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Haute Cuisine in Montréal?

Hookcookman Oct 16, 2008 08:58 AM

Are there any temples gastronomiques in Montréal? I seek classic cuisine, meticulously prepared and professionally served. Both Montréal and Quebec City had such restaurants at one time; are they a thing of the past? Do I search in vain?

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  1. mainsqueeze RE: Hookcookman Oct 16, 2008 09:02 AM

    Didn't you just start this thread a couple of days ago and ignore the reply you got?

    If you tell us which places you remember being good maybe we can tell you if they still exist - or whether anything exists now that is comparable.

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      rcianci RE: mainsqueeze Oct 16, 2008 06:11 PM

      The OP was asking about Quebec City in the previous thread.

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      Maximilien RE: Hookcookman Oct 16, 2008 04:13 PM

      Cuisine evolve, all/most classical restaurants from a few years ago closed or are not worthy anymore (les Halles, Les Chenets, ...)

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        souschef RE: Maximilien Oct 17, 2008 06:38 AM

        There is Bonaparte, that has on its menu classics like "Sauce Grand Veneur", but I found the resto very disappointing, with its nondescript brown sauces.

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        Hookcookman RE: Hookcookman Oct 17, 2008 02:45 PM

        The restaurants I was referring to were visited in the late 50's and 60's, and the most recent the original Four Seasons on Montreal. I have lived in New York and Europe most of the time since - the latter with still a fair number of restaurants in the classic style - high quality and variety of ingredients, skill in preparation, professionalism in service. While never chock-a-block, there was a fair number in these two cities and I wondered if any had survived. Doesn't look good!

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          Maximilien RE: Hookcookman Oct 17, 2008 03:49 PM

          Well, things change in 40, 50 years !!! I would not say that it does not look good; those were replaced by restaurants like Toque, La Chronique and a few other "high end" places; because montreal is (all things considered) less wealthy than NY and pretty much all big European cities, the number of high end restaurants will be low compared to other cities,

          But, Montreal have an edge on high quality "bistro", café and brasseries that can show off a varied food experience; at a very good Q/P ratio.

          If you're looking for stuffy hotel restaurants, you can still go to the Beaver Club.

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