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Dec 1, 2010 07:06 PM

Looking for a not-costly, original date

Hi everyone,

As stated in the title, I'm looking for a place for a date in MTL around downtown, we don't really mind going out of our way.

Also, I'm taking my dad's to Lemeac for his birthday on Sunday, so I rather not have French food.

Price tag around 25-40 dollar per person, drink and tip excluded?

I thank you in advance for the recco=)

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    1. couple of suggestions :
      Kaza Maza/Damas both on Parc ave. for syrian food.
      Bar F : for portugeses-ish food, near Place des Arts.
      Tapas at Taza Flore on parc ave. or maybe Pinxto (or Roy st.)


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      1. re: Maximilien

        Bar F is probably too costly, no?

        I like the Kaza Maza suggestion (except the service can be painfully slow at times) and Pintxto is quite tasty.

        1. re: waziboy

          C'mon, guys. It's Pintxo. Think PINT-sized portions.

      2. Le Comptoir that recently opened up at the corner of Villeneuve and St-Laurent. Sarah Musgrave sums it up:

        It really was that good!

        1. Thank you guys, It will either be Tapas or Le Comptoir, which sounds pretty good. will report back, Thank you=)

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            1. re: jptimbaud

              Sala Rossa is a) not a place for a date by any stretch b) not very good food-wise

              Pintxo is not exactly cheap however. Expect to pay $80-100 for two, excl. wine.

              1. re: OliverB

                I'm fond of quirky Sala Rossa, with the old Spanish ladies playing cards by the windows (last time we went the cardplayers were absent so we got to be honorary old ladies with complimentary brandies to note our status upgrade), the hipsters closer to the bar, and the ceiling often thumping from the music upstairs, but it might indeed be an eccentric place for a date. I also enjoy Taza Flores, which is cozy and lively and reasonably priced; the noise level can get pretty rowdy on weekends, depending on the crowd. Neither has the food sophistication of Pinxto, but Pinxto would definitely be pushing your budget unless you went with tiny appetites. Casa Tapas is pretty date-suitable. It's not universally appreciated on here, but I go there often as it's right around the corner from where I live, and I've had good meals there. (I think they've generally improved over the years.) And Kaza Maza should definitely fit your budget if you don't mind good food in a casual (also noisy occasionally) atmosphere.

                For comparison purposes, if you go the tapas route:

                I haven't had a chance to try Le Comptoir, but it's certainly getting a lot of good press and sounds like it would fit your requirements if they have space.

                Enjoy--let us know where you ended up.

                1. re: OliverB

                  Oliver B: a) you're obviously not so much into the hipster vibe and b) you've never tried the goatcheese balls with caramelized onions and honey. Yum.

                  1. re: jptimbaud

                    I share your enthusiasm for the goat cheese balls, jptimbaud. Always part of our order.

                    1. re: jptimbaud

                      I'm not sure what the 'hipster vibe' means but I book shows at Sala often. I think their restaurant is terrible. I had the worst rubbery calamari of my life there last summer and everything else I've ever tried in the past (before shows) has been mediocre at best. In other words, if I weren't seeing or promoting a show at the venue I would never chose to venture out to eat. But it's true that I've never had their goatcheese balls with onions.

                2. re: vanierstudent

                  if going to Comptoir, you better make a reservation; it's one of the hottest ticket in town.

                3. I hope that your date went well :)

                  For future dates, I recently had a very nice and nicely priced small plate/ eclectic menu at l'un des sens. it's located on laurier. you can see a sample of their menu online. you can choose 3, 4 or more dishes with prices starting at $33/pp! The dishes are top notch very well done, portions are larger than pintxo - appropriate for sharing. We saw other couples have fun sharing each dish. Dinner for two with two drinks each by the glass and 7 dishes to share, taxes included came to under $125. 'Carswell', I think that you'd like this place too.


                  And, if you like Dieu du Ciel brewery is less than one block away for sitting close and enjoying artisanal beer together!