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Jul 8, 2011 01:20 AM

Fine Dining - Not the Usual Suspects – Old Montreal Ideally

In the last year I have dined at Le Club Chasse Et Peche, Joe Beef, Au Pied de Cochon, Les Trois Petits Bouchons, and L’Epxress.

Call me unlucky, hard to please, or both, but with the exception of Au Pied de Cochon, I have been totally underwhelmed by the others – each highly regarded on this board and others. Chasse Et Peche was merely disappointing, Joe Beef, which I have been to numerous times, is to my mind wholly undeserving of the reputation it has mysteriously accrued. L’Express was simply dreadful. Zevetching aside, I’m hosting a dinner at the end of the month, which for personal and sentimental reasons needs to be first class. Old Montreal would be lovely. Outdoors would be grand. Traditional would be preferable to 11 courses of gourmet foam… but I’m open to innovative as long as it’s not an end in itself. Price is no object.

BTW – this is a great site, and I am indebted to the many insightful contributors here for their astute insights into local nosh.

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

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  1. Hi

    I have a soft spot for Da Emma, especially in summertime with the truly lovely outdoor space. Its traditional Italian fare of high quality and in Old Montreal.

    4 Replies
    1. re: tah1234

      Where is Da Emma? Do they have a website? Thanks.

      1. re: lamaranthe

        I did a little Googling and found this:
        777, rue de la Commune Ouest

      2. re: tah1234

        Hello tah1234:

        Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. I had kind of forgotten about Da Emma - but it's a great idea. I've booked a table on the terrace for the end of the month. I will try to log back on here sometime after that to report back.

        Thanks again.

        1. re: erich wiess

          Great - sorry I didn't think to post helpful contact info. initially. Must remember to do that.

          I hope you enjoy your evening and mother nature cooperates.

      3. finally someone as underwhelmed by l'Express and Joe Beef as I am!