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Jul 25, 2009 04:41 PM

Restaurant Etiquette

Hounds coming in from Pensylvania on a whirlwind and don't have much time! Is it possible to go to somewhere like Le Montee/Bouchonne and just order cheese and wine? Or to La Colombe for chocolate dessert and coffee? Or would that be seen a poor form?

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  1. Bouchonné -- no problem. It's a wine bar.

    La Montée -- maybe, though you'd be well-advised to call and ask and shouldn't be surprised is they say they only serve full meals.

    La Colombe -- very unlikely they'd allow it.

    3 Replies
    1. re: carswell

      I would hope that most restaurants would consider dessert and coffee if you went in late enough, i.e. when it has quietened down. The deals offered after 10pm by Lemeac,, Ferreira, Beaver Hall, etc lead me to think that they would.

      1. re: souschef

        i think you lose nothing by asking. We used to go out often with friends who always ordered one meal to share and they never ran into problems. We too have asked at times to just have dessert or drinks in a good restaurant and they have agreed but usually the request is done later on in evenings. With the economy so flat I would think restaurants might be more receptive to such requests and it would be smart on their behalf as customers may come back or spread the a postive word. Montreal is short of tourists this year so hopefully restauranteurs can display some flexibility. It is certainly not poor form to ask, let us know how it goes.

      2. re: carswell

        La Montee's menu clearly says that each choice is available a la carte for $15, and two cheeses can be substituted for a menu choice. And they have such a lovely selection of wines... Better yet, you can have cheese and wine there, and then stay for dessert (they have great desserts!)

      3. also, if a restaurent is advertising their pastry chef on thier website usually they should be happy if you call in advance and say you want to come and have some of his wonderful stuff :) I have even heard (in other cities) of pastry chefs creating tasting menus for people who called ahead and asked for them.

        1. Thank to all for your advice. Our trip included no new dinner adventures as planned, partly due to our favorites being on vacation (P. Plateau reopened the day we left!). But we indulged ourselves at the markets instead and have now, sadly, returned to American food.