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rina_c Aug 28, 2010 11:12 AM


in sept. my fiance and i are headed up from brooklyn to montreal for a long weekend anniversary trip and are looking for some advice on places to eat. the night we get in is actually our anniversary and we have a few spots in mind that are near our hotel (le st. sulpice):

Le Club Chasse et Peche
Chez l'epicier.

of those three, which would be the better option? if anyone has any other recommendations as well as some spots for an after dinner drink, that would be great too. some other places we had in mind for the rest of our trip are:

au pied de cochon
jean talon marche
olive et gourmando
la patisserie de gascogne (heard the almond croissants are really good)

if there is anywhere else we should check out please, let us know! thanks!

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    Fintastic RE: rina_c Aug 28, 2010 02:51 PM

    Of those three options I think I would recommend CCP, but I have not yet been to Chez L'Epicier so I'm not sure how valid my suggestion is.

    As you only have a long weekend, it might be tough to fit in 3 dinners (unless you arrive early the first night or stay late the last). L'Express, as most here will echo, is not particularly groundbreaking. Its a reasonably good emulation of Parisian bistro food and atmosphere, but I have never really been very impressed. I would aim for APDC over L'Express if you have to choose one. All other things you had in mind are great, and will fit in splendidly. Maybe you should try a St. Viateur bagel, especially if you've ever had the ones imported to MileEnd deli in Brooklyn and want to know what they taste like fresh and warm! They are an important part of my life here.

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

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      rina_c RE: Fintastic Aug 28, 2010 03:24 PM

      ok, great. thanks! we will actually be staying three nights. any recs for something better than l'express?

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        kpaxonite RE: rina_c Aug 28, 2010 03:26 PM


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          wilmagrace RE: kpaxonite Aug 28, 2010 05:06 PM

          If you will be here on Monday check if restaurants open . I have friends coming for labour day weekend and was surprised how many restos are closed on Mondays. I am not a big fan of olive et gourmando but there is not much equivalent in old Montreal, that being said they are closed on Sundays. I would certainly have a coffee and almond croissant at patisserie gascogne on Laurier and then head to either fairmont or st viateur bagels as they are not far by car
          In fact I prefer Cafe M (downtown, just up from Ogilvys dept. store) than olive et gourmando as they have a terrace and part of the fun in Montreal is relaxing on terraces! Their macarons looked good.
          I am not sure what period of september you will be here but after sept. 15 there will be opening a cafe with inhouse desserts chocolates in mezzanine of Birks jewellery store which is on ste catherine street downtown, across from Bay Dept store. They will also be serving 5 oclock tea, cant wait to try their desserts! sorry could not find info in english but it is suppose to be deluxe with affordable prices

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            rina_c RE: wilmagrace Aug 29, 2010 09:42 PM

            we will actually be there 16th-19th. definitely plan to hit up a bagel shop. thanks for the info!

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              SourberryLily RE: rina_c Aug 30, 2010 01:38 PM

              Adding my vote for Club Chasse et Peche. Out of the three, there really is no competition.

              For the rest, Schwartz is not fancy but it's good. I recommend for lunch or takeout to a park and have a picnic.

              Jean-Talon Market is an activity in itself, it's an outdoors market. You don't have to eat there, it's great for just buying local products such as pies, preserves, maple products etc...

              L'Express and Olive et Gourmando are both great, Olive et Gourmando is closer to your hotel, good idea for lunch or croissants

              I have a personal vendetta against Gascogne (very personnal, since i studied in that field). It's not a bad place but I think it's overrated. Though their abricotine is the only thing i find that cannot be beat. Again, i might be a bit picky because i studied in the field, though i don't make it a career, way too stressful of a job! So Gascogne, it's good but not worth the detour.

              Olive et Gourmando
              351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

              Jean-Talon Market
              7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

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

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        cubanat RE: Fintastic Aug 30, 2010 01:49 PM

        I second these recs from FINTASTIC! apdc is really a treat for pork etaers. also hit up cheskies bakery. insane chocolate babka. i don't even like babka but this is other-wordly good eats. at schwartz's have the smoked meat on top of the poutine. again semi-orgasmic.

      3. souschef RE: rina_c Aug 30, 2010 05:52 AM

        Avoid Bonaparte. Dusty, ancient menu and lots of nondescript brown sauces. Went there once, never again.

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          rina_c RE: souschef Aug 30, 2010 12:44 PM

          yeah, i think we are gonna go with Le Club Chasse et Peche. any recs for bars nearby?

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            Fintastic RE: rina_c Aug 31, 2010 12:51 PM

            Not a ton of bars in Old Montreal, and even less that are worth going to.. I'd also agree with Garde Manger once they finish serving dinners... There's some decent rooftop bars at some of the hotels that are expensive, but with good drinks (Suite 701 and the Nelligan come to mind). What I would consider good bars/clubs are much more prevalent in the Plateau area...

