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superbossmom Jun 6, 2009 03:53 PM

I am thinking it might be fun to post on where locals eat in a given week; I end up eating out now and then for necessity , not necessarily looking for a gastronomical adventure and I end up at places that might not be recommended highly but they fit the bill for what I'm looking for. Monday night, we had a simple pasta dinner at Bistro Marinara on Stanley,
tuesday I had a burger at Buns, wednesday mid morning I met my daughter at Eggspectation on Laurier, I had an errand to run around there, they do a basic eggs over easy and toast rather well, the side terrace was lovely. Thursday around 5, I was starving and again on Laurier, since I only had 45 minutes, I hopped over to laurier bbque, it did the trick; leg of chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, needed a sugar fix so I had their moka cake, basic white cake covered in icing like my mom used to make. So nothing memorable this week but no bad meals either out of all of the above. I had a dr appt finish earlier than predicted on wednesday, so I took the time to walk over to Myriade for a decaf cap, that's always a treat.

how many times do you eat out in a week ?

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    Maximilien Nov 27, 2009 02:58 PM

    Yesterday, went for drinks (only) at the new Assomoire in Old Montreal, got a couple of good drinks, a nice James Bond-esque Martini (recipe from the Casino Royal movie), and the "La Quintessence" (can't remember the exact ingredients, but it was good); the place was packed for the 5 à 7 (extended)

    Also, went to "Aux Vivres" for lunch today, nice and hippie-ish; before that, a long coffee at Neve after my vaccine shot.

    Also the new Thai-Express in Westmount/NDG (couple of blocks east of décarie), for an ok pad thai and ordinary roll; but it's a nice addition to a boring neighborhood.

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      jtothe Nov 28, 2009 07:19 AM

      Had meals at Monkland Tavern, Kam Fung, La Montee, Amaranto recently.
      I live around Monkland village and I've had trouble finding places to eat that I would go back too. I would definetely go back Monkland Tavern, had a tasty spaghetti vongoli, the pasta was properly cooked, something I havent had since returning from Italy earlier this year. My stove at home doesn't get hot enough to boil the pasta rapid enough to achieve that perfect al dente.
      Ate at La Montee finally, had the six course with wines, great meal, I was already little under the intoxicated so maybe I enjoyed it even more, can't remember any of the wines I had, I wish I could have had a little wine and menu card with my bill, I think more tasting menu restaurants need to do that. Memories are good, and I'd like to be able to keep track of wines I like. Anyway, As for the food, amuse bouche was an oyster, tempura'd just warmed with a tuna mayonaise, which was really flavourful and interesting, could have eaten a dozen of. Next was a play on clam chowder. It was a serano wrapped monkfish, with crushed fingerlings and a chowder soup/sauce. I normally dislike dishes where I need to use a fork/knife/ and spoon all at once! but this was awesome, the starch in the potatoes absorbed the soup and made it into a creamy massed potato sauce. It was very nice. Next I had a a Rutabega tasting, which was unreal, brought back memories of my grandfathers garden, there was a soup, pickled rutabegas, lightly sauteed, a scalloped potato style. it was awesome. I had a braised beef cheek for my main course, then a cheese course which I can't remember, starting to get quite drunk at this point. It reminded me of a fleur d'anis from france, but it was a quebec cheese, with some picled apples, desert was as blood orange creme brulee duo. which was great, as well as a blood orange brulee foam, same flavour just in foam form. anyway overall it was an exceptional meal. service was great, pairings were nice, I think I had 6 courses in about 1.5hours. Whereas I had 5 courses at Bronte and it took 3.5 hours.
      Amaranto was nice, I had been craving some mexican since I moved to Montreal, and this was authentic enough, they have horcata which is my fav mexican drink. I recommend it for sure, definetely casual spot.

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      FlipSide Nov 27, 2009 10:34 AM

      Probably 5-6 times a week... most often for business.

      Luckily in Outremont there's lot of choice!

      This week:

      Monday - Lester's Deli (lunch) + Mikado Sushi (dinner)
      Tuesday - Ian Perreault's Pret-à-manger (Take out lunch)
      Wednesday - Rotisserie Serrano (lunch)
      Thursday - Pho Rosemont (lunch)
      Friday - Paris Beurre

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        westaust Nov 27, 2009 07:22 AM

        Saturday: Macaroni Bar
        Great atmosphere if you’re in the late 20’s early 30’s crowd, we had a reservation at 9pm which was honored on the spot. Service started really slow, to get our first round of drinks it took easily 30 minutes, but afterwards it improved once we were all seated and ready to order. I had a beef tartare appetizer, hand chopped, nicely flavored, although it seems something was missing, which I can’t pinpoint, thus not making it one of the best I’ve tried in this town. I also taster the tuna bombs, which are a tuna tartare mixed with tempura served over some aioli, definitly the best appetizer I’ve tasted. As for the gnocchi poutine, not bad, but not worth the detour. Main course I had the mushroom and truffle oil tagliatelle, what a disapointment. Loads of mushrooms, pasta cooked correctly but the dish lacking in flavor overall, it’s a no sauce pasta dish which I knew from the get go, but there was something missing to bring the pasta, mushrooms and truffle oil together.
        Not a bad restaurant, but nothing to write home about food wise, you go there for the atmosphere combined with good but not excellent food.

        Sunday and Thursday Lunch: Anton & James
        Tasted both the Cuban sandwich (grilled chicken breast, ham, back bacon, swiss cheese and mustard) and the mushroom and goat cheese sandwich. In both cases great bread, grilled perfectly and full of ingredients.
        Definitly one of my favorite gourmet sandwich spot downtown.

        Thursday: Bar et Boeuf
        Had a Beef tartare as a main course, served with a salad. Tartare hand chopped, nicely seasonned, just enough spyciness from the mustard. Dessert we share a desert platter which contained chocolate brownies topped with crème fraiche, cheesecake which was not your traditionnal cheesecake, it was a little cookie with some cheesecake ball on top, and vanilla crisp, a chocolate covered vanilla filling.
        Good place, I would go back for the tartare, less for the desert. Next time, I’ll go for an appetizer instead.

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        Bar & Boeuf
        500 McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y2H6, CA

        1. afoodyear Nov 23, 2009 08:07 AM

          The Sparrow for brunch on Saturday (+1 for best brunch in the city), Mr. Steer for a burger on Sunday (-1 to best burger in the city).

          1. thehotplate Nov 23, 2009 06:40 AM

            La Maison du Cheddar is a little gem tucked up in Outremont that specializes in Quebec cheeses. Some recommended varieties are Pied de Vent, Riopelle and Fou du Roi, and for those who aren't friend with lactose then check out their selection of goat's milk and brebis cheeses!

            After an adventurous Friday night, we confronted with a glorious fall morning. I'd been dying to sink my teeth into their very limited, but delicious sounding grill cheeses. The chalkboard menu claims that their sandwiches come with pickles and love. The "love" part turned out to be a sampling of their flavored cheese curds. That's right they've actually jazzed up squeaky cheese. They have plain, which most McGill students faintly remember from 2 AM poutines. The two new flavors are a slightly salty pesto and a sundried tomato. Yummy! When we'd gone into the little cheese haven, I'd noticed that you could buy the curds in a cone or super sized box. I'd been guiltily considering splurging on one. After all we'd walked all the way there, thank goodness La Maison du Cheddar absolved me of my guilt with the most loving of gestures (free samples)!

             
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              devilishlyj Nov 9, 2009 10:13 AM

              Starting last Saturday (Oct 31st): Little Sheep for Mongolian hot pot.
              Sunday (Nov 1st): Dim Sum at Zao's on Acadie
              Saturday (Nov 7th): Hanashima for shabu shabu, our first time there and really enjoyed it. Hubby had the beef + extra scallops, I did the seafood which came with a jellyfish appetizer. Had the redbean ice cream for dessert. Also shared a coconut bubble tea from Patisserie Harmonie.
              Sunday (Nov 8th): Sushi Moushi for BYOW all-you-can-eat sushi.

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              Little Sheep
              50 Rue De La Gauchetiere W, Montreal, QC H2Z1C1, CA

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                vanierstudent Nov 22, 2009 10:23 PM

                I went to:
                weekday: Decarie Hotdog, Vinh hing(that noodle place on decarie, not sure on how it is spelled, awesome ponh phen noodle with fried bread) Abu Elias, and Fu kam Wah.

                My college is next to all those places.

                Saturday: Sumo ramen for supper, and La Banquise after a night of clubbing.

                How was Sushi Moushi btw?

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                  devilishlyj Nov 23, 2009 08:38 AM

                  You know, it's not half bad if you're on a budget, can eat a lot and don't mind waiting. Always better to make several smaller orders than the largest they allow, because of the wait time. The AYCE menu is smaller than the regular one of course, here's a link: http://www.sushimoushi.ca/our_menu.php

                  I'm not usually a fan of weird or cooked rolls, but tried the ones my sister insisted we order and they were good for that style.

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                1toomany Nov 8, 2009 01:22 PM

                I'm new to Montreal and looking for all recommendations, but especially recommendations for good quality, tasty food for under $20/person.

                This weekend we ate at Tehran Restaurant near Vendome metro. Good. We shared 1 app, entree and dessert, and also each had a glass of wine. Good food and almost made the budget ($60 wtt). Most notable item: saffron and pistachio ice cream. So creamy!

                Chez Cora for brunch on Saturday (Rue St Jacques in NDG). My second time at this restaurant, 1st time at this location. Not as good as the dish I had the first time, which I especially enjoyed because they were so liberal with the hollandaise, but I will go back, as I plan to work through this menu.

                Bangkok Express on Monkland Saturday night. Bad. Really bad. Will NOT go back. Hard to believe this place is recommended, but it sounds like they do 1 or 2 dishes well. I will say there was lots of fresh basil in my curry, which commends the place.

                L'Oufrier on Sherbrooke in Westmount Sunday. Not as good as Cora, and extremely crowded and L-O-U-D. Their coffee (Caffe Broussard) tastes burnt to me, and it's not that I don't like dark roasts - I drink espresso every day! I doubt I would plan on going back here, except that it's within walking distance to me, which I L-O-V-E, as driving in Montreal is a real pain.

                Last week, went to Mess Hall on Sherbrooke and really enjoyed it. Good food and hip but also casual atmosphere. Will definitely be giving them another try.

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                Mess Hall
                4858 Rue Sherbrooke W, Westmount, QC H3Z1H1, CA

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                  superbossmom Nov 8, 2009 02:27 PM

                  I have not been eating out much lately; we just had an early burger dinner at 4 p.m. at Vasco de Gamas, always good and fresh, dh had the lamb and I had the beef/foie gras,
                  they also do bison and chicken, they don't do fries, you get a side of salad of your choice with the burger; and I always have to have one of their almond tarts, yum, it's almost like tarte au sucre.

                  Friday we hosted a business dinner in our home and I used le Tour du Chef caterer, on avenue du Parc, ( for the 2nd time ), a nice crew, the chef Antoine Lemay is very good.
                  He has a food shop with take outs but I haven't tried it yet.

                  My menu was a trilogie duck for appetizer, ( 3 small duck concoctions on a plate) courge musquée with scallop potage,
                  main dish was quail farcie aux oignons, dessert was poached pear farcie à la crème d'érable. One person had beef, veal and lamb severe allergy so I picked the above with that in mind. I am allergic to scallops but they made my soup separately.

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                  sharkbait88 Nov 2, 2009 06:32 PM

                  ate at cocktail hawaii for sunday brunch. IMHO, it was pretty good. fruit was very fresh, and crepes were light, but what made the crepes good were the toppings, not the crepe itself. had the smoked meat crepe, banana and nutella, cinammon apples and fruit (all fruit) waffle. (i went with a group of 4)

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                    Werzoth Nov 1, 2009 09:41 AM

                    Just had a Mojito-flavored gelato at Paysanne Gelato at the Carrefour Laval (just opened today), yummy so good I want more =D

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                      jtothe Oct 30, 2009 08:27 PM

                      Had dinner at Ramen-ya, I had just watched the film Tampopo so I was seriously craving ramen. Trecked to Ramen-ya, not really near any metro stations, so I had to hurry to make it for last call (930pm, early for a ramen joint I think)
                      Anyway, I had the chasu-shoyu with extra pork and extra noodles. Noodles were firm, but I was hoping for more since I ordered the extra. Broth was quite bland, I'd be surprised if they even use actual bones in their broth. Tasted like oxo beef cubes canned chicken stock and ginger! Pork was sliced quite thin, and I guess was the shoulder butt, unfortunately it was quite lean. Garnishes were some scallions and wood ear mushrooms. No egg, It's an extra order. Overall, I was disappointed, I guess I should have figured that a ramen joint that serves sushi can't be very good. I guess I'll have to wait until the holidays when I go back to the west coast to get my ramen fix.

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                      Ramen Ya Restaurant
                      4274 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W1Z3, CA

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                        blehfu Oct 31, 2009 08:47 PM

                        Agreed on the Ramen-Ya. I really do want to like the joint because it's very close to where I live, and the people who work there are great, but they seriously need more fixins. The homemade BBQ pork they do is nice, however.

                        Sumo is a bit better, but again, as a previous poster described, "serviceable".

                        I had a 24 hour stopover in Narita a few years ago, and I followed the airline staff into town into this tiny ramen joint. One day... one day....

                         
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                        chilipepper Oct 25, 2009 07:30 PM

                        Beef stew with rice noodles at U & Me noodle joint on Ste Catherine - one of the few places in Chinatown West that has it; can't resist that fatty beefiness - ah, the taste of childhood!

