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newport Jan 13, 2010 06:31 PM

Coming to Montreal to take my daughter out for dinner for her 19th birthday. Looking for a good place not too far from McGill with good food, but not too formal. Been to L'Express and loved it. More of the same in the area would be welcome.

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    Maximilien RE: newport Jan 14, 2010 01:47 AM

    Cocagne (just about in front of l'Express) gets good reviews; still on St-Denis, just a bit up the street, "Les 3 Petits Bouchons" also get good reviews and supposed to be very good (with a nice wine list).

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      minisma RE: Maximilien Jul 16, 2010 01:40 PM

      Can anyone comment on which, Cocagne or Les 3 Petits Bouchons, is preferred?? I have a res at both for tomorrow. Hopping around town tomorrow, not looking for the wine experience, just a nice, somewhat casual dinner...with a cutie! Thank you.

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        Maximilien RE: minisma Jul 16, 2010 04:07 PM

        Cocagne is more "formal" than 3 petits bouchons.

        If you're interested in good wines (new style "naturel" wines), 3 petits bouchon might be more fun, and, me think, the ambiance is better @ 3 petits bouchons.

        I've been to Cocagne a couple of years ago, I don't remember what I had but it was good and had a good evening.

        M.

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          Little Edie RE: minisma Dec 8, 2010 03:23 PM

          DEFINITELY opt for 3 Petits Bouchons (well, I'm sure you already picked-- but for anyone else reading this). Ate recently at Cocagne and it was a travesty. The food was decent, lots of truffles, which I love... which says a lot about how awful the service was. It was about 60% full and yet we had about 4 different people serving us, each more apathetic than the next. We practically had to physically block a waiter's way so we could order something to drink, after he poured water for people he'd just seated (even though we'd asked him for some. Twice).

          Not to cast conspiracy theories, but while my companion and I are both Montrealers, the crowd had more of a 'local' look – lots of older couples, possibly regulars. But, unlike us, they probably didn't have a very influential food writer at their table.

          Anyway, never again. On the other hand I went to 3 Petits Bouchons three (coincidence?) times the first year it opened and it was excellent. Great wine pairings, excellent confit and they made me finally love oysters. Haven't had the time to go back, but everyone I've recommended it to had excellent reviews.

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            Bwitch RE: Little Edie Dec 8, 2010 06:40 PM

            I have to agree with Little Edie about the abysmal service at Cocagne. We are an 'older couple' but that didn't help us - Edie's comments are 'déjà vu all over again'. The quality of the food was not high enough to make up for the lack of service.

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              looosia RE: Little Edie Dec 8, 2010 06:54 PM

              Went to Les Trois Petits Bouchons about three weeks ago. We had a great time, great prices for the food despite it being so good. I find it also like a wine bar since it's so wine-focused and the staff are super knowledgeable about the selections. Found the place cozy and relaxed, with high quality food and service.

              Also like Casa Tapas and Au Cinquième Pêché; Au Cinquième Pêché is not quite formal either but pricier than Casa Tapas or Les 3 Petits Bouchons. Excellent food, and one of the few places in the city that serve the sometimes controversial or sensationalized fare, like seal and deep fried veal brains. My friends enjoyed these (though they weren't so hot on the "Brains and Chips") but the dishes I had were really, really yummy. Nice cozy spot too.

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              Casa Tapas
              266 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, QC H2W1E6, CA

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          picklebird RE: newport Jan 14, 2010 08:43 AM

          You could try a BYOW-

          Le P'tit Plateau or La Colombe are in that area and both are very good. Different, more sedate atmosphere than L'Express, but very Montreal.

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            Plateaumaman RE: picklebird Jan 14, 2010 10:36 AM

            We had a really nice dinner at Casa Tapas earlier this week and noticed there were quite a few families with teenagers dining there. I'm not entirely sure why, perhaps the variety of tapas appeals to teens? Great ambiance and very good food. Also Pintxo for Basque tapas in the same area is very good.

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