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Montreal in August

cherhag Aug 5, 2011 09:47 AM

we will be heading to Montreal in two weeks and i am trying to plan ahead. A few years ago when I went Chow Hound sent me to wonderfull places APDC, pixnto and the soup dumpling place in a little basement yum!
This time i am taking two 18 year olds, who love good food(no torist trap , chain places) ... my daughter wants french food (somplace with lots of good small plates to share maybe?), African, savory crepes, and maybe somplace exciting and original . Staying at the Montagne.....plan on using public transport and walking!! thank YOU

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    kpaxonite RE: cherhag Aug 5, 2011 10:12 AM

    It sounds like your daughter wants French tapas. That type of of service isn't French and doesn't exist as far as I know. My advice is to read a couple threads and whenever you ask for a type of restaurant mention your budget.

    Start here


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      Maximilien RE: cherhag Aug 5, 2011 10:21 AM

      For "french" and "small" plates, go to "Le Comptoire Charcuterie" or "Le Filet" where they have mostly smaller plates.

      For Crepes : don't know, but if you are in town on a Sunday and you like eletronic music, you can go to the "Piknic Electronik" they do have crepes (limited savory or sweet).

      For exciting, I'm not certain what is exciting ... specify...


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        cherhag RE: Maximilien Aug 5, 2011 10:38 AM

        We want one nice French dinner out,price range $15-$60 a person. Then just a place knows for great appetizers or small plates under $20 ( any type of food, love spicy) as for exciting maybe a place who is a local favorite that has a cool vibe.thanks for the hints so far!

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          foodinspace RE: cherhag Aug 6, 2011 11:39 AM

          Cool vibe for 18 year olds is Patati Patata...good for burgers, poutine, great fish burgers. Usually a line-up, however. Also for burgers is Le Paryse...worth going if you are in the neighbourhood (Ontario and St-Denis). Also fun is to grab some chicken at Romado's and then picnic at Jeanne-Mance park...lots of people hanging out, picnicking, playing frisbee...a great summer vibe. There are some previous threads on "unique", "funky", "eccentric", "hole-in-the-wall", "local favourite" restaurants that might be worth searching for.

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            cherhag RE: foodinspace Aug 7, 2011 08:27 AM

            Thanks I am looking up the tags you suggested now!

      2. cherhag RE: cherhag Aug 7, 2011 08:26 AM

        We are not the" burger types" Indian, African , and Asian are more our speed :).

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          Glaff RE: cherhag Aug 7, 2011 09:58 AM

          Heard good things about the creperie at Marché Jean-Talon. But if you've ever been to Montreal you probably already went ? Saw a few good reviews of La Bulle au carré too.

          For cool and original place... I'd say Olive et Gourmando is a must. Definately one of the "coolest" place in town (always super crowded) and it's amazingly good. Open for breakfast or lunch. In the same category, I really like Cluny in the Old Montreal again. It's a cafeteria-like place (but high-end) in the Fonderie Darling Art Center. It's only open for lunch and it's filled with locals working nearby.

          Maybe Tri Express in the Plateau would be a great place too. Definitely not your average sushi/asian place in terms of decor. Also it's in a nice neighborhood. You can have the best desserts in town at Pâtisserie Rhubarbe after that. If you daughter likes french pastries that's the place to go. There's also Le Fromentier, a good bakery on the way.

          Other "exciting" places on top of my head : La salle à manger, Quartier Général (BYOW), Le Garde Manger... maybe Réservoir ? If you kids drink... cause they can here ;) It's a brasserie but also a tapas place.

          For french : Leméac, Laloux, L'Express, and tons of others...

          257 Rue Prince, Montreal, QC H3C2N4, CA

          Olive et Gourmando
          351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

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

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

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            cherhag RE: Glaff Aug 8, 2011 09:10 AM

            yes Glaff a byow place sounds great!! they loved that idea THANKS

        2. jubilant cerise RE: cherhag Aug 7, 2011 10:10 AM

          I loved L'Inconnu when I visited Montreal. Really great food and ambiance and definitely worth checking out - here's a thread on it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/622030

          Enjoy your trip :)

          3807 St Andre, Montreal, QC H2L3V9, CA

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            OliverB RE: cherhag Aug 8, 2011 12:10 PM

            For a good mix of North African, Indian and Middle Eastern, I like Rumi on Bernard. They have a nice veranda on the street corner that's great in the evenings when the weather's nice.

            Montreal, QC, Montreal, QC , CA

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              cherhag RE: OliverB Aug 8, 2011 01:06 PM

              I see two Rumi one is Rumi bar and grill ?

              Montreal, QC, Montreal, QC , CA

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                OliverB RE: cherhag Aug 8, 2011 01:08 PM

                Not Rumi Bar... the address is 5198 Rue Hutchinson

                (I wrote Bernard above but that was a mistake)

                They have a website here with menus: http://restaurantrumi.com/

            2. cherhag RE: cherhag Aug 15, 2011 09:57 AM

              Ok we go tomorrow and still not set on a must go to dinner!! We are trying Rumi for brunch and want to go to Satay Brothers, other then that still no idea. :( there is so much to pick from!

              Montreal, QC, Montreal, QC , CA

              Satay Brothers
              138 Avenue Atwater, Montreal, QC H3J 2Z6, CA

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                kpzoo RE: cherhag Aug 15, 2011 10:04 AM

                Just a heads-up that Satay Brothers is closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays -

                Satay Brothers
                138 Avenue Atwater, Montreal, QC H3J 2Z6, CA

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                  cherhag RE: kpzoo Aug 16, 2011 04:55 AM

                  thanks You I guess Thur will be our Satay lunch......now what for dinner tonight

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                    humbert RE: cherhag Aug 16, 2011 08:56 AM

                    You could always try cuisine szechuan...you said you like spicy and if you are serious about it then you got it! They have appetizers like dumplings in spicy broth, cucumber and bean noodle salad and some noodle or rice dishes that aren't too big...Overall a great meal you won't forget :O)

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