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Sep 9, 2008 11:04 AM

Lunches near the Science Museum, Biodome, Biosphere

We're driving up on the 29th (Mon) and we're planning on lunch at Abu Elias, and dinner at Shahi Palace that day.

Tues. morning I'm aiming for bagels, I think probably St. Viateur Bagels because I think there's a location close to the hotel we're staying on uhm...Avenue Du Parc (though I have to check on that). Then we'll head to the science museum. Lunch will likely be somewhere around the science museum, so I'd like some recommendations. Unusual ethnicities are things we do like to explore, and we do miss there being no good Greek food in Vermont, so that's always a good option. :) Dinner Tues night we're talking about Au Pied du Cochon (sp?), but I think that depends on what we score for lunch on Tues.

Weds we'll be going to the Biosphere, so breakfast somewhere near the hotel again, maybe, then off to the biosphere, but I don't know if there's anywhere to get lunch out that way, doesn't look like it. Looks like we'd be better off getting a portable lunch we could bring with us, maybe, or just plan on a later lunch after we've been there. If we didn't have dinner at APDC before, we'll have it this night. Otherwise I'm not sure where we'll go this night.

Thurs I have us down for going to the Biodome. I know they have a cafeteria, and that might suffice for a quick hold over snack, but I prefer not to waste stomach space on cafeteria food when I'm in an area like Montreal. ;) Though maybe I'm hosed. Maybe we should do the Biodome and the Biosphere on the same day, they're in roughly the same area? Hrmph.

Thoughts on lunches for these days would be greatly appreciated, in any case.

Thanks in advance. :)

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  1. Firstly, the Biosphere and Biodome are not very close to each other, but it wouldn't take that long to get from one to another using the metro.

    Secondly, you will probably want to make a reservation at Au Pied De Cochon, and work around that, because you are not guaranteed a spot if you walk in off the street. My recommendation is to ask for a seat at the bar where you can see the kitchen staff working, and they will sometimes give you things to try.

    Thirdly, avenue du Parc is a very long street so if I were you I would check where your hotel is and report back so that we can recommend breakfast and lunch ideas near there. If you are indeed in the mile-end area you might enjoy Le Dépanneur Café (206 Bernard West) for breakfast or brunch. I love their various grilled cheese options - especially the one with cheddar, apple, and grape.

    The Science Centre is within walking distance from China town, where you'll find lots of good Chinese and Vietnamese options. (Search this board for China Town recommendations).

    There was a recent thread about eating near the biodome. I'll try to see if I can find it for you.

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    1. re: mainsqueeze

      There's a place I wanted to try for dim sum that I saw on a thread somewhere, kang something maison something kang... I have the address somewhere. :)

      1. re: Morganna

        Maison Kam Fung. Other options in Old Montreal are Le Local, Le Cartet, Olive et Gourmando, Cluny Art Bar and Titanic. The first one is mostly a bistro and the other four are good sandwich places.

        1. re: Campofiorin

          Maison Kam Fung, that was it. :) Whoo hooo I'm looking forward to some dim sum! I've never had really good dim sum before. Looks like we'll be able to walk there from the museum though. That's good.

      2. re: mainsqueeze

        Just wanted to mention that we drove by Le Dépanneur Café last night and it seems it's closed for rennovations.

        1. If I remember correctly from one of your previous posts, you're hotel is on Parc downtown. Saint-Viateur bagel is in the Mile-End. It's walkable, but it's not in the same neighbourhood. From looking at your itinerary I get the feeling that you might be underestimating the distances between all of these places. You might want to overestimate travel times from one place to another as the traffic and parking situation in Montreal can be quite frustrating.

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          1. re: SnackHappy

            I'm hoping to avoid driving as much as possible and use public transport. :) And I'm not underestimating distances, though it looks like I did make a mistake about where the biodome and sphere were in relation to each other. My husband actually just corrected that, he's mapping all this on some software. :) We've got GPS/mapping software. :) I am planning on doing each one of those on separate days so we won't be over extending. :)

            1. re: Morganna

              Shahi palace is particularly far from where you'll be staying, as is Abu Elias.

              1. re: mainsqueeze

                Oh I know that, but from what I've heard, worth going, eh? I don't mind traveling for good food. I think our streets and trips software places Shahi Palace about 45 mins away from the hotel. Does that seem right?

                1. re: Morganna

                  I guess so. Maybe slightly less or more, depending on traffic.

                  1. re: Morganna

                    If you go later in the evening, it's 45 minutes. If you try heading there at 6 pm, it's probably closer to 90...

                    1. re: cherylmtl

                      " If you try heading there at 6 pm, it's probably closer to 90..."

                      ...but it is still worth the trip!!!! so yummy. My personal favorite is the beef nehari, but the balti runs a close second.

                      1. re: moh

                        Ok, I actually made reservations for 6 for us on Monday night for Shahi Palace, and since we're not doing anything prior to that except for leaving from the hotel to go there, we'll be sure to take that into account. Though the guy was kinda amused I was making reservations for a Monday night. ;)

                        I made reservations for 6:30 at Au Pied de Cochon for Tuesday night.

                        Now I'm trying to figure out which Greek restaurant we should go to for dinner Wed. night! :) And I have no idea what to do about Thurs. night yet . :)

                        1. re: Morganna

                          I just had an outstanding meal at Alep, the formal restaurant next to Le Petit Alep, more a bistro like atmosphere. The menus are similar, but they do degustation menus at Alep. They specialize in cuisine from around Aleppo, a combination of Syrian and Armenian cuisines, with a lot of spicy kick to the food. The more people you have, the more dishes you likely get to taste. We had the degustation with meat and fish, 3 full courses starting with mezze and continuing on to meat dishes. (About $40 per person, plus tax and tip). This was one of the best, most interesting, unique degustations I have had in the last few years. I would strongly recommend this option!

            2. Howdy!

              When you're at the Biodome (not the sphere) Le Valois is a great and cheap restaurant it is within walking distance as well. More here:

              1. There are a lot of great bakeries and patisseries where you can pick up really nice sandwiches to go, and salads, and of course dessert. If you want to save time on your day at the Biosphere or Biodome, I would just pack a nice lunch from one of these places. It will save you time, you won't have to walk/drive around looking for some place to eat. There is the classic Premiere Moisson, Patisserie Gascogne, Olive et Gourmando to name a few places, but there are also many local places in any neighbourhood. You can do sandwiches, paninis, croissant, various french pastries, mini quiches and sausage rolls, the options are endless. And much tastier than the cafeteria food!