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                          Maximilien Oct 16, 2009 11:32 AM

                          Sunday, went to Sparrow, small lineup (me = single), even for large table (6) without reservation, went quickly...

                          Got the kidneys, very good, but maybe 2, 3 more pieces would have made my day; and the scones, good as always and tea (they always feel surprised when I ask for tea ... even for an english "type" pub)

                          Yesterday, went to taverne Bagg (see other hockey thread) to watch hockey and get a few beers; empty until game time, then filled up nicely with CH fans.
                          Menu still minimalistic bar finger food (peanuts, pickles, quail eggs, rillette, small ribs, ...) , I think they should offer something "more", maybe fill the empty "best chicken wings" in town... Beer wise, mostly 50 and other commercial beers, hey, it's a taverne, and I don't think they want to compete with Dieu du ciel or ther more fancy beer places.

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                            SnackHappy Oct 16, 2009 12:15 PM

                            What are the beer prices like at Bagg? Do they have big bottles of Belle Gueule?

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                              wilmagrace Oct 25, 2009 04:36 PM

                              i wanted to put this in the late night/early bird thread but couldnt find it in search, can this be transferred if someone finds it.....

                              last weekend i had early supper at vieux-port steakhouse, my first time there and quite enjoyed it as it is so old montreal with stone walls, windows on front and side overlooking activity in the street on saint paul and they offer a complete meal with several choices(salmon, chicken etc) for $20 every day including weekends up til 6pm. I had a generous portion of cream of vegetable soup (other choice was a salad), thick pepper steak with some veggies but mainly potato (i chose baked with sour cream although you could have rice or fries), herb warm rolls like minibaguettes accompanied the meal, delicious chocolate mousse cake (also generous portion) and coffee included. Waitress was attentive. For the value and future steak cravings, I would try it again. There were several persons eating alone, some tourists, and families even at that 5pm hour . They advertise crooner evenings, sinatra style music ; the menu for this
                              early bird (before 6pm) and night owl special (after 10pm) can be viewed on their website
                              www.vieuxportsteakhouse.com
                              You can of course choose from the regular menu, i dont think others were aware of early bird special although it was noted on posted menu outside

                          2. TheSnowpea Oct 12, 2009 07:36 AM

                            Pasta Casareccia last night. They had an app of cheese drizzled with crazy expensive 50 year old balsamic... the balsamic was applied in almost homeopathic amounts. Those few drops tasted amazing. Sadly, the cheeses, slices of Parmesan and provolone, did not set it off very well.

                            Frankly, I would have been happy getting a few spoonfuls of that balsamic by itself. It seemed a waste to put it on cheese :-)

                            1. Andria Oct 11, 2009 08:12 PM

                              I headed to Beijing in Chinatown for a birthday dinner with the girls from work on Friday night. Our review can be found here : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/658429

                              Tonight, I was craving Shahi Palace but was to tired to sit in a restaurant to eat. We called ahead and ordered take-out. Our order was ready moments after our arrival. The smell of the meat samosas got the better of me on the ride home and I just could wait any longer... I had to have one... and share the other. As usual, we ordered the chili fish & the chicken balti, but decided to try the chicken tandoori. The chicken tandoori was too dry, but the other two dishes were as fantastic as always. Servings are so generous we have plenty left over for tomorrow. Note to self: next time, when ordering "spicy", remember NOT to add such emphasis & enthusiasm when saying the word.

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                                superbossmom Oct 12, 2009 05:10 AM

                                sharkbait, I can't figure out where you ate the sweetbreads and wonderful dessert in the last part of your post ?

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                                  sharkbait88 Oct 12, 2009 06:58 AM

                                  o sorry, ate it the veal sweetbread at au cinquieme peche and the dessert at Juliette et Chocolat

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                                sharkbait88 Oct 11, 2009 07:13 AM

                                nothing special during the week BUT!
                                l'avenue for breakfast on sunday, kougin amann (don't know if thats how its spelled) for literally thee best plain croissant i've ever had in my entire life, closely edging over a croissant i had in paris! some great poutine in patati patata for lunch (surprising since i generally stay away from poutine!), and a first time meal of veal sweetbread and wonderful smoked salmon. to top it off, had a bite of a pear crepe my sister was having as well as my own chocolate fondant with the salty caramel heart and hazelnut ice cream. mmmm yummy :D

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                                  bigfellow Oct 9, 2009 12:47 PM

                                  La Banquise for breakie. Le Gourmet Burger for lunch yesterday.

                                  I was in NYC and ate at the Carnagie. But I also ate at Masa and was in heaven. Devi was a close second to my favorite Indian place Vig's in Vancouver.

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                                    moh Oct 11, 2009 06:46 AM

                                    Masa???? you lucky bugger!!!! I also spent the last week in NYC, but I certainly didn't eat at Masa.... That being said, I didn't do too badly, will have to get my reports up on the Manhattan/Outer Boroughs Board....

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                                      bigfellow Oct 11, 2009 10:27 AM

                                      I have a friend who used to work for me who is a Sous there. My food was comped but I had to pay my Sake bill.

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                                    tacotete Oct 3, 2009 02:25 PM

                                    Sunday: met up with a friend at Reservoir on Duluth. Still a great little bar with great home brewed beers and nice cosy atmosphere. The calamari were delicious as seared pork belly. The mini strawberry shortcakes were very originally served with lots of whipping cream. Definitely 4.5/5 and I'd be back again, and again.....
                                    Thursday: Pizza Mia at Jean Talon Market. Great take out and in house pizzas with a nice selection of market fresh toppings. Cooked in a large ?brick oven and served up hot. Great as take out too. 4/5
                                    Friday: Tried the Balmoral, the cafe on the main floor of the new L'Astral building overlooking the new fountains at Place des Arts. I guess everyone was rushing to get some food into their stomachs before a show, so the service wasn't the greatest. They only filled my water glass once and my friend's steak which he ordered "saignant" came back medium at best, even after he sent it back to the kitchen again...... The burger was dry (not the bun, but the actual meat part) and cheese was another $1.50 more. But on the upside, the fries were great, the view very nice of the fountains and the drinks(mixed) were strong. The desserts were not bad(raspberry shortcake, chocolate mousse) but I suspect they were not made in house. Overall a 2.5/5 but a convenient place for a meal before a show at Place des Arts.

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                                      wilmagrace Oct 4, 2009 09:14 AM

                                      thanks for review of balmoral, great location watching those dancing fountains, I suppose you could just go for drinks..
                                      This morning I went to mamie clafoutis on Van Horne, 2nd time and now i have changed my opinion, although not impressed with clafoutis on my first visit. On chalkboard they were promoting two seasonal items, pumpkin brioche and a roule (looked like a palmier) with apple and pumpkin. I chose the latter and nothing special, pastry not all that tender and the pumpkin was like a paste dabbed on making it messy to eat, dont recall any apple taste. The upstairs tea room was a mess, so looking rather like a student dorm than a tea room, many tables covered in dirty cups, crumbs, trays, plates, papers and the staff was filling the water cooler bottle at the bathroom sink before going back downstairs . So will be back reading chowboard for special dessert places!

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                                        wilmagrace Oct 6, 2009 04:59 PM

                                        I guess it is not worth straying from recommended places, I went to Rodos (think it used to be called Avenue Greque?) on Park avenue and had the most disgusting meal I ever ate in Montreal from horsd`oevre (canned beans,beets etc), 3 minuscule fatty, socalled lamb portions of a stew on tasteless gummy rice covered in bland tomato sauce (maybe canned too), iceberg lettuce and onion salad with tiny sliver of feta and first time I never finished a coffee! Seemed to be mom and pop operation. On a positive note flowers outside restaurant were attractive.....decor has not changed in decades and looking worn, including holes in tablecloths. I knew from the outset a disaster was waiting, should have paid for appetizer and walked out. Consoled myself with a tasty raspberry tartelette from patisserie Pagel

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                                      marblebag Sep 21, 2009 08:31 AM

                                      Sunday - The Sparrow for brunch, I had the smoked salmon scrambled eggs and my friend the English breakfast. He will come back for sure.Euro Deli on St-Laurent for dinner.
                                      Saturday - Osaka (can't remember new name) where they had toro.
                                      Friday - blah
                                      Thursday - blah
                                      Wednesday - took some visiting coworkers to Holder for dinner. very nice.

                                      maybe we should split this thread by month to shorten it ?

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                                        superbossmom Sep 21, 2009 10:52 AM

                                        I'll start a new thread and call it part 2

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                                          mainsqueeze Sep 21, 2009 11:48 AM

                                          Osaka has a new name?

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                                            marblebag Sep 23, 2009 10:41 AM

                                            Anna the waitress tells me the wife of the owner forced the name change to their "hometown" name. Everything else is the same except they now have a waiter/cook in training.

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                                          mak2k Sep 15, 2009 11:12 AM

                                          sunday treated the entire family to l'atelier. it was quite nice wtih the exception for the fletan that was bland and tasteless. Since we didn't get the dessert that was advertised (instead of a pouding de pain au fraise, they gave us one with blueberry), they gave us a 2nd one for free that is with strawberry (they redid it, topped it off with a scoop of green tea ice cream and a maple syrup glazed.. yummaaaaay!).

                                          The bro had the degustation, i had an entree (poutine revisite.. basically with rabbit and 2 years old cheddar) and my mom had a porc croustillant. Highlight of the night was my mom's bison tartar with the calamari! And the portions were big enough for sharing

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                                            bistrobabe Sep 15, 2009 12:27 PM

                                            Saturday went to La belle province...ok, don't everyone gasp at once, I was having a weak moment. On Sunday I treated my sweetie at Roberto's on Belanger. Food was yummy, I had the osso bucco (more of a jaret than shank ) but still good, he had stuffed (cheese, spinach, salmon) ravioli with a to die for tomatoe sauce. Dessert was Zappolis, Zeppini, Zepplins (something with a Z?) donuts with riccota cheese, hot caramel sauce and a diffibrilator on the side. The waiter (Eric) was pretty amusing, definitely worth a return visit.

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                                              SnackHappy Sep 15, 2009 02:48 PM

                                              That dessert would be zeppole. Those things are pretty tasty. I don't know how your ossobuco differed from the traditional recipe, but jarret and shank are the same thing. The former being French for the latter. Was it made with another cut of meat?

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                                                bistrobabe Sep 16, 2009 05:35 AM

                                                I think so, it wasn't the traditional cut...this was a longer "shank" with less meat, normally I have/buy the fat shorter ones. Mais merci beaucoup for zee french leçon.

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                                                  pudgymillions Sep 17, 2009 07:18 PM

                                                  here's my weeks roundup: monday lunch: antep kebab for chicken sandwich - delicious but not as good as the lamb (though cheaper) and i wish it was a little bigger. monday dinner: roi du plateau for chicken - good but not as good value as romandos which isn't serving chicken due to renovations. tuesday lunch: cuisine bangkok for bomb beef pad thai. wednesday lunch: porchetta sandwich from Santangelo's - decent sandwich but didn't knock my socks off; at $7.50 it could have had more pork, less bread. thursday dinner: resevoir - had cod fritters which were great but mayo could have had a little more pop; some pickled octopus with mint/feta/watermelon salad which didn't really work; gaspacho and chevre terrine (huge chevre terrine) that was good but a little too heavy on the mint; seared tuna with some kind of bacon-y, mushroom-y; root vegetable-y sauce - both elements were delicious but tuna got lost in the sauce. would not hesitate to go back to resevoir, but this menu seemed a little too ambitious and/or poorly conceived.

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                                            poutineguy Sep 14, 2009 04:00 PM

                                            Thursday: Bofingers on Parc. I had beef ribs. Now, they just opened this branch (3rd store), so I'm inclined to not say anything, but it was really difficult to rip the meat of the bones - it seemed like the ribs aren't braised before grilling. Which, if that's the way it always is, would be too bad, because the sauce was fantastic.
                                            Saturday: Rotisserie Laurier -- a very nice half chicken, with a delicious dipping sauce. Sadly, they don't do a poutine with it.

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                                              bigfellow Sep 13, 2009 04:32 PM

                                              Lunch of pork confit with lentils at The Sparrow on Thursday. They seem to be getting better and better.

                                              Take out from Maharajah and Chalet BBQ.

                                              Buns and Bice too.

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                                                superbossmom Sep 14, 2009 03:09 AM

                                                We went to Il Cortile on wed night, it was excellent; last night, wanted very casual and quick, and we shared a pizza at Chandelier sidewalk terrace, de Maisonneuve and Stanley, thin pizza, nice toppings, they've been busier since they introduced the pizza menu, a nice addition for that area.

                                              2. Andria Sep 13, 2009 08:32 AM

                                                Went to Le Petit Munich last night for 3 types of sausage... the smoked cheese one being my favorite. As usual, the bread was great. Trixi is a sweetie.

                                                Earlier this week I lunched at Cuisine Szechuan. The chili fish was great... the spicy noodles not so great, so I combined the left-overs. The dry fried green beans were even better than Oui & Oui.

                                                Lunched earlier this week at the Dorval Wyndham Hotel (formerly the Mtl. Airport Hotel, formerly the Dorval Hilton). Not enough people around for the buffet to open, so we ordered off the overly dated menu. They really need to make some changes. I ordered the steak sandwich - full of gristle, and they didn't even trim the side fat.

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                                                  bigfellow Aug 29, 2009 10:03 AM

                                                  Holder for brunch today.

