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3 Courses - up to $100/head - Montreal

Onara Jul 4, 2009 01:56 PM

Based on the following criteria, where would you recommend?

*3 courses for no more than $100 (including tip, but not including wine)
*no dietary restrictions, but prefer lighter food, as it will be summer
*prefer the idea of nouveau cuisine/fusion/chef's own creations/whatever you wanna call it
*would also consider Japanese, or any cuisine specific to Montreal/Quebec/Canada
*it's all about the food - not the location or atmosphere
*proximity to Anne ma sœur Anne an advantage, but not a necessity...

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    Maximilien RE: Onara Jul 4, 2009 03:25 PM

    Cocagne on St-Denis is close to that : http://www.bistro-cocagne.com/index.p...
    They have (or at least it's still on their site), an asparagus tasting menu for $60.

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      Onara RE: Maximilien Jul 4, 2009 03:44 PM

      That's pretty inexpensive. Is it good?

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        afoodyear RE: Onara Jul 4, 2009 05:34 PM

        What restaurants out there are offering a 3 course tasting menu that's more than $100?!

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          SnackHappy RE: afoodyear Jul 4, 2009 07:14 PM

          First of all, there's no such thing as a three course tasting menu. That would be a prix fixe or a table d'hote. Secondly, spending 75$ before tax and tip on an appetiser, main and dessert is pretty easy in any upscale Montreal restaurant.

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            afoodyear RE: SnackHappy Jul 4, 2009 07:38 PM

            Huh. Color me ignorant. Obviously I don't do fine dining that often, but I was certainly surprised at the idea of mains in excess of $50 per person for table d'hote, or even a la carte, in Montreal. Haven't come across it :)

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      Onara RE: Onara Jul 5, 2009 03:25 PM

      I've said 'up to $100'

      I'm quite happy to spend less (though, maybe I was wrong to assume there were places in Montreal where I could spend more)

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        Turpentine RE: Onara Jul 5, 2009 03:32 PM

        For a memorable feast, in the tasting-menu style (i.e. about a dozen different small wonderful dishes), I'd suggest Europea. Their table d'hôte is 57$ before tax/tip, so clearly below your limit. And it's worth every penny.

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          afoodyear RE: Onara Jul 6, 2009 04:45 PM

          :) My apologies for derailing your thread a bit.

          Pintxo offers a 5 dish (4 chef's choice pintxos and a main of your choice) selection that comes in 3 courses for only $30 - add a dessert of your choice and you can easily still squeeze wine in for significantly less than $100 per person. Not immediate walking distance from your hotel, but certainly walkable. I recommend the beef cheek or fish of the day (usually black cod).

        2. cherylmtl RE: Onara Jul 5, 2009 06:24 PM

          La Montee has 4 courses for $55. Also recommended.

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            Onara RE: Onara Jul 5, 2009 11:33 PM

            Europea & La Montee look ideal

            Thank you!

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              auberginegal RE: Onara Jul 7, 2009 06:45 AM

              tried the full tasting menu at La Montee over the weekend, it was fantastic! for $65, it felt like an easy choice to pay $10 more and get 3 more courses, though the entire table has to go with the tasting. i noticed your other post on the Toronto board, and have to say that this place was so good for the price, and i only wish Toronto had something comparable.

            2. Rabbit RE: Onara Jul 7, 2009 03:35 AM

              Checkout Le Club Chasse et Peche and Au Pied de Cochon. First strike is that neither are particularly light, but if you're coming from Sydney, both have distinct Quebecois influence and are really memorable and unique.


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                Onara RE: Rabbit Jul 7, 2009 03:17 PM


                Le Club Chasse et Peche in particular looks good

                And I think La Montee is on the short list, too

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                  jlunar RE: Rabbit Jul 7, 2009 06:02 PM

                  I agree w/Rabbit! Le Club Chasse et Peche was our best dinner (so good we went back for lunch the next day) while we were in Montreal. APDC is just the most well known, and if you like foie, it's the place to go. Dishes vary, and I'd recommend the Duck In A Can.

                  We did some pretty extensive write ups (with photos and menus) for the entire trip: http://www.foodpr0n.com/tag/montreal/

                  I also enjoyed the Swar at Amal Bohsali, though it's quite a trek out of the main city. Jean Talon would be fun to visit in general. Joe Beef was interesting, (the rabbit dish was reaaaally yummy, even after all that we had eaten). And McKiernan, I didn't get to, but I hear has a fab brunch.

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                    Rabbit RE: jlunar Jul 8, 2009 05:27 AM

                    Loved the trip blog (and photos), jlunar.

                    And agree that a trip to Jean Talon would be very worthwhile if you have the time, Onara.

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                      jlunar RE: Rabbit Jul 9, 2009 05:46 PM

                      Thanks Rabbit! It's rather useful, I've found. I've had no less than three friends ask me where to eat in Montreal and all I had to do was send them the link...!

