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Casual Resto for Dinner, Good Beer

nbc_bmw Oct 30, 2009 09:25 AM

Can anyone recommend a casual resto or pub in the plateau mile-end with good food, and a decent selection of beer? Prefer to avoid the standard irish pub fare if possible.

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    OliverB Apr 18, 2011 02:24 PM

    Café Local also.

    1. estilker Apr 18, 2011 12:26 PM

      How about Vices & versa? I have never eaten there, but the food seems more interesting than Dieu du ciel? Also thinking of L'amere a boire. I seem to remeber they had interesting food options (like a rabbit burger) Or Le Saint Bock. I guess these are all more pubs where you can also eat.

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        unlaced Apr 18, 2011 01:02 PM

        Love Vices and Versa, more so than Dieu du Ciel! A great range of beers and their vice platters, with cheese, terrines etc are great!

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          Peaches to Poutine Apr 19, 2011 06:22 AM

          L'amere a Boire does do interesting stuff from time to time; I love their beer as well. And wait, Dieu du Ciel does food? All I've ever seen when there were slapdash sandwiches and hot dogs.

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            chickenbruiser Apr 19, 2011 07:11 AM

            Vices is fine for beer and to fill the hunger void while drinking but they don't have a kitchen... just a toaster oven... unless a cheese platter, olives and nachos is what you're looking for

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            tah1234 Apr 18, 2011 09:49 AM

            Has anyone tried HELM Brasseur Gourmand. I am not a beer fan but have friends who enjoy. Looks interesting and wondering if its worth purchasing the groupon for today?

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              unlaced Apr 18, 2011 11:17 AM

              Yep, I go to Helm relatively frequently, though I have only eaten there once (fish and chips - it was good!)

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                estilker Apr 18, 2011 12:16 PM

                I've had consistently good food at HELM in the past. Not sure if they still do tapas style food, but their dish of the day is usually pretty good value.

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                  celfie Apr 18, 2011 12:20 PM

                  I was there the other night for drinks. it is incredibly loud and the kitchen isn't open late but they have a good and unique beer selection, they make decent cocktails and it isn't too expensive

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                    tah1234 Apr 19, 2011 06:06 AM

                    Thanks for the feedback. I am definitely going to check it out! For those that enjoy HELM, the groupon is still available today.

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                      celfie Apr 19, 2011 06:19 AM

                      Hey can you post the link
                      i cant seem to find it

                      actually here it is
                      it wasnt groupon

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                        tah1234 Apr 19, 2011 09:48 AM

                        oops - sorry got the wrong group buying site- thanks for clarifying and posting the link.

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              westaust Nov 3, 2010 08:11 PM

              not plateau either, but Brasseurs de Montreal in griffintown (william/guy) have a great selection of homebrewed beers, and good food which is not pub fare

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                Jasper1 Nov 3, 2010 07:49 PM

                More expensive, but in Old Montreal (not plateau) is of course Garde Manger - superb food, casual bar atmosphere, good selection of beers.

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                  Campofiorin Oct 30, 2009 01:49 PM

                  Not a huge selection of beer but good food at Reservoir.

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                    thebenc Nov 3, 2010 06:27 PM

                    And the food really is great. But dammit if their beers aren't mediocre veering towards utterly boring.

                  2. ScoobySnacks20 Oct 30, 2009 12:25 PM

                    Biere et Compagnie on St-Denis and Helm Barasseur Gourmand on Bernard would definitely fit the bill.

                    1. carswell Oct 30, 2009 11:40 AM

                      While Au Pied de Cochon doesn't offer a big selection of beer by any means, the few they have on tap are first-rate. The food definitely qualifies as good.

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                        nbc_bmw Oct 30, 2009 12:16 PM

                        Thanks for the replies.

                        While I would love to try Au Pied du Cochon, I think we are looking for something a bit more casual/pub like.

                        I had considered Biere et Co, but am worried that the food may not be great. We don't need a huge selection of beer, but I guess our focus is more on beer than wine for this particular occasion.

                        I am considering Helm - know anything about it?

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                          carswell Oct 30, 2009 12:45 PM

                          For the record, APDC is one of the most casual restaurants in the city. And, if they had a bigger selection of brews, gastro-pub would be a good description of the atmosphere/ideology.

                          The food won't be great at B&C but it won't be bad. The mussels are usually a good bet.

                          Haven't been to Helm.

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                            SnackHappy Oct 30, 2009 12:46 PM

                            Not that I'm saying you should absolutely go there, but casual and pub-like are perfect descriptors for APDC. There's nothing chichi about the place except perhaps some of the patrons.

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                              nbc_bmw Oct 30, 2009 01:11 PM

                              Wow - I had no idea about APDC, I always thought it was more high end...
                              that may be a great option in that case! thank you for clarifying!

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                                Maximilien Oct 30, 2009 03:53 PM

                                The prices can be very high-end-ish if you are not careful! (especially if not really looking at the price of wine bottles!)

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                          Maximilien Oct 30, 2009 11:36 AM

                          Not many places that I know of that will do good food and good selection of beers.

                          The only place with a bigger than normal selection of beers is "Bière et Compagnie" on St-Denis

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