Downtown at the art museum w/famille - settling a Scores
You *do* have bad restaurants here in Mtl; I was beginning to wonder. Most everything we've just walked into randomly has been quite delish. However, I found a bad 'un. OH so bad. OMG that was one of the worst eateries I've been to ... I know no one here would recommend a place like Scores, but it was dark, late, cold; we were hungry and just didn't know where to go. It looked warm...
Which it wasn't. The scanty salad bar with almost nothing in it was *frozen*! Not just cold, but ice-cube frozen. It hurt to eat. Though perhaps fortunately there was precious little on it to eat, so no real loss. The soup, which was at least warm, was as terrible - salty, flavorless - as it looked. That's OK in that it's not as if we were disappointed -- the place does, in fairness, look as if it's going to be bad, just I didn't expect *that* bad. And expensive too (OK, not exactly inexpensive but "expensive" may be a bit harsh)! Also in fairness, the waitron was very friendly and as helpful as necessary given it was essentially get-it-yourself. Not completely though; service was definitely the only good point about the place.
Anyway, enough. I really only wanted to ask: ¿ Where would you go for dinner with a family (good value, ethnic and tasty is perfectly fine, indeed a plus) downtown when leaving the art museum (i.e., between Guy-Concordia and Peel metro stations)?
Thanks, berbatov & foodinspace. I'll write these all down and keep them with my AccessMontreal card! I do keep seeing that Amir -- the writing on their sign is very pretty and eye-catching. We wound up all the way down to Scores because it was the way to the metro from the museum, I think, unless we were lost! We passed several cellar-type fancy-ish places that just didn't seem right with kids at night. We wanted fast and less-fancy. Course we got that, only realer would have been a nice touch!
The area around Guy-Concordia is becoming known as Chinatown 2 because of the plethora of scrumptously yummy and affordable Chinese food. These include Qing Hua Dumpling, Cuisine Szechuan, Oui & Oui, P.M. and many more. Avesta is a great Turkish place on Ste-Catherine heading toward Atwater. There aren't many cheap, quick bites heading toward Peel, however.
For something quick and delicious there is either Boustan or Amir at Crescent and Maisonneuve, which is literally down the street from the MMFA (which is the museum I'm assuming you went to). They aren't exactly "sit-down" dinner places though. There are plenty of restaurants along St. Cath. One of my favourite quick places is Rotisserie Italienne, which is on St. Catherine west of St. Mark. Its not as close to the museum but neither is Scores... They have good pasta and pizza, its cheap and very informal.
That being said, I would also never recommend Scores. I simply do not understand how this place gets customers given the plethora of cheap, quick restos in the area....