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ISO upscale, healthy but delicious restaurants in Montreal

phoenikia May 8, 2009 01:54 PM

I'm planning to bring relatives from California to Montreal for 2 days and 2 nights in June.

The only restaurant I can think of off the top of my head is Milos. Are there any other restaurants that you'd consider health conscious, but with a distinctly Montreal character, open for either lunch or dinner?

Are the portions at Toque on the light side?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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    marblebag May 9, 2009 10:15 AM

    I think Milos is closed, if it's the one on Parc.
    What is healthy for your relatives?

    When I came back from California I didn't eat out much - had to cook to get what I was used to. Au Pied du Cochon now fits in the healthy category :)

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    1. re: marblebag
      eat2much May 9, 2009 10:26 AM

      Milos is still open.

      I sort of agree with marblebag...your relatives can eat as healthy as they want when they get back to California. Montreal is best for artery corroding goodies. Fill them up with Picard's Poutine au Foie Gras at APDC and Schwartz's smoked meat and let them recover when they get home.

      Milos is indeed excellent but they can get all the grilled fish that they want in CA.......

      1. re: eat2much
        phoenikia May 9, 2009 03:07 PM

        I was planning to take them to APDC and Schwartz's already, so I wanted to plan at least one healthy meal to balance out the system...

        While I realize they can get grilled fish in CA, it's hard to find kakavia in CA- and the one at Milos is pretty amazing :) And Milos is much, much better than any Greek restaurants I have access to in Ontario. And if we go to Milos, I can take them for a frappe on Parc either before or after the meal!

        1. re: eat2much
          BernalKC May 11, 2009 12:59 PM

          No wonder my query about vegetarian friendly places got no replies. Makes sense.

          So glad to learn that Cafe Santropol is still alive and kicking. That was brand new when I lived there!!!

        2. re: marblebag
          phoenikia May 9, 2009 03:09 PM

          I guess by healthy, I'm thinking fish/poultry/lentils/vegetables/salads/olive oil. No poutine or cretons:)

        3. kpzoo May 9, 2009 11:13 AM

          For something casual and on the healthy side:

          Café Santropol - http://www.santropol.com/ - beautiful garden in the back.
          Fuschia Epicerie Fleur- http://www.epiceriefleur.com/indexEN.php - haven't been but have heard good things

          And what about Alep / Petit Alep for some relatively healthy Middle Eastern fare?
          191 rue Jean-Talon Est, 514-270-9361

          Edit: for some reason I missed the word "upscale" in your post title! I don't think Santropol or Fuschia would be considered upscale so I don't want to lead you astray - I apologize. :-)

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          1. re: kpzoo
            phoenikia May 9, 2009 03:04 PM

            thank you for the suggestions- I love Middle Eastern food!
            And good to hear that Santropol has a garden in the back.
            I don't mind if they're not upscale- just healthy and delicious work for me, too.

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            westaust May 9, 2009 12:16 PM

            Ferreira could fit the bill as "healthy" but upscale and delicious

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            1. re: westaust
              phoenikia May 9, 2009 03:12 PM

              Thanks westaust- I hoped to try Ferreira on a past visit, but we were unable to get a last minute reservation. Might do that since good Portuguese isn't that common in the Bay Area. What do you like on their menu the most?

              1. re: phoenikia
                marblebag May 9, 2009 09:37 PM

                When I lived in Mountain View there was little access to affordable Mediterranean fare. Evvia is good but it's an arm and a leg.

                For Greek in Montreal I like Le Parthenon on Van Horne / Cote des Neiges (http://www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iIDArticle=12161). For Portuguese I like Jano on St-Laurent (http://eatwellmontreal.com/jano/).

                1. re: marblebag
                  phoenikia May 9, 2009 11:14 PM

                  Thanks for the recommendations!

              2. re: westaust
                phoenikia Jun 13, 2009 05:23 PM

                I had a chance to try Ferreira this week, and I loved it!

                Superb tomato, arugula and fresh cheese salad, followed by perfectly grilled Dourade (aka Porgy aka Sea Bream aka Tsipoura) with orzo, and warm pasteis de nata served with caramel ice cream.

