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chefjeannine Jan 13, 2010 01:08 PM

Hey All!
So my birthday is coming up and i'd like to have a nice dinner out with about 15 of my friends. What I need help with is the fact that the majority of my guests absolutely HATE to venture out of Laval to eat, and consider trekking more than 5 minutes away for a meal to be a burden.
Well, the good news is that its MY birthday and I get to choose....I need to prove to them that good meals are worth the trek, and there's so much out there to discover.
So, any suggestions in about a mid-price range? Open to all cusines and neighborhoods.
Thanks :)

  1. chefjeannine Jan 18, 2010 01:18 PM

    Thanks everyone!
    Went to Alep over the weekend and had a FANTASTIC meal....it's now in the running as well!

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    1. re: chefjeannine
      Abendschein Jan 21, 2010 11:07 AM

      Two suggestions:

      Taza Flores on Parc for tapas - you can order a ton and the cost per person breaks down nicely. Last time we were there, they even divided the food among 8 of us equally and then each person's alcohol onto separate bills (so painless, esp as some didn't drink). Completely impressed out of town friends.

      Second, ATMA on St-Laurent. Very authentic Indian - in a sexy setting. Have a couple of tables/ areas perfectly suited to large groups.

      1. re: Abendschein
        gradstudent_gourmet Mar 9, 2010 04:44 PM

        please don't go to Atma! The food was very, very disappointing and the service inattentive. You'd be far better off at Alep, for example. About the Tapas, you might want to look into Sala Rosa.

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          chefjeannine Mar 10, 2010 01:27 PM

          Ended up going to Alep and it was phenomenal! The fixed group menu was great, it allowed us to sit back and relax and not worry about what to order. I have absolutely no complaints about the whole evening, highly recommended.

    2. chefjeannine Jan 16, 2010 07:08 AM

      Question....could we go for tapas (pintxo?) and eat like kings and queens, yet not break the bank?

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        mak2k Jan 18, 2010 05:32 AM

        tapas is probably one of the best way to wow your guests and still have a good meal. How would you define "break the bank"? From my experience, tapas can get on the expensive side since you order so many little dishes but if you guys are 15, i highly doubt you'll be bankrupt afterwards. Chances are the wine will be more expensive than the meal itself.

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          Campofiorin Jan 18, 2010 05:37 AM

          ALog the tapas line, Tapeo is really fun, vibrant and the food is good. Not overly expensive unless you over indulge.

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          Glaff Jan 15, 2010 06:14 AM

          I'd suggest Bar&Boeuf : http://www.baretboeuf.com/

          Great place for a birthday (the restaurant itself and the Old Montreal) and the food is amazing !

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          1. re: Glaff
            chefjeannine Jan 15, 2010 02:30 PM

            I'll look into that one...thanks!

          2. chefjeannine Jan 14, 2010 12:35 PM

            We're all in our twenties. As 95% of my guests are Italian, you can be sure that I dont want an Italian restaurant. The thing is, i'd like to stray away from Laval and introduce them all to something new....so anywhere in Montreal is good!

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            1. re: chefjeannine
              hala Jan 14, 2010 01:04 PM

              Since the food is the focus of the event i would suggest looking at one of the restos that got tons of excitement this year. eg: cuisine sechuan or quing hua. Go to the first if they are adventurous the second if they don't like spice but make sure to let them know you're comming, it's a small place:)

              Or, i would try and pick another well loved restaurent that is either ethnic (some Indian restaurents have big numbers of fans here) or has a very lively party like vibe if that's your cup of tea. I personally would think in terms of what is my favorite type of food: (thai) then i would try to figure out what the best thai place in montreal is and try to get the table to agree to order tons of food that we all share rather than having each person have an individual plate. Then next time when you say i heard about this little place that people are saying is pretty good hopefully they will be more likely to go with you.

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                Campofiorin Jan 15, 2010 05:48 AM

                How about Leméac? Good, not awefully expensive and set in the trendy Outremont neighborhood.

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                  chefjeannine Jan 15, 2010 02:29 PM

                  Hmmm....Lemeac sounds like a great option! Can you recommend any of the dishes?

                  1. re: chefjeannine
                    Campofiorin Jan 18, 2010 05:36 AM

                    The short ribs, but most anything is spot on.

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                  mikjomom44 Jan 15, 2010 07:06 AM

                  Since you're all in your twenties, I would recommend somewhere that offers both good food and fun atmosphere. Macaroni Bar on St-Laurent (just south of Mont-Royal) is hopping - the food is Italian I guess which is not your first choice but the atmosphere is great and the food is yummy and not crazy expensive. Also I think they are good at accommodating large groups.

                3. hungryann Jan 14, 2010 06:36 AM

                  Are you interested in Afghan cuisine? Khyber Pass in Laval may be a good fit for the adventurous b-day girl and the friends that don't want to venture outside of Laval.

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                  1. re: hungryann
                    humbert Jan 14, 2010 09:12 AM

                    I second Khyber...or in centropolis MOZZA Pizza was great when I got pizza there, nice thin crust and calamaris....mmmm. Or Daou on Marcel Laurin, I haven`t been yet but everyone seems to rave about it for crazy good Lebanese.

                    1. re: hungryann
                      souschef Jan 15, 2010 07:58 AM

                      Are they connected with Khyber Pass on the Plateau (which I like)?

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                        hungryann Jan 15, 2010 01:03 PM


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                      Campofiorin Jan 14, 2010 05:40 AM

                      You could try Le St-Urbain, it's in the north of the city (Fleury) hence closer to Laval...

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                      1. re: Campofiorin
                        hungryann Jan 14, 2010 06:34 AM

                        They were featured on the show of Guide resto Voir and it looked very good, but then again every place they do a piece on looks inviting.

                      2. hala Jan 13, 2010 08:01 PM

                        Your ages? Interests? things you like and others that you don't? What type of food do you guys usually eat and would you stick to that or try to get something else?

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