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Mar 25, 2010 06:27 PM

Charcuterie in Montreal

What restaurants make great charcuterie? Preferably a good solo dining place.

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    1. re: carswell

      I am in town for 2 nights and have reservation at PDC for Sunday. Would this be too similar? If so should I try for L'express or Au Cinquieme Peche?

      Au Cinquieme Peche
      4475 St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2K8, CA

      1. re: hamish1

        You're referring to PDC and DNA? Not even close - you'd have two completely different experiences, both food- and atmosphere-wise. Both good, of course, but worlds apart...

    2. La Salle à Manger (on Mont-Royal St.) make their own Charcuterie;and is a good option for solo diner.

      Also, I can add "La Buvette Chez Simone" (Parc ave.), I don't think they make their own charcuterie, but it's a good place for a solo diner with a craving of Charcuterie.

      1. I plan on a meal at L'express, then either DNA or La Salle a Manger. I probably have just two full meals in Montreal. Are those good choices? Which would you choose?

        Also, has anyone been to La Cantine? Give me a couple cheaper alternatives in case I become more budget conscious by then.

        Also, I don't speak French, if that makes a difference.

        La Cantine
        212 Avenue Du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC H2T, CA

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        1. re: kindofabigdeal

          IM very humble O based on one or twice a year dinner there.

          Skip l'Express unless there is nothing left open on a sunday night and really want to eat ordinary food (again, IMHO); go to Lemeac instead.

          I would suggest you walk a little bit north to "3 Petits Cochons" or maybe cross the street to "Cocagne"; or maybe "Cuisine/Dépendance" or maybe ...

          DNA decor is more "design" oriented than "Salle à Manger", and so it the food, both places are good but they are different. one good point in favor of DNA is their extensive list of Canadian wines. "Salle à Manger" (which roughly translates to "Dining Room") is more "Quebecois" in spirit, both in design and in food.

          As far as I know, "La Cantine" serve upscaled "dinner" (or family) food; could be fun, but I've not been there.

          1. re: Maximilien

            Thanks, do others feel this way about L' express?

            1. re: kindofabigdeal

              I have no nostalgic attachment to l'Espress, therefore have no real appreciation for it. Seems to me to be a place people have loved for a long time or enjoy 'cause it reminds them of Paris. I'd never recommend it.

              1. re: kindofabigdeal

                I actually like L'Express well enough. It is solid enough, the food is well-prepared, but not particularly exotic. Their fries are amazing, really delicious, one of my favorites there, and I love the jar of cornichons they offer (sometimes they forget to offer, but just ask them for one). But I would agree with Maximilien that Lemeac is better for my tastes, and if I had to choose between the 2, I'd go to Lemeac. But as I have the luxury of living in Montreal, I can happily go to one then the other. I go to Lemeac more often.

                L'Express Restaurant
                3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

                1. re: moh

                  More than anything exotic, I want a well crafted meal that's worth the money. However, being from Texas, solid French bistro food actually is a bit exotic.

                  I would also appreciate any cheaper suggestions. Like I said, as long as the food is solid, it doesn't really matter what the style or setting is.

                  1. re: kindofabigdeal

                    Well, Lemeac's after 10:00 pm special (starter, main for $22 after 10:00) is a fabluous deal. You can't do better. The choices are a little more limited than the whole menu, but is still great. Do a search and you will se many threads extolling this special.

                    1. re: moh

                      that sounds nice, since I'll be getting in late my first night.

                      Are desserts good? Do they always have something with Valrhona? That little bit may have sealed it for me.

                      1. re: kindofabigdeal

                        Desserts are very good. I'm not sure about the Valhrona detail, perhaps someone can step in.