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phoenikia Nov 22, 2010 06:02 AM

What other restaurants would you suggest?

Doesn't have to be a restaurant specializing in seafood, but I'd love to hear about any restaurants serving seafood that might be at a similar quality to what one finds at Ferreira or Milos. If you recommend any restaurants, could you also mention the likely noise level on a Friday night? I'd like to dine at a restaurant where conversation wouldn't be too difficult at the table.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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    sweettoothMTL Nov 22, 2010 08:02 AM

    Vegera on Bernard is pretty good. Can't comment on the noise level, only ate there once on the terrasse. But it's the kind of place that should not be too loud.

    Pied du Cochon and garde-manger are mostly seasonnal, and very loud, so that would be out.

    I know Andiamo (part of the Jerome ferrer ''empire'') specializes in mediteranean seafood. I've never been, but don't think it's on the level of Ferreira. But it should be good, and it's mostly a lunch place, so quieter in the evening I would guess.

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    Vegera Restaurant
    228 Rue Bernard W, Montreal, QC H2T2K4, CA

    1. chefjeannine Nov 22, 2010 02:45 PM

      I have always had excellent seafood at Panama on Jean Talon. IIRC, the noise level is pretty decent, conversation shouldnt be a problem

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        mtlmaven Nov 22, 2010 02:50 PM

        I've heard that the folks behind Kitchen Galerie have a fish place in Old Montreal. It's called Kitchen Galerie Poisson. Haven't been but maybe you'll want to give it a try and report back?

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        Kitchen Galerie
        60 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S5, CA

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          phoenikia Nov 24, 2010 01:31 PM

          Since I get a lot of Greek-style fish frequently where I live, and I'll already be getting Portuguese-style seafood once during my stay, I decided to give Kitchen Galerie Poisson a try.

          Thanks again for mentioning it, I will report back!

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          Kitchen Galerie
          60 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S5, CA

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            phoenikia Nov 29, 2010 12:40 PM

            Thanks again for recommending Kitchen Galerie Poisson, mtlmaven ;-) What a great place! If you like seafood in a casual environment, definitely check it out. Everything was fresh, and I enjoyed everything I tasted (fried calamari, fried escargot, oyster soup, crab/bacon/corn soup, shellfish papardelle). Neat that they offer full-size or miniature desserts (on a stick).

            Hope to try more of their menu on future visits.

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            Kitchen Galerie
            60 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S5, CA

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          jay_81k Nov 22, 2010 02:51 PM

          Elounda is a good choice. Its in Ville st laurent though. In terms of noise level it will be busy but wont have blasting music Im pretty sure, should be ok.

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          Elounda
          1818 Blvd Cote Vertu, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

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            phoenikia Nov 22, 2010 04:23 PM

            Thanks for all the suggestions.

            Haven't dined out in Old Montreal for a very long time, so maybe Kitchen Galerie Poisson is a reason to return! Thanks for mentioning it.

            I'm impressed to read online that Panama also serves patsa and kokoretsi- fairly difficult to find these days in TO (where I live- I only know of one place that serves either dish).

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              SnackHappy Nov 22, 2010 06:10 PM

              I don't know about patsa, but, as of last year, Panama has stopped serving kokoretsi. We inquired about it when last we were there. The server said that the man who made it for them had ceased to do so. I'm pretty sad that I never got try it. I don't think it's available anywhere else in town.

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                phoenikia Nov 22, 2010 09:35 PM

                Maybe Mythos will make it, if you make a special request. Looks like they'll make goat and rabbit (and other Greek specialities) as a special request, with 2 days notice. http://www.mythos.ca/mythos_special.htm

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                  BLM May 29, 2011 06:40 PM

                  I don't think Panama has served kokoretsi for several years(if I'm thinking of the same dish). I'd asked about it, in one of my more recent visits there.

              2. souschef Nov 22, 2010 11:32 PM

                Has anyone tried Nantua, where Delmo's used to be ? They specialize in seafood.

                BTW the very best fish I have ever eaten in Montreal was halibut at La Montée; they easily put Milos to shame. I had the halibut three times at Milos when it was part of their $75 tasting menu. Mind you, Milos makes the best crab cake I have ever tasted, and their grilled octopus and big eye tuna sashimi are to die for. Has anyone ever tried the softshell crab there?

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                  eat2much Nov 24, 2010 06:08 AM

                  Nantua is not a bad choice for seafood. Not to nitpick but Nantua was opened by former Delmo's staff in a new location. The old Delmo's location was home to a short lived Holder operation and now houses the Old Montreal branch of L'Assomoir.

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                  JohnnyGe Nov 23, 2010 08:14 AM

                  Tried out Psarotaverna Zante last week and enjoyed the change from Milos. Especially enjoyed the grilled octopus and grilled eggplant/zucchini platters. Main course fish included Med. Porgy and Yellowfin tuna, both on a par with Milos. Loved the price-point too. Dinner for two including wine, tax and tips for $150. Definitely will be going back....

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                  Zante
                  3449 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2T6, CA

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                    phoenikia Nov 23, 2010 09:03 AM

                    Thanks for mentioning Zante! Good to hear you enjoyed their grilled octopus. I'm a huge fan of nicely grilled octopus!

                    Much closer to where I'm staying than most seafood places on my list, making it a very likely destination, esp. as the temperature drops!

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                    Zante
                    3449 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2T6, CA

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                      prima May 29, 2011 04:15 PM

                      Has anyone dined at Zante lately?

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                      Zante
                      3449 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X2T6, CA

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                      socialhvn Nov 23, 2010 08:17 PM

                      Cavalli on Peel. Even when it was busy (Thurs,Fri, Sat), I never had a problem with conversation (hearing) at my table. I recommend it, everything I have had there was very good, including the fish.

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                        phoenikia Nov 24, 2010 04:49 AM

                        Thanks for the rec, socialhvn. I've walked by Cavalli many times, but have never tried it.

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                        OliverB May 29, 2011 06:53 PM

                        Aside from thise already mentioned, there's Maestro S.V.P. on St-Laurent and Au Cinquième Péché on Mont Royal E.

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                          unlaced May 30, 2011 07:31 AM

                          Is Au Cinquieme Peche still open at that location?

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

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                            Maximilien May 30, 2011 08:05 AM

                            nope.

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                              deborahm Jul 13, 2011 01:51 PM

                              I haven't been there but a few years' back I remember Restaurant Defino in Outremont (on Lajoie) having a very good reputation--and I think it's uniquely seafood. Perhaps someone here could verify if that's still the case or what their experience was like there....(?).

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