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What's the best thing you've eaten in Montreal??

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I saw this question on another board and got curious about what you'd all think!

I think to really answer the question, I'd have to give it a lot of thought... but there's something to be said for gut responses too. The first things that jumped into my head were the Plogue a Champlain at PDC, the Tuna Duo at Ferreira (half tartare and half thin seared slices) and for third place it's a toss up between the Oyster Po Boy at Ice House and the Shrimp Burger at Kazu. For dessert, the Salted Chocolate Pot de Creme at Pop!

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Kazu
1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA

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  1. My favorites are the lobster spaghetti at Joe Beef, the fideos at Tapeo, the lobster and avocado sushi pizza at Tri Express and the pain perdu at Lemeac.

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

    Tri Express
    1650 Av Laurier E, Montreal, QC H2J1J2, CA

    1. The best thing was at Mikado (Laurier st.) a while back, they had Lobster sashimi and fresh sea scallops in the shells; I remember that up to that point I never paid that much money for food.

      1. Best things:

        A seafood mousseline with lobster reduction at the (now very) old René Varaud back in the late 1980s.

        Deep-fried ama ebi heads at the old Sakae Sushi on Crescent (1990s).

        Marc de Canck`s sweetbread and lobster combo from the early 2000s at La Chronique. This is the dish I use to measure the preparation of ris de veau and lobster anywhere else.

        The second version of Mario Navarrete's foie gras empanada (2005?) at Raza - this is the one with a tiny trace of apple compote and served with the purple corn reduction.

        DNA's lamb tartar giveaway (2009).

        Racha Bassoul's "pot au foie" from Seth Gabrielse's inaugural event at Laloux (2010).

        Lemongrass grilled quail at Chez Vu Vian (La Petite Tonkinoise) earlier this year.

        Rodrigo Flores' Sopa de Cinco de Mayo at À Table earlier this year.

        1. The 11-course degustation with wine pairing at Europea two years ago; sat at the chef's table.

          1. In no particular order:
            The mousse de foie de volaille at L'Express.
            Crab Cakes at Kitchenette
            Tarte Tatin at Lawrence
            Lobster Roll at Nantua
            Seafood Platter at Au Pied de Cochon
            Grilled Chicken at Roi du Plateau
            Vegetarian Pizza at Amelio's
            Hot & Sour soup at Beijing
            Cubano at Chipotle & Jalepeno
            Spruce Beer at Paul Patates

            1. Foie gras creme brulee at Christophe
              Lobster cappucino at Europea
              Zucchini and eggplant chips at Elounda
              Lemon meringue tart at Area back in the day

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              Europea
              1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

              Elounda
              1818 Blvd Cote Vertu, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

              1. Oh boy, how can you narrow it down?
                I guess here's are some of mine that I can think of right now:
                -Japanese taco at Kitchenette
                - Leek Tartelette at Lemeac
                - Braised beef rib at Kazu
                - Pasta con Porcini at Da Emma

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                Kazu
                1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA

                1. Truffle Ravioli at La Montee de Lait.
                  Ris de veau at La Montee de Lait, again.
                  Marinated Filet Mignon bought at Adonis and cooked on the BBQ.

                  1. Europea tasting menu. Fun and unexpected plates.
                    Schwartz. Yeah, I know but I love it!
                    Pho at Pho Bang New York. Extra rare beef and the prawn and pork rolls are great for a greedy brunch.

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                    Europea
                    1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

                    Pho Bang New York
                    1001 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2Z1J4, CA

                    1. The single best dish i've had in Montreal was a truffle and foie gras risotto at Toqué when they we're still located on st-denis.

                      Other great dishes, lobster spaghetti at joe beef, pied de cochon farci au foie gras at APDC, Europea tasting menu

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                      Europea
                      1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

                      1. You know, aside from a really tasty cream of mushroom at the long gone Le chou (adjacent to the original but overpriced Les chèvres by the same owners, closed too obviously), I don't think I've had really memorable meals in Montreal. It's more for the every day foods that are one of a kind. The St-Viateur bagels, Schwartz smoked meat, bread from Le Fromentier, kouign amann from Kouign Amann. Tartare at L'Express. Discovering Peking duck at Mon Nan was quite a revelation, but I know you can find better elsewhere (outside of Montreal obviously). And since August is upon us, I'll mention chocolate covered blueberries made by the Pères Trappistes (from Mistassini) which I have bought and eaten in Montreal a bunch of times (finally found a place that sells them in Montreal for a decent price too), but they're not a Montreal thing (they are, however one of those things that you have to buy whenever you have the chance).

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                        L'Express Restaurant
                        3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA