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Aug 10, 2009 07:10 PM

Delivering our daughter to McGill

Our daughter is starting at McGill and we will be travelling to Montreal with her in less than two weeks!!! Your help with our meal plans would be greatly appreciated.

She is a pescatarian. So we are interested in places with vegetarian or good fish options. During their last visit my wife and daughter had dinner at Le Pistou on Mont Royal E. Both of them loved it. She's been trying to recreate the salmon salad she had there ever since. I'm sure we will return. I also plan a dinner at Lola Rosa closer to McGill. Lunch at Boustan for their felafel is a possibility. I was considering Pintxo's for dinner but I'm not so sure if there are enough fish/veggie options. Auv Vivres sounds good too, but for lunch or dinner? We'll also take in one or more of the pizza places mentioned on the recent 'best pizza' thread, probably Bottega.

So where else should we go for great seafood and good vegetarian food?

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  1. As I noted on an earlier thread, I'm also developing a map of potentially interesting places for her. I got some great feedback earlier and would love to hear about more restaurants, cafes, pubs, markets, etc. especially those that would not crush a student budget! Here's the map:

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    1. re: BernalKC

      That's a sweet thing to do. You get top marks for parenting. (In my family the roles are somewhat reversed.)

      1. re: BernalKC

        Finally updated the map with 20+ new locations. Thanks so much everyone.

        I'm wondering if Milos or Philinos could be a memorable restaurant I went to 30 years ago with my mom when she came for a visit. It was a Greek seafood place where they brought the day's catch to your table in a basket and you picked your fish and discussed various options on how to prepare it with the server.

      2. I, as a vegetarian McGill student, have eaten my fair share of restaurants in Montreal.

        For a more casual meal try Santropol, Aux Vivres, Soupe soup or Fuchsia
        Every time my parents visit we go to Il Focolaio (pizza) at least one night. The charcoaly outside, tender inside crust is amazing and the almond cake is addictive (from a bakery on Dante in Little Italy).
        These are places that your daughter will be able to go to on a student budget (when she's no longer on a meal plan)

        For a nicer meal try Ferreira. Not many strict vegetarian options but as it is Portuguese the menu is mainly fish/seafood. This is another restaurant we have visited more than once.

        My parents are gourmet foodies who enjoy their wine and meat so when they are in town we usually hit joints that catering to plant-eaters isn't high on their list of priorities.

        In addition to chowhound, Midnight Poutine is a great resource. They have a food section, and if your daughter is interested in exploring the city at all, the other articles are a great way to investigate.

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        1. re: Aynsley

          Good call on Midnight Poutine. the food section is all about good cheap eats.

          1. re: Shattered

            Our daughter, who has similar inclinations, has enjoyed Basha, a Lebanese cafeteria chain whose branch closest to McGill is probably on St. Catherine across from the Bay. It is located above street level and commands a good view of the shoppers promenading below.

            Since we too are bringing a daughter up to McGill (from the States) this is a very useful thread. Thanks.

            1. re: VivreManger

              Don't forget all the Greel psarotavernas! Excellent grilled fish and shellfish as well as superb veggies grilled to perfection, salads, breads..... we had dinner at my fave on Saturday, Philinos. This is close to the McGill vicinity and there were several McGill families in there with their new "McGillites"! The waitstaff is marvellous the ambience is lovely. You won't be disappointed! And welcome to made a wonderful choice!

              1. re: mammab

                A cheaper place near Philinos is Terrasse Lafayette, a Greek BYOW at the corner of Jeanne-Mance and Villeneuve. The calamari are usually very good, and there are vegetarian options and good salads.

        2. Fot the best pizza, try Amelio's (201 Milton, very close to McGill). The white pizza is excellent, and the vegetarian one is good too.

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          1. re: amelie1980

            Amelio's is a very good option very close to McGill.

          2. the concordia ghetto has a good selection too.. al taib and boustan would be good as they have a good selection of vegetarian food

            1. Pintxo has their menu online but they don't have a great selection of foods that matches your daughter's diet.

              Japanese restaurant Osaka on Bleury has raw (sushi) and cooked fish. I like the grilled mackerel (Saba) and squid.