Laque de Cheval
We are coming to Montreal on Friday and I have been going crazy trying to pick between all the wonderful restaurants. We will be there for 2 nights with 2 kids(6 and 10) who love to eat and are used to eating at all of NYC's finest. We don't want fancy just good food with a happening vibe. I made one reservation at APDC and another at Holder. A friend from Montreal just recommended Laque De Cheval but I have not seen any recent reviews. Please help me decide!
I suspect you are referring to "La queue de cheval" - an expensive steakhouse.
"Laque de Cheval" (Horse lacqueur) is not a very appetising image, to put it mildly. Sounds like an old nag being sent to the glue factory...
While La Queue de Cheval has its fans, the consensus opinion on this board is that it's an overpriced (300%+ wine markups! $16 iceberg lettuce salad!), pretentious steakhouse that, despite all the flash, doesn't rise above run of the mill in the steak department. What's more, aside from location and French on the menus, there's nothing remotely Montreal about it. Recommending that someone from the home of Peter Luger and Wolfgang's go there is just wrong. In the same area, head to Café Ferreira or Brontë. In Old Montreal, Le Club Chasse et Pêche or Aszu wine bar. Or save a few bucks and try to snag a table at Le Local. Or head to the Plateau, where you'll find Au Cinquième Péché, Laloux and Bistro Bienville. Or to Mile End, for a fun evening at tiny, funky Bouchonné wine bar. Or to the Main, for French at La Porte. Or to Little Burgundy for Joe Beef. Etc., etc. This board is chockablock with recent reccos for tourists; all you need to do is check out a few threads.
Thanks, Lagatta. Your review of "La Queue de Chaval" is just what I expected to read after checking out the restaurant's website. Seems like too much pomp and circumstance(and price) without the quality.
Of the restaurants you recommended, are any more "kid-friendly" than others?