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Jun 9, 2011 05:37 AM

Visiting MTL Fathers day weekend

We will be visiting MTL Fathers day weekend
Any new great places to eat ? ( lunch and dinner )
Looking for a great Brunch place for Sun
Prefer $$ to $$$ price range
Would like one meal in Old MTL
No French cooking as i am Lactose intolerant
We love Italian , Greek and BBQ


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  1. Couple of brunch places (I think they do not take reservation, except lemeac ), all have enough selection for your intolerance. :

    Italian :
    There seems to be a new one in Old-Montreal : Osteria Venti (with a review, in french, but google translate it : ).

    BBQ : if the weather is nice, go to Icehouse (roy st.), see recent thread about it..

    Greek : Tasso Mezze (st-denis street).


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    1. re: Maximilien

      Maximilien, and anyone else who has been, which mezzes would you recommend the most at Tasso?

      Tasso Bar a Mezze
      3829 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W 2M3, CA

      1. re: prima

        I'm not good at answering those kind of questions.

        Just order what you like, and do not order what you don't like; that is what I do.

        The weather has an influence, if it's warm and you are sitting outside, some dishes are better than others.

    2. Try Brit & Chips for cheap-ish eats. As the name indicates, fish & chips!
      I would add Joe Beef to your dinner list, or their sister restaurent Liverpool House. Kind of bistro-esque type food. There's also Au Pied de Cochon with is a pretty popular place for dinner. The chef is a little wacky which is always a good thing. Make reservations in advance!

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

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      1. re: randa_h74

        For old Montreal, you could try DNA although it will be more on the $$$ than $$.
        I really like Brit & Chips but it can get really crowded. I second Joe Beef and APdC. We had a great meal at Kitchen Gallery recently too. That fits your budget.

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

      2. For Old Montreal & Italian I would do either Graziella or Da Emma. Both excellent. Da Emma is more rustic Roman, while Graziella is more modern.

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        1. re: chefjeannine

          Which dishes have you (and other Chowhounds) enjoyed the most at Da Emma & Graziella?

          Le 116 / Restaurant Graziella
          116 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

          Restaurant Da Emma
          777 Rue De La Commune W, Montreal, QC H3C1Y1, CA

          1. re: prima

            At Da Emma, you cannot leave unless you have tried the Pasta con Porcini. When the SO & I go, we usually get one starter (usually one small bowl of the pasta each), and then share a main, which comes with sides. The mains we always get are always one of their beautifully roasted meats.
            I have only been to Graziella once (and it was at lunch time). I had the Osso Buco, which was delicious.

            1. re: chefjeannine

              Thanks so much for your recs, chefjeannine ;-)
              Looking fwd to trying each of these restaurants out, eventually!

            2. re: prima

              I second chefjeannine & tah1234 Da Emma recommendations. I have had some great dinners there with truly authentic pasta dishes (including the pasta w/porcini!). On a recent visit, we were about 10 arriving Thurday (staggared) between 6:00-6:30 to a nearly empty restauant. As soon as a person arrived, a beverage order was taken and promptly arrived. Starting with some apps, the very large order of tomato with bocconcini and basil was so fresh, the bruschetta was perfect (the fruity evoo they use was so good). Eggplant parm was bang on. Most, if not all apps can feed 2 people easy. People who had the bifteka loved it, the veal chop looked awesome (I was a bit jealous I did not order this) and I was told the veal breast was great. A few people had the simply roasted salmon & claimed it was best ever had. Only negative was their roasted sucking pig unfortunately did not match my last experience. The food was compared to someone's traditional Sunday family dinners at grandmas. No one had room for dessert and the place was packed when we left around 9:30. The service was great throughout the evening. Bonus if the weather's nice to sit on the patio (way different atmosphere than the rustic downstairs). Reservations a must. 777 de la Commune West, corner King, 514.392.1568

              1. re: RhondaB

                Thanks for all your comments. Hoping to try out some of the dishes you mention when I visit Da Emma. ;-)

          2. Go to Le Cartet for brunch in the Old Port. They have enough dishes that you will be able to avoid the cheese.

            Was at P'tit Plateau two weeks ago and, despite it being French, it was a great meal with options that did not include cheese. All dishes come with a starter (soup or salad), main, and tea/coffee, from about $25 up. You can order another starter as well. My sister loved the smoked salmon to start. Friday and Saturday seatings are 6:30 and 8:30. BYOW so bring your nice bottle with you, or run to the SAQ at Duluth and St. Denis, around the corner from the resto.

            I also went to Philino's for Greek last week in the Mile End and it was fantastic. Price range would be $$$-$$$$, depending on what you get. Very cute patio at the front. Appetizer portions were absolutely huge. We loved the zucchini fritters to start.

            Le Cartet
            106 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

            Philinos Restaurant Bar
            4806 Av Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V4E6, CA

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            1. re: looosia

              Thanks to all who posted
              There are some great places for us to try

              1. re: Luvtooeat

                Would second recommendation of Da Emma in Old Montreal. Beautiful patio....

                For another Greek option with a great patio (but fairly ordinary food) and BYOW you could try Jardin de Panos.