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              kpaxonite RE: Fintastic Aug 31, 2010 12:52 PM

              Ive had some pretty good times at pub st paul .... they often have live bands

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                rina_c RE: Fintastic Sep 6, 2010 09:45 AM

                that sounds great! thanks for all the advice :)

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                thomasein RE: rina_c Aug 31, 2010 08:55 PM

                For nearby bars I would recommend Velvet. They have some fantastic cocktails downstairs though it is more of a club ambience.

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                  porker RE: rina_c Sep 3, 2010 11:12 AM

                  About a block west, you'll find Place Jacques Cartier, the quasi tourist center of Old Montreal. That being said, theres plenty of sidewalk cafes to choose from to have a drink and people-watch.
                  On the west side, just above Rue St. Paul, there's Jardins Nelson in a secluded courtyard

                  Speaking of drinks, you can stop in Marche de la Villette which is kitty corner to Olive et Gourmando for a glass (or bottle) of wine. You might like the French ambience.

                  Hotel Neligan (on St. Paul near St. Sulpice) has a rooftop bar with nice sights as does Hotel Place D'armes (Saint Urbain and St. Jacques). Speaking of Neligan, Mechant Boeuf a few doors down has a funky bar scene when they have DJ Freak (I forget his name) spinning the tunes (lotsa 80s stuff).

                  Olive et Gourmando
                  351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

                  8630 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montreal, QC H1L1B7, CA

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                mark_mtl RE: rina_c Aug 31, 2010 01:23 PM

                'au pied de cochon' is exceptional for a taste of what Quebec SHOULD be (gastronomes with access to superbly sourced meats, game, seafood and foie gras so spectacular it will flood you with endorphins you never knew you had -- cooked by a deft hand, sauced to perfection and left to speak for itself. there is very little chance of walking away unsatisfied, so this a worthwhile gamble -- about $125-150 for two with wine/beer (go for a glass of wine with a starter and then a few beers with the main -- do it. it's what the meat wants you to do.) at the very least, go just to say you went, and for the pure joy of telling others about the meal while they suffer from crippling jealousy.

                also, DO NOT MISS Joe Beef. This is the perfect companion to your meal at PDC, and while Cochon will give you a taste of Quebec, Joe Beef will do the same for Montreal (particularly the anglo faction with a deep appreciation of our spectacular farms and produce). Reserve a table in the garden (they grow their own veggies, etc..) and get ready for a FEAST. this is the place to share a steak for 2 (grass-fed, EPIC), try the home-made sausage, have orgasmic ribs from their smoker and maybe grab a seafood dish and some oysters (they get THE BEST). choose a great bottle in the $50 range (they will be happy to help). you risk having way too much fun there -- it may be a long night and i guarantee you're cabbing it home (leave the car at the hotel if you're driving). this is a place you want to go to asap -- it's already a big, big deal, but you can still get a table without a delay (they're on Opentable). a tip -- ask for the chef's suggestion, Chef Morin or Chef McMillan will be genuinely happy to make sure you have a meal you won't soon forget.

                Joe Beef
                2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

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                  Fintastic RE: mark_mtl Aug 31, 2010 01:30 PM

                  Good call. Joe Beef hasn't always blown me away, but my meals in the garden have always been outrageously good!

                  Joe Beef
                  2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

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                    mark_mtl RE: Fintastic Aug 31, 2010 08:20 PM

                    they really have been on a roll, by all accounts. the staff and kitchen seem to be enjoying themselves immensely -- perhaps in part since they just got back from a 2-3 week vacation :)

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                      rina_c RE: mark_mtl Sep 6, 2010 09:49 AM

                      yeah we actually made our reservations for PDC (very excited!) and for le club chasse et peche too. we still need a spot for our third dinner. so far we have had a recs for dna and joe beef, both sound great. thanks for the help guys!

                      club chasse et peche
                      Montreal, Montreal, QC , CA

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                        souschef RE: rina_c Sep 6, 2010 11:26 AM

                        At PDC try for a seat at the bar. You get to talk to the chefs and sometimes taste extra stuff. Also do a search on what to order there; there are a few threads on the subject.

                2. cherylmtl RE: rina_c Sep 2, 2010 07:33 PM

                  Try Mamie Clafoutis or Fous Desserts if you want the best croissants - almond, chocolate or plain. Gascogne is good, but those two are far better. Mamie Clafoutis is in Outremont, Fous Desserts in the Plateau (except Fous Desserts is not open Sundays or Mondays)

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                    wilmagrace RE: cherylmtl Sep 3, 2010 02:15 PM

                    I went to mamie clafoutis just now for a quiche but maybe they were sold out so got the pizza with tomatoes and 4 cheeses and was surprised how good it was, had a flan that was so so and stocked up on chocolatines and croissants for tomorrow. If you want to eat on site at mamie clafoutis ignore the little counter at window and go with your coffee and treats to upstairs area. But really I sometimes prefer something a little more upscale like gascogne where the ambience and location is nicer. The pastry at Mamie Clafoutis seems hard to cut atleast it was on the flan.

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