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lulu25j Sep 11, 2010 05:35 AM

Hi all. Just wanted to give some feedback on our amazing time in Montreal. First night- Holder. It was loud and packed at 9pm on a Wednesday. The host was lovely, couldn't find our reservation a.d waived it off saying" no matter", and showing us two available tables for us to choose. Our waiter was busy, but warm and friendly. Had a nicely made cocktail, then for apps fish soup which was heavenly (more like a bisque), and a warm bacon vinaigrette with poached egg over chicory root that also was quite good. My husband had beef cheeks (so flavorful that he almost licked the plate) and i had steak frites, they were nice but nothing earth shattering. It was perfect walking distance, casual, and not rushed but not a lengthy meal either, just what we needed for the first night. Next night- Au Pied Du Cochon. I loved it, husband hated it. The waitstaff was quite friendly, albeit rushing around like mad. The apps were fantastic- zucchini blossoms deep fried with a delicious aioli dipping sauce and the famous cromseqis. For main, an evening special of swordfish with tomatoes and haricort vert. This was delicious but husband felt the sauce overwhelmed the taste of the incredibly fresh swordfish. It did, but in no way ruined the dish for me it was yummy! We shared duck in a can as well. Eh. Im happy we got it, as it is a great memory and we laughed ourselves silly. The taste wasn't bad, and in fact i can see people just loving it, but its a strong, unique taste which we disliked. Mind you, we ate the whole thing. The experience overall there was fun for me, as i mentioned, hubby just didn't" get it", and the lack of decor, the lack of air conditioning, the hurried staff, it simply wasn't a great experience for him. I thought it was a kick! Lunch- Patati Patata for poutine. Loved it. So good! Our last dinner- Joe Beef. Late reservation on the terrace. Also, rushed staff but very warm and friendly and offered nice menu guidance. We liked the chalkboard menu! Apps were squid darci with lobster and some sort of warm baked cheese. This was fantastic- tender and flavorful. Also, oysters. So fresh, we ate our order anderson then sent the waiter back for more! Dinner, husband had the ribs which literally fell off the bone, and i had a rainbow trout stuffed with crab in a light lemon sauce that i may just dream about for the rest of my life!. I would also highly recommend our lovely voter, Auberge du Vieux Port in Old Town. Every detail was great, and the concierge and bellman so friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic time!

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

Patati Patata
4177 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, QC , CA

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    lulu25j RE: lulu25j Sep 11, 2010 06:09 AM

    Also, i do have a few pictures of the food but not sure how to upload, so if interested please let me know. Excuse the typos; new phone is touchscreen and autocorrects and is quite difficult to use!

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