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Blind date.....

I have a blind date in a few weeks and don't know where to go. He's a New Yorker so I would like to impress....obviously I don't want a rowdy restaurant but somewhere that would make a great (hopefully romantic) first impression.

A terrace could be nice (I was thinking Lemeac) but not a must especially in this weather! Never been to Joe Beef and I don't really care for APDC since I only eat fish (I know they have fish) but I find the restaurant to be a bit cramped and I'm scared that all they would have on the menu would be seal....like the last time I went :-(

Any suggestions would be great!!! TY

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

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  1. great 1st impression?
    2-1/2 words: Milos w/ chargecard

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    1. re: porker

      Milos is a bit pricey for a first date no? I don't mind picking up the bill but if he insists, I don't want him to think that I'm "high maintenance"....lol

      1. re: Stricklypescetarian

        For me, Milos is a bit pricey no matter what the occasion - hehe. But you did say "great...first impression"
        Maybe start off with something like "I don't go often as Milos is quite pricey, but its worth a splurge for special occasions..."

      2. re: porker

        If he's a New Yorker, he can go to Milos in New York. It won't be the place to impress him...

      3. Le Filet. They have a terrace (albeit a tiny one) they are a fish restaurant that also serves other food. Indoors they have acoustic damping so that while it appears like there are lots of people having a great time, you can actually have a conversation without shouting. The lighting is set up in such a way that just about everyone there looks great. And as it is a "tapas-style" restaurant all their dishes are made for sharing.

        What else do you need?

        1. Maybe Ferreira on Peel?

          1. You should consider taking him to your favorite restaurent. Why not use this opportunity to see if you have similar taste rather than try to impress?

            My favorite places would serve tapas (no need to share unless you want to) or sushi.

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            1. re: hala

              You know that is actually a good idea to take him to your favorite restaurant.

              But if you prefer to use the opportunity to go somewhere else:
              -Lemeac is good
              -Pintxo can be fun, the food can keep the conversation going if things get dull
              -Muvbox, although not a restaurant, can be an interesting idea. You can walk around as a date instead of being sitting.

              1. re: hala

                Believe or not but Milos is my favorite restaurant.....however I love sushi and I know that he does too....I've never been to a "fancy" sushi resto so this may be a good idea.

                Can you please help me with identifying our top three sushi restaurants? Thanks!!

                1. re: Stricklypescetarian

                  I love Mikado - only been to the one on Monkland, there are few other locations.

                    1. re: buspirone


                      Tri-Express is also really nice but I would consider that more for takeout since they will rush you out after an hour.

                      Joe Beef has excellent food and a beautiful terrace so that fits the bill for what you are looking for, too.

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

                      1. re: buspirone

                        Juni's suhis are second to none in MTL. That being said, Montreal Suhis don't stand a chance againt NYC's ones. Since he is a NYker (assuming you want to showcase Mtl a bit), Filet is, IMO, the best suggestion by far.

                      2. re: Stricklypescetarian

                        You have great taste! Does it *have* to be a dinner date? Milos is very reasonable for lunch.

                        For sushi, I would go to Jun-I or get take out from tri-express and go have a picnic in a park somewhere. Do you have a picnic bag or basket? You could replace the cheap plastic cups and plates with nicer glass ones and take a nice tablecloth and cloth napkins.

                        1. re: Stricklypescetarian

                          Yeah, maybe sushi...

                          Ahhh heck, stricklyfishly, ya only live once, plus theres a heatwave going on - wear something fancy smancy, get liquored up with the guy and unabashedly go to Milos. Share their sashimi app, coupla oysters, nice bottle of crisp white, and their soft shell crab.
                          The candles will be glowing, the dining room abuzz, and conversation will be an easy ebb and flow.
                          Then onto a couple of mains, maybe something that was swimming in the Med yesterday.
                          Afterwards, enjoy some of Montreal's nightlife.
                          It'll be seduction pure and simple and he'll do the same when you're in NYC!

                          1. re: porker

                            can"t comment on sushi as never eat it. I think I would go to ferreira on peel and ask for table near front. It is more lively than milos and the ambiance and street view sort of fills in any lulls in conversation. I ve only had the cod and sardines but checking out the menu I see a lot of choices re seafood, + i just happened to notice an appealing dessert on menu which i will have to go back and try: Warm fig cake with Madeira, sweet potato ice cream, yum! Since it is a blind date I would give him some suggestions and let him decide: his choice might tell you more about him! If you want to really impress him take him to chuck hughes new resto le bremner in old montreal, they have a covered terrace. And the whole area of Old Montreal is romantic, quaint at night and quiet as you go towards waterfront in old clock area.


                            this website has a picture of door, as you can miss it which I did!


