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May 18, 2011 08:07 PM

3 nights in Montreal

NYC chowhounder...I'll be in town next week and wanted some comments on my reservations if you don't mind.

monday night...i was thinking of l'express. i've never been and its near our hotel. worthwhile choice? any recommendations?

tuesday night...i have reservations at APDC. ive been to montreal 5-6x and never been and now im wondering if ill love it or hate it. im turned off by the idea of a place full of tourists and ive read nothing but negative reviews over the last few months. but ive never been. should i avoid? i have a backup reservation at liverpool house. ive been to joe beef twice and like the vibe and some of the food at joe beef (not everything though) and figure liverpool house may be a nice change of pace.

wednesday night. i have a reservation at garde manger. i went last summer and thought it was the most enjoyable meal ive had in montreal. i think ill keep my reservation here.

any comments or changes to the above? le local? comptoir?

any recommendations for lunch?

thx a ton.

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  1. I doubt you'll regret APDC. Not really full of tourists. Lots of locals. I think it's a sure thing, in my opinion. Also good choice on Garde Manger. I always get the cromesquis as a small pre-starter to my starter. Deep Fried Fois Gras!!! Yumm!

    Liverpool house is the same owners as Joe Beef, both would be excellent options. On that same note, Joe Beef expanded and took over Mckiernan to open Joe Beef Oyster bar. You might want to check that out.

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

    Montreal, QC, Montreal, QC , CA

    1. forgot to mention DNA... that would be on my tops picks as well

      1. L'express is a typical french bistro. It's very popular, i've been meaning to go for the longest time!

        APDC is not full of tourists. It's full. Period. It's a sure value unless you're a Weight WAtcher member :)

        I wouldn't change a thing to your choices.

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        1. re: SourberryLily

          Garde Manger was a big disappointment when I went last year,big hype ok food not worth the $$$.I would suggest Le Club Chasse et Peche if you haven't been.very cool room(old school hunter&fishermans club) and the food is top notch.I also like Lemeac Bistro a little more than L'express.

          1. re: petek

            I finally got to the newer, cheaper, fishier restaurant by the Chasse et Peche people, Le Filet, last night, and I was blown away. There have been some criticisms about its service, interiors, and even some of its food, but I found everything to be exceptional (even the non-seafood options, like the guinea hen and desserts). Easily one of the best meals I've had in a long time, and about half the price of CCeP. Its a bit more formal than the other restaurants mentioned by the original poster.

            And I agree about APDC - its had its problems lately, but if you've never been then I'd still suggest it. It has to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

            1. re: Fintastic

              +1 on APDC if you haven't been.
              Fintastic: How far in advance would reserve for Le Filet? It's definitely on my to do list next time I visit.

              1. re: petek

                I booked it an hour before our reservation (for 3 people), but ours was the last table available and it was really early (6pm). Its incredibly popular, so for a weekend night I think I'd play it safe and reserve at least a week in advance.

                1. re: Fintastic

                  Maybe you could try a restaurant more in the east end of Montreal like in Rosemont. There is an excellent restaurant called M sur Masson that I would consider far superior to L'Express. It is a French bistro but with an innovative twist. If you don't speak French, it doesn't matter...I have seen waiters patiently translate the menu items to non-French speaking customers. I would give it a try.

                  L'Express Restaurant
                  3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

              2. re: Fintastic

                thanks for everyone's input.

                ive been to chase en peche and found the food rather forgettable aside from a lobster entree. i remember some sucking pig or foie risotto if i recall as a signature dish...everything was ok but it was not a standout meal.

                ive been to joe beef twice and never felt more ill leaving a restaurant due to the size of the portions...i also felt that the wine list was a bit pricey but it was of quality. i dont remember any decent low priced options.

                1. re: sam1

                  Okay--L'express is really a standard classic and you should definitely go to this historic place if you haven't already been! Also, and hear me out for a second on this one: I realize that this is a food and restaurant board, and you know your stuff and have lots on the culinary itinerary already. But if you haven't been to the stunning Dominion Square Tavern and you are from out of town, I would really highly recommend having a lunch, or a late afternoon/early evening Gin Julep and nibblies there:


                  This is a beautiful place and reservations are advised. Yes, they have a dinner menu, and I've heard it's very solid; although with your other choices, I would say maybe popping by for cocktails (they are known for their Gin Juleps) and appetizers before a late dinner, or for lunch, might suit you and your friends.

                  It's lovely in early evening as the light changes, and despite the need for reservations it's quite a relaxing atmosphere because it's so spacious. Also right downtown (close to Peel metro station). For lunch--you might not need reservations but probably good to check. I don't consider this a touristy place, because even a lot of Montrealers don't realize that it re-opened, I believe, around 2 years ago. I only went this past spring...

                  1. re: deborahm

                    Went to Taverne Dominion a few weeks back, and was not impressed with the food or the juleps. Ordinary on both counts. The atmosphere is great, but that's about it.

                    Stick with Brasserie T, Lemeac or Holder or Laloux for bistros...or Petit Extra. And the secret at Joe Beef is to split a main dish - otherwise, the portions are just too large...

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

          2. L'Express is a classic, but IMO Lemeac or Les Trois Petits Bouchons might be better for French bistro food.

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            1. re: VinnyRW

              Your're right. Also, what about Au Petit Extra?