                                                  1. SnackHappy Aug 25, 2009 07:32 AM

                                                    Tuesday: Aka-Fuji in Verdun. A very nice little place with great service and very friendly owner/chef. The sushi was very good, so much better than what I had at Japon the previous Friday. It's not mindblowing sushi, but for the money it's great. The chef seemed pleased that we ordered nigiri because the place seems to be mostly frequented by maki eaters.

                                                    Saturday: Chuan Xiang Qing. The staff at this place are so nice and the menu is intriguing, but the food didn't quite do it for me. The "griddled" squid served in a small wok over a gel alcohol burner had a nice balance of flavours, but the squid was as tough as a radial tire. A dish of eggplant with garlic was tasty enough, and another "griddle" dish of tofu skin and pork had interesting texture and taste but got boring really fast. They say they are Sichuan style, but the flavour signature of the dishes didn't jive with my very limited experience of Sichuan food. I would still give the place another try because of the many intriguing menu items and the nice staff.

                                                    Sunday: Brunch at Valois. I ordered the burger, because by the time I got there I had been up for so long that I just didn't feel like eating breakfast food. It came with some great fries. The spuds were picture perfect, golden and crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Some of the best I've had in Montreal even though they could have been tastier. The burger itself was just ok, more miss than hit. The service was amateurish, and even though the prices are good for this type of place, all in all I don't think it's very good value. This place is off my list.

                                                    Monday: Lunch at Ramen-Ya. The menu is quite a bit longer now with soba, udon and donburi dishes added. I ordered the roast pork ramen with spicy miso broth. The pork was delicious, slightly sweet and full of flavour. the broth tasted almost like curry laksa. I was very pleased and plan to go back soon.

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                                                      Mei Aug 28, 2009 05:12 PM

                                                      Returned to Byblos for the first time in maybe 4 years, looking for something reasonably nutritious on Laurier. The soup, I remembered, had once been my go-to for reliably transcendent soup, - although one day the service was so mean I just never went back. The service today was smiling and friendly, almost disconcerting, for Byblos. The soup was simple and lovely, my soul said, "Yes." The lamb was definitely okay. The rice was apparently warmed up by a quick cycle through the dishwasher.

                                                    2. afoodyear Aug 24, 2009 08:24 AM

                                                      I tried Avesta, the Turkish place on St. Catherine and Du Fort or so, that has the ladies in the window making all the breads. A few kind of so-so dishes, but the gozleme (sort of like a cross between a quesadilla and a pita?) are really great - the spinach was my favorite. The dolmades were good, but I'm not particularly objective on dolmades - I'll eat handfuls of them if they're presented to me regardless.

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                                                        wilmagrace Aug 24, 2009 03:18 PM

                                                        cafe ferreira friday, breakfast at chez cora parc ave. sat. am (eggs and half plate fresh fruit; crepes), sunday night Pintxo degustation menu (lamb rack with salad and roasted mushrooms; lamb shank with couscous and the 4 tapas included were strawberry with sweet red bell pepper gazpacho; duo marinated crab and tuna; foie gras with onion confit; quintet of grilled vegetables--loved everything and generous meat portions-no reservations but able to sit at bar) and today lobster pizza and lobster rolls at muvbox
                                                        in old port.

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                                                        CocoBean Aug 23, 2009 08:44 PM

                                                        Let's see. An simple but very average lunch at Les Enfants Terribles on Monday. Had a romaine lettuce salad with cherry tomatoes and 2 poached eggs. It was fine.

                                                        Chocolactee at Bilboquet for dessert ended my lunch on a high note!

                                                        Had fantastic sashimi at Kaizen for dinner. Truly the best fish imported directly from Japan. Each visit always tops my last. My favourite was definitely the buttery mackerel. Great wine list, too.

                                                        A night cap at Buvette was lovely. Tried a few exceptional bottles, including Sancerre from Francois Cotat and a white Cotes du Roussillon from Domaine Gauby. Both were mind blowing.

                                                        Lunch on Tuesday at Olive and Gourmando was simply fantastic. The best gaspacho of the year without a doubt, and a crunchy green bean salad with toasted almonds. Terrific!

                                                        Ended the day at Pullman for a fantastic bottle of Santorini Agyritikos white accompanied by some deliciously greasy grilled cheese.

                                                        Had a surprising brunch at Marche 27 over the weekend. Ate a perfect cold roasted fennel and tomato soup and a great red skinned potato and haricot vert salad accompanying a simple but lovely BLT with arugula. Not a bad word to say about the place, and service was friendly and knowledgeable to boot!

                                                        Made it over to Boustan for a spicy creation later in the week, always a hit.

                                                        Stopped over to the Julep for a hot dog and julep combo Saturday. Perfect on a hot day.

                                                        Also indulged in Les Chocolats de Chloe's delights. Her newly found talent as an ice cream maker are a welcome addition to the city's many great ice cream options. Had both the Valrhona chocolate ice cream sandwich and the chocolate dipped ice cream lolipop (on separate days!). Both were great. Also brought home some dark chocolate covered fresh wild blueberries. AMAZING!

                                                        And of course, had my daily fix of Myriade's iced cappuccinos. Can't live without 'em in this heat!

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                                                          souschef Sep 13, 2009 09:32 AM

                                                          "Tried a few exceptional bottles, including Sancerre from Francois Cotat "

                                                          Have you tried the Sancerre from Henri Bourgeois (my favourite Sancerre)? If so, how do they compare ?

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                                                            KzenCass Oct 31, 2009 09:27 AM

                                                            These are incredible cult wines. Cotat (Francois and Pascal two different winemakers using same soil) Edmond Vattan, and Gerard Boulay are winemakers under the Sancerre appellation but who make wines in a 'Chavignol style' with a nervy and rich at the same time. They are great in youth but capable of aging for 20-30 years.... the wines are hard to find in quebec.... buy them where you can....

                                                        2. Andria Aug 23, 2009 06:51 PM

                                                          Le P'tit Plateau was the highlight of my week. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. I had the Vichyssoise, my dining companion the salad. We shared the escargots in cream sauce as our appetizer. I ordered the boeuf topped with foie gras and crispy fried onions. My dining companion had the salmon in phyllo, served with the most amazing side. We shared their Gascon dessert: phyllo packs stuffed with prunes and cherries and served with candied orange zest and a delightful Armagnac ice cream.

                                                          During the past week I also made it to Boustan and the Broadway Cheescake Company.

                                                          1. TheSnowpea Aug 22, 2009 05:33 PM

                                                            Last night was Shahi Palace: definitely worth going again and had the leftovers tonight. I now need to reverse engineer their Chicken Balti.
                                                            Lunch today was a half chicken meal from Romado's. It was meh. I don't think I will return.

                                                            1. SnackHappy Aug 17, 2009 09:06 AM

                                                              I had a rather underwhelming meal at Japon in VSL on Friday. This was not the restaurant I last went to two years ago. It would seem that the place has gone from very good to serviceable. The only good nigiri we had was the yelowfin which melted on the tongue. Everything else was bland except for the saba which was just plain fishy. We had rolls as well, and they were nothing special, but I don't really care for rolls. I'm a bit sad that this place has gone downhill. It was one of the few places in Montreal were the sushi wasn't crap. I guess the fact the place was almost empty at 8pm on a Friday should have been a tip-off.

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                                                                hungryann Aug 17, 2009 09:12 AM

                                                                Oh no, that is bad news. I haven't went in over a year because we always spent too much when we go there but I have noticed that it seems less busy than before.

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                                                                  nelya Aug 17, 2009 10:55 AM

                                                                  I had dinner at Taverne Magnan last night. The roast beef was as delicious as ever, although we all (three of us) found it quite fat. I left about 1/4 of my piece on the plate, it was just pure fat. I had a baked potato with that, quite dry. For me, this place is just about the roast beef, ideally a not too fatty piece.
                                                                  I also ate at Baton Rouge earlier last week (ribs of course) and am planning to organize a "mussels" dinner sometimes this week.

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                                                                    wilmagrace Aug 17, 2009 08:31 PM

                                                                    Made a mistake in old montreal, had breakfast in one of the terraces overlooking main square as was hot and thought how could they do hamcheese omelette (bon matin omelette)wrong, well they did and service was unprofessional and unresponsive. Obviously everyone else were tourists, she asked me where i was from and surprised when i said montreal saying 90 per cent of customers are tourists. I wont go into details but it is so sad and shameful that most of the places are tourist traps and really convey a poor image of this city and the people!

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                                                                      chilipepper Aug 22, 2009 05:16 PM

                                                                      Weekday supper at Halal 786 - Lahore chicken and fish: tasty, smoky, tender...salty though yummy mustard greens, even better spicy saag paneer with creamy chunks of paneer, great pulao rice, meh breads (one nan and one of another whose name I forget, no chapatis - boo!), creamy mango lassis, great and friendly service. Everyone who was there, and there were three big tables, had the fish and chicken....popular choice.....

                                                                      On a particularly hot day - shared pikilia at Arahova that did the trick, especially the heaping pile of white beans - I forget the name....

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                                                                westaust Aug 14, 2009 08:47 AM

                                                                Boustan: had 2 of those wonderfull chicken shawarma sandwiches, with hummus and hot sauce!
                                                                Maison du nord: Walked all the way to st-mathieu to try their pork sandwich, well worth the walk over there.
                                                                The Keg: Not the best steakhouse in Montreal, but definitly a good value imo, a nice tender baseball cut cooked perfectly, monte-carlo potato on the side.

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                                                                  tigre Aug 15, 2009 09:01 AM

                                                                  Maria Bonita (2nd visit), Chilenta (?) on Marie-Anne beside parc jeane-mance, Frite-Alors (which quickly reminded me why I don't eat there), and a big salad made from the farm-fresh veggies of our CSA organic farm basket.

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                                                                    naturelle Aug 15, 2009 12:10 PM

                                                                    Shared lunch at Miso with my daughter who made a great choice of lobster roll and seaweed salad.

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                                                                  Maximilien Aug 14, 2009 05:28 AM

                                                                  couple of office lunch outings :

                                                                  Chalet BBQ:ok chicken & fries (still prefer Laurier BBQ)
                                                                  Claremont: ok and different veggie burger (extra bacon, just to confuse everyone) and good fried; but the place stank because they used an old mop/water to "clean" the place ... we could not change resto, because we were a large group)

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                                                                    chilipepper Aug 13, 2009 11:21 PM

                                                                    A few days ago: Marathon near Blue Bonnnets -pork souvlaki, the meat was the best part, the pita and tzatziki were meh.

                                                                    Tonight: Cafe Ferreira late night special
                                                                    - tasty sardines, meh squid, nice grilled chunk of salmon with super silky sweet potato puree, delish roast chicken, and all for 24 bucks for 1 app and 1 main! And decent servings!
                                                                    But always room for dessert: creamier-than-I'd-like quince pannacotta with apple-cinnamon-streusel-y topping but still licked the cup clean and molten chocolate cake with intense (well, for me anyway because I don't like coffee) coffee ice cream and crazily yummy cookie crumbs on the side and itty bitty chocolate cookie balls on top of the cake.
                                                                    The service was the best: treated us real nice, whether we spent 24 bucks or 240 bucks, didn't appear to matter.

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                                                                      marblebag Aug 13, 2009 07:14 PM

                                                                      I had a visitor for WorldCon and Usenix these past 2 weeks so I ate out more.
                                                                      Thursday: Decca77 Prix Fixe - watermelon soup meh, beef tenderloin was good, dessert was heavenly.
                                                                      Friday: Fairmount Queen Elizabeth catered at an OSM concert - meh for $28
                                                                      Saturday: Pintxo - I loved the strawberry+roaster peppers gazpacho. The cod+egg dish was twice the size of what I remembered. The rabbit special was excellent
                                                                      Sunday: Pho Bang New York - solid as always
                                                                      Monday: Dunn's for smoke meat and poutine sampling
                                                                      Tuesday: Les 3 Brasseurs
                                                                      Wednesday: Santa Lucia - decent meals but service was non existent
                                                                      Today: tv dinner due to flu :(
                                                                      Tomorrow: APdC or Brasserie Brunoise

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                                                                        stak Aug 13, 2009 05:19 PM

                                                                        I love this thread. Here's my week:
                                                                        Wandering around downtown after seeing Julie & Julia, ended up at Newtown, curious as big fans of Laloux...we were pretty happy with it. We started off with two-for-one cocktails. Two starters: gazpacho (not chunky as I'm used to but smooth, and topped with diced cuke, big juicy shrimp and olive oil - yum) and chorizo (with a tomato confit, I believe, and some greens). Both very tasty. Then we each had the guedille - I had this for the first time last summer at Reservoir. Crab in a creamy, tangy sauce on a soft bun. Didn't quite live up to the lobster roll at Pearl in NYC that we had a few weeks ago, but it's crab, not lobster, after all - and it was delicious. Wanted to try the fries but decided to be semi-healthy and go with the salad, which turned out to be meh. Should have gone for the fries! We ate on the terrasse on the lounge level. Menu at the upstairs dining room looks similar but perhaps more extensive (and more expensive?). Ended with amazing desserts - the signature chocolate pot de creme with crunchies and caramel whipped cream, and a nice lemon curd/ apricot/ cream thing with a delicious little olive oil madeleine on the side. I'm sure we'll be back, even though it's Crescent St. It's actually quite fun to people-watch from the terrasse.
                                                                        Lunch at Miga - I tried the fried pork cutlet with rice, cabbage salad, and kim chi. I found the pork was pounded so thin you couldn't really tell it was pork. Just some dry substance covered in breading. I had to ask for extra kim chi just for the moisture factor. I find the people there so sweet, though - and I want there to be good Korean food in the neighbourhood...I'll have to give it another try, and order differently next time. I think the bi bim bap was ok when I tried it several months ago, but they don't have it in the dolsot, which is a shame.
                                                                        Stopped in to Cafe Souffle twice this week on the way home from work. Once I got the citrus chai iced tea - quite unique and tasty. Also tried what was described to me as an "oatmeal caramel chocolate coconut square" - how could that be bad? The crust part was a bit soft - maybe from sitting out in the warm humid air for too long? Yummy, though. And the chocolate brownie ice cream was really good. They have a buttermilk citrus sorbet that I'm itching to try next. Another small, newish place that I'm really hoping will succeed.
                                                                        Euro-Deli Batory tonight, although Polish food seems so much better suited to a cold, blustery winter day. Nevertheless, it was delish. Veggie borscht, perogies and dumplings with beef goulash.
                                                                        Cafe Olympico for an odd-but-good iced latte (seemed to be made from a coffee slush).
                                                                        Pret a Manger: first time here and we really liked it. Super fast and friendly service. We had shrimp & pea pods with XO sauce. I can't believe I've never had XO sauce before! Love it! Tom yum soup was really tasty and the deep-fried spicy tofu appetizer was the best I've had in a long time. I like how they cut the tofu in small pieces and there is plenty of the chilies & salt sprinkled on top.
                                                                        I think that's it for this week!

