicholas? Any reviews out there? Because I haven't seen anything online.

              1. re: olivier1665

                sorry for the delay - I was out of town on business and haven't logged in!
                YES - it is run by the same folks as Caprice - the same attention to detail is prevalent. I always liked that place, but have never been a fan of French cuisine - so the new place is great for me...