Visiting Montreal for 4 nights, looking for great restaurants...
Boston CH visiting for a conference for 4 nights, Wed - Sun, and looking for amazing food. Not so worried about budget, quiet enough so that I can talk to friends, close to the Fairmont Elizabeth would be nice, and I don't eat red meat or pork, so am not interested in steak frites!
Someone recommended the Ferreira Cafe - would you concur? Any other recs?
Cafe Ferreira is a great choice for Fish lovers. Restaurant Salute on Laurie street has great pasta
dishes on there menu.
Another option, aside from Ferreira, is their sister establishment, F Bar. A little farther from your hotel, Joe Beef, Le Chien Fumant, Salle a Manger, Kitchenette, 5ieme Peche, les 3 Petits Bouchons, Kitchen Galerie Poisson...
And based on my experience, Salute should be skipped - not worth the trip, and you can get much better food than that in Boston.
Agree with Maximilien's and Cheryl's recommendations for the bistro-style restaurants. Definitely worth trying a couple of them. I’m a big fan of Chasse et Peche at Les 3 Petits Bouchons.
Also recommend Europea (modern French) and Le Piment Rouge (Chinese) - close walking distance to your hotel. Both feature seasonal produce with lots of poultry, fish and vegetarian options. Europea’s chef Jerome Ferrer is a Relais et Chateau Grand Chef and their dessert chef is a former Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman of France). Their tasting menu plates are beautifully plated. Le Piment Rouge’s chefs are from Michelin starred restaurants in China (Lung King Heen at the Hong Kong Four Seasons Hotel, etc.) – IMO you can’t find Chinese food this good anywhere else in the US or Canada. They recently completely renovated and the dining rooms are spectacular in a historic building with beautiful views of the downtown skyline. Check out a recent review with pics by another chowhounder at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769574
A great experience is Bistu Simone on corner Parc and St.Joseph, 5 minutes from your hotel with a taxi. This place reflects the french community in Montreal. Tapas style menu.