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Boluda Feb 23, 2008 01:49 PM

I know Montreal well, I was born here and grew up here, however I can never think when the time comes (bday party for example) of a convivial relatively cheap restaurant for the 20-35 crowd, something that is NOT carlos and pepe, zazium, etc

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    Moosemeat Feb 23, 2008 03:31 PM

    Three places just off the top of my head.

    1- Afrodiziac (Plan to spend the entire night there, service is super slow, but in a good way)

    2- Khyber Pass (Good Afghan BYOW)

    3- Vices & Versa (technically a bar, with 29 beers on tap, but Their food is pretty decent, if not exciting)

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      swissfoodie Feb 23, 2008 03:56 PM

      Chez Doval

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        Simon Patrice Feb 23, 2008 04:14 PM

        Petit Alep

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          Boluda Feb 23, 2008 04:58 PM

          thanks a lot guys!

          i already knew khyber pass and chez doval, very good choices esp. KB but the others i have never heard of

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            Moosemeat Feb 23, 2008 05:08 PM

            For my Afrodiziac review:
            www.chowhound.com/topics/443121

            Vices & Versa Website: www.vicesetversa.com

            Petit Alep and it's sister resto have been touted by many, I suggest you search the board for references.

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          emerilcantcook Feb 25, 2008 04:02 PM

          Similar to Doval, Roi du Plateau. In fact, I like it more than Doval. Not sure about the party potential though. Heard that they have live music at some nights, but never came across it.

          My friend has been at Club Espagnol for a reunion and she has been raving about it; it is on my to go list now. If flamenco is your thing, it might be a good idea to reserve a table on the flamenco night.

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            alixium Aug 28, 2008 06:59 PM

            oh my! I would never recommend Club Español... I went for a friend's birthday, and none of us could believe the mediocre (at best) quality of the food. Paellas were tasteless, and quite expensive.

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              Mr F Aug 29, 2008 06:19 AM

              I agree with that assessment of the paella, but the tapas are another story (though perhaps not the best in town). And it's a great place for a group.

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                naturelle Aug 29, 2008 09:18 AM

                And, and would not recommend Il Fornetto, in Lachine, as last night the texture of the calamari were similar to elastics, but in favour of the restaurant, they were returned, substituted with ordinary salad. We saw another plate go by to a distant table, with the urge to ask: why put something on the menu that is obviously not well prepared or with a main ingredient that is not truly edible?

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            Campofiorin Feb 25, 2008 05:09 AM

            I would also suggest Le Petit coin du MExique on Jean-Talon near Iberville. Friendly service, really good and cheap mexican fare. I really enjoy it.

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              riboflavinjoe Feb 25, 2008 02:34 PM

              Au Petit Extra has decent prices and very good food.

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                Boluda Aug 25, 2008 08:41 AM

                so 6 months after my OP

                - i went to petit alep twice : great place, really what i had in mind.

                - vice versa once, but just for a beer. great terrace. must check out the food next time.

                any other suggestion?

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