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Aug 5, 2011 09:47 AM

Montreal in August

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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  1. 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

    1. 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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      1. re: Maximilien

        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!

        1. re: cherhag

          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.

          1. re: foodinspace

            Thanks I am looking up the tags you suggested now!

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

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        1. re: cherhag

          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

          1. re: Glaff

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

        2. I loved L'Inconnu when I visited Montreal. Really great food and ambiance and definitely worth checking out - here's a thread on it:

          Enjoy your trip :)

          3807 St Andre, Montreal, QC H2L3V9, CA

          1. 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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            1. re: OliverB

              I see two Rumi one is Rumi bar and grill ?

              Montreal, QC, Montreal, QC , CA

              1. re: cherhag

                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: