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Great dining in/near Old Montreal?

westerleigh Jun 11, 2010 07:16 PM

My husband and I are heading to Montreal in two weeks for a overnight visit (we live less than two hours away and make day trips often, but rarely get the opportunity to stay overnight). We're staying at the Place d'Armes and plan to spend most of the day in the Jardin Botanique so we'd like to have dinner within walking distance to our hotel. We're adventurous eaters who love good food--we've enjoyed great meals at Toque and Laloux, as well as Stash, Il Cortile and lots of Asian eateries. Since we're only in Montreal one night, we're not too concerned about budget--we just want a delicious and memorable meal in a warm, intimate atmosphere. If anyone has a special place in mind within a 15-minute walk from our hotel, I'd be most grateful.

8630 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montreal, QC H1L1B7, CA

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  1. cherylmtl RE: westerleigh Jun 12, 2010 04:50 AM

    That's an easy one - Club Chasse et Peche.

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      westerleigh RE: cherylmtl Jun 12, 2010 01:45 PM

      Sounds lovely. Anything specific you recommend? And any alternatives, in case it doesn't work out?

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        cricri7 RE: westerleigh Jun 12, 2010 02:40 PM

        I really like Graziella in that area. It is a very nice restaurant with great food.

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          cherylmtl RE: westerleigh Jun 12, 2010 03:08 PM

          The menu changes weekly (you can see it at http://www.leclubchasseetpeche.com/
          )Anything I've ever tried there has been good. Their "vegetables with panache" is always worth getting as a side to share. If you like sweetbreads theirs are quite yummy, as is their braised piglet risotto with foie gras shavings.

          As for alternatives, Graziella, mentioned above, is a good one, as is Da Emma (which has a lovely terrace in the summer). Both are easy walking distance from your hotel, but in the other direction.

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            westerleigh RE: cherylmtl Jun 13, 2010 02:30 PM

            I had DNA recommended to me today--any thoughts on that restaurant? Very different than the three mentioned here thus far, it seems.

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              CookEatSleep RE: westerleigh Jun 15, 2010 06:16 AM

              I have been wowed by DNA every time I have been there. Great food, service and wine list. I would personally recommend it over Club Chasse et Peche.

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                wattacetti RE: westerleigh Jun 15, 2010 07:23 AM

                CCeP is nice but if I had only one night I'd take DNA. Funky orange leather, interesting interior, updated smart nose-to-tail eating (have some house charcuterie), and Montréal's largest restaurant collection of Canadian wines (Tantalus Old Vines Riesling is a great pick if you're looking for a white).

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                  Nifms RE: westerleigh Jun 15, 2010 07:47 AM

                  Definetely DNA! Club de Chasse et Peche is indeed very nice, but DNA is amazing.

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                    RunDRC RE: westerleigh Jun 17, 2010 08:44 PM

                    I agree, DNA was by far the best meal on a recent visit, and all wines were 50% off before 7pm.

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              McAttack RE: westerleigh Jun 15, 2010 07:39 AM

              Chez L'épicier in old montreal is excellent. Really nice comfortable place with the charm of the neighborhood, and excellent staff.
              I've heard excellent things about DNA, but haven't had a chance to go yet
              The hot place right now is still Garde Manger, but you'll be working hard trying to get a reservation! It is excellent though, the lobster risotto was sick!

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