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Business Lunch in West Island

A client is coming into Montreal from out of town and we will be having a business lunch for six people near their Dorval airport hotel, but I'm a bit stymied for restaurant options. It needs to be fairly close to the airport, I'd say a 15-min drive from there is doable.

They would like it to be "nice" as they're treating everyone, and ideally wine would be available. Open to all cuisines.

Any suggestions very much appreciated!

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  1. Have you thought of 40 Westt? It's definitely akin to those big brash places run by the mob. But it is one of the better ones in my opinion. I've had a couple of great meals there.

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    1. re: NickMontreal

      Thanks for the suggestion. I forgot to mention that my clients are fish-eating vegetarians so let me check out 40 Westt - I think it's a steakhouse, right?

      1. re: kpzoo

        Its a steakhouse but the choices of fish and seafood are fabulous. I really highly recommend it...try the oysters rockefellar!

        1. re: kpzoo

          Yeah, it's a steakhouse. But as mentioned, they do have a good selection of fish. The menu is on their website (www.40westt.com).

          I've only been at night, when it's normally packed. But I've heard it's good during the day too.

          1. re: NickMontreal

            Thanks. Still would love some other suggestions as this place is extremely pricey ($23 shrimp cocktail appetizer) and I'm not sure the vibe is right for my clients so I'd like some other options to propose.

      2. According to Google Maps, Bombay Choupati is 18 minutes by car from the main terminal.

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        1. re: carswell

          Thanks, Carswell. Been meaning to try it for eons. Wonder what their booze selection is like? Just found out we have a good chunk of time available so making the trek up there may be feasible.

          1. re: kpzoo

            Limited selection of beers but one that includes St. Ambroise Extra Pale Ale and Double Diamond or Tetley's or another English brown ale. As I recall, they have a small and woeful wine list. And I believe I once saw someone drinking a gin and tonic there, though I could be wrong.

        2. Sources branch of Maiko Sushi is an option. 15 minutes from terminal (well, almost equidistant from 40Westt).

          Towne Hall in same area (same strip mall as 40Westt), but also very expensive.

          1. My suggestion would be Mundo. http://www.mundotrattoria.com/

            - AMAZING, consistently delicious Italian food
            - Impeccable service
            - Owner's mother sternly supervises the kitchen (seriously)
            - Close to the airport (just off the St-Charles exit of the 40)

            You should definitely check it out.

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            1. re: nochainsplease

              Bombay Choupati is closed as the family is on vacation, I believe the sign read until the end of January. I love that place but I don't know if it's a good place for a business lunch with 6.

              Mundo Trattoria although not very impressed with the service over a year ago (I'm not the only one, find the thread in here) would probably be a better option for a business lunch.

              I'd go with Panama, which is a Greek resto and they have fresh grilled fish as well. Very suitable for a lunch meeting and very consistent food. It's off Sources just north of the 40. 11604, boul. De Salaberry corner Lake, H9B 2R8 www.rotisseriepanama.com

              Karma for very good Indian in a "trendy" looking place, on St. Jean. Don't care for the setting but I find the ingredients very very fresh. www.restaurantkarma.com. Not sure if they are open for lunch though.

              Hope that helps.

            2. Thanks so much for all the suggestions so far. We're checking about lunchtime service (so far we've discovered that unfortunately Karma only does lunch on Thursday& Friday).

              Has anyone been to Bouddha Restaurant in St-Laurent for Thai? I can't find a single mention on the board and it was brought up by someone in the group.

              1. We really love Madison's http://www.madisonsnyc.com/en/index.html. Only about a block away from 40 westt up Sources. Great food, very nice ambiance. I'm vegetarian and love the linguini primavera. You'll find something for everyone.
                Hope that helps!

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                1. re: DanyR

                  I pass by Bouddha almost every day and it always looks empty. In Ville St-Laurent, I would suggest Ellounda (which is right next door) instead for good greek, especially in terms of fish options, although it is also on the pricey side.

                  Another good option would be the new La Sirène on St-Jean. I haven't been to that location but if it is like the other ones, there are numerous vegetarian appetizers (lebanese) and an adjoined fish market where you can choose your own fresh seafood and the manner in which you would like it prepared. Definitely ideal for vegetarians/seafood lovers.

                  I would not recommend Madison's by any means, having heard enormous negative feedback about the quality of the food.

                  1. re: CookEatSleep

                    Yes, stay away from Madison's. Gimmicky local chain like Baton Rouge.

                2. I wanted to thank everyone again for all your suggestions for our lunch. In the end we decided not to risk a resto in the WI that none of us had been to previously, and instead went out to Le Coin du Mexique (Iberville/Jean-Talon) since we had more time than previously thought and I was able to pick up my clients in St-Laurent. Everyone loved it and was impressed with the authenticity and deliciousness of the food, so it was a great success. We had enchiladas verdes (chicken), enchiladas verdes (cheese only), and chiles rellenos - not to mention guacamole, sopas, horchata (rice drink that was described as "liquid rice pudding") and a lime daquiri.

                  1. If anyone is looking for a business lunch in the West Island, or surrounding areas, the restaurant in the Cote-de-Liesse Tennis Club has a great lunch, 5 a 7, and dinner menu. You don't have to be a member to eat at the restaurant. Just walk right in and say you just want to eat there. I had the burger the other day; one of the best I've had in a while, and it comes with fries and a salad.

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                    1. re: Dusty08

                      Glad they enjoyed it kpzoo, I understand you don't want to risk going somewhere where you haven't been. You should try a few of these places on your own though for next time they are in town.

                      Dusty, does the CDL club use the same kitchen as the pub next door?

                      1. re: ios94

                        No they do not use the same kitchen. There is no relation to the pub next door. Just the same building.

                    2. We usually take our visiting supplier to the Hilton Garden Inn restaurant Zamaya. Its on Cote de liesse and Monte de liesse, 5 minutes from the airport. They have a pretty decent lunch menu, salmon is always on the list and their prices are pretty good. Staring at around $10.00 and going up to $35.0 for steak. There is also Venezi on Cote de Liesse and Hickmore, its an Italian joint, and food is not bad. Not much else on Cote De Liesse. I'd go with the Hilton Garden Inn, its nice, they serve wine and food is decent.

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                      1. re: ricknelcan

                        I've actually been to both of those places. The food at the Hilton and Venezi isn't bad, but you get more bang for your buck at the Mountain Street Kitchen, which is only a couple minutes further.