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financialdistrictresident Feb 1, 2011 03:11 AM

Visited Montreal in Fall 2009 for the first time (SO had been before) and can't wait to return to the food mecca this Spring. Delicious . . . thanks for all your suggestions:


I'm just starting my research and beginning a search of this Board from late 2009+.

We really enjoyed DNA (except for the decor and music) and their wine list. Views of the water . . . Probably wouldn't return to Europea. Lunch at Montee was very good - simple and fresh (probably wouldn't go for dinner). Dinner at Version (now closed?) was also good. Dined on the patio . . . Casual recs are also welcome. All cuisines (except for deli & Greek & Chinese, Korean, etc. which we can get in NYC . . .I only eat poultry and fish) and price ranges okay. Considering Au Pied du Cochon. Hope to try a Montreal bagel this trip :


Many thanks,


>Sadly Sparrow where we had a delicious breakfast is now closed . . . .and La Montee on Bishop . . .

  1. financialdistrictresident Feb 1, 2011 05:02 AM

    New/newer and haven't been to (no special order):

    *Malewa (African)
    *Ranks (African)
    *Taroli (Asian fusion)
    *Daou (Lebanese)
    *Tapeo (Spanish)
    *Pintxo (Spanish)
    *Tuck Shop (market-driven)
    *Voro (Mediterranean)
    *Humeur (formerly YoYo - French cuisine/fresh market) - BYOW (like this!)
    *Le Passe Compose (French bistro - breakfast/lunch)
    *Au Cinquieme Peche (moh and carswell's reports . . .mmmmmm)
    *Kitchenette (eclectic, casual)
    *Au Pied du Cochon (all the foie gras choices!)
    *The Newton
    *Andiamo (Europea team, seafood or Mediterranean?)

    It might be nice to find a French bistro this trip . . .no BBQ or Mexican cuisine . . .

    Your thoughts?

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    1. re: financialdistrictresident
      financialdistrictresident Feb 1, 2011 12:24 PM

      Toque! or Brasserie T! http://www.restaurant-toque.com/
      Le Local http://www.resto-lelocal.com/index_en.html
      Chez L'Epicier No. 311 http://www.chezlepicier.com/

      Any better for lunch? Thoughts?

      1. re: financialdistrictresident
        explevi Feb 1, 2011 03:38 PM

        Pass on Chez L'Epicier.

        If I were to add further suggestions to consider they would be Les 400 Coups http://www.les400coups.ca/ and Laloux http://www.laloux.com/index_eng.html, though I haven't been to the latter since the new chef came aboard.

        As for lunch, consider Olive et Gourmando http://www.oliveetgourmando.com/ -- I also am partial to the weekend brunch at Lemeac http://www.restaurantlemeac.com

        1. re: explevi
          wilmagrace Feb 5, 2011 11:09 AM

          The restaurant 400 coups got an A+ review by food critic in Journal de Montreal today, he praised everything, from appetizers, main courses, desserts, service, ambience, people he met at the bar and decor so I would certainly consider giving that resto a try, and the location in old montreal is a plus if you come in the spring, nearby the bonsecours marché. I have enjoyed breakfast in l`arrivage on 3rd floor of archeology museum, particulary when you can get an outside table on their balcony as has nice view of old port area.


          1. re: wilmagrace
            financialdistrictresident Feb 6, 2011 01:57 PM

            Thanks, wilmagrace. . .can't wait to return.

        2. re: financialdistrictresident
          cherylmtl Feb 1, 2011 04:22 PM

          Yes to Brasserie T, especially if you're looking for a French bistro. Tuck Shop, Au Cinquieme Peche, Kitchenette, Pied de Cochon, and Tapeo also highly recommended. Daou is very good for what it is - not fancy decor, but amazing baba ghanoush (the best I've had anywhere) - you could also consider Alep or Petit Alep if you're looking for Middle Eastern food.
          Kaza for Japanese isakaya.
          Newtown lost its chefs to 400 Coups a few months back. Other good choices are Mas Cuisine, La Salle a Manger, Le Chien Fumant, Joe Beef, Liverpool House. So many yummy choices these days...

          Joe Beef
          2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

          Mas Cuisine
          3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G, CA

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

          Le Chien Fumant
          4710 Rue de Lanaudière, Montreal, QC H2J 3P7, CA

          1. re: financialdistrictresident
            McAttack Mar 22, 2011 07:52 AM

            I'll have to disagree with explevi, I say go to Chez L'Epicier. I loved everything about it. Even the somelier was personable and took the time to talk to us about what wines we tended to like when my girlfriend didn't enjoy a certain glass (was a paired dinner).

