Best resto under $100
We're three girls from Toronto, looking for the best meal in Montreal. We're gourmet foodies at heart, enjoy a gorgeous glass of wine, and love fashion forward decor but of course, we're also planning to go shopping, and spa'ing, hence the $100 limit. Any ideas? Thank you in advance!
I recommend Pintxo. It's a tapas sort of place on Roy in the plateau that specializes in seafood and braised meats. The prices are reasonable, their wines are good and the food is fantastic. Check out their website (www.pintxo.ca) for a view of the menu. If you do decide to go, the duo of marinated crab and shrimp is possibly the best deal in the world ($4 for a fresh crab salad and jumbo shrimp) and absolutely delicious.
Tay Do on Duluth is great bring your own wine Vietnamese place. You could easily do two bottles of wine and three meals for under $100.
You may be able to do the same at L'acadamie (various locations including St. Denis). That being said, neither of these places are "gourmet" foodie, but the food is great and the price is right.
I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard great things about the after 10pm menu at lemeac. With wine and tip and all that good stuff you might be pushing your $100 budget, but from what I have heard, its worth it (its on my list for next week). Maybe someone who has been can give you a better sense of what its like. You can also hit up their website at http://www.restaurantlemeac.com/fr-CA...
Lemeac is really good and if you can afford $100 per person, you don't have to wait until 22:00 to get the discounted menu.
I finally got a chance to try the $22 menu and it is one of the best deals in town. I got the smoked salmon and companion got the escargots as the appetizers. My salmon was succulent, almost pornographic; best smoked salmon I have tasted. The quantity was also very liberal for the price.The escargots were OK, I don't think I would order them myself next time. For the mains I got the steak tartare which came with excellent fries (you can also have it with salad). The tartare was very good too, thickly diced but not "fleshy"; you know the feeling you get when you are eating raw meat. Companion got the duck confit, and said it could compete with the one at P'tit Plateau's best days. His only concern was it came with "too much salad", but seriously there was a few kilos of (ok exaggerating) greens there, it was overwhelming. We also shared a chocolate tart with ginger ice cream served with sweet ginger preserves. The tart was made with Manjari chocolate, fruity and slightly bitter; ice cream and preserves complemented it nicely. Two apres 22 menus, 2 glasses of very good wine, a shared dessert and tip amounted to $100. Not cheap, but worth every penny.
That said, one of my most memorable meals was at Au Cinquime Peche, and many other people rave about it (just do a board search). With your budget, you can have a fantastic evening out there as well. But it is small, so reservations is a must. Here is the web site: