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Aug 3, 2011 08:15 AM

Casual Plateau Bistro

I know similar questions have been posed hundreds of times - I have combed through the archives, but still haven't uncovered quite the right place (it may be that it doesn't exist) so thought I would ask.

I'm a former Montrealer who moved back to Ontario in 2005 - a lot has changed on the Montreal restaurant scene since then so I'm looking for suggestions.

We'll be passing through Montreal on our way to Maine next weekend. I'm seeking out a casual, but reliably good bistro in the Plateau or Mile End. I'd like to be able to show my husband around my old neighbourhood and then head somewhere nearby for dinner. Last time we were in Montreal we ate at L'Express, so I'd like a new place for my husband to try that has some great Quebecois cuisine (APC is the first place that comes to mind, but the older I get the more sensitive my stomach gets, and I just don't think it would sit well with me). I've eaten numerous time at Au Cinquieme Peche (in its former location on Mont Royal), and would consider it again but am not sure it's quite what I'm looking for.

What I want:
-casual bistro in the Plateau or Mile End
-reliably good food for two Ontario foodies
-typically Quebecois or French
-reasonably priced (preferably entrees under $30)

Any suggestions you can offer would be most appreciated.

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

Au Cinquieme Peche
4475 St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2K8, CA

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  1. For classic French bistro, Leméac fits the bill perfectly. For Québécois, I don't know. I don't find any of Montreal's bistros to be very Québécois.

      1. Yes, Lemeac is L'express 2.0, very good choice. The only thing is it's not technically Plateau, it's a little more West. While still in an enjoyable walking area, maybe too out of the way for what you had in mind.

        While their website is the non-informative kind, check out comments for Bistro Bienville on this board, I think it would fit the bill, but I haven't been in a while. The format at Le comptoir Vin et Charcuterie is more small plates, but I was impressed by how great the food was at such good prices. And imaginative.

        1. Any interest in a BYO? I think that Le P'tit Plateau fits the bill as does Bistro L'Entrepont and La Colombe. But I think Au Cinquieme Peche is probably a notch above those choices.

          I haven't been to the moved La Montee de Lait, but that might be a nice option.

          Au Cinquieme Peche
          4475 St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2K8, CA

          Le P'tit Plateau
          330 Rue Marie-Anne E, Montreal, QC H2W1B1, CA

          1. I would go for La salle A Manger: Local (and indeed seasonal) ingredients, nice laid back vibe, located in heart of the plateau, a tad more than 100$ for two (taxes and tips included). IMO, it's quintessential of Le Plateau circa 2010s.

            For once, I agree with Lesley Chesterman (btw 2.5 out of 4 is good coming from her...)