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Looking for reco's near Novotel on Rue de la Montagne, next weekend

DamnFineCook Jul 22, 2010 11:55 AM

Hello!
My husband and I are travelling to Montreal Friday July 30, leaving Monday August 2.
I am looking for a few nice restaurants and have reviewed several board discussions but there are so many names my head is spinning, plus I don't really know if they are anywhere near where we will be staying.
We would be looking for at least one very nice evening out, but for the rest, I really want to dig into some of the unique restaurants and bistro's that are truly Quebecois. We are not really big red meat eaters, so chicken/duck, fish/seafood would be our preferences. The once exception would be at least one meal of real Montreal Smoked Beef, and I understand that Schwartz's is the best choice for that. But is it the only one?
So, net net, are there any really lovely restaurants for a romantic meal within reasonable walking distance of our hotel? One or two recommendations would be sufficient. After that, some good casual 'cheap eats', and a few "if you are in Montreal your really should not miss..." would be sincerely appreciated.
One more thing...I heard of a place that serves fantastic foie gras poutine, but the person could not remember the name of the restaurant. Anyone out there know it?
Many thanks!

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    foodinspace Jul 23, 2010 04:40 PM

    Just a warning...to really experience the best of Montreal's restaurants you'll have to venture away from the downtown area and into the Plateau. There are exceptions, as mentioned on this thread, and there are some decent spots in Old-Montreal, which is another main tourist destination. However, I do urge you to explore the Plateau (where you'll find Au Pied du Cochon, for example). Schwart'z's is the main place for smoked meat but if you are frustrated by the line you could go across the street to the Main.

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      wilmagrace Jul 26, 2010 02:51 PM

      M cafe is nearby, I have enjoyed coffee there and many people around us were having breakfast or lunch (sandwiches/salad), besides location near your hotel it is pleasant to sit on terrace. If you plan to go to old montreal you could reserve a table at l"arrivage (2nd floor of archeology museum) on their balcony for all day brunch.
      As for the poutine or poutine with foie gras at PDC I would ask them to go light on gravy and keep some on side as they really smother the dish in it.....better yet share it with your companion as really heavy dish for one person especially if you want to try some other things..

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        wilmagrace Jul 26, 2010 07:02 PM

        For fish i have gone to Milos (not at regular times as way too expensive)and Ferreira but taken advantage of special meal prices which Milos has at lunch and evening after 10 or sunday at 5:30 and same deal at Ferreira after 10, and this one is centrally located on peel below ste catherine
        http://www.ferreiracafe.com/home/
        http://www.milosrestaurant.com/en/montreal/menu/late_evening/index.html
        http://www.milosrestaurant.com/en/montreal/menu/sunday_special/index.html
        http://www.milosrestaurant.com/en/montreal/menu/lunch/index.html

        i have eaten at le locale in old montreal (on western edge)and enjoyed the fish but not been back since chefs changed
        http://www.resto-lelocal.com/index_en.html

        It is worth going to old montreal to stroll around in evening although many of the restaurants are touristy so you would have to pick carefully if you wanted to eat in that area, I now avoid eating down there even brunch, although the one in jardin nelson , back patio/ courtyard not terrace in front is pleasant and has music.
        http://www.jardinnelson.com/en/home.html
        http://www.jardinnelson.com/en/jardin...

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      Maximilien Jul 22, 2010 12:50 PM

      Close to your hotel is "Decca 77" or maybe a couple blocks away (5-ish minutes walk) is Ferreira (Peel st.)

      Schwartz' is the only place I go to eat smoked meat sandwiches, so I don't have a lot of experience, but it's always good and it's an experience in itself; just beware of big line-ups if the weather is nice. (anyway, get there "early")

      The foie gras poutine is the trademark dish of "Au Pied de Cochon", and every tourist order it; me think it's a good waste of french-fries ( for poutine, I would have recomended Patati-Patata but they are closed for summer holidays)

      M.

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      Patati-Patata
      2029 Rte Du Carrefour Val Des, Val-Des-Monts, QC J0X, CA

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      1. re: Maximilien
        SourberryLily Jul 23, 2010 01:00 PM

        I'm with you on the foie gras poutine. I really don't get the idea of taking the greasiest, cheapest most fast food item we have and trying to pass it off as a fancy dish. It's not that i have anything against Au Pied de Cochon (nor poutine itself) but i feel like that idea was made for tourist thinking Quebec cuisine is summarized with Poutine.

        It's like... taking a nice filet mognon, and sticking it in a hamburger. Why?

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        mystikdrey Jul 22, 2010 12:15 PM

        For the foie gras poutine, I guess the person meant Au pied de cochon.
        And I recommend you try Europea for you romantic meal (also located on De la Montagne). Their menu is available on their website if you want to sneak peak. :)

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        Europea
        1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

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          DamnFineCook Jul 22, 2010 04:55 PM

          Europea looks lovely! I one has one small reservation...I do not speak (or read) French( and I don't remember a lot from my Gr.12 French a few decades back!)...will this be an issue?
          Thanks :-)

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          Europea
          1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

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            Maximilien Jul 22, 2010 05:08 PM

            No issue with language. but you should know a couple of things (oui, non, merci, bonsoir, plus de vin, ... )

            1. re: DamnFineCook
              souschef Jul 23, 2010 01:24 PM

              The menu is in English and French. BTW it is right across the street from your hotel.

              I recommend that you go for the table d'hote or the 9-course tasting menu as they are the best value for the money.

              Have fun with the cotton candy!

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