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Jul 21, 2011 02:04 PM

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 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"

        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