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May 20, 2010 10:46 AM

Graduation Dinner Help!

Hi everyone,

I'll be graduating in a week or two in Montreal and am looking for a nice place to have dinner with my family (only 4 of us) the night of. I'm struggling a bit because of dietary restrictions.

-Nobody in my family eats beef and typically only stick to chicken and fish. I eat everything except beef but the rest of my family isn't as flexible.

I've been looking at all of the typical restaurants (L'express, le local, au pied de cochon, laloux etc.) but most of them feature primarily steak and veal dishes and maybe one fish dish, if any. Le local actually has a few fish dishes but no chicken ones.

-I know it's a little picky but does anyone have any suggestions for nicer places which have a decent selection of chicken and fish dishes? I'd even take restaurants which offer one chicken and one fish dish (anything at this point really).

Any help would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance!

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  1. Cafe Ferreira. Portugueuse, very good, upscale.

    8 Replies
    1. re: Nifms

      I was about to suggest the same- fits the bill perfectly
      One of the best restaurants in town and reasonably priced for what it is.

      Club de chase et peche would also surely work for you. And since its grad if your parents are coming to town its in the old port which might be more interesting....

      1. re: kpaxonite

        Thanks for your reply as well. I've gone down to old port a number of times but don't know too much about the restaurants down there so this definitely helps. I've always been on a student budget (aka broke) when in old port but it shouldn't be an issue for this one night at least =)

      2. re: Nifms

        Thanks for the suggestion! I've walked by there a number of times since I go to McGill but never actually thought to try it. I'm looking at the menu online and it looks great--I'll be sure to swing by again to see it in person.

        1. re: perdido

          Maybe some place carb based? Like the Spaghetti Factory!

          1. re: Zhuuls

            Sorry, but it's just cruel to suggest someone spend a celebratory evening at a place like the Spaghetti Factory, IMHO...

            1. re: cherylmtl

              Dont worry cherylmtl, spaghetti factory was a terrible mistake the original poster and I made together based off a someone elses recommendation...

              for anyone reading this for their own dining decisions, don't eat there, the suggestion is a joke. Fellow students, it's not worth the cheap price!

              1. re: Zhuuls

                Thanks again for all of the help. Has anyone ever been to Le Grain de Sel or Restaurant Porto Mar? Le Grain de Sel doesn't seem to have a menu online and I'm just trying to get an idea of their cuisine. Porto Mar I know is seafood but it only has a few reviews I've come across but they mostly seem to be favorable as well.

                1. re: perdido

                  If you are a little turned off from the restaurants, why don't you try hiring a catering company? They can tailor the menu to your needs and will probably cost you just as much if you go to a restaurant. I highly suggest Cinq a chef. They are awesome for smaller dinner parties and can do canapes all night, which is basically hors d'oeuvres, but it's a little bigger than that. Normally they can do like 7-10 different dishes and it doesn't stop all night. You should really try them.