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                  Onara RE: Onara Aug 25, 2009 05:01 AM

                  Went to La Montee last night

                  Best meal of the trip, thus far, and one of the best in my entire life

                  Went for the 7 course tasting + macthing wines, and can barely fault it. My experience of tasting menus is that there are a couple of stand-out dishes, and a fair bit of filler. La Montee, however, hit the mark with every course

                  Anyone know how (or whether) it rates on that 'World's Best 100 Restaurants' wank list?

                  Europea is booked for tonight, and Au Pied de Cochon for Wednesday. Am considering going back to La Montee on Thursday (last night in Montreal), if I can get a table

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                    superbossmom RE: Onara Aug 25, 2009 05:27 AM

                    You could go back to la Montée on thursday and have the 4 course menu , I found the portions not so mini, I was stuffed enough with the 4 plates ( one of them was the lemon trio dessert, amazing)
                    I'll be looking forward to your comments.
                    jlunar, your writing and photo skills are out of this world !!

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                      jlunar RE: superbossmom Aug 27, 2009 01:31 PM

                      Thanks superbossmom. It's really the love of eating and sharing it that make it lots of fun!

                      http://www.foodpr0n.com/ -- food. is. love.

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                      moh RE: Onara Aug 25, 2009 06:06 AM

                      Onara, I don't think La Montee is even on the radar for World's Best 100 Restaurants. It is just one of those gems we are fortunate to have in this city. My experience with those Best 100 lists is that you have to have quite the PR machine and a certain aesthetic and level of service (Michelin standards) to get on those lists. Those lists can also be a little political too.

                      I love Montee, and I think it is a real star, even if it wouldn't win a Michelin star. The food is original and very well-prepared, always interesting and full of flavour. The wine list is very well-thought out, and full of quirky, interesting wines. I wish they'd use a little less green onion in their dishes, but that a personal quirk. The prices are extremely fair for the quality you get.

                      Good eating Onara! You've got quite a schedule there. Thanks for reporting back.

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                        Onara RE: moh Aug 26, 2009 06:23 AM

                        "My experience with those Best 100 lists is that you have to have quite the PR machine and a certain aesthetic and level of service (Michelin standards) to get on those lists. Those lists can also be a little political too"

                        I agree - entirely. My meal at La Montee was streets ahead of the ones I've eaten at the few Australian restaurants that make those lists (Tetsuyas being the obvious one)

                        Did the tasting menu at Europea last night, and thought the wines were all magnificent, but the only dish that really impressed me was the kobe beef (and the cheese course)

                        I now have a table at Au Cinquieme Peche on Thursday (unless someone thinks this isn't especially good, in which case I'd try to get back into La Montee)

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                          moh RE: Onara Aug 26, 2009 08:10 AM

                          Onara, if it were me, I'd keep the Au Cinquieme Peche reservation - this is another one of those Montreal original places that I really love. Impeccably prepared food, original preps, the chef is willing to take risks that few others are willing to do (for example serving seal meat despite the very unfavorable political climate - and he does wonders with it). Really wonderful well-chosen wine list, and the waiter will help you navigate through it, his suggestions have always been excellent in my experience (and I am fussy about my wine). I think it would be worth you trying it. I can't promise you won't like it as much as La Montee, as I think you have really found a 'food-love' in this restaurant. But in my mind, ACP is another one of those Montreal highlights that make this city a great place to live. Carswell has been pushing this place for very good reason.

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                            Onara RE: moh Aug 26, 2009 01:05 PM


                            I'll keep the booking at ACP, then

                            Thanks moh

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                      Onara RE: Onara Aug 29, 2009 10:55 AM

                      Well, Au Pied de Cochon turned out to be quite a (cholesterol laden) treat. I was at the bar, rather than a table & spent the evening reading their book, and chatting to the waiter & the woman next to me. Had the duck carpaccio and the pancake with foie gras, bacon, cheese, syrup, etc. As someone who's already had one heart attack, this isnt food I could eat every day, but I'm glad I did it the once. The carpaccio in particular was an inspired choice

                      Then followed up with Au Cinquieme Peche on Thursday evening. I opted out of the mains, and had 4 entrees instead (including the seal, which was sensationally good). The waiter determined the order of the dishes & matched wines (mostly French) with them. Then had a goat's cheese mousse + glass of cider for dessert. Delicious - every mouthful!

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                        hungryann RE: Onara Aug 29, 2009 01:10 PM

                        "the pancake with foie gras, bacon, cheese, syrup"
                        The plogue a Champlain?

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                          Onara RE: hungryann Aug 31, 2009 06:44 AM


                          Sorry, couldn't remember the name, and was using a dodgy keyboard that made it hard to search

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                          moh RE: Onara Aug 31, 2009 10:43 AM

                          Thanks for the great report back! I'm glad Au Cinqiueme Peche wasn't a total disappointment, as I know how much you enjoyed La Montee. I was sweating a bit, worried you'd hate it and wished you'd gone back to La Montee instead...

                          Good to know they have the seal on the menu still. It seems sometimes they have it, sometimes they don't.

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