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"I say this everytime I dine out in Montreal but, hopefully my next resto experience will be better"

talking of what? The service beeing overbearing and a bit fake or the experience in general?

[Note: This thread was split from another discussion here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786790 -- The Chowhound Team]

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  1. I could talk for hours about what exactly has been dissapointing about dining out here, the service being overbearing is just one more item on a long long list.

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    1. re: eastcoastgirl_westcoastlife

      Well, you had to know that this kind of comment (and generalisation) would raise eyebrows... Especially when you don’t bother explaining yourself...

      I lived in Europe few years, travelled there extensively both for business and leisure and tried to get a feel of the culinary culture of the cities I visited. I also criss-crossed NYC restaurants but haven’t been much to the west coast (apart LA - the overall experience was underwhelming apart for the food trucks). All that to say that Montréal defends itself well; not as well as some would like to think but, in certain niches, it does score high. I’m stating the obvious here but the offering of market/French in the higher rang of the “mid-market” & lower range of the “high end” is outstanding. Actually, there are at least 15 to 20 restaurants in town that give you (quite) good value for money; theses places could also defend themselves in any European Capital.

      Now, if Satay Brother (I agree with you on this, the place is ok at best) is your idea of dining out…

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

      1. re: Ched1000

        Ok now, you will need to tell me what are those great restaurants you are talking about. I have been living here for a year and havent had a good experience yet except maybe La Banquise, which is good poutine.

        I went to a restaurant on Wellington and 1st yesterday night. We wanted to sit on the patio, so I went inside and asked if we could sit outside; the guy said yes, so we did. We went to a table for two, there were no chairs, so I went back inside to ask for chairs. It took five minutes before we got the chairs and he didnt bring menus or ustensils. We waited ten minutes siting at the table, then decided to leave, because there was only one server for the whole restaurant which is about 15 tables. We went to check for other restaurants going east. Seeing that the other ones were in the same situation, we went the other direction. Passing by the restaurant we were at, the server saw us finally. He just noticed that were gone for while already.

        Then, we went to resto bar malawa, which is african food. The menu looked good, so we sat on the patio. We were the only customer. It took about 20 minutes before we were able to get a beer and a vodka with ice. Then it took 15 minutes till we got our food. My fish was pretty good, I was impressed, but my girlfriend's beef brochettes were so tough that even our dog had a hard time eating them. Her rice was suppose to be red rice and it wasn't and our server left to go home without telling us. The other person was pissed, because I didn't give any tip. I feel like people here assume that they are going to get tip. In my opinion, you get it if you did a good job.

        All that so you can see why I want to know where are the good places.

        Thank you

        1. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

          Restaurant Malawa opened a while ago and has never really been praised on the boards. It opened around the time of the World Cup and I honestly thought it was just someone trying to make an environment for their friends and family to watch the games. In mho the menu does not look good at all. I go by there every day and I have never seen many people eating there.

          If you are looking for better places to eat in Verdun, along Wellington, there are plenty, many of which have been recommended on this board.

          1. re: unlaced

            Ok, but what are those places, because I tried Malawa, the Pho place, which was okay for the price, but it is not real pho. I tried BoraBora, which is again, nice for the price, but not really tasty. I also went to a place on 5th and Wellington that I dont remember the name, because the service was too long and I couldn't get to try it. I went to a restaurant in the Old port, which again, I don't remember the name, because it was way too pricey for a place that called a crepe a kind of quesedilla grilled on a flattop with I don't remember what in it. I went to le Saint-Sulpice for a beer that was suppose to be on special, but cost 8$; Once the waitress gave us our change, she waited there staring at us for a tip; She could't give us a receipt, because she was ordering all the drinks on the same tab, which is quite a lazy way to do. I went to a DaysInn to eat with some friend and I got a Nachos with cheap cheese that didn't melt properly, there was only one layer and all the veggies were in big chunks.

            I was really looking forward for the food here, because I thought that with the europeen background and the immigration, that the food would be really good; I was actually disappointed to the point where I don't really want to go out anymore, because I am scared of being disappointed again.

            If you know any good restaurant, anybody, seriously tell me, because I am almost desperate.

            1. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

              Please don't attempt to judge the montreal food scene based on nachos you ordered at the Days Inn????

              1. re: kpaxonite

                Look, what kind of reply is that? I am trying to find good restaurants, I am asking people to help me out, cause I can't seem to find the great place that you seem to know. Tell me where they are, I will go try them and I will judge by myself if I like it or not. It is not by saying I know nothing or by making me feel bad that I am critisizing that you will make me love the montreal food secne.

                I am trying to like it, so just give me good restaurant names, that's all I want. I am trying to understand why you like Montreal's food industry so much. I am opening my mind to it. Maybe I was just not looking at the right place, maybe there is an oasis that I haven't found yet. So, again anybody that wants to say that I know nothing about food, because I haven't been impressed yet, instead of shooting me, just help me and tell me where to go.

