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Three great restaurants in Montreal and three in Quebec City

Frustrated at my inability to find answers to this question I'm posting this request. Early in Jan 2011 we will have time for three excellent meals in Montreal and Quebec but where should we go? Have a general preference for French or International. Modern or avant garde would also be interesting as long as they are very good. Any help please.

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  1. We had a wonderful stay and gourmet meal at Auberge St. Antoine in Quebec city last September. The restaurant in the hotel is called Panache and it is superb. Highly recommend this restaurant. In Montreal, my favorite is La Chronique on Laurier. Hopefully these will be one of your three restaurants in each city.

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    1. re: heathbec

      As Heathbec had a wonderful stay and epicurian dinner at Le Pain Béni the restaurant of Auberge Place d'Armes. Both Auberge Place d'Armes and St-Antoine are 4 star hotels with very good restaurants.
      My 2 other choices would be in Quebec le Moine Echanson and La bête. In Montreal au Pied de Cochon, le Toqué and Chez l'Epicier

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      Le Pain Béni
      24 Rue Ste-Anne, Quebec, QC G1R, CA

      Auberge Place d'Armes
      24 Rue Ste-Anne, Quebec, QC G1R 3X3, CA

    2. In Quebec, L'Utopie and Toast!

      In Montreal, Toque.

      Such great food cities, both of them.

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      1. re: ginafly

        Hi Ginafly,
        When was your last visit in Quebec? L'Utopie closed a year or a year and a half ago!

        1. re: streetfoodiechicago

          Bummer! We visited in August 2009. Time flies, I guess!

      2. Le Pain Beni and L'Echaude are two in Quebec City
        Au pied de Cochon, Toque and Schwartz's in Montreal

        1. Update-
          We were in Montreal in the fall and enjoyed memorable meals at Le P'tit Plateau (330 rue Marie Anne Est) and Bistro l'Entrepont (4622 av. De L'hotel De Ville). These are small , intimate BYOB , chef run restaurants with excellent quality and value. An alternative to the higher end well known reaturants.

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          Le P'tit Plateau
          330 Rue Marie-Anne E, Montreal, QC H2W1B1, CA

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          1. re: felix the hound

            I had never heard of L'Entrepont, but I read this comment and went there on wednesday night for a birthday. SO had carré agneau (rack of lamb) and I had bavette de bison, choosing the 5 service (degustation) option and we had a really nice meal. For a expensive resto in the middle of a noncommercial street on a wednesday night, we wer surprised and happy to find that 18 of the 28 seats (8/10 tables) were occupied, not bad for a january wednesday night. SO thought this had been a very successful birthday.

            Two nights later I had bison again at Alex H in NDG.

            Both these restos are byob/apportez votre vin, which we love.

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            Alex H Restaurant
            5862 Rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC H4A1X5, CA

          2. I would add Garde Manger and Chasse et Peche to the list to consider for Montreal - great food, nice locations in Old Montreal.