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Jan 27, 2011 03:00 PM

Your favorite BYOW restaurant?

I have to say, I am quite enamored of this aspect of Quebec culture, especially since you usually get a very good meal. And though I don't do this sort of dining often enough---well, I mean the kind where I get to bring my own wine--I'd like to hear from you guys. Where are your favorite places for BYOW dining? I tend to like intimate and interesting. (From what I guess, that's probably 90% of these restos.)

Awaiting your responses....

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  1. Asian: Saigon palace, their pho and rice( They put spice in it, I taste some garlic in it, but its much more complex) are totally addictive.
    French: Le ptit Plateau. Confit de canard is great.
    Italian: Haven't been in a while, but on Chowhound recommendation, I tried Pizzaria Napoletana, which is probably not what your looking for, they have a quite lively atmosphere, but its quite delicious.

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    1. re: vanierstudent

      Oh, I am pretty much interested in all options. It's been a while since I've had "fancy" pizza so I'll make a note of it.

    2. - Restaurant Le P'tit Plateau
      - Le Quartier Général
      - O'Thym
      - Restaurant Christophe
      - Cinq Saisons (sushi in NDG)

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      1. re: OliverB

        I've heard interesting things about Cinq Saisons, and I heard that some of their staff comes from various Mikado restaurant. What's good to eat there?

        1. re: vanierstudent

          All I know about it is that it's above my husband's cousin's tango studio. We've meant to try it every time we stop by to visit, but it hasn't happened yet. I'd be keen to hear what's good to eat there too.

          1. re: vanierstudent

            I've only been twice (actually I may have done take-out once as a last-minute option) and not recently, so I couldn't comment on specifics but I do remember their specialty rolls being quite good. It's not the best sushi in the city, but it's the only higher-end byow sushi I know of, and everything I've sampled I seem to have enjoyed very much. The chefs/staff are all Japanese and preparation/presentation was very nice. The fish and seafood all seemed to be very fresh. Again, it's been a while since my last visit so that's about all I can offer other than to say that it's worth a visit for what it is... especially if you're dining with a larger group which makes the BYOW aspect much more fun and affordable than otherwise. If given the choice, I'd still rather eat at Jun-i or Mikado, but for a slightly less expensive and altogether different experience, C5 is a contender and shouldn't be written off. It's definitely worth a visit and typing this out has inspired me to return soon myself!

            1. re: vanierstudent

              I'm a big fan of cinq saisons sushi for the quality of the food and the fact that its BYOW. The special rolls and dishes on the back of the paper sushi menu are all delicious - try the Rocky, Newton, Te Quiero and their veggie roll Gimme Five can convert even hardcore fish lovers. The Chocotuna (weird name, white tuna sashimi with grilled garlic) is yummy. BTW if you take out, try to pick it up since I heard that their delivery is painfully slow.

            2. re: OliverB

              theres better byob sushi than 5 saisons for the same price. As someone who loves sake, I go to yuukai on Parc and Coba sushi on Laurier all the time.

            3. Since you seem to be looking for small, intimate and not very expensive places, one I'd highly recommend is the tiny Vietnames restaurant on Jean-Talon near St-Urbain, Nhu Y. You'll find threads about it and what to order on this board by typing in Nhu Y. Order the specialities on the back page of their menu.

              vanierstudent, I see two "Saigon Palace" restaurants here; one in old Chinatown on St-Laurent; the other up in Ahuntsic on Papineau. Which one?

              I'm very glad we have byow restos too, Peaches, though of course there are more than a few "souvlaki factories" in that category to avoid.

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              1. re: lagatta

                One of these days I will be able to score a reservation at Le Quartier General. So far, no luck!

                I remember walking by O'Thym when I first moved here and making a mental note of it. The mental note remained, but ability to remember it immediately as a dining choice has not.

                I think I would agree to avoid the "souvlaki factories" too!

                Le Quartier
                1001 Sq Victoria, Montreal, QC H2Z2A8, CA

                1. re: lagatta

                  The one in Ahuntsic. Its a little hole in the wall next to a tshirt printing studio and a frig retailer. If you try it, the recommended dish are: Pho sate, which is the closest thing I've had to the thing that they sell in Cholong, and Pho, Rice with any of the meat, and Cha gio.

                  What type of vietnamese food Nhu Y is serving?

                  1. re: vanierstudent

                    Vanier, the best is to look up Nhu Y here - and also googling; you'll find a specific thread and other mentions here, and reviews from Voir, Hour, Mirror etc. You are probably far better informed about Vietnamese regions and styles than I am - all I can say is that we (3 friends) found it extremely good, and the owners very nice.

                    1. re: vanierstudent

                      The top dishes I have tried at Nhu Y are the Ban Xao, or this dish with shrimp over sweet potato lightly deep fried with a host of fresh herbs and salad leafs. You have a pair of scissors you cut your shrimp/s.patato then roll it with the salad then dip it in the fish sauce,,,excellent. The service is done by the owner a lovely lady. My favourite Vietnamese Restaurant in Montreal.

                      1. re: finefoodie55

                        Yes, I dearly love their tiny restaurant; the couple who run it are very sweet. You certainly get your greens at that one! It is easy to overlook from the outside.

                  2. My friends and i all love Sushi Moushi on Decarie. It's not fancy and the service is slow but their sushis are really good and you have a nice selection of sushi's and side dishes. I see there is another location but i have not been to that one.


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                    1. re: SourberryLily

                      Monsieur B's
                      Le ptit Plateau (two seatings...choose the later one)
                      Les Infideles
                      Les Heritiers

                    2. ...and one more: LaColombe