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Aug 8, 2011 07:34 PM

Best Montreal has to offer...

Having scoured this site thoroughly over the past week, I am well aware of how frequent a topic/inquiry the aforementioned title may be, but I am still not entirely convinced that I have made the best possible choices for my upcoming trip to Montreal next month.

That being said, I will attempt to not make this post painfully long-winded.

DURATION OF TRIP: 5 Days/4 nights

DESIRED CUISINE (what budget will allow), in consecutive order: 1 cheap dinner (cheap, yet enjoyable), 1 dinner at an inexpensive innovative French bistro, 1 dinner at Chasse Peche (I loved my previous visit) and 1 dinner at a high-end, haute cuisine (basically the best Montreal has to offer).

RESERVED THUS FAR: (1st night) Schwartz's Deli, (2nd night) L'Express, (3rd night) Chasse Peche, (4th night) Toque!

CONSIDERATIONS FOR LUNCH: L'Arrivage, Olive & Gourmando, Jean-Talon Market

Do my reservations and considerations most appropriately match my desired cuisine, given what there is to offer in Montreal?

Jean-Talon Market
7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

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

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  1. you might consider swapping l'Express with Laloux IMO
    you picked well - be prepared for annoying lineups at Schwartz's - you may consider swapping that for the main which is across the street, but play it by ear (the line at schwartz's is fast moving.

    I don't know about L'Arrivage but the other two lunches are excellent choices. I would suggest Jean-Talon market on a weekend though when the most food vendors are there. You may wish to consider a lunch visit to the Atwater market where there are new exciting food stalls - in particular, Satay brothers.

    You should also consider Kazu for lunch

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

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    1. re: celfie

      According to your lineup, clearly Laloux over l'Express

    2. I think the most "innovative" right now might be "5eme Péché."

      The best high-end are a toss between "Toqué!" and "La Chronique" and "Europea"; all are somewhat different in style and in approach.

      1. I would drop L'Express. It's about as far away from innovative as you can get. It's very much a classic French bistro, almost like a living museum. Laloux is a much better choice for what you're looking for.