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                                                                          Keramel Aug 14, 2009 07:17 AM

                                                                          Have you tried 5000 ans on Saint Denis? I don't know how authentic it is, but I have eaten there three times now and always enjoy the food. I'm curious how it stands up against Miga, which is certainly getting more attention these days.

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                                                                            stak Aug 14, 2009 09:07 AM

                                                                            No, I've been meaning to try 5000 ans but haven't yet. I've enjoyed Maison de Seoul (I think that's what it's called) on Sherbrooke in Westmount in the past but the last couple of times was really disappointed. Maison Bulgogi is always good but I'd love to find some good Korean (don't really care if it's the most authentic, as long as it's tasty) in the plateau area...I'll have to head over to St-Denis soon - thanks!

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                                                                              moh Aug 15, 2009 10:08 AM

                                                                              Stak, don't know if you have seen this discussion on 5000 ans:

                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/526531

                                                                              The soon dubu is my favorite dish there.

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                                                                                stak Aug 15, 2009 01:55 PM

                                                                                Thanks - your description of the soon dubu makes me want to get myself there right now! Do most Korean restaurants have it? I'm a big fan of soft tofu. I had something wonderful at Maison Bulgogi once - I think it was just called spicy pork and tofu or something - very spicy. Like Cuisine Szechuan spicy. Hurts-so-good spicy. Mmm, now I want some of that, too.

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                                                                                  moh Aug 15, 2009 04:29 PM

                                                                                  Yes a lot of places will carry it. Maison Bulgogi has it, and it is good, but I really liked the 5000 ans one, even if it was a bit bereft of seafood. That's ok, I really love the tofu.

                                                                                  I think I know which pork tofu dish you are talking about at Maison Bulgogi, is it the one served on a hot cast iron plate with soft flat pieces of tofu and a kimchi and pork spicy stirfry? That is a fabulous dish! I adore it and order it often. They do such good cooked kimchi dishes there.

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                                                                                    mak2k Aug 17, 2009 11:02 AM

                                                                                    i went to 3000 ans a few weeks ago i wasn't impressed at all.. actually i was kind of disapointed with everything.. i prefer maison bulgogi (my mom swears by the man-na in brossard though)

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                                                                                      moh Aug 17, 2009 08:11 PM

                                                                                      Mak2k, I also prefer Maison Bulgogi. But the Soon dubu is really tasty at 5000 ans.

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                                                                          JadeMyst Aug 12, 2009 06:12 PM

                                                                          I had lunch at the Fouquet Fourchette in the Palais de Congres during the SF WorldCon with some out-of-town friends who were here for the con. I had the Charcuterie platter with the duck sausage, pate, terrine, and smoked duck breast. It was lovely but the portion was more suited as an appetizer, but since soup, dessert and coffee were included, it was a very satisfying lunch. My friend Andrew had the roast cariboo and he declared it delicious but I didn't taste it as he ordered it well done and I couldn't abide that. My other friend Nancy tried his cariboo and enjoyed it too. She had the smoked salmon ravioli napped in a tomato sauce. It was alright she said but the tomato sauce overwhelmed the smoked salmon. All three meals included the soup ( cream of fennel) which was bland considering it was fennel, salad bar, coffee and a dessert which was a mousseline cake made with yougart , and dressed with with fruit colis.

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                                                                            chilipepper Aug 10, 2009 08:52 PM

                                                                            Supper at P.M. a couple of days ago: salt and spicy squid, japanese tofu eggplant hotpot, ginger chicken hotpot.

                                                                            Supper at Beijing also a couple of days ago: spicy dumplings with chopped chilis on the side, salt and pepper squid,spicy pepper black bean japanese tpfu, shredded meat chow mein, sweet red bean tong shui.(Squid here was a little better: tender, better breading)

                                                                            Two days after that, chipotle nachos with picante salsa, zuzzed up with extra hot sauce at Burritoville, plus one pumpkin and one ginger cookie (couldn't decide between 'em).

                                                                            Lamb and antep sandwiches at Antep Kabab on the weekend for lunch. No boats (pides?)yet.

                                                                            Banh Xeo Minh weekend supper: banh xeo, shrimp and pork spring rolls, dumplings, pork rollups, (forgetting the proper names), two coconutty drinks , one with big red beans and green jellies, the other with pink tapiocas and mung beans. (They're getting a little direct competition with a banh mi shop opening next door, also promising spring rolls and such, but no mention of banh xeo)

                                                                            Le Local weekend supper: walnut bread, sardine tart, seared foie gras with gingerbread, braised beef cheeks, halibut, lemon tart, brownie.

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                                                                              mainsqueeze Aug 11, 2009 07:35 AM

                                                                              I asked at Antep this week and she told me hopefully pides will be available in about two weeks.

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                                                                                carswell Aug 11, 2009 08:41 AM

                                                                                Was curious about the word pide, which I had always understood to be Turkish for flat bread (etymologically and gastronomically related to pita). A conversation with my friend from Gaziantep and a read-through of the relevant sections of *Classical Turkish Cooking* have thrown some light on the matter.

                                                                                The first and original meaning of pide is flat bread. The bread that Antep Kebab uses for its sandwiches could be considered a pide (though my friend says he's never seen anything quite like it in Gaziantep). In some parts of Turkey, this remains its only meaning.

                                                                                There's also a family of filled pide, sometimes open-faced but usually folded over the filling, like a calzone. Examples of these are patlicanli pide (the c is pronounced like j; *patlican* means eggplant, *-li* means with) and peynirli pide (*peynir* means cheese, etymologically and gastronomically related to Indian panir). In some parts of the country, as well as at Antep Kebab, this dish is also referred to as a pide. (When my Gaziantep friend first visited Istanbul, he surprised to hear people talking about dining on what he thought was plain bread.)

                                                                                An open-faced pide with spicy lamb filling is a lahmacun (etymologically and gastronomically related to Armenian lahmajoun and Arab lahm bi ajin).

                                                                            2. bopuc Aug 10, 2009 08:19 PM

                                                                              Rumi saturday evening. Their "Sultan" plate, which is basically a hunk of roasted lamb so moist and tender, well, you know. Excellent Sunna (I think that's what it was called; pumpkin, tahineh and maple syrup dip) and yes believe it or not I am always happy with the wine at Rumi. ("Life is too short to drink bad wine.") She had the grilled yogurt-marinated chicken which was also excellent. $75 for two.

                                                                              Lunch today was at Sumo Ramen. Which was... serviceable.

                                                                              1. Andria Aug 10, 2009 04:01 PM

                                                                                Shahi Palace for dinner last night... still amazing.

                                                                                Lunch yesterday was grazing at the Jean Talon market - including fried calamari & smelts, burnt maple ice cream. Packed a picnic from my hunting, which included dried sausage (ménage & figatelli), soft cheeses (Pied de Vent, Epoisses, and one I can't remember), blueberry preserves with porto, macadamia nuts & country bread. Added to this homemade pizza and a bottle of white.

                                                                                Dinner on Saturday was at Khyber Pass, with friends and strangers *waves hi to M & G*

                                                                                Lunch that day was Reema's (Cocoa Locale) spicy chocolate brownie, a bagel from St. Viateur, Four cheese pizza at Napoletana, and canoli from Alati Caserta.

                                                                                We ate at La Campagnola in Lasalle on Friday night. Great food and fantastic service. This was my first visit.... we were guinea pigs for a birthday dinner next week... La Campagnola passed the test from this Italian & her Italian mother!

                                                                                1. hungryann Aug 7, 2009 08:19 PM

                                                                                  Way too much eating out this week:
                                                                                  -Thai express for the Tom Yum soup
                                                                                  -Andalos for manakish
                                                                                  -Falafel Freiha for falafel
                                                                                  -Marven's for calamari
                                                                                  The stand-out meal was definitely the falafel pita.

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                                                                                    kpzoo Aug 8, 2009 06:26 AM

                                                                                    I went to Tapioca Thé three times this week. I'd only been once before, but there must be something addictive in the bubble tea. Standout dishes:

                                                                                    - twice-cooked fish - crispy fried bits of perfectly cooked fish in a dry spice coating
                                                                                    - Dan Dan noodles - perfectly textured noodles in a spicy broth
                                                                                    - sweet & sour pork spareribs - I had the sauce on rice and my dad/hubby/friends/aunt loved the ribs - there is something caramelized about the sauce, it's awesome
                                                                                    - cumin chicken
                                                                                    - pepper chicken with potatoes - hearty dish probably more suitable for winter, but we enjoyed it
                                                                                    - stewed eggplant with garlic sauce
                                                                                    - bok choy & mushrooms

                                                                                    The fresh-fruit slushes are a big hit. I had a strawberry and two mangoes. Absolutely delicious. I'm already working my way through a second frequent-buyer card. There are about 5 pages of drink options.

                                                                                    And... I'm going back tonight with two other friends. Yikes! And yum!

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                                                                                      souschef Aug 8, 2009 06:45 AM

                                                                                      I have always thought of falafel as a side dish, not as a main course.....but then I'm a carnivore !

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                                                                                        hungryann Aug 8, 2009 07:12 AM

                                                                                        I am a carnivore too but these are very filling.

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                                                                                        SnackHappy Aug 8, 2009 09:16 AM

                                                                                        I'm so craving Freiha, right now. I haven't been there in so long. I could easily eat four of those in one sitting, and I would if I were 15 years younger.

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                                                                                          mainsqueeze Aug 8, 2009 11:04 AM

                                                                                          You mean if you were seven?

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                                                                                            SnackHappy Aug 8, 2009 11:43 AM

                                                                                            Would that it were so.

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                                                                                        Maximilien Aug 7, 2009 08:09 PM

                                                                                        I went to Lemeac earlier tonight (before the 22h/22$ deal).

                                                                                        It's been a while that I went there, mostly because I moved a few blocks away (yeah, I suck), but more because my tastes changed and was not looking for that kind of food; but today, I needed a "real" sit-down 2 course meal in a "safe" culinary environment.

                                                                                        Seems to me that it was as good as I remember, good tight service from the bar staff; good and satisfying food from the kitchen; (asparagus soup with dry sausage, and ris de veau with polenta) all down with a couple of Cava glasses and one of Morgon.

                                                                                        1. mainsqueeze Aug 3, 2009 06:57 AM

                                                                                          Wednesday: Picked up a lamb sandwich and a can of peach nectar at Antep Kabab for lunch. Hit the spot, as always.

                                                                                          Thursday: Lunch at Pick's. I had a burger with lettuce, tomato, pickle, sautéed onions, mozzarella, egg, and spicy ketchup. Also fries with chipotle mayo for dipping. I was so full from lunch and wasn't too hungry for dinner. Had two pints and a glass of beer at Vice & Versa in the evening, followed by a walk to Jean-Talon for a cone at Havre aux Glaces: pleurotes and burnt maple caramel on a sugar cone.

                                                                                          Friday: Pho and an iced coffee with condensed milk at Cali. i love their meaty broth. Then I picked up a few pastries at Harmonie and some bahn mi to bring home for dinner. I tried the grilled pork for the first time. Wonderful smokey flavour.

                                                                                          Saturday: Shrimp red curry from Bangkok. It was just okay.

                                                                                          Sunday: Dinner with the in-laws at Nostos. We shared the calamari appetizer. Good, but not as good as Marvin's. Also a bean appetizer that I don't remember the name of. Large beans (fava, maybe?) in an oily tomato sauce. Delicious! For the main I tried the half chicken platter. The chicken was tender, flavourful, and moist. There was a ton of it so I brought some home. After dinner we popped over to BSweet for dessert and coffee.

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                                                                                            hungryann Aug 3, 2009 07:36 AM

                                                                                            The bean dish: gigantes plaki most probably.

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                                                                                              mainsqueeze Aug 3, 2009 07:43 AM

                                                                                              Mmmm, yes. It was so good. I'd like to try making it at home.

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                                                                                                hungryann Aug 3, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                                                It isn`t very hard to make but it's also sold in tinned versions at Mourelatos and Adonis. Mostly brands imported from Greece. They are good for a quick lunch but rather oily. The homemade version is much better for you.

