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Apr 24, 2009 07:12 AM

Cafe Cherrier

I am going to Montreal this summer, for the umpteenth wonderful time, and have always been intrigued by Cafe Cherrier. Perhaps it is the chic black awning. Should I go or is it better as a mystery? If I should go, when should I go?

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  1. Personally? Better as a mystery. It is ok, but I wouldn't say it was memorable. Simple bistro food, ok execution, nice atmosphere, right on St. Denis. But if food is your main focus, there are other better choices.

    1. like Moh said, it's a good place for terrace lounging; the food is ok.

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      1. re: Maximilien

        Thanks for the help. It will probably remain a mystery.

        1. re: ChewFun

          It's a nice place to sit outside for Brunch in the summer months. I don't think Cafe Cherier would be exciting if they didn't have a terrace. However, Since they do have a terrace it is a nice touristy place to sit out and listen to the violinist they have play music. The food is so so.. nothing special!

          If you want good breakfast food though and not just atmostphere... Across the street from Cafe Cherier is UNIVERSAL ... they do have a great brunch menu.

          1. re: Alyson777

            I've only tried Universal once, but my breakfast was pretty mediocre.

            I think Cherrier would be fun to go for an afternoon coffee, or a snack or drink; but would save my full meal allowance for somewhere else.

        2. re: Maximilien

          «it's a good place for terrace lounging»

          Provided you don't mind car noise and fumes...

          1. re: carswell

   cherrier...bringing back memories of 1990 when going there for onion soup and red wine by the glass was the height of sophistication (according to my 16 year old self).
            One time my car overheated on that very corner and we left it there...waiting for the tow truck...with smoke billowing out while we had espresso on the terrace--that may have been the car noise and fumes you were thinking of....
            Back to the topic I did have breakfast there sometime last year and it was nothing special--go to l'express instead.

        3. Good breakfast after that good breakfast...

          1. I go their once in a while when I crave simply bistro food. If I were visiting, I would go elsewhere because your time is limited.

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            1. re: The Chemist

              Where would you suggest? I have a 6 year old who is picky, but give him fries or pasta with butter and all is okay. We usually just ignore his pickiness. I know the city pretty well having spent a week there every other year for about 12 years. As long as it is somewhat centrally located and not more than 30 minutes walk from a Metro.

              1. re: ChewFun

                As mentioned above, l'express is a good bet. I would do a search on this board for bistro food and you will find TONS of good recs. =D Probably, you will see the names 1) Au pied de cochon, 2) Lemeac, 3) Au cinquieme peche, 4) Le Club Chasse et Pêche, over and over again. All are solid bets and I think would be able to please your 6 year old with something simple like fries =D

                Good luck! Enjoy the city!

                1. re: The Chemist

                  Club Chasse et Peche, much as I love it, isn't a bistro, and I've never seen fries there. If you're worried about feeding a picky 6-year-old, that's not the place to go. I agree with The Chemist that Pied de Cochon or Lemeac would be great, though.

                  1. re: cherylmtl

                    I'll take your word for it that there are no fries, but I was curious why Le Club Chasse et Pêche does not qualify as a bistro? The definition can be very open to interpretation of course, but I was Just curious is all.

                    1. re: The Chemist

                      Why does LCC&P not qualify as a bistro?

                      Few if any mirrors.
                      No café chairs.
                      Many non-square tables.
                      Tables are not rearranged as a matter of course.
                      No generic décor.
                      No standard menu with rotating specials.
                      Few if any classic bistro dishes.
                      High-endish prices.
                      Not geared for high turnover.

                      While the distinction between bistro and fancy restaurant is increasingly blurred, LCC&P seems squarely in the fancy resto camp.

                      1. re: carswell

                        Thanks all for the info. I will try to go to L'Express. I've wanted to go there for a while too.

                        1. re: carswell

                          Makes sense. I have not been yet. Soon probably.

              2. Cafe Cherrier is a great Montreal experience. Crowd is diverse - everyone from families to artsy Plateau types to quebec celeb types (that I don't recognize lol) to the young and fun. Food is pretty standard brunch fare with a French twist. Some great salads. Service is slow but it's definitely the place for a long casual brunch to catch up and people-watch.

                Decidedly better than Universel which is busy, bustling, quick, and quite greasier - more like a diner although much nicer looking. Quick friendly service. You can be in and out in 30 minutes flat!

                I go to both frequently. It's really about what you're looking for but I would definitely pick Cherrier over Universel for an out-of-towner.

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                1. re: Abendschein

                  Cafe Cherrier has a wonderful salad with greens and chicken livers! I am going to Montreal next month and am making a beeline especially for that dish.

                  Cafe Cherrier
                  3635 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X3L6, CA

                  1. re: bronwen

                    Thanks, I will be back in the Fall and will probably go there this time.