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queenofhearts Dec 11, 2008 12:42 PM

I am looking for a restaurant or bar to celebrate New years that has a view of the Fireworks. We are a couple, ages 35 and 50, from NYC. We are looking for preferably French Canadian food. Live music would also be nice

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    Jonquilles Dec 16, 2008 11:37 AM

    Not sure if you're actually interested in this since it does not involve any fireworks, but I just found a website with restaurants who offer special menus for New Year's Eve: http://restomontreal.ca/restaurants/features/montreal-new-years-nouvel-an-restaurants.php?lang=en.
    There is also one of the clubs and the specials they offer for the same evening: http://www.montreal-clubs.com/new-yea... . I have actually not been to any of these places myself, so I would be interested if anyone has and what is recommended and what should be avoided.

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    1. re: Jonquilles
      carswell Dec 16, 2008 12:17 PM

      «I just found a website with restaurants who offer special menus for New Year's Eve»

      You just found a commercial website that has spammed this and other local boards and that features restaurants not because they're worthwhile but because they pay for the privilege. The "reviews" and ratings are not to be trusted. And, you'll note, few of the restaurants on their New Year's list get much praise from foodies here or elsewhere, whereas the restaurants that float our boats are mostly AWOL. The original poster would be better advised to make a list of interesting restaurants s/he'd like to eat at and then contact them to see what they offer on the 31st. Aside from a few restos with dreary food -- the revolving Tour de Ville atop the Delta Centre-Ville, for example -- there probably aren't many eateries that offer views of the fireworks.

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        queenofhearts Dec 16, 2008 12:39 PM

        Thanks for the warnings!

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          MartinSLR Dec 17, 2008 07:29 AM

          i dont understand?? For restaurant confusion sur Saint-denis this is the voir review
          http://www.voir.ca/publishing/article.aspx?zone=1&section=21&article=34167 and this the tourism montreal review http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/Cuisine/Restaurants/confusion-tapas-du-monde and this is the restomontreal review http://www.restomontreal.ca/restauran... please excuse my english but all of them look like the same to me and how does one buy a review in restomontreal i make mine for free.

          1. re: MartinSLR
            carswell Dec 17, 2008 08:36 AM

            Where did I say the restos pay for reviews? They pay to be featured on the site, to be listed first in searches, to have their logo displayed, to be included in Christmas and New Year's listings, to have their menus online, to have coupons, photos and even videos available for downloading. Merit plays little to no role in their selection as a featured restaurant, only money does. There are, not surprisingly, some diamonds among them -- Le Bleu Raisin on their Christmas Menu list is a personal favourite -- but there are also many lumps of coal, and there's no easy way of telling which is which.

            The reviews are anonymous and, unlike here, little attention appears to be paid to spam control. Confusion may be a great place (never been, don't have an opinion one way or the other), but look at the number of reviews from one-time posters, people with no track record. How do you know they aren't a plant, a friend of the owner who's doing the owner a favour, an employee of the restaurant, a Restomontreal employee who's doing his best to ensure a paying client is kept happy? (And given the behaviour of Restomontreal employees on this and other boards, that's not such a far-fetched proposition.) What about the people who have posted exactly twice, once to rave about Confusion and once to rave about its sister restaurant, Vertige?

            Commercial sites like Restomontreal may be useful for getting addresses and phone numbers and for checking out the odd online menu. But they are not to be trusted when it comes to restaurant recommendations, especially when you have easy access to restaurant reviews in local papers and, best of all, online blogs and discussion groups like this one, where there's an ongoing debate over the merits of restaurants from people with track records and no connection with the establishments they're discussing.

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              MartinSLR Dec 19, 2008 02:15 PM

              & more on confusion
              http://www.jaunted.com/story/2008/12/...

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                lecker Jan 2, 2009 04:27 PM

                Just returned from a trip to Montreal and Quebec. On our first night in Montreal, we arrived late and could not get a table at any of the restaurants that we wanted. Two employees at our hotel recommended Confusion on St. Denis, called and then managed to get us a table. The fact that Confusion still had tables open on a busy night such as Saturday should have been a clue to us. But we were tired after our 9-hour drive up from the US and we just wanted to eat good food. Is that too much to ask for?

                When we arrived at the restaurant, it was relatively empty. It's a cool space: low ceiling, red paint over exposed brick and stone, accented here and there with local acrylic and oil painting, and three two-top tables, with swing chairs suspended from the ceiling, facing a mirrored wall. They seated us, a party of two, at a large booth good enough for four people. We were surprised and feeling a bit guilty for taking a large table on a Saturday night but the hostess said that it was find-should have been another clue. We ordered cocktails, a fruity Citadel vodka raspberry martini for my husband and a dirty martini (with two olives, not three) pour moi. Both pleased each of our palettes and we expected great things from the rest of the evening. Sadly, we were disappointed as the evening progressed.

                Confusion calls itself a tapas place so we decided to order a few small dishes. We started with the foie gras and chocolate. It sounded strange and different so we thought, "why not?" The chocolate cake was dry and overcooked on the edges but the foie gras was tasty (or else we were so famished for foie gras that anything would have tasted good). Grilled quail came next. I love quail but theirs was dry and not tender at all. I was so disappointed. I had never been so let down by quail before. Our first meal in Montreal was heading south. From there, we moved onto sweetbread with polenta. The polenta was cooked perfectly, not too mushy but distinctly flavorful and well seasoned. Unfortunately, I did not care for the sweetbread. Instead of being succulent and rich, it was dry and flavorless. What a waste! Next came the Beef Carpaccio. Unlike the previous dishes, it was very tasty, with a nice earthy hint from the truffle oil. The only thing I would have changed is to have used shaved Parmesan cheese instead of grated Parmesan. I know it's not a big difference but I think it would have made a noticeable difference in the texture and flavor of the dish. We finished with mushroom risotto (eatable but nothing memorable) and dates with proscruitto and Greek cheese, (dry, lukewarm and very disappointing).

                I do not recommend Confusion at all. It's got an interesting interior and the swinging seats are a novelty but the food lacks taste, soul, balance and anything resembling great cuisine. It may be a fun place for a group of people to go and have a drink. But I imagine there must be better bars and lounges for drinks in Montreal than Confusion. The name of this place, Confusion, should be a warning to all: stay away; They REALLY are in a state of confusion and we should heed their warning.

                 
      2. kpzoo Dec 11, 2008 01:17 PM

        Pardon my ignorance, but where are the fireworks on NY Eve? Old Port?

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          queenofhearts Dec 11, 2008 01:54 PM

          Apparantly people gather at Place Jacques Cartier, but i don't know where the fireworks are fired from

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            Shattered Dec 12, 2008 12:56 AM

            My guess would be the same place as the fireworks during the summer - Ile Ste-Helene. So the OP ideally wants a resto along de la Commune for the best view, or someplace a bit uphill but with an unobstructed view.

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