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Anything decent on Prince-Arthur?

This is a query sparked by another poster saying pretty much all restaurants on that stretch were touristy, overpriced and indifferent.

My query is not to much chowish as how to make the best out of situations where a group decides to eat there. I'd add Duluth, but then must point out that I'm not talking about APDC - or for that matter the Khyber Pass, a reasonably-priced BYOW that I like, personally, I'm of course thinking in particular of office parties, that kind of thing.

Anywhere decent and edible?

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  1. Hiya, the Prince-Arthur quest/question has come up before - you should check out this thread:

    Favorite on Prince Arthur St

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    1. Not that this helps anymore, but there once was a Greek (I know! Who woulda thunk it?!) place, which is now Afghani (I think) resto, below a Vietnamese place. Man, the food there was just amazingly tasty, perfectly marinated and roasted lamb, a vegetarian plate that would make you cry, fantastic stuffed and grilled squid. Three or four floors, laid out in mezzanines, working fireplaces in winter, etc.
      Like I said, I can't remember the name, but my ex and I would eat there every couple weeks. It definitely wasn't one of those 2fer1 souvlaki rip-off joints.

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      1. re: rillettes

        I'd like to find that one. Could it be Le Cavalier Afghan?

        1. re: lagatta

          I believe you are correct. Mind you, I haven't been there since the Greek place shut down, so I have no opinion as to the food.

      2. A lot of the food on Prince Arthur is extremely inexpensive... anyone that thinks that $8.50 table d'hotes are pricey... well...

        There are, I think, 4 different Greek restaurants within a block stretch on Prince Arthur. They all offer some sort of main, that comes with a loaf of bread, potatoes, rice etc. served with their own variation of soup and/or salad, coffee/tea and dessert for $8.50 - $15 or so, ranging from brochettes to filet mignon and many things to choose from. Quantity wise, it's more than satisfying. Quality wise, you're getting what you're paying for.

        Just off Prince Arthur (I think on St. Dominique) there's a little restaurant called Gourmet Thai-Viet that actually has a pretty decent table d'hote too. The dessert is always this horrible fried banana thing though.

        Tamarin is located right on Prince Arthur and it's decent... sort of a Vietnamese type food. I've only eaten there once and had grilled fish and a few starters that were all pretty good.

        I've never eaten at Mazurka, but that's supposed to be affordable, decent Polish food.

        Les Deux Gamins is a tad more expensive, but it's a cute little place and the food quality is actually very good (it's French bistro type food.) They have their own wine there though, so no BYO, and it's not particularly large. It replaced the Iraqi restaurant that replaced the Afghani restaurant that I think rillettes was talking about :)

        Jano has another Portuguese grill location on Prince Arthur. I've found Jano to be kind of hit or miss, but when they're on... if you're into grilled meat, it can't be beat. Especially during the summer, it's a nice place to go. Also not BYOW though.

        Marche 27 is new, on the "other" side of St. Laurent on Prince Arthur. A few people have given it decent reviews lately, mostly in regard to their novel tartare bar.

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        1. re: afoodyear

          I like Mazurka if I'm eating on Prince Arthur, very straightforward comfort food.

          1. re: afoodyear

            Just wanted to follow up and say that I've actually EATEN at Marche 27 now. The service was slow and miserable, but the generous portion of tartare for $13 was very nice and very tasty. Also had a chance to try a panini, and as far as paninis go, it was nothing to scoff at either.

          2. As afoodyear mentioned, Marche 27 is pretty good, I would also recommend Tay Do. Its on Duluth at Henri-Julien (two blocks east of St. Denis) and is easily my favorite BYOW in Montreal. You can order a la carte, but I would highly recommend going for the set meals. The most expensive one is something like $12 which gets you soup, rice, shrimp, chicken and beef, all of which extremely tasty. Its a great deal and the food is really good also.

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            1. re: MickFlanagen

              Marché 27 !
              Just back to Montréal after a year in Australia and this was my favourite new found new restaurant. Fresh, quality, professional service, great mixed of crowd: young, multi ethnic, gay, older, business, hockey fans !
              We had the horse tartar and beautiful dessert. Great quality-price. Unbeatable. Love it, very near by Excentris independant movie center for a pre or after meal.

            2. Despite my "nickname" I lived 20 years in Montreal. I actually agree that restaurants on Prince Arthur don't impress me... meaning East of Saint-Laurent (the touristy part). However, on the West part, in the first block, beside the Spanish restaurant, there is a Vietnamese restaurant, very reasonably priced and with great food... I love their Vietnamese salad with spring rolls (fried or not)...

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              1. re: Vermont gourmet

                If the area I'm thinking about is the one you describe, the Spanish restaurant has since gone through several hands operating as pubs and the Vietnamese place doesn't even ring a bell! There was also an Indian restaurant (Maison Tandoori) that has now become Marche 27.

                1. re: afoodyear

                  <Vietnamese place doesn't even ring a bell?>

                  I think it is " 14 Prince Arthur W". Tried once, my pho came pre-assembled with no option of adding "stuff". Never went back again.

                  1. re: emerilcantcook

                    Crazy... I googled it and the first sentence used to describe it was, "This easily overlooked hideaway..." I suppose if it's no good I'm not going to bother looking for it.

                    1. re: afoodyear

                      Ah! THAT place! It always looked like a hydroponic plant shop crossed with a deppaneur to me, even if the signage obviously says "restaurant" had I paid any attention :)

              2. Hey all,

                New to this site, first post of many to come.

                I went to Marche 27 a couple of weeks ago, and do agree the food was quite good, but one server there made the meal less enjoyable. We had the warm goat cheese coated with crushed walnuts. It came with honey to go with it, and it was amazing. We tried the duck tartare and the beef tartare. It was generous in portion, but could have used a bit more salt. Back to the server - Our server was great, but there was this manager/waitress who was talking and laughing obnoxiously like they were the only one in the room. Don't get me wrong, I am not one to have expect peace and calm when I go out. But if it's only 6 pm, and the manager is acting like she's in a nightclub 3 in the morning, that can add a sour note to your meal. Otherwise, the food was still quite good. ; )