                            1. re: wilmagrace

                              ferreira is extremely loud due to the ceramic tiles on the wall

                          2. Maybe L'Orignal, St. Alexis at Notre Dame in Old Montreal? They claim to be 'oyster experts,' place seems to have a very laid-back vibe. Never been there but seen friends' pics.
                            Good luck! You're brave. ;)

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                            1. re: bakersdelight

                              I like the atmosphere of Original very much. I'd also avoid Milos... seems like a really awkward and stuffy place for a first date, especially if you;ve never met the other person. Seems a bad idea to me. I've been to Jun-I a few times on first dates and it's always worked out well. Sushi might not compare to the best of NYC offerings but if this guy is a normal fella, I'm sure he'll be more interested in the lady than the fish! It's still a good option and sushi makes for more interactive dining I find. Kitchen Galerie Poisson on Notre Dame is a really nice dining room also and the food is excellent. If you're a fish eater, I'd strongly consider that as an option. Otherwise, a french bistro & wine bar like Les Trois Petits Bouchons, Chez l'Épicier, La Montée de Lait, etc. would seem to me the most fun and romantic for Montreal. Especially if you're looking for regional offerings somewhat unique to the city, or representative of what Montreal does well.

                              1. re: OliverB

                                I am very tempted to go to Old Montreal as this will be his first visit however I have never been to the restaurants mentioned above so I'm nervous to take him somewhere I've never been....aaagggrrrrrhhhhh.......this is driving me nuts....decisions decisions.......

                                1. re: Stricklypescetarian

                                  If you'd like to take him to Old Montreal, I would recommend either KGP or Chez l'Épicier. I'd suggest Garde-Manger or DNA also but I think you said you weren't big on meats. Restaurant L'Orignal is very good for nouveau quebecoise regional cuisine but will also be heavy on the carnivorous offerings, though fresh oysters, scallops and grilled/seared fish entrees are usually on the menu. Personally, I'd lean towards l'Épicier or KGP for that part of town based on what you're looking for. Both would make for great first date outings imo and I'd personally lean towards that part of town myself if I were taking an out-of-town date for a first meal. The dining rooms are both open, comfortably intimate at the same time, without being too formal. Imo, fun, interesting surroundings and ambience are equally important and both of the above suggestions offer them in equal proportion to an excellent meal.

                                  1. re: Stricklypescetarian

                                    Another option in Old Montreal would be Le Bremner, Chuck Hughes' new restaurant. It focuses on seafood and has a couple of meat options. They have a very nice terrace at the back, it could suit your needs...

                                    1. re: mystikdrey

                                      well i think the OP has narrowed down her choices (see below) but on the off chance somebody is considering Bremner, a word of warning:
                                      Reserve a few weeks in advance.

                              2. You guys have been great - thank you for your suggestions. I'm torn between Ferriera Cafe and Lemeac....I'll keep you posted!

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                                1. re: Stricklypescetarian

                                  Two great options. Let us know how you liked it from a date point of view!

                                  1. re: Stricklypescetarian

                                    Good choices... I took an out-of-town ex for a first Montreal date together at Lemeac two summers ago, we sat on the back terrace. To be honest, even though it's one of my favorite bistros in the city, I find it's reputation exceeds it. It's really the value that makes it unique to Montreal. The food is consistently great but I don't really find it exceptional when compared to great french dining in other cities. I'd personally lean towards Ferreira for a more interesting fun and meal. If you end up sitting inside, the atmosphere at Lemeac can be a bit bland and quiet for a first date, I think.

                                    1. re: OliverB

                                      I truly feel like Joe Beef is the way to go. Even though it's not in the old port, it's a 5 minute cab ride away. The decor inside and outside terrace is beautiful and the food is delicious.

                                      Your choice, though!

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

                                      1. re: waziboy

                                        Just heard that Joe Beef is closed for vacation from August 1st through the 15th....

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

                                  2. warning! the following is a tongue in cheek answer .......

                                    wouldnt u need a place with a back door u can sneak out of it doesnt work out?

                                    1. Try the AMMOS Mediterranean & Greek Restaurant (450-688-8008), it''s not in Montreal proper, it's in Laval!!! Only 15-20 mins from downtown. Check their website via google.
                                      Good seafood, good decor, good friendly service and for romantics, reserve well in advance ask for a table near the window on the mezzanine!
                                      The Taipan.

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                                      1. re: the taipan

                                        UPDATE***So...Mr. NY came to Montreal and unfortunately due to an unforeseen time restriction, we had dinner at the new airport Marriott...nothing special to report but we still have a lovely time! I went to NYC and he made reservations at 21 Club...great food and ambience. He will be back in town in a couple of weeks and this is where I will need your help...what do you suggest for dinner in Old Montreal? I made reservations at Lemeac but was thinking that dinner in Old Montreal would be nicer since we never got a chance to go during his first visit. Your suggestions are much appreciated!!! I was thinking Da Emma or Club Chasse et Peche although I have never been to either....thanks again Ch's.....

                                        1. re: Stricklypescetarian

                                          I am a huge fan of CC&P. It has an oddball ambience that I find immensely appealing, and the food and service are superb. The waiters really seem to care about what they are serving in a manner that is not pretentious or off-putting. I really think that it is a special place you cannot find just anywhere. Perhaps the only risk is that there will not be a lot going on to distract you if you do not hit it off, but if you had a lovely time at the Mariott I will bet you will have an enchanting time at CC&P.

                                          1. re: Artichoq

                                            CC&P or Bremner seem ideal. Dont forget DNA or 400 Coups, though maybe too meaty... ccp would be my inclination.