questions about a few Montreal restaurants
I appreciate fine food more than atmosphere but unfortunately must work within a budget. Would gladly go for taste of good food than a lot of mediocre fare.
Are the following merely well-publicized eateries or worthy of the attention? Please give your opinions and recommendations of favorite foods and types of menus from :
club chasse de Peche
Au Cinqieme Peche
Au pied du cochon
Au petite extra
Thanks for all your immediate assistance. I haven't had as much time to search the boards so I appreciate your answering questions that may have been addressed by many others.
If, as per your previous post, you're still looking for places at $25 and under for a main, you can pretty much write off many of those on the list. Instead of Alep, you'd be better off at its cheaper next-door neighbour, Petit Alep (they share the same kitchen and much of the same menu). Daou is also very good, and a good place for sharing dishes.
Au Petit Extra will work with your budget - it's an app and a main plus coffee/tea/tisane, bistro cooking, usually well under $30.
Pied de Cochon might be a bit pricier, but portions are large, and it's worthwhile to go to, as it's pretty unique to Montreal - but if you don't already have a reservation, chances are you won't be getting there this weekend...
Au Cinquieme Peche is also well worth visiting, around your budget for mains, but it's not a big restaurant.
Many of these places have menus on line, or there's info if you take a bit of time to do a search of this board.
Toque is very expensive, tends to cater to tourists these days (since they moved near the convention centre) - IMHO for the money there are many better places in town (Club Chasse et Peche, La Montee, and Europea come to mind - and all are much less than Toque, although not exactly inexpensive).
1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA
Au Cinquieme Peche
4475 St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2K8, CA
Au Cinqieme Peche is probably the restaurant with the most "positive" reviews recently, very good quality/price ratio.
Toqué! is one of Montreal's only destination restaurant, expensive, quality is top; but not a "warm" restaurant (IMHO)
"Au Pied de Cochon" is probably the city's most popular restaurant for out-of-town tourists. quality and service is very good (my personal experience), I find that the daily specials are better than the menu (skip the foie gras poutine, it's a tourist trap)
"Club Chasse et peche" is more classy (IMO) and warmer than Toqué!.
"Garde Manger" is loud (music gets louder as the evening goes, but it's NOT a supper-club); good quality, specializing in seafood, getting to be a destination restaurant because Chuck Hughes' tv show.
The other ones, I don't have real experience with them.
I've been to La Bonaparte twice. On my first visit I fell in love (with my dining companion, not the restaurant) so my opinion is not exactly unbiased. The food was wonderful, the winelist extensive and the ambiance fitting for its Old Montreal location. The service was excellent and unintrusive both times. This place earned its reputation as one of the best restaurants in Canada but to fully enjoy this dining experience you'll want to throw the budget out the window.
And don't forget that provincial and federal taxes will add about 13% to the final bill. And some of these places may have a cheaper weekday lunch time menu, so it's something to look into.
You might find it interesting to go wandering up to Marché Jean Talon and picking up some goodies to eat at the hotel or as you wander the market.