            I don't think you can go wrong in this place, very comfortable, and Laurent Godbout is great.

          2. re: financialdistrictresident
            wcundill Feb 1, 2011 07:17 PM

            Try Tavern on the Square... I am sure that you will find something you will like, Also, you should try Le Chien Fumant. It is a bit of a trip, (dont know where ur staying) but it has great food and some great cocktails. And from what I can tell the DNA wine list has expanded a bit.

            Le Chien Fumant
            4710 Rue de Lanaudière, Montreal, QC H2J 3P7, CA

            1. re: wcundill
              financialdistrictresident Feb 2, 2011 03:51 AM

              Thanks so much.

              My apologies, wcundill. We'll probably stay in Sherbrooke Street W again . . .

              I'm starting to look at menus and will come up with a preliminary list shortly.

              1. re: wcundill
                financialdistrictresident Feb 2, 2011 04:01 AM

                Might have to return to DNA . . .tough choice with probably only 3 dinners.

                I'll always remember my first trip to Montreal because of SO, hounds' excellent suggestions and advice (moh's Mile End Tour, etc. etc.), delicious food, the old city and my first taste of Chateau Latour . . .

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              sweettoothMTL Feb 1, 2011 05:10 AM

              The Sparrow only moved to another space where they could do dinner as well as brunch and lunch. It is now called Lawrence, and is located just a few doors up on St-Laurent. Dinner is pretty good.

              Au Pied du Cochon I think is worth a try, but reserve in advance (even more than any other restaurants).

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              1. re: sweettoothMTL
                financialdistrictresident Feb 1, 2011 05:47 AM

                sweettoothMTL, thanks so much . . .

              2. financialdistrictresident Feb 1, 2011 05:43 AM

                CORRECTION - Sparrow is still open. My apologies . . .

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                1. re: financialdistrictresident
                  sweettoothMTL Feb 1, 2011 05:56 AM

                  Yes, but only for drinks and some small bites, the brunch has moved :)

                2. financialdistrictresident Feb 1, 2011 12:32 PM

                  Version (Chef David Chausse):


                  We really enjoyed our dinner at Version. We'll probably try someplace new and like last time may only have a few days (2 breakfasts, 2-3 lunches, 3 dinners). One dinner will probably be at Au Pied du Cochon or Au Cinquieme Peche . . .

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                  1. re: financialdistrictresident
                    financialdistrictresident Feb 2, 2011 05:25 AM

                    Anyone been to APdC recently? It might be off the list based on some of the 2010 posts I read. . .Since APdC is only open for dinner we can't go for a foie gras lunch. Other recs for this foie gras lover?

                    1. re: financialdistrictresident
                      SnackHappy Feb 2, 2011 05:35 AM

                      Kitchen Galerie is very big on foie gras. They'll put it on pretty much anything.


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

                      1. re: SnackHappy
                        financialdistrictresident Feb 2, 2011 05:37 AM

                        Thanks, SnackHappy.

                        Note to self: consider Icehouse (Kitchenette) for a possible lunch if it's open . . .

                        1. re: SnackHappy
                          newbie_gourmand Feb 4, 2011 07:01 PM

                          @SnackHappy: have you been to KG recently? how is the quality of the food and price, now that they have opened KGP? I will be visiting for a weekend in March, and I was wondering if it was still a good place (food and value-wise) for us to include in our plans.

                          1. re: newbie_gourmand
                            SnackHappy Feb 4, 2011 07:18 PM

                            I can't say much about changes since the opening of Kitchen Galerie Poisson. I've only been there once and that was after KGP opened. Based on my experience what I've heard about it, I'd say it's worth the money. They have some service issues and the kitchen isn't always firing on all cylinders, but if you're into that type of rough around the edges, meat heavy and foie gras overloaded cuisine, you should have a great time.

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

                    2. financialdistrictresident Feb 2, 2011 09:09 AM

                      Any Montreal specialties besides seal meat and poutine? Is poutine beef gravy on FF with cheese curds?


                      Thanks . . .

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                      1. re: financialdistrictresident
                        celfie Feb 2, 2011 10:19 AM

                        creative bistros, poutine, smoked meat, bagels, portugese chicken, poor service
                        that;s montreal in a nutshell

                        1. re: celfie
                          financialdistrictresident Feb 2, 2011 11:05 AM

                          Can't wait to try a Montreal bagel . . .

                          Will pass on poutine and smoked meat.

                          Spring begins March 20th!

                      2. financialdistrictresident Feb 4, 2011 04:30 AM

                        Another newbie to consider . . .

