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montreal bachelorette resto suggestions ?

amlewis Sep 1, 2011 08:43 PM

I am organizing a bachelorette party for my best friend in Montreal in late September. The bride-to-be is from Montreal but lives in New York now. We will be about 10 women and are looking for a good restaurant with a lively atmosphere in or near the Plateau area. Any suggestions ? Thanks.

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    zootsi Sep 2, 2011 01:14 PM

    You have lots of places (particularly on the Plateau) that meet your requirements. If you want a lively festive atmosphere, it's hard to beat Le Jardin de Panos on Duluth near Berri. This is a Greek Byob place with great brochettes (chicken, beef, lamb, seafood) and Greek specialties. If it's warm enough, try and get a table out on the back terrace. Panos is a very popular spot, especially for large groups although like most of the byob places on the Plateau they don't take reservations. The atmosphere is casual, and the entrees run between $16-22. We've been going there for 20 years and have never been disappointed.

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      kpaxonite Sep 2, 2011 01:22 PM

      Price point?

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      1. re: kpaxonite
        zootsi Sep 3, 2011 08:04 AM

        A chicken brochette with a salad, roasted potatoes and rice will run about $16, shrimp, lamb, etc will be a few dollars more. Things like mousaka are about $16. Appetizers run under $10. The Greek sampler appetizer is amazing. Since it's a byob, you'll save a bundle on wine. We've also brought beer in - no problem. There is a SAQ on St. Denis about 2 blocks away. Also there are several mom & pop corner stores up and down Duluth where you can get wine & beer.
        Although the decor and ambiance are very pleasant, Panos is not pretentious or upscale. It's a place to come and unwind and have a great time. The simple, well prepared foods are very good, and the service is first rate. However on a busy night you may have to wait in line for a table for 15 minutes or so, especially if you opt for an outside table.

        1. re: zootsi
          kpaxonite Sep 3, 2011 08:12 AM

          I was asking the OP so I could give more recs :)

          1. re: kpaxonite
            amlewis Sep 5, 2011 07:14 PM

            I should have mentioned that we will be meeting earlier at someone's home for drinks and appetizers so most people will probably just have a main course at the restaurant. A restaurant that only serves a table d'hôte would probably not work for us. We could spend up to about $30 for a main course.

            Someone had mentioned L'orignal to me. What do you think ? It is in Old Montreal, I realize...

            I live in Montreal, but do not get out much as I have two small kids.
            This is my first post on Chowhound.

            Thanks for any recommendations !

            1. re: amlewis
              kpaxonite Sep 6, 2011 12:14 PM

              Without knowing what type of cuisine you are looking for I will agree with Plateaumaman bellow that Pintxo would be an excellent choice and Casa Tapas is similar cuisine but a bit more lively I find. I recommend both without hesitation if you are interested in that cuisine especially since tapas works exceptionally well with groups because there is something for everyone (I find the tapas at Casa tapas far more shareable though). Both are in the Plateau.

              PS I recommend not going to Jardin de Panos- Ive always found it very plain and underwhelming. Not a place Id go to unless a group had already made plans to go. Then again its byob and if you bring enough I'm sure it will be fantastic.

              Casa Tapas
              266 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, QC H2W1E6, CA

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        Maximilien Sep 3, 2011 08:49 AM

        There was a group of about 8/10 people at "Au 5e Péché" last night; good food and good wine.

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          Plateaumaman Sep 6, 2011 05:38 AM

          Does your friend have a preference for any particular cuisine? I go out with a big group of friends quite often and places we've enjoyed include Pintxo for Basque tapas, Marché 27 (because some of my pals insist on tartare and martinis, so this one fits the bill well), Bambou Bleu as it is very inexpensive and like Jardin des Panos byow, Couscous Royale (there are even belly dancers some nights), Nonya on Bernard because the food is great and some of us are Indonesian, and we also really enjoyed Hakata Ramen, great chic atmosphere, nice Japanese tapas as well as ramen and very inexpensive (not in the Plateau though).

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