                1. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

                  Im not trying to make you feel bad ... maybe its just a montreal thing but I wouldn't ever go to a hotel to order nachos.

                  Here is a list of some well reviewed restaurants (which I didnt initially post and I assume others arent because what you are asking for is not related to this thread):

                  DNA
                  Ferreira Café
                  Au Pied de Conchon
                  Leméac
                  F Bar
                  Brasseurie T
                  Patati Patata
                  Au Cinquième Péché
                  Romados
                  Laloux
                  Les trois petits bouchon
                  Pintxo
                  Casa Tapas
                  Da Emma
                  Lawrence
                  Joe Beef
                  Le Club Chasse et Pêche

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                  Joe Beef
                  2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

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

                  1. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

                    Have you been searching the board for recommendations?

                    You mentioned Verdun in your previous post, here are my favourite restaurants in Verdun. You can search the boards for more reviews on each if you like

                    Cuisine Xiang - for spicy Sichuan food. Don't order the "western" Chinese food, order the specialities like boiled fish with chillies and peppercorns, and the spicy fried green beans

                    Lotus Bleu - Northern Chinese food - good for dumplings, lamb noodle soup and ma po tofu.

                    Aka Fuji - very simple but authentic sushi. It might not compare to what is found in Vancouver, but for Montreal it is very good, and at a very reasonable price.

                    Mas Cuisine - fine dining, one of Montreal's best restaurants. Only open Mon-Fri. I think they are on vacation during Sept.

                    Hecho en Mexico - this place is a bit up and down, so read the reviews and make your own call. I still like it, but I do find you have to be careful what you order. I recommend ordering a bunch of appetizers, or making sure to share a main meal, as the mains are large and the flavours can get a little repetitive when you have a large plate.

                    Bistro Su - looks like it is being renovated inside at the moment, so call first to check. Excellent Turkish cuisine, some of the best in the city.

                    Cha Noir - for tea, chocolates and small desserts

                    I hope that helps!

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                    Mas Cuisine
                    3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G, CA

                    1. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

                      Its the response of someone who wouldn't base their dining experience of a city based on eating nachos at cheap chain hotel.

                      Basic list of restaurants often mentioned on board favourably (which I posted on the other thread but got deleted)

                      DNA
                      Ferreira Café
                      Au Pied de Conchon
                      Leméac
                      Au Cinquième Péché
                      Laloux
                      Les trois petits bouchon
                      Lawrence
                      Joe Beef
                      F Bar
                      Brasseurie T
                      Patati Patata
                      Casa Tapas
                      Romados
                      Le Club Chasse et Pêche

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                      Joe Beef
                      2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

                      Patati Patata
                      4177 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, QC , CA

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

                      1. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

                        > just give me good restaurant names, that's all I want

                        Brit & Chips
                        Olive & Gourmando
                        Moti Mehal
                        Shahi Palace
                        Au Petit Coin du Mexique
                        Amaranto
                        Hoai Huong
                        Chalet BBQ
                        Rayan Seafood
                        La Caretta
                        Kazu
                        Prato Pizza
                        Lulu B.
                        Dejeuner Cosmopolitain

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                        Shahi Palace Restaurant
                        4773 Boul Des Sources, Pierrefonds, QC H8Y3C6, CA

                        Moti Mehal
                        1024 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal, QC H3N, CA

                        Dejeuners
                        3339 Boul Des Sources, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC H9B1Z8, CA

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

                        1. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

                          And here are some more:

                          Tuck Shop

                          El Rey Del Taco

                          Jane

                          Le Chien Fumant

                          P'tit Plateau

                          Imadake

                          Cuisine Szechaun

                          Restaurant KanBai
                          Icehouse

                      2. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

                        Who orders nachos from a Days Inn? Who even goes to a Days Inn? If you're looking for quality food, you're looking in all the wrong places.

                        1. re: causeimhungry

                          Isn't that what she wants ? I mean, if someone really wants to find good restaurant in Montreal, nothing easier, there's tons of recommendations here already. You can't really go THAT wrong if you read this board, even after a quick 5 minutes search...

                          1. re: Glaff

                            Eastcoast girl, what restaurants disappointed you?

                        2. re: Foodlover_livetoeat

                          Thanks for the morning laugh...

                          Tips are often shared with all the restaurant staff.
                          Tipping is the norm in Montreal and you won't make many friends by not tipping... especially if you're in a bar and want another beer.
                          $8 for a beer is expensive, did you order a Guiness. I've never been to St. Sulpice but I thought it was known for its cheap student beer drinking thing. For better prices and beer, go to Cheval Blanc in that area. Other note, in general if you don't want to pay high prices for beer, don't order imported beer. Montreal bars usually have a good selection of local microbrews that are super good and wil run you $4.75 - $6.50 a pint for the most part (note: before tip).

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