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Visiting: Looking for amazing/fascinating dinner meal w great service

phillr May 17, 2011 07:55 PM

Bonjour Montreal Chowhounders!

I will be visiting your beautiful city in a few weeks and am looking for an amazing dinner experience. Requirements as follows:

- Food cost up to $250/person, not including alcohol
- Great service absolutely mandatory. I'm not exactly the most dapper looking person, so I know when I'm receiving fake smile/service from a pretentious restaurant. If you have a favorite fine dining place, please only recommend if they are truly welcoming and accommodating
- Hard to phrase, but I would like either a meal of conventional food done exceptionally well, or to be taken on an artistic journey through my meal (journey through love of food, not an ego trip)
- The restaurant takes reservations

Merci beaucoup for any suggestions!

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    randa_h74 RE: phillr May 18, 2011 09:53 AM

    250 / person not including alcohol?? wow, you can totally eat for way less...

    if you're looking to spend, queue de cheval or club chasse et peche, Toque

    There are tons of great places that are musts - Joe Beef, Garde Manger, 400 Coups, Bis, Bar et Boeuf, Holder, Barroco

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

    club chasse et peche
    Montreal, Montreal, QC , CA

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      kpaxonite RE: phillr May 18, 2011 09:56 AM

      Sounds like you might enjoy DNA it is very unique and has an exceptional selection of Canadian wine...and while it is pricey its far under budget, and its in the old port area....plenty to see.
      Conventional food exceptionally well done go to Chasse et Peche

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        sweettoothMTL RE: phillr May 18, 2011 10:06 AM

        Randa is right, if it does not include alcohol, you can pretty much eat anywhere in Montreal for that.

        Toque and Club Chasse et PĂȘche are among the ''best'' restaurants, probably with Europea and La Chronique. Toque and Europea are more classic high end restaurants, while La Chronique is very small. Club Chasse et Peche has a peculiar decor and atmosphere, not in a bad way, but different from usual white tablecloths restaurants.

        Other contenders: Haven't been but 400 coup chefs' are top notch, and this is their new baby. DNA is also great.

        1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

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          randa_h74 RE: phillr May 18, 2011 10:09 AM

          Forgot about DNA... good call. Hit up the bar area before dinner. The all-dressed martini is yum!

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            picklebird RE: randa_h74 May 18, 2011 11:21 AM

            I actually had terrible service at DNA. I will never go back. If service is one of your top priorities, skip DNA.

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              kpaxonite RE: picklebird May 18, 2011 11:53 AM

              I fully disagree I have been over twenty times and have always received excellent service...im just upset they stopped their lunch special......however the service I got in evening was often better than at lunch....and it really is the best place in mtl to be taken on to be taken on "an artistic journey" through dinner.

              On a side note the bar/lounge is also excellent and you can buy canadian wines half price between 5-7.

              Unfortunately the website has changed and no longer lists specific dishes but nonetheless: http://www.dnarestaurant.com/dinner_m... and you know a place is good if they arent afraid to list all their ssuppliers : http://www.dnarestaurant.com/supplier...

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                phillr RE: kpaxonite May 18, 2011 12:01 PM

                Thanks everybody for the suggestions! Will debate over weekend which one to go with :)

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                  AGM_Cape_Cod RE: kpaxonite May 19, 2011 06:37 AM

                  kpaxonite- I am intrigued by DNA but would like to see a menu before I commit. Since the website just has the seasonal ingredients that they are working with at this time do you know where I could see a menu? TIA.

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                    kpaxonite RE: AGM_Cape_Cod May 19, 2011 08:20 AM

                    Honestly your best bet is to call them or email them ... until last week they had a menu online which gave you a very good idea of what type of dishes to expect I have no idea why they took it down. Last time I emailed them (it was at dinner time) I got an answer 42 minutes later. Im sure if you call they will read you the menu. info@dnarestaurant.com

                    I should add that it isnt your everyday restaurant they often have boudin, heart tartare, pork belly etc but they always have less 'out-there' options

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                      AGM_Cape_Cod RE: kpaxonite May 19, 2011 11:08 AM

                      Thanks. If they have sweetbreads I will be in heaven.

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                        Fintastic RE: AGM_Cape_Cod May 19, 2011 12:39 PM

                        They almost certainly will. Animal innards make up a fair portion of their menu, and sweetbreads are a staple.

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                          phillr RE: Fintastic May 19, 2011 12:55 PM

                          I had a bad experience at the last 'head-to-toe' restaurant I ate at that was highly recommended :S. I think i'll try other suggested restaurants instead...

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