Dinner bets around Le National/ The Village
I have done some board search, but couldn't come up with a place that was consistently recommended around the Village. I am planning a dinner before a show at the National and I am clueless about where to go. We were thinking about Au Petit Extra, but we have just done a round of French BYOB and want to branch out a little bit. Anything chow-worthy around those environs? All parameters are open...
I would probably stick with Au Petit Extra.
There is some semi-decent stuff like:
-Tabla: Indian place on Ste. Catherine near rue de la Visitation... Obviously doesn't hold a candle to the selection and price of places on Jean Talon.
-Bato Thai: Thai place that is alright, but you'd be better off getting something at Bangkok for sure
-Cafe Mi Burrito: This is more like guilty pleasure food for me, since you probably know the state of Mexican food in Montreal
But yeah, even though it's predictable French stuff, Au Petit Extra is pretty good and is ultimately a safer bet.
Haven't been recently but Miyako (1439 Amherst, 514 521-5329) was always a pretty good sushi bar.
Haven't ever been to Duel and keep hearing mixed reports, some of them from people who went on the same evening, but it might be worth a shot. You could take one for the team, be our chowish guinea pig! www.restaurantduel.com
Au Petit Extra is a sure bet. Last fall, Alain Loivel, now of Le P'tit Plateau but the chef who made APE's reputation, told me he thought current chef Nathalie Major was doing a bang-up job these days. High praise.
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Right next to le National is a place called Mozza - it's a very little italian restaurant, you need reservations. It has been consistently good for me. I would not go out of my way to eat there, but when I am in the area, it is the best bet I have found. It's not at all expensive. You get an appetizer, a ceasar salad and either pasta or pizza for one price below 20$ for sure. And on the plus side, it's BYO, there is an SAQ right next door, and Le National on the other side. I always eat there when I am attending a show in the area.
Duel, if you don't mind spending a fair bit of money, is a unique dining experience. The night we went the food was very good and very inventive. The vibe is hip but not formal, and the price tag is pricey. (wine list is especially expensive).
Mozza, as recommended by Em24, is a great low-cost choice. The pasta is always fresh and there are loads of choices--great service.
I haven't been lately, so it might not be fair, but Au Petit Extra, for me, is just kind of so-so French food. I always think of it as an option if I can't think of anything else, but I've never found it extra special in any kind of way. If you are looking for safe and you like Italian, go for Mozza.