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best non-touristy "touristy" in old montreal

ito Apr 14, 2009 05:30 PM

here's the predicament. i'm taking my parents for dinner, and they want the stereotypical white tablecloth, french restaurant, old building - nothing too adventurous.

i want to give them that experience, while still dining somewhere that is at least a little hip and happening, with food worth spending good money for.

price range is mid to high (not break the bank high).

old montreal is the geographical limitation.

thanks all!

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    Frenchie Apr 14, 2009 06:39 PM

    Club Chasse et Pêche...all the way.

    1. SnackHappy Apr 14, 2009 08:01 PM

      I'll second the CC&P reco and would add a recommendation for Holder. The former is a bit more iconoclastic and adventurous with food that is very, very French even though the dishes are not French standbys. The latter is a brasserie/bistro with very lively atmosphere, a great open room in an old building and a menu that is brimming with traditional French dishes.


      Brasserie Holder
      407 McGill Street
      Tel: 514.849.0333

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      1. re: SnackHappy
        montreal traveller Apr 15, 2009 07:01 AM

        Yep-those would be my 2 as well-CC&P-is obviously a step up in terms of cost and quality-
        But Holder is a nice upbeat option.

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        bigfellow Apr 15, 2009 07:36 AM

        Try Le Latini
        1130, rue Jeanne-Mance corner René-Lévesque
        Montreal, Québec, H2Z 1L7

        It's just outside Old Montreal.

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          SnackHappy Apr 15, 2009 07:49 AM

          I don't know, but wouldn't Le Latini fail to meet the French and "not break the bank high" price criteria?

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            bigfellow Apr 15, 2009 07:56 AM

            At lunch they can be very reasonable. Many of their dishes are Italian/French boarder food.

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              mainsqueeze Apr 15, 2009 08:11 AM

              The OP said (s)he wants to take his parents out for dinner.

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          ito Apr 15, 2009 05:48 PM

          thanks for the ideas so far.
          i keep being led back to these two, as i research the web (it's hard from out here in vancouver).
          holder seems like a likely place, although i seem to get hints of a "see and be seen " vibe from other threads.
          their menu is more straightforward, and less progressive than c&p, which i think is good for the 'rents.

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          1. re: ito
            Frenchie Apr 16, 2009 06:56 AM

            Holder, however, is very very noisy - just be careful about that. On top of that, service is not always that great.

            You might as well want to consider Chez L'Épicier, which is more local than french, but classic and good.

            Yes - menu at CC&P might be a bit progressive, but it really is worth it.

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            Paphos.SK Apr 15, 2009 08:13 PM

            New place, DNA, is really a great treat and less $$ than Club Chasse et Pêche.
            DNA is hard to find and our cabbie was a pain, taking us to Gibby's (Yuck) in Place d'Youville instead of 355 Maguerite d'Youville.

            But DNA is new and so totally worth it, imho. It is run by a chef who used to work for Jamie Oliver. And the food is superb.

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              CookEatSleep Apr 16, 2009 07:25 AM

              Although I absolutely love DNA and would be the first to recommend it, I will say that it is doesn't fit the criteria of being French and un-adventurous. The food is more nouveau Italian market cuisine, with the atmosphere being very modern and sparse rather than old world French. The place that best fits your criteria is definitely Holder.

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