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ScoobySnacks20 Mar 12, 2009 12:59 PM

Going to see customers at La Cité du Multimedia.

Any Suggestions on where to go/bring them that won't break the bank?

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    isa1 Mar 12, 2009 02:20 PM

    Depends how much you want to walk but in the Cite itself I would recommend Cluny on Prince. You also have Cartet on McGill or Olive & Gourmando on St-Paul.

    1. mainsqueeze Mar 12, 2009 03:33 PM

      I love love love love Titanic. Their antipasto dish (about $12) is amazing and the sandwiches ($9.50) are fantastic. It's not very formal though - it's cafeteria style.

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      1. re: mainsqueeze
        isa1 Mar 12, 2009 06:50 PM

        You`re right, I keep forgetting that place. Titanic & Cluny have the same owners. The food is great at both places

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          Delmare Mar 13, 2009 06:39 AM

          The service at Titanic is abysmal, though. It's one of those places where the staff competes to see who can go the longest without making eye contact with a customer.

          1. re: Delmare
            sweettoothMTL Mar 13, 2009 07:07 AM

            Those are all classics for good food, but, except for Cartet, don't have table service. Oh, and altough not an ''institution'' like the other mentionned places, the SoupSoup location on Wellington is very good, and they have full service, and good soups and sandwiches (and deserts :))

            1. re: sweettoothMTL
              Delmare Mar 13, 2009 09:08 AM

              The SoupeSoup restaurant is very nice but a little hard to find!

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          Frenchie Mar 13, 2009 07:10 AM

          I'm a big fan of Vallier, corner of McGill and Lemoyne. Lunch will cost about $20 / person. The food is good (try the burgers) and it's unpretentious.
          Very close to your work is also SoupeSoup, on Wellington. Everyday they have four or five choices of soups and sandwiches...everything is delicious and the space is great.

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          1. re: Frenchie
            superbossmom Mar 13, 2009 09:36 AM

            totally agree with Vallier, nicely varied menu of good quality and value.

            As for Titanic, this last year I've found their quality and attention to food go down;
            I used to order lunch from them when I had my business in old montreal.

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            CocoBean Mar 14, 2009 01:27 AM

            You know what? In my opinion, Olive and Gourmando crushes all these competitors in a heartbeat! Unbelievable sandwiches, soups, salads, antipasto platters, etc... accompanied by fantastic baked good, delicious coffee, and the friendliest staff in the "vieux". It's my favorite lunch-time destination, and I crave it daily. I would live there if I could. Just go.

            PS. Whenever O&G is closed for vacation/renovation/and the like, I go to Cluny. There is ABSOLUTELY no comparison between the two. O&G is simply superior. Just go.

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            1. re: CocoBean
              alixium Mar 14, 2009 04:32 PM

              while I do admit O&G's food is excellent, I doubt I would enjoy bringing clients there at lunch time. It is always so packed, so one would have to wait in line in (very) close quarters with said clients. Also, it does not have a relaxed atmosphere and would not foster extensive work discussion... After the food is done, you leave to make way for the other tightly-squeezed-while-waiting patrons.

            2. Alyson777 Apr 16, 2009 11:30 AM

              I highly reccomend Olive and gourmando for lunch on St Paul. They make really awsome sandwiches.
              In old Mtl I would also recommend Holder (bistro) on Mcgill College

              another great place for breakfast/ lunch also on Mcgill college is LE CARLET

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              1. re: Alyson777
                C70 Apr 19, 2009 11:34 AM

                mcgill st.

                not mcgill college avenue.

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                  mainsqueeze Apr 19, 2009 01:52 PM

                  Yes, and it's Le Cartet, not Le Carlet.

              2. alixium Apr 16, 2009 11:44 AM

                just came back from lunch at Cluny. totally disappointed... The latte tasted like water, and the sandwiches were so-so. I had high expectations but they fell short!! I am still thinking about this tasteless coffee. so sad.
                Also, the service was only provided in english. While I don't care myself, my collegue is french and had trouble ordering. I don't think this should be happening in Montreal.

                1. BernalKC Apr 18, 2009 10:45 AM

                  An San Francisco hound here, collecting ideas for an upcoming visit. Gotta love chowhound! Are any of these more vegetarian friendly than others?

                  Le Cartet
                  106 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

                  Olive et Gourmando
                  351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

                  649 Rue Wellington, Montreal, QC H3C, CA

                  Vallier Restaurant Licenci
                  425 McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y 2H1, CA

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                  1. re: BernalKC
                    superbossmom Apr 20, 2009 03:56 AM

                    O&G has a warm chèvre and caramelized onion grilled panini served with home made chutney
                    that is amazing, they always have a daily salad that is always interesting. Le Cartet has a vegetarian quiche that I had recently and thoroughly enjoyed.

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