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ejb5 Sep 10, 2010 07:38 PM

Go to Montreal every September; usually just follow carswell's advice. :) Too many choices this year, though, especially looking at his awesome list from earlier this year. Please help determine our 3 dinners?

We love Quebec produce, meat, and fish and restaurants with interesting wine lists that are heavy on France and not the US. Prefer French-based establishments (hence, not trying Jolifou or Tapeo) since we can get some of the other variety in the US but often not inspired, French-influenced cuisine. Anyway, we love Joe Beef, so that's one. Think we're convinced to give Au Cinquieme Peche a whirl, so that's two. Was going to go with Garde Manger as the 3rd, but we're bringing our 6 month old, and I understand he's not allowed :( (he's very, very well-behaved, but alas...). Should we try La Porte? Trois Petits Bouchons? or go back to Club Chasse et Peche which we haven't revisted since we went when it first opened? (La Chronique might be a little more than we want to spend this time, and we just went to APDC.) or should we not miss something else? We really just want a delicious meal with some memorable dishes and an all-around enjoyable experience.

Thanks in advance!

Eden

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La Porte Restaurant
3627 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2V5, CA

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

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

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  1. carswell RE: ejb5 Sep 10, 2010 08:27 PM

    Hey, Eden. Good to see you're still making the September schlep. You'll be happy to hear that the Jean Talon Market is, if anything, more glorious than ever these days. Very hard not to buy more than one can eat or otherwise process before it goes bad.

    All your third night options are appealing, though La Porte and CC&P aren't much if any less expensive than La Chronique. Les Trois Petits Bouchons isn't a cheap night out either, especially if you overindulge, which it's amazingly easy to do. If QPR's an issue for the meal three, you might consider MAS Cuisine in Verdun or one of the better BYOBs (Le P'tit Plateau, Le Quartier Général, etc.).

    Perhaps more of a concern is variety and weight: the food at Joe Beef and Au Cinquième Péché is both French-skewed and substantial. In your shoes, I'd be tempted to look for a different set of flavours and a different calorie count. Raza (or affordable Madre), for example; or Ferreira (or affordable F Bar); or Juni. While nominally Latino, Portuguese and Japanese respectively, all three are French-influenced and have few analogues in other cities.

    Less French-influenced (except for the wine lists) but still worthwhile are Alep (or affordable Petit Alep) and, possibly, and depending on when you come, Damas, which last I heard was going to open -- whether or not they've got their liquor licence -- later this week (affordable Kaza Maza has been open for nearly a year).

    Too bad Anise//Bazaar isn't around any more. That would have been a perfect choice: French through an eastern Mediterranean lens.

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      cherylmtl RE: carswell Sep 11, 2010 03:05 PM

      I second the Mas Cuisine suggestion - one of the best meals I've had this year. Another option, if you want something bistro-ish, would be Brasserie T.

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      Mas Cuisine
      3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G, CA

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      thelonious777 RE: ejb5 Sep 11, 2010 06:47 PM

      Joe Beef and Garde Manger are French influenced? I guess its all relative but that is still a bit of a head scratcher for me. La Porte qualifies as modern French and the backbone of Les Trois Petits Bouchon is French as well. I think Mas Cuisine fits the bill best by a longshot. You might also consider Laloux.

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      La Porte Restaurant
      3627 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2V5, CA

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

      Mas Cuisine
      3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G, CA

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        ejb5 RE: thelonious777 Sep 11, 2010 07:51 PM

        Hi everyone - thanks for the initial responses. I would be up for one restaurant with a bit of a blend in cuisines, but the other two members of my dining party are a tough sell since we're sooo French-deprived here in NJ. Having said that, I know JB and Au 5ieme P are pretty substantial and have some similarities, so if you really think Jolifou or Tapeo or one of the other places carswell suggested are not-to-be-missed, I will make a case with my dining companions. Otherwise:

        carswell: JT is ALWAYS on the agenda; what's new in the past year I should check out?

        Also, went to Petit Alep - liked it quite a bit for lunch. Always like P'tit Plateau, but we're looking for something new... OK, so if La Chronique, La Porte, CC&P, and Trois Petits Bouchons are comparable $-wise, which would you go with? (Didn't think you were as keen on Mas Cuisine?)

        thelonious77: Went to Laloux a while back and... it wasn't memorable, ya know? Is it really better now?

        cherylmtl: ...And I've seen mixed reviews on Brasserie T?

        Thanks again, everyone! The three of us (well, the 3.5 of us!) appreciate the help! :)

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        La Porte Restaurant
        3627 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2V5, CA

        Mas Cuisine
        3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G, CA

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          cherylmtl RE: ejb5 Sep 11, 2010 11:46 PM

          I know some people have been less than enthusiastic about Brasserie T - but I thoroughly enjoyed a dinner there a few weeks back, and would definitely recommend it if you want something bistro-like - of course, that being said, it may depend what you order. I'm only basing my opinion on having tried the steak tartare and the bavette, but both were dishes I wouldn't hesitate to return for.

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            Plateaumaman RE: ejb5 Sep 15, 2010 07:32 AM

            If you are looking for a French bistro experience, why not go to L'Express? Although your 6 month old might find it a bit noisy but sometimes that inspires kids to go into a cocoon-like nap. Plenty of classic French food there to please everyone.

            Also, I prefer Pintxo to Tapeo, perhaps also because of the location and those foie gras tapas that are so delicious. Reservoir is nice for lunch and easily handles a stroller in the corner while providing nice market fresh cuisine.

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

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          gerbera RE: ejb5 Sep 15, 2010 01:55 PM

          DNA might be a good option. I find they use quite a bit of local produce. And they make their own charcuterie. I was there recently and the meal was quite good.

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            kpaxonite RE: gerbera Sep 15, 2010 02:12 PM

            +1

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            CocoBean RE: ejb5 Sep 15, 2010 04:22 PM

            YES! DNA. It's new (ish), it's fresh, it's inspired, it's all about local products and it's completely different from your two other meals.

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