                        Here's the 411 on the place:

                        Le Filet - 219 Mont-Royal O. (facing Parc Jeanne-Mance) - 514.360.6060

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                        1. re: financialdistrictresident
                          humbert Feb 4, 2011 04:39 AM

                          If you don't mind a no nonsense, "un fancy" and down right loud place, please try Poissonerie Rayan on cote des neiges. ...they have very fresh seafood and will let you know the best way to prepare it to have the best experience. Amazing seafood. No alcohol though, it's pretty much the type of place where you eat and get out fast.

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                          williej Feb 4, 2011 03:50 PM

                          We just tried Graine de Sel on St. Catherine east of Papineau. Excellent to try it for lunch and if you like it, go for dinner too. Lunch was very tasty. Service great. Check on their website. Lunch is only a few days a week and supper also only a few days a week.

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                          1. re: williej
                            SnackHappy Feb 4, 2011 07:09 PM

                            I've noticed that the place has been pretty busy, lately. It was never like that under the former ownership. They must be doing something right if they're getting so much business this time of year. I guess I should check it out.


                            1. re: SnackHappy
                              unlaced Feb 5, 2011 05:26 AM

                              They are the number 1 rated restaurant in Montreal, according to TripAdvisor - that might be pulling in the tourists

                              (I know my parents wanted to buy me a gift certificate for the place, though I had never heard about it. They found it through Trip Advisor)

                              1. re: unlaced
                                SnackHappy Feb 5, 2011 06:44 AM

                                I don't really put much stock in TripAdvisor restaurant reviews, but the sheer number of them is quite impressive. Especially considering that there isn't even a single Yelp review for the place. They are quite well rated in the Guide Resto Voir, though.




                                1. re: SnackHappy
                                  financialdistrictresident Feb 6, 2011 02:00 PM

                                  Thanks, everyone.

                                  The challenge will be to come up with a preliminary list (only 2 breakfasts, 2-3 lunches, 3 dinners). So many choices!

                                  1. re: financialdistrictresident
                                    Cfoodforthot Feb 20, 2011 06:50 PM

                                    Perhaps I am too late to respond to this but about 2 weeks ago I did enjoy a delicious dinner at Chez l'epicier. The chef, Hugo St-Jacques came out and chatted with our table at the end, and let us know he had just taken over as the head chef of the kitchen about 10 days prior to that.

                                    My friend and I shared a cheese tarte appetizer, and she had a vegetarian meal (all onions, multiple kinds and done in multiple ways), I had the poultry sous vide and we finished off with a delicious dessert of the most memorable pistachio gelato, and mille feuille.

                                    I would definitely recommend it, everything was delicious! I would also recommend Pintxos. I have been there several times, and every time I go I am impressed, and left with complete satisfaction!

                                    1. re: Cfoodforthot
                                      financialdistrictresident Feb 23, 2011 05:39 PM

                                      Thanks, Cfoodforthot. Not too late. I still need to come up with my prelim. list . . .

                                      1. re: financialdistrictresident
                                        weinerdog Mar 20, 2011 03:18 PM

                                        Personally when I am in Montreal I like to spend at least one of my nights at a local neighborhood BYOW establishment. I love to stroll the neighborhood streets of the Plateau area and then enter what looks like an apartment or corner store- and have a nice meal for a reasonable price, bringing along your own wine. We have had great evenings at La Colombe, Quartier Generale, and Les Heritiers. Might want to give them a search- they, in my mind, are very "Montreal". I would also travel many miles for the hangar steak at Holder in old Montreal.

                                        1. re: weinerdog
                                          petek Mar 20, 2011 04:51 PM

                                          I can't believe no one has recommended Le Club Chasse et Peche! Probably one of the best restaurants in the city.IMHO

                                          1. re: petek
                                            financialdistrictresident Mar 22, 2011 03:49 AM

                                            Thanks so much, everyone.

                                            The official start of Spring was Sunday evening followed by snow yesterday :)

                                            Still need to put together a preliminary list of restaurants from all the suggestions . . .

                                            1. re: financialdistrictresident
                                              waziboy Mar 22, 2011 10:22 AM

                                              I'll throw in a serious vote for Club Chasse et Peche, if not the sister restaurant Le Filet which I just tried last week.

                                              Tuck Shop is another one I would put high up on the list.

                                              I also like Weinerdog's (lol) suggestion of walking around the Plateau neighbourhood and going to a nice BYOB such as La Colombe.

                                              1. re: waziboy
                                                financialdistrictresident Jun 18, 2011 01:08 PM

                                                Thanks so much . . .Our visit has been delayed. Spring is almost over, Summer begins this Tuesday . . .In the meantime, hopefully this thread will be helpful to other hounds . . .

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