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30th Birthday in Montreal

mo.elhilali Jan 6, 2011 09:57 AM

I need you "chowies" to help me choose a resto in Montreal to celebrate my 30th birthday. I tried le Local but its fully booked for Jan 22nd.

I'm looking for great food and atmosphere. Something to remind me that I was "young" at some point. Just looking for good food and a good vibe. Preferably the Old Montreal.

Thanks in advance.


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    Maximilien RE: mo.elhilali Jan 6, 2011 10:02 AM

    3 letters : DNA


    1. certifiedfresh RE: mo.elhilali Jan 6, 2011 11:01 AM

      What about Chuck Hughes's Garde Manger or Barroco (on St-Paul, right next door)? Both offer this "young" vibe you are looking for; on the other hand, both are on the expensive side (but this didn't seem like an issue by reading your post).

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        mo.elhilali RE: certifiedfresh Jan 6, 2011 11:45 AM

        I looked into Garde Manger, but its closed till the 10th and I need another plan since it seems hard to get a reso there.

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        sweettoothMTL RE: mo.elhilali Jan 6, 2011 11:44 AM

        I'll second DNA's reccomendation, it fits all your criterias.

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          waziboy RE: sweettoothMTL Jan 6, 2011 12:37 PM

          You're about 2 weeks older than me!! Remember, age is just a number.

          From what I've been told, DNA is the way to go. But you and your friends can't be afraid to try new things.

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          westaust RE: mo.elhilali Jan 6, 2011 01:06 PM

          There's always Le Hangar, a bit off Old Montreal (Wellington Street on the other side of Bonaventure) same owners as Le Local

          Le Local
          740 rue William, Montréal, QC H3C 1P1, CA

          Le Hangar
          1011 Rue Wellington, Montréal, QC H3C 1V3, CA

          1. mo.elhilali RE: mo.elhilali Jan 10, 2011 10:03 AM

            what about L'Appartement? anyone tried it?

            600, william coin McGill, Montreal, QC H3C1N6, CA

            1. mo.elhilali RE: mo.elhilali Jan 10, 2011 10:47 AM

              also looking into AIX and L'Assomoir? Any comments on either?

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                Maximilien RE: mo.elhilali Jan 10, 2011 11:03 AM

                l'Assomoir, only for drinks; IMO, food is not that great, and it can get quite loud in the evening.

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                  jptimbaud RE: Maximilien Jan 10, 2011 12:02 PM

                  i concur about the food being not great

              2. waziboy RE: mo.elhilali Jan 10, 2011 10:56 AM

                I once went to L'Assomoir for my birthday, but it was for drinks only. Huuuuge selection, pretty good atmosphere.

                Have you considered Buvette Chez Simone or Santos?

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                  panpam RE: mo.elhilali Jan 10, 2011 07:09 PM

                  Stick with DNA - you'll have good food, and a great time there.

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