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Jul 8, 2011 09:46 AM

Recommendations for a memorable dining experience


As a birthday gift, I am looking to take out my 'significant other' for a memorable dining experience in Montreal. The more romantic, the better.

I'd like to add that she's very into trying food from different cultures (she's Italian). The only limitation is that the place should not serve seafood/fish as their only protein, as we don't eat it.

Does anyone have any recommendations that they wouldn't mind sharing?


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    1. I was going to recommend Da Emma, but then you mentioned she wanted to try food from other cultures. Although, being an Italian girl myself who also tries to steer away from Italian restaurants, Da Emma is not your usual Italian restaurant. The 'significant other" & I tend to go here quite a bit for romantic occasions.
      Other then that, I would also recommend Alep.

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      1. re: chefjeannine

        Thanks for the suggestion!
        I'm not opposed to taking her to an Italian restaurant, I was just stating that she'd open to trying new things.

        How about a 'tasting menu'? Has anyone here experienced one? Do you think it would be a good birthday dinner idea?

        Thanks for the input thus far from everyone, much appreciated!

      2. Au 5e Peché, at their new location on St-Denis, might be what you're looking for.

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        1. re: davekry

          "The only limitation is that the place should not serve seafood/fish as their only protein, as we don't eat it."

          Therefore not the best option although doable

          1. re: kpaxonite

            Au 5e Peche usually only has one or two seafood mains on their menu, with plenty of meat options and usually one veg as well - why would you think it would not be the best option?

            1. re: cherylmtl

              In retrospect you are right. I have just always had seafood there in one way or another... my bad.

              1. re: kpaxonite

                Does seal meat count as seafood? ;)

        2. How about "Au Pied de Cochon" ... I keep reading good things about it. Think it qualifies as a memorable dining experience?

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          1. re: samushka

            It can be memorable, but it's not romantic.