Out of way, "cheapish/mid-priced" Montreal resto for Sat night, maybe BYOB
Folks, heading back to my favourite food city, Montreal, and wife is requesting something a little more moderately priced and maybe BYOB for dinner, after recent trips saw meals at: DNA, Joe Beef, Garde Manger, Grazziele. Great meals, but wife has 1 request: something less expensive. She was thinking total bill of $120 or $130 or so.
She mentioned Chez Doval, which we love, but looking for other options, also on BYOB side. Some research suggests some out-of-way places, like byob Bitoque, Tapeo, & perhaps back to Chez Doval or even Braseiro on St Laurent. Was also somewhat keen about Lawrence as it is better priced, supposedly. Madre is BYOB & definitely out of way, but on upper $$ end.
Any other suggestions or thots about places listed above or something other I am missing out, other than the usual BYOBs in the Plateau?
2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA
8261 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2P2M1, CA
Bitoque is really nothing special - you can do much better for the price. You could probably do Brasserie T for your price range, although it's not BYOB. Madre is definitely worth the trek. I like Tapeo, but another option closer to downtown would be Pintxo. And +1 for P'tit Plateau.
Perhaps Tandem would fit the bill, and it's in the Villeray neighbourhood, so kind of out-of-the-way. I've been twice and really enjoyed it both times. Also, recently tried P'tit Plateau for the first time and liked it a lot. The bill there came to $118 for 2 appetizers, 2 mains and 1 dessert.
Actually, there is a BYOB on St. Denis called Moutons Noir, where I hear tell they will make you sangria tableside with the bottle of vino you bring in. Their specialty is what it says on the tin, lambs many different ways.
Caveat: I haven't eaten there, but a good friend of my husband and I's lives up above and swears by it.
Your wife wants to spend $130 tops which means a pre-tax/tip bill of around $100.
I agree that Madre is a bit of a drive, but for two people, you're looking at about $40-45/person for starter/main/dessert so not hugely top-end.
There's a little neighborhood place on Rosemont called La Menthe Poivré that you can try (fairly inexpensive), which is a bit closer, but it's also a neighborhood place so manange expectations.
Les Trois Petits Bouchons also in the $45/person range but it's not BYO.
Trois Petits Bouchons inc (Les)
4669 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J2L5, CA
2931 Rue Masson, Montreal, QC H1Y1X5, CA
Resto La Menthe Poivree
2379 Boul Rosemont, Montreal, QC H2G1T9, CA
re: Mouton Noir
Market-based: sort-of. They've got a menu that does respect seasonality and their wine list is reasonably-priced (lots of private imports).
I like Madre; the restaurant has been very busy since their conversion to BYO earlier this year, but the menu's stabiliized to Latin bistro. Bit punchier flavor-wise.
If you don't want to lug your own bottle, Madre's younger sister À Table is available (it's in Ahuntsic though).
I haven't been to Chez Doval in a long while and I didn't like my experience there. Tapeo is a nice tapas concept but I found Marie-Fleur St-Pierre a bit heavy-handed on the salt. You can get very expensive very fast there as well.
One option I did forget: Pinxto.
Restaurant El Pintxo
256 Rue Roy E, Montreal, QC H2W1M6, CA