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                                                                                            mak2k Aug 3, 2009 06:36 AM

                                                                                            Monday: team dinner at Le Keg. spinach dip as appetizer, 8 oz prime rib & half lobster, apple crumble with ice cream. Unfortunately the apple crumble was cold.. but it was free so i ain't complaining! :P The entire table had 3 bottle of wine and we finished off the dinner with a glass of dalhawhinie 15 scotch!h

                                                                                            Tuesday: PDC (see pdc thread for comments). Let's just say that after le keg from the night before, it's a miracle i managed to eat and breath

                                                                                            Wed and Thursday was dinner at home, thank god!

                                                                                            Friday: dinner at Prato, the pizza were quite good! I was very impressed with the quality, the Pizza "a la main" (i thought it was a la main, as in hand in french lol) could use a bit of veggies. finished the dinner @ juliette et juliette

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                                                                                              rcianci Aug 2, 2009 05:50 PM

                                                                                              Dinner at Au Pied de Cochon last night. At first I was slightly disappointed that I missed Seafood Season (yep, it's over), but there were so many good choices among the specials, I soon cheered up.

                                                                                              First up Salmon Salad: morsels of succulent cured salmon, herbs, thin shavings of toasted bread, and toasted pine nuts, all topped with a thin lemony olive oil emulsion.

                                                                                              Then, Mushroom Tart: tiny, meaty, perfect yellow chanterelles, flaky pastry covered with cheese and a little mustard.

                                                                                              The main was Meatloaf, topped with foie gras and served with gnocchi, Parmesan milk, and a tomato-y reduction. The dish was a little salty but the meat had a beautiful texture.

                                                                                              Dessert, for me, a goat cheese and white chocolate tart, topped with red and black raspberries. My wife enjoyed a lemon meringue tart.

                                                                                              Finished with an allongé and a grappa (several, actually).

                                                                                              Long story, short, I’m sorry I missed the seafood platters, but I’m happy to find the kitchen strong as ever.

                                                                                              The wife and I went shopping at Ikea today, had the meatballs with boiled potatos and lingonberry jam for lunch. Not bad for seven bucks.

                                                                                              Came home tonight and warmed up some homemade Carbonades for dinner.

                                                                                              1. Andria Aug 2, 2009 03:34 PM

                                                                                                Friday night I attended our chowdown at Antep Kabab. Four of us ordered one of each platter: chicken, antep (ground seasoned meat), filet mignon and lamb kebabs. I had the sour cherry Turkish soda - amazing! All meats were excelllent, but the lamb was my favorite. The cucumber yogurt sauce was nice and refreshing, especially accompanied by that delicious bread.

                                                                                                Since it was the day before my birthday, I treated myself to the burnt maple caramel. Then, arriving back at work, my student workers offered me a small vanilla cone. Then, as I prepared to leave work, one group of teachers brings in Ben & Jerry's ice cream... 3 different flavors. They would not take no for an answer since they bought it for my b-day. I had the Chocolate Therapy. After tonight's chowdown, Bigfellow was hankering for Cherry Garcia... I just couldn't do it.

                                                                                                Saturday night, my staff treated me to dinner at the Keg on René Levesque. We were off to a very rocky start and my temper began to soar. Thankfully, tha manager & staff redeemed themselves... a drink and some food later, I was in a mighty fine mood. I started with the chipotle mac & cheese. My craving for mac & cheese began last night with Bigfellow's description of his special mac & cheese. The Keg's version was quite good with a subtle chipotle flavor that thankfully didn't over-power the cheese. My main was the prime rib with tiger shrimp. The shrimp were nothing special, and i really could have done without. The prime rib was tender. I occasionally added too much horseradish which made me sputter, choke, and made my eyes tear up... loved it. Dessert: coffee ice cream cake.

                                                                                                I think I may lay off the ice cream for a while... maybe not.

                                                                                                1. souschef Jul 27, 2009 06:05 AM

                                                                                                  On Saturday after a quick visit to Montreal (much to my chagrin Le Maitre Chocolatier was out of chocolate after a busy day, and Fino was out of the balsamic jelly I love), my wife and I stopped at Chateau Vaudreuil for dinner as it would involve a shorter drive home after dinner. They were extremely busy with a number of weddings, and we could not get a table in the dining room till 9pm, so we settled for dinner at the bar, with the bar menu. There was a live band and dancing at the bar. The band (a trio) was good, doing songs in English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

                                                                                                  It was a fairly big menu, but we decided to just share a number of appetizers:

                                                                                                  - Deep-fried calamari. Nicely done, with a crisp exterior.

                                                                                                  - Pork dumplings with a peanut sauce. Nice dumplings, but would have benefitted from a bit more seasoning. The peanut sauce was on the thin side.

                                                                                                  - California seafood salad. Lots of lettuce. Two large shrimp, a bunch of cocktail shrimp, and quite a lot of bay scallops. The scallops were nice and tender.

                                                                                                  - Tuna carpaccio, served with some form of relish. Thoroughly enjoyed this. The tuna was paper thin.

                                                                                                  - Spring rolls, which I did not care for.

                                                                                                  Bottom line: reasonably good food. Not upscale by any means.

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                                                                                                    moh Jul 26, 2009 08:41 PM

                                                                                                    Monday: Tried Antep Kebab's lamb sandwich - delicious!
                                                                                                    Tuesday: Moe's on Sherbrooke East after our game. Pretty typical food, not great, but filling. Reminds me that I am not such a fan of chains like Moe's.
                                                                                                    Thursday: Take out from Djoliba, some yummy mafe (rice and meat with a peanut butter based sauce) and tebou djien (fish in a spicy tomato sauce with vegetables and rice) for lunch. Then a lovely meal at Restaurant Christophe, with some really fabulous wines courtesy of a guest. We had the menu degustation. Everything was well-prepared, and matched well with the wines. I do love my fois gras, and they had a very nice prep with a sauce aux bluets. Lovely lamb main course with a nice herb sauce.
                                                                                                    Friday: Nothing - paid for the really lovely evening the night before.... Not so good at holding my alcohol these days...
                                                                                                    Saturday: Jean- Talon market, and big Korean lunch while making kimchi. Saturday evening - another nice meal, this time at A L'Os, the degustation menu, and a more moderate wine intake.
                                                                                                    Sunday: Brunch at Sparrow - always lovely. Today, enjoyed some delicious chanterelles on toast with eggs.

                                                                                                    Lots of eating out, lots of market fare as well. With the exception of the difficult Friday, overall a yummy eating week.

                                                                                                    1. Andria Jul 26, 2009 07:47 PM

                                                                                                      Friday night I headed over to Vivaldi with some friends. I had the clamari & veal scalopini portobello. We headed back to my place for dessert: pre-birthday strawberry shortcake from Patisserie Swiss-Vienna.

                                                                                                      Saturday night was la Colombe. I had the lamb shank, my dining partner the pork loin in spiced pineapple sauce. My meat was fork-tender, her sauce... incredible.

                                                                                                      I went for dim sum at Kam Fung today, then to Havre aux glaces for mango, ginger & chestnut flavors.

                                                                                                      1. SnackHappy Jul 26, 2009 06:43 PM

                                                                                                        Just came home from a terrific meal at Les Deux Fours on Bélanger in Rosemont. The four of us ordered the Super Combo Peruano which is a whole Peruvian chicken with fries, salad and a free bottle of Inca Kola or Coke. We took the Coke, but brought it home because we BYOed. If you've never had Peruvian Chicken, I think it's well worth checking out. The chicken is well seasoned, moist and flavourful and the fries are really good. The salad is just ok. It all comes with three sauces for dipping, one white, one green and one red. I really like the green aji sauce with jalapeno and coriander. And the best part was that the bill came out to 50$ including tip.

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                                                                                                          everyonelovessushi Jul 26, 2009 06:54 PM

                                                                                                          Sounds like the food was great. How many chickens did you get for $50?

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                                                                                                            SnackHappy Jul 26, 2009 07:16 PM

                                                                                                            Just one chicken for four people and it was plenty of food. We left there stuffed.

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                                                                                                          chilipepper Jul 26, 2009 05:50 PM

                                                                                                          Not this week but quite recently a weeknight dinner at La Montée
                                                                                                          Fantastic tasting menu for 65 bucks
                                                                                                          The flavours, the flavours...i.e. fat scallop spring roll with curry, coriander and olive oil....mmmm
                                                                                                          Great friendly service too

                                                                                                          1. SnackHappy Jul 21, 2009 03:38 AM

                                                                                                            No dining out last week. but girlfriend did bring me home a lovely duck dish from Chuan Xiang Qing in Chinatown. The duck was on the bone with fresh hot peppers and a slightly sweet savoury liquid. It was great as was the rice which was nice and fluffy and delicious.

                                                                                                            I want to go there as soon as I can to sample more dishes.

                                                                                                            http://www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iID...

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                                                                                                              superbossmom Jul 24, 2009 04:22 AM

                                                                                                              We were hosting a dinner for 10 last night and went to Bice ; I had pre selected the wines and had ordered trays of appetizers brought to the table as soon as we sat down.
                                                                                                              Service was very attentive and the food was amazing; they brought 2 big complimentary dessert trays at the end and did not charge us for the appetizers which I had specified and was expecting to pay for.
                                                                                                              The bill with taxes included came to just under 100$ a head, pricey but it was a success. I had not been to Bice in years.

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                                                                                                                superbossmom Jul 26, 2009 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                oh no ! not superboss mom again !!!!

                                                                                                                ok so I don't cook much and we're on vaca so we're eating out a lot.

                                                                                                                We had friday night at ellagrill on Amherst, I think I'm in love, it was perfect; we were a group of 10 and shared different salads and appetizers , we all picked a grilled fish or seafood for main. All fresh and service very attentive and prompt.

                                                                                                                Saturday night dinner at La Fabrique on St Denis; fun, hip, atmosphere, open kitchen, the food was intriguing, we all enjoyed our dishes, I insisted on having the house Jos Louis, a chocolate round with a white cream in the middle, divine;
                                                                                                                hubby and I felt very full after, we should have had the veggie spaguetti that my friend had, I had a nice pork bbque dish, a bit heavy; we also found things overseasoned.
                                                                                                                I'll definitely go back to Ellagrill, la Fabrique not sure, although it was worth trying, they are very friendly and welcoming.

                                                                                                                Next on my list, M sur Masson and Europea, can't believe I have not been there already.
                                                                                                                And one of these days, I might start cooking at home more.

                                                                                                            2. Andria Jul 20, 2009 07:33 PM

                                                                                                              Pasta Tutti Giorni one day, Expressions fro breakfast on Saturday, followed by Europea's tasting menu (again... I was there last Saturday too).

                                                                                                              As we left Europea, we were given 2 lovely cakes as a "thank-you for dining" gift. I brought them home and put them on the counter. The next day, I walked into the kitchen, and there my husky stood, among the shredded remains of the wrapping which once contained one cake. A little celophane here, a tie over there... and the dog was asking for the door. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the last piece of that cake, securely clasped behind upcurled lips.

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                                                                                                                morebubbles Jul 13, 2009 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                On Saturday I went to Lylas (on Jean Talon) for lunch, I usually have the pho, but this time the server recommended a new dish they've just added: it's called Banh Hoi Thit Nuong. I decided to go for it and it was delicious, I recommend it. It's grilled pork served over a bed of what the server said were homemade vermicelli (it looks like vermicelli that has been compressed somehow - it's good). They serve a light dressing on the side for you to pour over everything and enjoy. Enjoy I did! Lots of fresh mint and another delicious herb (tasted a bit like mint & cinnamon). Anyway, here's a photo.

                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                  naturelle Jul 20, 2009 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                  Chao Phraya on Sunday night, which was okay, but so little food for $87 for 4 people: 2 appetizers and 2 main dishes and 1 rice dish. However, this disappointment was overcome by the dessert at Juliette & Chocolat where we enjoyed the brownie, ice cream and warm chocolate sauce.

                                                                                                                2. SnackHappy Jul 13, 2009 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                  Thursday: Girlfriend brought home kumpir from Baked Potato. They're bigger now. GF says they add extra potato with the butter and cheese. They may be a bit too big. They're still one of my favourite fast food option, though.

                                                                                                                  Saturday: M sur Masson. Hadn't been there since they expanded and that first time was just for brunch. The food was overall really good. My app of sauteed chicken livers and girolles was almost flawless. It was supposed to be a poelée of sauteed mushrooms, but it was a bit stingy on the shrooms. I can't help but feel that despite the high-quality of the food, prices are a bit inflated. Especially considering that the space is very cramped and that the service is more bistro than fine-dining.

                                                                                                                  1. afoodyear Jul 12, 2009 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                    Sacwich after seeing Away We Go for the second time (what a nice movie), Casa Tapas for the first time (decent, maybe a touch overpriced, I thought) and Bottega for the second time (so consistently good I'm surprised we don't go more often). Meu-Meu and Yea! if ice cream counts ;)

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                                                                                                                      superbossmom Jul 12, 2009 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                      I've been in Dallas for the last 2 weeks; returning to Mtl on wednesday for 3 weeks, I want to try La Fabrique and my friend has been raving about a place called Alla Grill, it sounds that way, not sure if I'm spelling correctly , and already have made plans to go to Il Cortile and Botega ; I'd like to also return to les 2 singes de montarvie, to see if it's still good.

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                                                                                                                        carswell Jul 12, 2009 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                        «a place called Alla Grill, it sounds that way, not sure if I'm spelling correctly»

                                                                                                                        Probably ÉLLA-grill in the Village. http://ellagrill.com/

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                                                                                                                          MartinSLR Jul 13, 2009 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                          ellada, 9030 boulevard de l'Acadie, (514) 850-0000

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                                                                                                                            superbossmom Jul 13, 2009 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                            thanks for correcting the name, carswell.

