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Montreal - What not to miss?

lisasev Jul 20, 2009 04:49 PM


I will be going to Montreal in August for 3 days. What are some nice restaurants/bistro's to dine at? Also, I would like to sample some chocolates while I am there. Thanks.

  1. souschef Jul 20, 2009 05:13 PM

    For chocolates go to Le Maitre Chocolatier at 1612 Sherbrooke West. The best I have tasted in Montreal so far.

    If you like balsamic vinegar do not miss the balsamic jelly at Fino next door to the chocolatier. I cannot recommend it enough. A 250ml jar is $16.50.

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    1. re: souschef
      pinalafina Jul 20, 2009 06:36 PM

      I second Le Maître Chocolatier. The chocolates are divine and are made from Michel Cluizel. I am now addicted to the ones filled with caramel and peanuts!

      There is also an elegant tearoom but neved tried it.

      1. re: pinalafina
        souschef Jul 20, 2009 08:07 PM

        Never tried the caramel and peanuts. I like the praline (which again is caramel and nuts) and the pistachio & almond.

        When I was there a coupls of weeks ago the guy there told me to be careful with some that I bought as the couverture had not yet set completely (they were that fresh). Not wanting to mess up the chocolates I ate them right there. He also told me that they make all the fillings right there, and that their chocolates are never more than 2 days old.

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      gourmetgirls Jul 20, 2009 05:01 PM

      I was given chocolates from Genevieve Grandbois that were really beautiful, aside from being simply delicious. If you are willing to go "off the beaten track" i would try hers... she's at 162 Saint-Viateur Street West, a few blocks east of Parc. You can try some authenitc Montreal bagels while you are up there.

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      1. re: gourmetgirls
        durhamois Jul 20, 2009 06:05 PM

        Schwartz's Deli (on St. Laurent) has to die for smoked meat sandwiches. It's THE place to go for lunch, just be prepared for a long line.

        Au Pied du Cochon (Plateau) is terrific for dinner.

        1. re: durhamois
          Campofiorin Jul 21, 2009 07:00 AM

          And a big plus about Au Pied DE Cochon is that right next door there's Les Chocolats de Chloé.

        2. re: gourmetgirls
          RhondaB Jul 21, 2009 10:52 AM

          And if you find yourself on St. Viateur, don't forget to stop at St. Viateur Bagel, just east of Parc for unforgettable bagels.

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