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Montreal restos: very brief reviews

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Just returned from a longish stay in Montreal-- visited some old favorites and a few new ones. Some quick notes:

L'express: old reliable. Great risotto with lobster and bavette/frites.

Casa Tapas: very nice tapas in a crazy-busy space; we sat at the bar. Scallops with fig, salt cod, eggplant. Very nice wines/ sherries.

La Paryse: if you think the beef burger is good, try the pinto with bacon, Really.

Pullman: nice eats but excessive attitude. Enjoyed the suppli/arancini.

Reservoir: a big disappointment for all four members of the party. Really slow service, and every small plate tasted of rancid oil. Disappointing as it was recommended by several people for the food. Beer wasn't so great either.

Montee de Lait: a victim of overhype and misinformation: this is not a small plate place as we had been led to believe. Lunch table d'hote: three choices for appie and main, one choice for dessert.$24 for two courses. Cheese was not offered but they reluctantly provided when we asked. It was good cheese, mostly local. Shameless upselling by the sommelier. We dropped by to see if reservations were required, and they earnestly said that they were. Yet we were the only people in the joint for 90 minutes of a two-hour stay. Nothing is sadder than an empty restaurant,

Leo Gelato (new place on Duluth): enjoyed fig and almond, pineapple basil, chocolate orange. And they rocked the pistachio.

Spent a few days around Jean Talon Market and a day at Atwater. Enjoyed both immensely for a browse, but prefer JTM for actual food shopping.

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