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Jul 18, 2011 05:08 PM

any suggestions for dinner in the old part of Montreal Friday and Saturday evening in July and lunch near Parc Royal on Saturday?

My husband and I are looking for 2 nice restaurants with great food and atmosphere Friday and Saturday nights in July. Vieux Montreal if possible, but could be in other central section. We are staying at the Hilton Bonaventure. Would like to sample Canadian cuisine, or French or International. Recommended to us so far - Houlder, Gibbys, Mondavie, Au Pied de Cochon, Le Club Chasse et Peche. Thanks.

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  1. Forget Gibby's and Modavie. You should check out Le Bremner and Kitchen Galerie Poison as an option to APDC and CC&P.

    Kitchen Galerie
    60 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S5, CA

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    1. re: eat2much

      as for lunch on/near mountain, other than picnic you might go to one of the restaurants on laurier avenue such as lemeac and not far from there along cote st catherine is the road that cuts across mountain where you can stop at beaver lake (misnomer, and will undergo a cure which is badly needed) and then one of the lookouts. There used to be a restaurant there but never did well.

      If you wanted to take picnic fare up you could to to a place such ian perreault to stock up and there is a nearby cheese shop-both on bernard in outremont

      But maybe you meant the parc not the mountain itself, that too is a problem for resto nearby but le filet is a restaurant that is a couple blocks away from the parc at bottom of mountain but reservations a must

      1. re: eat2much

        Dined at Kitchen Galerie Poison recently due to recommendations on Chowhound. I did not have reservations so was hoping I could find a seat at the bar. That was not a problem since the bar was empty. In fact, I was the only person at the bar the entire time. I was looking for a fun atmosphere, e.g., kitchen action, fun waiters, chefs, etc. Based on some Chowhound posts, this sounded like the place where you could find such activity. Maybe I visited the wrong night but the kitchen action just wasn't happening and no one in the kitchen even acknowledged me; however, the waiter was attentive and nice. Now for the food which was nothing short of disappointing. Had a foie gras appetizer which was pretty much tasteless. Not what I was expecting for an expensive appetizer. For the entree, I had the sea bass. It was just okay, served on a small bed of creamy polenta and a few asparagus spears. I'm glad I tried Kitchen Galerie Poison but have no plans to return.

        1. re: Bailey23

          My bad. Kitchen Galerie Poisson, not Kitchen Galerie Poison.

      2. Another option in Old Montreal is Les 400 Coups. Agree with eat2much - forget Gibby's and Modavie. But Club Chasse et Peche is always worth a visit...

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        1. re: cherylmtl

          Second Club Chasse et Peche. Don't think you can go wrong, although it is a pricey option.

        2. Gibby's is one of my favorites but it's a steakhouse so you're not going to find Canadian or French cuisine. They have an awesome sirloin steak which is encrusted in Dijon mustard, breadcrumbs and black pepper. The building is a very old stable with wood rafters. There's always a crowd and the staff is friendly and attentive.

          If you want to try Canadian cuisine, recommend Au Pied de Cochon. As you've probably noticed, there are numerous posts on Chowhound about this restaurant. It's very crowded so you definitely need reservations. The menu is heavily tilted towards different types of meat with some interesting selections. The portions are large and the atmosphere is fun and lively.