                                                                                                                      2. Andria Jul 12, 2009 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                        A busy dining out week for me:

                                                                                                                        Europea - tasting menu
                                                                                                                        Pied de Cochon
                                                                                                                        Yutaka
                                                                                                                        Cuisine Szechuan

                                                                                                                        Reviews to follow!

                                                                                                                        1. SnackHappy Jul 7, 2009 06:16 PM

                                                                                                                          Wednesday: Ordered club sandwiches from Jimmy's. It wasn't a transcendent club sandwich experience, but it satisfied my craving.

                                                                                                                          Thursday: Late lunch, early dinner at Prêt-à-Manger. Shrimp and sugar snap peas in XO sauce, salt and pepper pork chop and Japanese tofu with eggplant. Oh man, do I ever love Japanese tofu. As usual everything was great.

                                                                                                                          Saturday: Had a craving for Portuguese chicken, so we decided to give Karl and Bino's a try. The fries were really good. They were the soft, sweet, brown kind that only Quebecois seem to like and they were done really well. The salad was overdressed with what looked and tasted like bottled dressing and the chicken... Well, it was dry as a bone. Considering how fast our order got to us after we'd made the call, I suspect that the chicken was pre-cooked and then warmed up on the grill before being sent out. I don't think we'll be ordering from them anytime soon.

                                                                                                                          Sunday: Another burger from Grégoire in Ste-Martine. As good as always.

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                                                                                                                            wilmagrace Jul 7, 2009 07:16 PM

                                                                                                                            jazzfest crepes with ham and cheese, louisana shrimp sandwich and louisana po' beef sandwich, and amurala mango cocktail all while listening to some great jazz, scat groups!!!

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                                                                                                                              Andria Jul 7, 2009 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                              My brother and I dined at Le Bocage in Beaconsfield tonight. There were two menus tonight... the regular French menu, and the "Italian Night" menu. As we glanced over the menu, we were presented bruschetta so garlicky it bit at your tongue. Most may have been turned off but, being Italian, we quite liked them. Sadly, it was downhill from there.

                                                                                                                              My brother's appetizer was a terrine which he described as having a "disquieting crusty meatloaf consistency" and having overwhelming peppercorn taste. I opted for the escargots in a blue cheese/porto sauce. The escargots were served swimming in a brown sauce reminiscent of leftover roast beef gravy... no sign of blue cheese, and overpoweringly salty.

                                                                                                                              For my main, I had the dijon crusted lamb. It was not bad, but not great either... served with equally bland vegetables. My brother opted for the filet mignon. It was served scorched - with a charcoal-like texture on the outside, and medium-rare on the inside. I watched as my brother trimmed the top, bottom, and sides of his $30 filet mignon. "Carcinicious!" he announced.

                                                                                                                              When our waitress cleared our table, she noted that my brother had left his meal virtually untouched. We explained that his meat was burnt and inedible. She seemed somewhat surprised, although not overly interested, and simply shrugged her shoulders as she went to get out bill.

                                                                                                                              As my brother and I got into the car, I wondered why there was no offer to remove my brother's obviously inedible meal from the bill. Even simply comping a dessert would have been an honorable gesture.

                                                                                                                              We simply cut our losses and instead headed over to Rockaberry for three types of pie... millefeuillle, chocolate banana split, and caramel fudge cheese.

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                                                                                                                              moh Jul 13, 2009 05:07 PM

                                                                                                                              I'm a bit out of it, as I've been away. Please explain the burger from Gregoire. Where? any particular burger? always need a good burger...

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                                                                                                                                mainsqueeze Jul 14, 2009 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                Chez Grégoire used to be a snack shack/resto in Ste-Martine but they have recently moved to Mercier. Their burgers are tremendous. I think all the burgers have the same toppings, but they have the spécial, the géant, and the jumbo, all varying sizes. The géant has two patties with bread in the middle. Their fries are also really good.

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                                                                                                                                  SnackHappy Jul 14, 2009 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                  Grègoire hasn't yet moved to Mercier. I think that will take place over the winter. They are in Ste-Martine just before the bridge that crosses the Chateauguay river. Their burgers are not earth shattering or anything, but they are really tasty and long time family favourites (My dad is from Ste-Martine). Appart from the Géant, the Jumbo and the Special they also have regular hamburgers and cheeseburgers. They also have a hot-dog Géant which is basically a foot-long hot dog. I don't really recommend the poutine because I don't like their sauce, but the poutine italienne is quite lovely.

                                                                                                                                  Restaurant Grégoire‎
                                                                                                                                  258-A St-Joseph
                                                                                                                                  Sainte-Martine, QC
                                                                                                                                  (450) 427-2310‎

                                                                                                                            3. Andria Jul 4, 2009 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                              My brother is in town, so finally someone that shares my obsession with dining out is around! We had dinner at Shahi Palace tonight. We had the chicken balti, palik paneer, beef nahari, and chilli fish... and a bottle of Bolla. As usual, the food was great - tasty, and spicy.

                                                                                                                              I am putting ducks on the outdoor rotisserie tomorrow - my first attempt... wish me luck.

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                                                                                                                                bigfellow Jul 2, 2009 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                I am now comtemplating comitting ritual suicide. I was dragged to the Bar B Barn on Guy for dinner last night.
                                                                                                                                In the 70's it was considered one of the places to go. Everyone raved about their ribs...well, they haven't changed the decor, literally. I think that they haven't even painted the place since then.

                                                                                                                                The ribs were awful. I considered sending them back for an oil change.

                                                                                                                                At the next table was a nice 3 or 4 generation family from Tennessee. They seem embaressed to be eating the food. The son ( about 30) asked everyone at his table if his order was really ribs.

                                                                                                                                I've really got to find a place that does GOOD BBQ here. There are some decent places. But I mean a r4eally good place.

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                                                                                                                                  Andria Jul 2, 2009 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                  I feel your pain. Someone would do well opening either a great BBQ or Malaysian place

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                                                                                                                                    carswell Jul 2, 2009 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                    I concur but we're yelling into the wind. Exhibit A would be the Mirror's recent ravish review of BBB: "And the best pork ribs in the world? Yeah, they’re pretty awesome. Lacquered in a sticky-sweet sauce that my friends agreed had some affiliation with Coca-Cola, the ribs were cooked to a perfect 'toothsome' quality. They didn’t fall off the bone, an indication of rib cooking expertise. They’re not steamed here, but slow-cooked at a low temperature to achieve a perfect moist, generous meaty texture. Amazing." It is to laugh. Or cry. www.montrealmirror.com/2009/042309/re...

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                                                                                                                                      bigfellow Jul 2, 2009 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                      "Jesus wept."

                                                                                                                                      I took a sample of th bbq sauce home. A friend who is a pit master in Memphis is coming up Monday to the Jazz Festival. I want him to tatse it. It is a joke, I mean it is really bad.

                                                                                                                                      Oh well, Qing Hua or somewhere else downtown for supper, just to restore my faith! lol

                                                                                                                                  2. Andria Jul 1, 2009 09:15 PM

                                                                                                                                    Ate at Gigi's Pizzeria in Pointe Claire just before the fireworks tonight. I got the deluxe. The place has been open since I was a child. My best friends Mom would always order from Gigi's... our family always ordered from Romano's. It was quite good, but there was one spice in the sauce which I found too over-powering.

                                                                                                                                    Afterwards, we slipped across the street to le Bilboquet for a scoop of some caramelish flavor, and one scoop of amazing maple syrup ice cream.

                                                                                                                                    1. SnackHappy Jun 29, 2009 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                      Monday: Qing Hua

                                                                                                                                      Wednesday: Had the always awesome jumbo burger from Grégoire in Ste-Martine.

                                                                                                                                      Sunday: Au Pied de Cochon. Five people shared five cromesquis, four apps, three mains and one dessert. Tried a couple of flashy dishes for the first time: duck in a can and stuffed pig's trotter. It was a great meal which came out to about 60$ per person with beer. I think it was a great deal.

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                                                                                                                                        superbossmom Jun 29, 2009 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                        My report for last week is that I started with Graziella's on monday night, I had been wanting to go for so long, it was excellent, good home cooking. Less spectacular presentation than La Montée, but so so good. On St Jean Baptiste day, we had lunch at Leméac, it was excellent, as always; Sophie Lorrain and Stéphane Bureau walked in with their SO's ( french canadian celebrities love Leméac) I ended the week with a burger from Buns for sunday lunch. ( no celebrity spotting there)

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                                                                                                                                          naturelle Jun 29, 2009 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                          Ate at Zawedeh (Best Western, Peel/Sherbrooke), with 3 others, last night. Fatouche was fresh and generous, mixed hot appetizers were tasty, but Kafta was somewhat chewey, although Shish Taouk was tender. Place was empty, so perhaps it's best to go on a busier week night.

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                                                                                                                                            wilmagrace Jul 1, 2009 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                            les enfants terribles for brunch on weekend, had omelette(huge) with asparagus, cheese stuffing and good potatoes, tasty toast and fruit slices. Friend had poached eggs with salmon and hollandais. Coffee was good and service not attenive. Always a nice relaxing view onto bernard (outremont).. Bernard is a wonderful place to pass the time on the terraces. Oncle burger special $3 at a and w. Went to stevie wonder concert last night and couldnt get near food tents, will try again tonight for crepes or louisana specials and probably some quebec cheese +wine, yum

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                                                                                                                                        bigfellow Jun 29, 2009 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                        I ate at Le Paris this week. As wll as Schwartz's and Qing Hui.

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                                                                                                                                          maisonbistro Jun 29, 2009 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                          Curious to hear what you thought of Le Paris. Haven't been since it closed and reopened.

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                                                                                                                                            bigfellow Jun 30, 2009 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                            One of my father's friends used to eat there 3 or 4 times a week. I went with him. It was very good. But it didn't quite hit the mark as it did before. But the new owner is striving to make it better. I would go back and I would recommend it.

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                                                                                                                                            shopgirl Jun 30, 2009 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                            bigfellow...how is le paris? I believe it is a BYO, right? Unsure where it is, though. Do I take Autoroute 720 to Atwater, then St. Marc to Catherine W? We'll be in Old Montreal.
                                                                                                                                            Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                              davyboy Jun 30, 2009 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                              Shopgirl. Your directions are right on - turn right onto St. Catherine from St. Marc and it's in the middle of the block on the south side. It's not BYO.
                                                                                                                                              By the way, it had closed after 50 years and then was reopened by, I believe, the former chef and a partner. I ate there with a large group about a month after it reopened and we all enjoyed the very classic and tasty French bistro food. About 6 weeks later, the Montreal Gazette reviewer gave it a really bad review, which really harped on the fact that it served classic (old fashioned) French cuisine and had not updated (modernized) its menu. Well prepared classic French cuisine is fine with me.

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                                                                                                                                                bigfellow Jul 1, 2009 07:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                "Frédéric Paguet and Franck Laroche have bought the place and are running the kitchen. Chef Laroche put in twelve years as Executive Chef at Le Caveau; better yet, Chef Paguet spent 15 years in the kitchens at Le Paris, which means, of course, that he knows those dishes inside out."

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                                                                                                                                            devilishlyj Jun 29, 2009 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                                            This past week brought sushi from Kejaki on Tuesday (needed a pick-me-up that day), a couple of buns from Kim Phat on C.D.N. on Thursday, and then more sushi from Yoy on Saturday (the 'rents wanted La Merveille du Vietnam and they are co-habitants of the same resto).

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                                                                                                                                              devilishlyj Jun 22, 2009 03:03 PM

                                                                                                                                              Let's see...last week I ate at Kam Shing on Van Horne - a big array of stuff was ordered, and then we did delivery from Pendeli's on Saturday. Not too exciting lately.

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                                                                                                                                                Andria Jun 29, 2009 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                Saturday night I attended the Strangers in the Night fundraiser. Great night and pretty great food, especially considering they had to do it on such a big scale. 70 + restaurants were on hand dishing out everything from smoked meat to wine, to melt in your mouth French macarons.

                                                                                                                                                Last Tuesday I ate at l'Ambroisie... I have said enough in the review I posted, so let's not open that wound up again - I am trying to block it out.

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                                                                                                                                                  C70 Jun 29, 2009 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                  VSL Pendelis? I love the Greek lady who answers the phone.

                                                                                                                                                  Their subs are fantastic, and STUFFED to the gills.

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                                                                                                                                                    devilishlyj Jun 29, 2009 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Yep, that's the one! I actually like pretty much anything pizza/sub/sandwich/Greek from there. They're pretty consistent, hubby pretty much always orders their lasagna and polishes it off (small size of course).

                                                                                                                                                2. Andria Jun 21, 2009 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                  A slow week for me. I had Boustan take-out (chicken trio) for lunch on Friday. The rest of the week I ate in, having lobster four times.

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                                                                                                                                                    superbossmom Jun 21, 2009 06:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                    We were 10 for dinner and no way were we going to go out on Father's Day :
                                                                                                                                                    I picked up chicken pot pies at Eatz Encore on sherbrooke west, 13.99$ a piece and each pie feeds 3 people, they are really good and home made tasting.

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                                                                                                                                                    isa1 Jun 21, 2009 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Monday: tapas at L'Assomoir on Bernard. ok food but basil-watermelon martini was amazing.
                                                                                                                                                    Tuesday: had the salmon tartare at Le Local
                                                                                                                                                    Wednesday: Pistou on Mount Royal, had an app of grilled scallop with chorizo puree and main of veal with grilled veggies.
                                                                                                                                                    Thursday: had a poutine from La Banquise for lunch and skipped dinner
                                                                                                                                                    Friday: made feta omelet with pita for dinner
                                                                                                                                                    Saturday: Made fish tacos and guacamole. used soft tacos from la Tortilleria...yum
                                                                                                                                                    Sunday: hit JTM and ate bhajis. came home and made cavatelli from scratch with a blue cheese sauce.
                                                                                                                                                    Must start dieting and making a budget...NOW

                                                                                                                                                    1. afoodyear Jun 21, 2009 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Tried Holder for the first time on Thursday. Bagel Etc. for breakfast this weekend. Ate a corn dog at that fry place by Jacques Cartier pier. Went to beaver lake and had a BBQ for father's day.

