Wednesday evening dinner near Laurier/Mont-Royal Metro ...
Yeah, I should know better, I'm used to hand out suggestions, but now, I need "help"
I'm looking for a nice little restaurant where I can have a nice discussion with my friend.
So, not a restaurant with a quick turn-over or where they will pressure us to leave; something simple, yet tasty; key words are Simple & Tasty; since we will mostly talk and my friend is not, as far as a know too adventurous.
Area : Mont-Royal Metro (St-Denis st.) or Laurier Metro (ok to take the bus).
Price: not that important, but must be reasonable.
Style: french-ish (italian-ish, ...) but not asian and/or spicy food.
Wine: yes for me at least, will probably order by the glass, but an "apportez votre vin" is ok if food is worthwhile.
Something like "Monsieur B", "3 petits bouchons", Justine, Lemeac,... 5eme peché (?)
We can and are allowed to walk if necessary...
Im pretty sure max has already taken his friend out for dinner as he asked this question the better part of a year ago...
Nonetheless, personally near mt royal metro I have always enjoyed Casa Tapas.I know that online it has had very mixed reviews but every time ive been or someone I suggested it to has been, it has been fantastic. It realize it is Spanish influence rather than italian or french but perhaps since it is tapas style and the menu has many choices, some are reminiscent of french, italian, and Portuguese cuisine.
The wine list is also impressive
How about L'Emporte-pièce, on Gilford, just a few steps out Laurier métro, southern end of south (St-Joseph) entrance, and also a very short walk from Mont-Royal métro:
It was mentioned here recently in this topic. http://www.lemportepiece.com/blog/
I'm sure Max has already had his discussion with the friend, but it is an area where people are always looking for likely places.
Quartier Generale (call ahead to reserve,2 services either at 6 or 9pm) casual french BYOW, Cafe Les Entretiens http://www.cafelesentretiens.com/ , Beurre Noisette http://www.restaurant-beurrenoisette.com/en/chef.html - all highly recommended (there's also the excellent Tri Express but doesn't seem like what you'd be looking for http://www.triexpressrestaurant.com/)
4354 Av Christophe-Colomb, Montreal, QC H2J3G5, CA
Cafe Les Entretiens
1577 Av Laurier E, Montreal, QC H2J1J1, CA
1650 Av Laurier E, Montreal, QC H2J1J2, CA
If you are looking for not too expensive, there is Romeo on Mont-Royal. Before 7 o'clock, you have a Montepulciano (Jano) for 4$. The food is good, but not outstanding. I often have their cesar salad with a pizza.
It is not in the same league as 3 petits bouchons...
Depending on what hour you have dinner, Misto is not too noisy earlier in the evening. Their pastas are excellent and they have a nice selection of wines by the glass. They never hurry you either. Right next door is Stromboli, which is in the same vein.