Dinner for two? 4 days to discover the culinary treats of Montreal
Bonjour! I'm heading to Montreal for 4 days to attend a seminar (staying at Gouverneur Dupuis corner of Saint Hubert and Saint Catherine). I'll have a car, but would also like to walk and see the city too!
I would like to be teased, tantalized and mesmorized by 4 scrumptious dinners.
I'm not concerned with cost but would want to walk away from the meal saying "%$#, that was worth it!"
We're pretty much open to any type of food. Just want to be wowed. I travel all the time and am looking for something special.
Here's my thoughts on what I'd like to experience, but I'm really open to trying something new too!
1) Romantic (drinking wine, cosy tables for two, tasting menus & ambience)
2) Thai/Vietnemese (more sit down than take out, please)
3) Old Montreal perhaps a Table d'hôte?
4) Unique to Montreal/French? Fondue, French etc?
Thanks for all your help! I've tried doing other searches, but I thought I'd find out from the people who love food and live here!
Looking forward to 4 nights of culinary bliss
For your "unique to Montreal" requirement, I would suggest Garde Manger. In Old Montreal, it is a small resto in a very old cave-like space. If you go early, (before 8), you will be able to talk to your fellow diners about how much you love the food. After 8, it gets a little rock n roll, and you will have to shout about how much you like the food. Some people might be dancing....some people will be drinking way too much. Eating at the bar is a fun option. The owner is always around and mixes the music himself---ultra cool mixes of everything from Leonard Cohen to Michael Jackson to Radiohead. Stick to seafood and I think you won't be disappointed. Service is excellent. Very unique.
There have been a lot of threads recently on this, so I've located a few for your perusal:
This is a thread on Montreal vs. Quebec City. Skip the references to Quebec City, but the Montreal recommendations are all excellent, and you should easily cover "old Montreal", "Romantic" and "Unique to Montreal". (BTW: it is Au Pied de Cochon that is referred to in the first few posts of this thread)
Here is a thread debating the merits of Bronte or Club Chasse et Peche, both great places, again covering subjects 1,3,4:
Recent NY times article, can't go wrong with any of these suggestions
Recent thread on Au Pied de Cochon, probably one of MOntreal's more famous restos:
Schwartz's for smoked meat is pretty unique to MOntreal.
A thread on Bring your own wine restaurants: MOntreal is a great city for this. Buy a really nice wine from the SAQ (or a bunch of nice wines) and bring them, no corkage. If you like wine, this is such a great thing, because you can splurge on a wine and not overpay.
Anyhow, that's a start. I'm mot going to recommend Thai/Vietnamese places because my favs are really cheap, and may not be quite what you are looking for. Perhaps others could chime in.
If you have further questions after reading these posts, feel free to post again! Happy to help you narrow down choices, and if you have specific desires, we can certainly weigh in with our opinions. Have a good trip!