                                                                                                                                                      1. TheSnowpea Jun 18, 2009 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                        This week's little gem was a great big take-away box of tiny Persian style cookies from Nocochi. Boy, they were good, especially the Nan-e Nokhodchi, which are the chickpea flour shortbread balls with tiny fork tine marks -- those melt in your mouth. I bought a pre-made selection for a friend's birthday and we shared it over a bottle of Chardonnay while chatting out on the deck. Very nice 'bon bons' for girly girl talk!

                                                                                                                                                        Note: they also have fruit pastes, but they don't mix them with cookies in the pre-made boxes.

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                                                                                                                                                          superbossmom Jun 19, 2009 07:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                          We had very good eats in Dallas the last 2 weeks but this thread is about Montreal;
                                                                                                                                                          I only came back wednesday night, so I hit atwater market yesterday to stock up a bit, had lunch at premiere moisson, tonight we're trying la Montée for the first time.

                                                                                                                                                          snowpea, I also love those cookies, they are almost candies ; their macarons are good also.

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                                                                                                                                                            superbossmom Jun 20, 2009 04:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Our dinner last night at La Montée was divine; a piece of lacquered porcelet on lardons ( did not eat the lardons, limp and gross looking, why waste calories on
                                                                                                                                                            that ?) white asparagus dish,
                                                                                                                                                            my other dish was 2 pieces of bison, melt in your mouth, and I had the lemon trio of desserts ; we had the $55 (4courses) dinner -
                                                                                                                                                            we all had wines by the glass, mine being a sancerre which I liked a lot,
                                                                                                                                                            it has a hazy look in the glass, which was explained by the waiter as it being unfiltered. We sat on their terrace. Service was friendly and stellar.

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                                                                                                                                                              TheSnowpea Jun 20, 2009 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Yes, I saw they had macarons too. I tried the lemon one with an espresso (illy... not a great shot and they gave it to me in a paper cup even though I said was going to have my macaron and coffee in the café)... the macaron was nice. It makes me once again want to tackle making them. That and those chickpea flour cookies!

                                                                                                                                                              I'm putting la Montée on my list of places to try.

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                                                                                                                                                            devilishlyj Jun 14, 2009 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                            This week we did some delivery sushi from Kejaki where I tried my first scallop sushi - delicious! And then we had Dunn's on Saturday, but neither hubby nor I are really into their smoked meat. It was poutine for him and a bagel, lox and cream cheese for me :)

                                                                                                                                                            1. TheSnowpea Jun 14, 2009 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Lesseeee... we ordered from Wasabi Sushi one evening and tonight, from Chalet BBQ (after a day of gardening, I did not have it in me to make supper!)

                                                                                                                                                              1. Andria Jun 14, 2009 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Thursday lunch - Dozo Izakaya (downtown) take-out. The quality seemed better than last Thursday... softer rice, generous rolls.
                                                                                                                                                                Friday night - Smoked Meat Pete (Ile Perrot). The only place I eat smoked meat. Seriously, if you haven't tried it, it is worth the trip. Oh, and Marco's Spruce Beer.
                                                                                                                                                                Saturday dinner - Mexican fiesta backyard party. Margaritas, walking nachos, mango/pepper salad, tacos, mexican potato salad, chili-spice triple chocolate brownies, margarita mousse.

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                                                                                                                                                                  everyonelovessushi Jun 14, 2009 08:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Is there a thread for Smoked Meat Pete? This place has been raved about for years but is so out in the boondocks that would be a special trip for many of us. Is it really worth a trip from centreville? I'd love to incorporate it into some kind of trip out there if it's really good.
                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Andria Jun 14, 2009 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    You could check out this thread: chowhound.chow.com/topics/96661

                                                                                                                                                                    SMP also has a web site: www.smokemeatpete.com

                                                                                                                                                                    I do not usually go out for smoked meat... it just isn't one of my favorite foods. Every once in a while though, I crave Pete's Meat. The only place I go out to, and yes, it is worth the drive. The fries can be hit or miss, but when they're good, they are the best.

                                                                                                                                                                    Want to make a day-trip out of it? Eat at Smoked Meat Pete, walk across the street to Dairy Queen for dessert, then head to Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue to walk it all off and look at the boats. If not, and you like live blues, head out in the evening and catch a local band while you dine... crazy loud atmosphere as this is a small place with low ceilings.

                                                                                                                                                                2. afoodyear Jun 12, 2009 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  We tried that four 9" pizzas for $33 from Tomato last night. Never again! Was like paying $33 for a half eaten 18" previously frozen pie.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Jaetee Jun 14, 2009 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    We tried this new restaurant in Chinatown on Clark and La Gauchetiere in Chinatown. It's called Chuan Xiang Qing. It took over the old restaurant Maxim. Menu is very similar to Cuisine Schezuan. Maybe one of the ex-cooks opened it? We had the chili chicken and bean sprouts with pork. The chili chicken was similar to Cuisine Schezuan, but with less peppers, and more chicken. The bean sprouts was a bit oily, but tasty. Will definately go back to try the rest.

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                                                                                                                                                                      BLM Jun 15, 2009 04:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Reviewed in the latest Hour paper by Joshua Karpati http://www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iID...

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                                                                                                                                                                    Maximilien Jun 11, 2009 06:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    @ Claremont (on sherbrooke in Westmount)

                                                                                                                                                                    for a 5 à 7 with food, ok nachos and ok mussels and fries, nothing too fancy.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. blond_america Jun 10, 2009 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Hmm this was an interesting week actually. Let's see: I had my first White Castle experience in NJ, Popeye's Chicken in Atlantic City, and three philly cheese steaks from Steve Prince of Steaks in Philly. Also Bangkok which was more for convenience than pleasure.

                                                                                                                                                                      I love trying new fast food places. That's one of my guilty pleasures.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1toomany Nov 8, 2009 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Popeye's is the best fried chicken anywhere. Consistently delicious. The red beans and rice are also delicious, and their biscuits are above average. I recently moved to Montreal from NJ, and had several "going away" meals at Popeye's before leaving!

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                                                                                                                                                                        Dusty08 Jun 9, 2009 07:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I ate at BUNS on St.-Laurent this weekend. It was my first time eating there and boy was it delicious! $4 for a nice juicy burger is a steal. I was thinking to myself, I can go to that $2 chow mein (which is really just egg noddles and a pretty good peanut sauce), or I can go to La Belle Province and spend $6 on a couple hot dogs, fries and a drink. BUNS is right in the middle at $4. I had it all dressed (no onions) with hot sauce and cheese. Absolutely delicious. I highly recommend.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Campofiorin Jun 9, 2009 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Fun idea!

                                                                                                                                                                          Over the course of last week, I had grilled pork and spring rolls at Pho Than Long, always good. I had basic stir fry from Thaï Express, not that amazing. I had dinner at Vinizza, a first experience. The app made of grilled polenta and some sausage stew was really good as was the prosciutto, arugula and mozzrella pizza, will return for sure. And then... Taco Bell. I know, shame on me. Forgive me for I have sinned.

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                                                                                                                                                                            bigfellow Jun 8, 2009 06:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            I was at Pick's and APC on the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Andria Jun 8, 2009 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              Fun thread! Here goes... Monday lunch - Picks. Thursday lunch - Dozo Izakaya. Friday lunch at the hotel formerly known as the Hilton, dinner - terrace of Yutaka in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Breakfast Saturday at Cosmopolitain, lunch - hot wings from KFC, dinner- Scarolli's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                SnackHappy Jun 8, 2009 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Tell me more of this Dozo Izakaya of which you speak.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  emerilcantcook Jun 8, 2009 06:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I found their menu: http://restomontreal.ca/restaurants/i...

                                                                                                                                                                                  but please, tell us more.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Andria Jun 8, 2009 06:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    1216 Stanley
                                                                                                                                                                                    www.dozoizakaya.ca

                                                                                                                                                                                    Some girls from work were raving about the place and I decided to order take-out with them. I ordered three rolls: kamikaze, dynamite & la sirene - all were quite good with fresh ingredients. The girls each ordered the lunch specials which looked quite generous and interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Tasty and fresh, yes... but the rolls at Yutaka were among the best (taste & freshness) I have ever had. Two of my dining companions claim it is the best they have ever had.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      SnackHappy Jun 8, 2009 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I found this blog entry about the place. Looks tempting.

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.jasonwaynelee.com/blog/?p=143

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                                                                                                                                                                                        moh Jun 8, 2009 07:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        It is a nicely done blog entry. The saba looks tempting. THe bento box looks good. But I am a bit put off by all the crazy rolls, and I really hate it when they put cream cheese in sushi. I am suspicious of all-you-can-eat sushi. I am really finding it hard to eat sushi in Montreal, especially after some of the great sushi and sashimi I had in Vancouver. Might consider going for some of the cooked stuff though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Andria Jun 8, 2009 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Having been to Vancouver several times (love Tojo's), I would have to agree. In terms of creativity, we seem to be lacking. In terms of freshness, so far Yutaka has been the best. I hate getting sushi with cold, hardening rice... such a waste.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            moh Jun 8, 2009 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I love Tojo's too! I also recently enjoyed a great place called Lime out on Commercial Blvd. The quality of the fish is incredible there. I miss the sushi there very much.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh yeah... where did I eat this week? Let's see, Maison du Nord on last Monday, Jean-Talon Market on Tuesday (Frites Alors fries, Petit Alep for various dips and falafel sandwich, various fruit samples, and Havre aux Glaces), a tuna sandwich with hot banana pickles at the hospital on Wednesday, ordered in a calzone from Piazelli on St Denis (first time - not bad, better than I'd thought it would be) and a classic poutine from Banquise on Thursday, then a charcuterie sandwich from Premiere Moisson on our way to Ontario on Friday. Saturday am, had a yummy breakfast sandwich, some freshly fried cider donuts Mennonite style and fresh strawberries from the Guelph farmers market, then dinner at Borealis, a really lovely gastropub style resto in Guelph. I had the best restaurant chicken wings I've had in a long time, and really delicious fish and chips with cole slaw. Then on our way back to Montreal, we stopped in Markham for soup dumplings and Shanghai noodles - YUM! Today, had lunch at Chez Julien, good cod with a compound butter and a puree of celeriac, and a very nice Tarte Tatin with vanilla ice cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                            I eat out way too much. The scary thing is I eat in a lot too. Love to cook, love to eat. It's a problem.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              souschef Jun 8, 2009 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              "Love to cook, love to eat. It's a problem."

                                                                                                                                                                                              I love to cook and eat too, but fail to see how it is a problem.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                moh Jun 8, 2009 09:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                The problem involves several pairs of pants I am trying to fit back into...

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                                                                                                                                                                                        hungryann Jun 8, 2009 08:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's not really an izakaya from the looks of it...but it seems worthwhile to add on the to-try list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          SnackHappy Jun 9, 2009 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I thought the same thing after reading the blog entry. My hopes weren't that high anyway. Maybe on day this town will get a place where we can get our drunk on Japanese-style. One can only hope.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      marblebag Jun 7, 2009 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      evening meals

                                                                                                                                                                                      \monday - tv dinner
                                                                                                                                                                                      tuesday - Picks
                                                                                                                                                                                      wednesday - qing hua
                                                                                                                                                                                      thursday - osaka
                                                                                                                                                                                      friday - burgundy lion pub
                                                                                                                                                                                      saturday - lafayette diner (opens late in the village)
                                                                                                                                                                                      sunday - spaghetti meatsauce from a store

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. TheSnowpea Jun 7, 2009 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        On Saturday last, I took out my husband to Brontë for his birthday. We started with G&Ts (they offer Q Tonic). There was a little amuse of brandade shaped like a scallop and browned nicely on both sides, served with a spicy aïoli. The Birthday Boy had the braised rabbit with pappardele for his first course, while I had the onsen style egg with Spanish ham. The rabbit was in slightly sweet sauce and some carrot froth (heheh).... a pleasant enough dish. My egg was served atop a potato salad that was perhaps a touch too 'rehaussée' for the egg, while the the ham slices were set atop some green haricots, but were overcome by the accompanying blue cheese. When the server asked how it was, I gave him my impressions, which seemed to be fine by him and the kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Birthday Boy's main was the duck with foie gras... it had a bay leaf cream, white chocolate and dried cherry sauce. Rather nice! I went for the cheese raviolis served with oxtail and mushroom stew. It was heavy but delish.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I confess the stand out that night was the bread: a trio of home made breads: a rustic, open structured one with pesto on top, a sweet one with macerated raisins, and a ricotta cheese bread. Absolutely wonderful.

                                                                                                                                                                                        We skipped desserts, despite their appeal: too full.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        On Friday, we attended a friendly gathering and our hosts ordered a variety of pizzas from Pinoli's in NDG. Pretty good, esp. the spicy ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                        And yes, some of you will laugh: we actually stopped at A&W this Saturday for a burger.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          mtlmaven Jun 7, 2009 08:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Nice idea! I didn't eat out much today but I did try a couple of places based on some of the recent threads here.
                                                                                                                                                                                          We went to Picks on Tuesday to get Kogos. My husband just loves that stuff. They were perfectly fried and the potato coating was nice and crunchy on the outside while still managing to be soft on the inside. We had them with the aioli, sun-dried tomato and honey mustard sauces.

