au petit extra- anyone with recent experience? Alternatives?
Am looking forward to an upcoming trip to Montreal. In the past ( I visit 2-3 times per year), we have hit the plateau BYOW establishments, loving the neighborhood, independent feel of places like La Colombe, Les Heritiers, and the Petit Plateau. A friend recommended Au Petit Extra- but then said it was several years ago that they were there! Any recent reviews or feedback to share? I'd love to hear from some CH's who have been recently. Or are there other neighborhood style quality places we should be considering?
Au Cinquème Pêchée comes to mind, since all four restaurants you list are classic French bistro. If you want to do a slightly different bistro, A Table (124 Fleury ouest, Ahuntsic area).
Less bistro-ish: Les Trois Petits Bouchons (it's in the Plateau so in a neighborhood that you like).
I think it's been at least 5-6 years since I last dined at Au Petit Extra and while I remember the food was okay, I wasn't physically comfortable (the chairs, the odd table placement, that giant fuzzy curtain).
I have been to Au Petit Extra many many times, as recently as two weeks ago. the food is always even, above average bistro fair. I myself like the atmosphere very much and also like that it has an old school/1930s feel to it. I like the curtain. It's not fuzzy, it's velvet! Also, I rented the hall in the back for an event once (it's called the Lion d"Or) and the kitchen did an a superb job. I feel Au Petit Extra has a very authentic Montreal feel. I take visitors there sometimes.
Also, I had friends arrive at our table just as the kitchen had closed and they agreed to make two meals for them: a sign of true class. :-) I do not like the atmosphere at Les Trois Bouchons nearly as much. If I had to send you somewheer bistro (all the restos you mention are all very bistro) in another neighbourhood, I would say L'Express on St Denis.
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA
I would add Le M sur Masson on your list. It is an incredible restaurant. The food is always great and the service also is friendly. They make you feel welcome and that is the reason it is a nice neighborhood restaurant. It would make you discover another area of town. It is near the Plateau and is called Rosemont.
Sorry- for some reason I though AU Petit Extra was a BYOW- not that it matters that much. I have also read positive reviews of O'thym- which i do believe is in thesame area and is a BYOW- and see a new one Quartier General shows up in the new resto thread. Any reviews/feedback re: these places?