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Sep 21, 2010 09:16 AM

coming to see the lanterns at the Montreal Botanical Garden

Not familiar with the city, but notice that the Botanical Garden is not exactly in restaurant land.

Perhaps you locals have a favorite dinner spot to suggest enroute to or from the Gardens.
We're staying at the St Sulpice. So far, plan on eating at DNA, APC, Ferreira Cafe...all the normal stuff like the bagel palaces and the poutine spots.

Eager to hear. We arrive October 6.


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  1. You could walk down to Ontario st. and walk west a little bit to "Le Valois" which is a nice neighbourhood bistrot/brasserie, if the weather is nice, the terrasse could be fun; around that area, there's a good Patisserie : "Ar Homa" and a good saussage place (maybe they do sandwiches?)

    Other than that, the 'hood is quite low-end with regard to restaurants; best bet would be to go back west to St-Denis St. or maybe something in the "Village".


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    1. re: Maximilien

      Went to see the lanterns two weeks ago and then went to M Sur Masson - it's not that far away if you have transport. Or you could go to Madre on Masson. The lanterns were great, BTW, as was dinner at M.


      1. re: pyropaul99

        Even if you don't have your own vehicle, the 47 bus goes there directly in a few minutes. Stops right across Pie-IX from the Botanical Gardens.

    2. I remember Bistro Le Repertoire getting good write-ups on this board and at other sites, but that was a few years back. Would anyone have more current info? This is a neighbourhood bistro located one block north and a few blocks east of the northeastern corner of the Garden and adjoining Maisonneuve Park (corner Rosemont and Viau). It is popular among the medical staff of nearby Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital. 5076, Bellechasse Montréal (Québec) H1T 2A2
      located between Viau and L'Assomption 514.251.2002

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      1. re: lagatta

        Just went to Le Repertoire tonight. Tiny place, decor simple, with small kitchen at back. Service charming. Food 'contemporary french', quite nice, very well executed, emphasis on sides. At around 40$ for 4 courses, an excellent value. Wine prices very affordable, many bottles in the 30's and 40's, including private imports. All in all, I would definitely recommend. Living downtown, I wouldn't make a special trip for dinner there, but anyone looking for dinner in the east end should definitely consider it rather than thinking they need to head back to midtown.

      2. The question has been asked before, and the answer is still the same. Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and the part of Rosemont near the Jardin Botanique are pretty much a restaurant dead-zone. There certainly isn't anything within a short walk. Valois is pretty good, but maybe not worth going out of your way for. Station F is mediocre. Les Cabotins used to be okay, but the last time I went it was very disappointing. Something that was confirmed by a bad review from the usually very forgiving Robert Beauchemin in La Presse. I haven't heard anything about La Bécane Rouge in a long time. There's the ever enigmatic Chez Beauchesne - the old-school French restaurant in the middle of biker-land where hardly anyone ever goes, but that mysteriously stays in business nonetheless. I sure would love to hear from anyone who's ever eaten there.

        My advice would be to forget about trying to kill two birds with one stone and eat in a another neighbourhood.

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        1. re: SnackHappy

          Second this. Since the Botanical gardens are near the metro, you'll probably get somewhere way yummier with a short metro ride than the equivalent amount of time spent walking. The closest place I can think of that I recommend is M sur Masson and google maps tells me it's half an hour walking from the gardens.

          1. re: SnackHappy


            And like the other spots you mention, Bistro Le Répertoire is passable as a neighbourhood eatery but worth considering only if you're stuck in the area. Certainly it's nowhere near the level of marcella rosene's other choices.