                                                                                                                                                                                          On Thursday afternoon, my mom and I picked up some portuguese roast chicken at "Coco Rico"? The chicken was moist and tasty. I had them put on the spices and sauce and it turned out delicious. The only thing I found somewhat lacking on my plate were the potatoes. Some of them just didn't seem like they'd been roasted long enough. I also tried their corn bread and really enjoyed it.

                                                                                                                                                                                          On Friday morning I just had to go to Mme Clafoutis on Van Horne to try out their pastries and I was not dissapointed. The chocolate croissant was flaky and buttery while the piece of chocolate on the inside was nice and rich. Yum! I also had a mini-croissant (for my son but I ended up eating half of it) and I also had a raisin swirl that was also perfect. I love that place and can't wait to go back for their afternoon tea. I saw a sign indicating that they are looking for some musicians to play so I think it will be nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. kpzoo Jun 7, 2009 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            My two standout meals out last week ran the gamut from cheapie chicken to high-end fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Went to Chalet BBQ for their meal deal (locals can find a coupon in various free weekly papers) - I always get the hot chicken sandwich. Hearty, filling, delicious, lowbrow fare.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Tried Milos for the first time, for their lunch special. Don't often go out for lunch as it really cuts into my workday, but made an exception for my 10th anniversary. Despite a shaky start (hostess told me they'd given away our table because we were late for our 1:00 reservation - my watch showed 1:01) the experience was quite nice overall. Service was friendly and non-snooty, and the food was very good. Hubby had the smoked salmon appetizer, and I paid a bit extra for a plate of paper-thin zucchini & eggplant slices lightly fried, with a mound of good tzatziki (and some other dip) and a hunk of grilled saganaki cheese on the side. We both had the whole grilled tsipoura fish, which comes with a side of broccoli. Very tasty and juicy, but needed to watch out for lots of little bones. Finished with a nice pear-almond tart. A pleasant surprise and I'd go again. Even their Web site is suprisingly good - no Flash or PDF menus for once!

                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.milos.ca/en/montreal/menu/...

                                                                                                                                                                                            Other takeout/delivery included chicken fried rice from Soup & Noodles and a veggie pizza from B&M. Oh yes, I think we also went to Asean Garden for sushi and veggie tempura. Gosh, didn't cook much last week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Cornelya Jun 7, 2009 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              For lunch, this past week, I had one of those pear-spinach-nuts-feta cheese paninis from Chop-Crazy (I really like it!), a Moroccan ragout on couscous meal at Cafe l'Etranger (ok, actually not bad at all) and shish-taouk platter at Amir on Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                                              As for dinners, we also do sushi take-out from Sushi shop about once a week. All other dinners were home-cooked this week (which is not something that happens often, so here's a pat on the back for me).

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. SnackHappy Jun 7, 2009 09:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              I usually never eat out more than once or twice a week, but this week was just awful for many reasons.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tuesday: KFC (see what I mean?). Walking out of the metro on my way home from work, the sweet, sweet smell of the Colonel's chicken got the better of me, so I had to go through the bi-annual ritual at the end of which I am reminded why I should never, ever eat that crap again.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Wednesday: Dic Ann's. The girlfriend insisted after reading about it on this board. It was alright, but for this type of place I much prefer Dilallo.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Friday: Cafe Cubano. It took somewhere between forever and an eternity for us to get our plates, but the food was solid, hearty fare. I had the Bandeja Paisa and had no complaints.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Saturday: Oui & Oui. We had spicy chicken, Yu-xiang eggplant and cumin beef. It was an awesome meal and the chicken was the star of the line-up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                isa1 Jun 7, 2009 06:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                What a great idea! I was outside the province this week and arrived Friday but still managed to go to Tapeo for dinner. Yesterday morning, I had a croissant from Fous Dessert and had haitian food from Meli Melo last night for dinner. Must hit JTM for some grocery today...

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. afoodyear Jun 6, 2009 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Add The Main and La Chilenita to the list tonight. I think we need to go grocery shopping :o

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    pinalafina Jun 6, 2009 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    This week, I had lunch at Dao Vien on Côte-des-Neiges and Cracovie on Gatineau. Good and inexpensive food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    On Friday night, I tried Lazzeez, a new pakistanese resto on Jean-Talon West. I prefer Maison du curry Indian Curry House.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tomorrow night for my birthday, I will go to Milos for their Sunday night special - 4-course menu for 45$. I also enjoy their 20,09$ lunch menu. I cannot afford to go at other times.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      johnnyboy Jun 6, 2009 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nice idea. Here goes, then - I used to have dinner out 2-3 times a week, but have been trying to cut down on expenses and limiting to once a week. But this week that didn't quite work out ! Went to Jun I on monday, for the first time. It was good, but frankly I didn't find it that superior to any good sushi place; and the maguro and sake nigiri that we had looked a bit worse for wear, like they had been frozen excessively.Then tuesday I had some more sushi, this time at Miyako, before the Doves show at the National. Very nice, as always - excellent non-sushi appetizer as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. hungryann Jun 6, 2009 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fantastic idea. I am very similar to you about weeknight meals. We usually eat out an average of 3 times a week but this week it was only once:take-out from Sushi shop and while not bad, the rise in their prices in the past year or so, made me decide not to order from there anymore. The rolls were decent but for 40 pieces it was close to $60. I think for a weeknight meal it is too much and especially since their sushi is really average. Other weeks are fuller on the eating out front. It will be fun to see where others are eating on a regular basis.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          souschef Jun 6, 2009 08:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          "the rise in their prices in the past year or so, made me decide not to order from there anymore. The rolls were decent but for 40 pieces it was close to $60"

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Interesting. The sushi restaurant I frequent here in Ottawa recently DROPPED their prices. My favourite item on the menu now is a sashimi combo that costs $20 for 20 pieces. That includes miso soup and a salad. And it's good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            C70 Jun 7, 2009 05:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            hi ann, we ordered from kejaki this week, 24 pieces with tax & tip came to roughly $40. not cheap but man, their food is fresh and the maki rolls are huge.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              hungryann Jun 7, 2009 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Good to know...I will consider. Half of my maki rolls were small, i.e. 8 pieces per roll.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                C70 Jun 7, 2009 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                the large come in 4's at kejaki and they range from 3.49 (vegetarian) to 5.99 (spider). most at 4.29-4.39.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                mmm spicy salmon, I think I want more today (and it's totally not in the budget, darn rent week!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                hungryann Jun 18, 2009 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I tried Kejaki and you are right on. Much better taste-wise, better value and good size rolls. Will definitely go back. Thanks for the rec.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  C70 Jun 19, 2009 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  my pleasure, I want to see them do well. I've always ordered, but I love the fact that they're bwow too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. afoodyear Jun 6, 2009 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like this idea :) Normally maybe once on average - this week I went to Buns for a burger also; had dinner at La Fabrique; ate a whole bunch of horrible rolls at Odaki; grabbed a slice of pizza at that little place at the Atwater market. I also ate ice cream at both Ripples and Meu Meu. I am sad the Earl Grey flavor has disappeared this week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Plateaumaman Jun 6, 2009 04:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                How is La Fabrique? I walked by one day and thought I saw people with chic little portions of cotton candy?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                We didn't eat out much this week, just a quick meal at Miga for their deep-fried pork with rice, coleslaw and kim chi, miga tofu and some tempura for my kids. We had a lot leftover so I reheated it in the oven the next day and added a big salad. Also ate a shish taouk while shopping at Marché Adonis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My kids and I have started a comparative analysis of nearby ice cream places. So far the blueberry ice cream at Leo Le Glacier on Duluth got a big thumbs up, plus the music was good, the selection interesting. The prices have gone up since last summer though. And Meu Meu has the best selection if, like me, you need to avoid cow's milk ... nice soy milk ice creams and a good ginger sorbet. Best choices, less comfortable seating and ambiance on the street.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  afoodyear Jun 6, 2009 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ermm... I'd excerpted my blog post about it but CH mods deleted it when I linked to the blog, so I'll just copy and paste what I wrote there for you :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When La Fabrique first opened, I passed by and noticed an unlaminated, unbleached paper menu bolted to the wall outside. “That’ll never last,” I thought to myself. “First sign of rain and it’ll be ripped off.” Sure enough, not long after, four screws are all that remain of the menu advertising their offerings to passerbys on St-Denis. With the menu now absent, I couldn’t remember exactly what had intrigued me about the place, but I ventured inside to find out. Through the doors, awaiting a seat, I found an antique typewriter baring the menu absent from outside. It read of Asian-inflected bistro fare that must’ve piqued my curiosity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We arrived quite early, shortly after opening hours, and had free range to choose our seating. Tables for two along a wood paneled wall were adorned with comfortable looking seats, so there we sat. By the end of the evening, leaning in for conversation had proved to make these chairs much less comfortable. While we perused the menu more upright, my lumbar certainly was quite comfortably supported.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Menu reading skills are among my only French competency, but I admittedly struggled a bit here. Our waitresses were very helpful with this and well versed in the choices offered. The soups come “in a jug” suitable for two, one of which was a curious offering of chilled tomato with tuna in oil. The salads read like a meal in and of themselves, with traditional selections like salade Nicoise. There are also a few terrine selections, as well as a tabbouleh wrap with falafel that I’d nearly decided on before choosing the salmon tartar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If braised bistro fare is up your alley, your needs are surely met here. Salmon filet and cod are among the seafood options, as well as a few pasta dishes, including a tagliatelle with olives that had me second guessing my decision to order the veal cheek. Shannon opted out of an appetizer and chose the aged filet mignon with fries cooked in duck fat. I believe we may have benefited from happy hour, but I was happily surprised to discover my pint of griffon blonde set me back merely a five and a quarter. I briefly browsed the wine list, which offered quite a few selections in the $30-50 range. Certainly La Fabrique isn’t cheap eats, but for a proper dinner out, you could certainly do far worse, with an appetizer, main, dessert and drink only setting you back around $50, which may even include a free cooking lesson, if you’re up for eavesdropping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The restaurant is set up surrounding a completely open concept kitchen, similar to the set up of Duel. Prep was still underway for service, and a young cook was in training during the preparation of our meal; free lessons that fell on our ears. “You do not want it to taste of lemon,” the chef said, “But you want to cut it, so that it does not taste fatty in the mouth.” Something delicious was being stirred in a large rondeau. Something sizzled in a hot pan. The smell of sesame oil filled the air as my salmon tartar reached the table and a basket is hung from the wall.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Inside the basket we found two slices of grilled bread, which we quickly slathered with the supplied fresh herb butter. The bread was barely marked by the grill and really didn’t do much to toast or flavor it, but it was really quite delicious with the airy whipped butter. This disappeared in a flash, as the acidity from nearly an entire jar of pickles we’d consumed while waiting for our meal had been eating through our stomaches. Perhaps the most easily palatable of pickles, a middle ground combination of sweet and tart without being overpowering of either, flavoring thin lengths of cucumber. Along our side of the kitchen featured a rack of sanitized jars that would later go on to contain many more of them, no doubt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The tartar sat amid a selection of brunoised vegetables with three ridiculous shoots of crisped crust jetting out of the center. I suspect the vegetables are intended to be consumed with the salmon, as any nuance of non-salmon flavor in the tartar was lost on me with the acidity in the vegetables. Once I mixed it up a little, I thought it was a very well composed dish, though I wish I would have had something else to eat it with after devouring my slice of bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  More patrons filled the restaurant as The Arcade Fire played continuously over the speakers. As the ambient noise increased, I’m not sure I’d like to be at La Fabrique on a busy weekend night, as it would surely reach the volume of a factory, with no buffer from other tables but an increasingly noisy kitchen preparing our food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Our meals arrived. I received very generous portions of veal cheek underneath a wide selection of vegetables, topped with blackened peanuts. The bitter flavors of Asian greens and the earthiness of the peanuts seemed like a strange pairing to the roasted root vegetables and gelatin-rich cheek. Nothing could possibly be more tender and succulent than the well braised texture of veal cheek, and this was well prepared with a nicely browned and flavorful exterior.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Certainly not to be outdone, Shannon’s steak was a touch below medium that she requested, but the meat so flavorful and tender that she hardly seemed to mind. This was accompanied by a quenelle of bearnaise and the aforementioned fries, which had an excellent flavor, but were somewhat soft and under salted, which was hard to compensate for with the rock salt in a tiny mortar that was placed on our table. A tiny ketchup bottle filled with a house-made barbecue sauce that had a taste reminiscent of menthol was but a small drawback to an otherwise pleasing plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since I was unable to actually finish my veal, we skipped dessert. I was curious about the simply titled “bananes,” as well as a house-made Joe Louis dessert though. Maybe next time. Overall I was quite happy with our experience, though I could see some service issues on a well-packed night. Some of the flavor combinations might be a bit hit or miss for my palette, but the food is certainly fresh and well prepared at a price hard to beat for what is offered. Within stumbling range of the Sherbrooke metro, this would be an excellent place for anyone looking to have more than one drink with an excellent meal before heading out to the St-Laurent nightlife. They also apparently offer brunch on the weekends, which I would also like to try!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Plateaumaman Jun 7, 2009 05:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great review .. definitely makes me curious about the brunch too. I've bookmarked your blog!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      afoodyear Jun 7, 2009 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There was positive mention of it in the, "Looking for a brunch with patio and booze," thread (though it is sans patio). If I get around to trying it out, I'll post about that as well!

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