                Friendly service, nice atmosphere, and delicious food. And a happy vibe. My new favourite in downtown Montreal! Thanks for recommending it!

                Will be returning to Milos in a couple weeks- will be interesting see how my next meal at Milos compares with this recent meal at Ferreira.

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                tacotete May 10, 2009 06:30 PM

                One of my favorite restaurants in Montreal is Pinxtos on Roy, between St-Laurent and St-Denis. Every single time I have been there, I have been impressed by the presentation, tastes and excellent wine menu in this tapas restaurant. The tasting menu is always a hit and is very reasonably priced. The main courses are generous but if you want the full-on gastronomic pleasure, choose several pinxtos and your tastebuds will de delighted. Very healthy in my opinion.
                As for Ferreira Cafe on Peel, it is fabulous, if but a bit $$$. Worth the splurge! One of the best seafood restos in Montreal. I also like little ol' Chez l'Epicier, in Old Montreal. I always seem to end up there when I have guests in town. French and consistent. May not fully fit the "healthy" request if you consider there's always foie gras, creme brulee and other delicacies like that on the menu.....

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                1. re: tacotete
                  phoenikia May 12, 2009 09:02 AM

                  Thanks tacotete. I had noticed Pintxo (edited)- good to hear that it's impressive. I've added it to my shortlist!

                  And thanks for the rec of Chez l'Epicier in Old Montreal- will keep it in mind. Anytime I've winged it in Old Montreal, I've been somewhat disappointed, so it's good to be prepared.

                  1. re: phoenikia
                    carswell May 12, 2009 09:23 AM

                    For the search engine, the restaurant's name is Pintxo.

                    1. re: carswell
                      BernalKC May 12, 2009 10:38 AM


                      Chez L'épicier Restaurant Bar à Vin
                      311 St Paul E, Montreal, QC H2Y1H3, CA

                      Restaurant El Pintxo
                      256 Rue Roy E, Montreal, QC H2W1M6, CA

                      Ferreira Cafe
                      1446 Peel, Montreal, QC H3A 1S8, CA

                      1. re: carswell
                        wilmagrace Jun 13, 2009 06:28 PM

                        had contact with a cardiologist recently and he said salt is the killer so what restaurants are light with salt, maybe the raw food restaurant or if lot of fresh veggies and fruits on plates, and perhaps simple fish dishes, otherwise hidden salt may deceive you in thinking you are eating healthy, in fact homecooked where you know salt level is definitely the healthiest!

                        1. re: wilmagrace
                          afoodyear Jun 14, 2009 10:59 AM

                          Plenty of components make up "healthy" - but if sodium is something the OP wanted to avoid, Pintxo is an excellent recommendation. A lot of the seasoning is acid based (sherry vinegar, lemon juice, etc.) instead of being heavy on the salt. Of course, acids cover up salty tastes too.. but... it's delicious ;)

                  2. prima May 16, 2011 11:18 AM

                    Visiting again, and still looking for healthy & delicious options in Mtl.

                    Are Restaurant El Pintxo & Le Petit Alep still strong contenders for healthy & delicious food?

                    Are there any restaurants not already mentioned in this thread, that you'd recommend specifically for salads or lower salt options?

                    Petit Alep (Le)
                    191 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S8, CA

                    fuchsia epicerie fleur
                    4050 Avenue Coloniale, Montreal, QC H2W, CA

                    Restaurant El Pintxo
                    256 Rue Roy E, Montreal, QC H2W1M6, CA

                    Ferreira Cafe
                    1446 Peel, Montreal, QC H3A 1S8, CA

                    Estiatorio Milos- Montreal
                    5357 Park Ave, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9, CA

                    Restaurant Jano
                    3883 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W1X9, CA

                    Parthenon Souvlaki Rotisserie
                    3543 Av Van Horne, Montreal, QC H3S1R7, CA

                    3990 Rue Saint Urbain, Montreal, QC H2W 1T8, CA

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