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few Sep 14, 2011 06:04 AM

we are on our way to Montreal by way of Vermont - so will have a car.....

I seek out good Belgian food with a strong beer list.

So Montreal ! What say you??

Can I find solid Belgian fare in Montreal?

THANKS CH's

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  1. SnackHappy Sep 14, 2011 07:03 AM

    The short answer is no.

    The long answer is yes there are a few Belgian restaurants in Montreal, but they are not anything special. Frite Alors has Belgian-like fries and a few dishes like carbonnades and tartare (filet américain). Le Petit Moulinsart is more of a real restaurant, but I've not been very impressed with the food there. There is one place on the South-shore called Bistro des Bières Belges, but I know next to nothing about it.

    http://www.fritealors.com/

    http://www.lepetitmoulinsart.com/

    http://www.bistrobelge.com/

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    1. re: SnackHappy
      SnackHappy Sep 14, 2011 07:14 AM

      Oops! I had forgotten that the carbonnades are no longer on the menu at Frite Alors. They do however have mitraillette if you feel like going all out Belgian-style. Alas they don't have any fricadelles or poulycrocs.

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      garnicle Sep 14, 2011 07:34 AM

      Le Bistro des Bieres belges is actually the place to go to if you want to try out Belgian beers and food in Montreal. Mussels and fries are their specialty but don't expect a cheap meal seeing as one beer can cost anywhere between 7 and 12$ but the price tag is worth it. The restaurant is actually a 150 yr old house which makes the venue itself very quaint and cozy. I personally enjoy it very much and go there every now and then even though it's a 45 minutes drive for me to go there.

      By way of Vermont you can even get there quite easily by the 132 on your way up :)

      http://www.bistrobelge.com/ as listed above

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        rosario Sep 14, 2011 12:38 PM

        Not in Montreal per se, about 40 min drive to Vaudreuil, just off the western end of the island, is a Belgian BYOB bistro:

        le Charleville
        197 avenue St-Charles, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Québec
        450.424.2990
        http://www.lecharleville.com/
        evening only – no lunch

        I have not been, but you might want to check out their web site and/or call. I assume you could bring your own Belgian beers purchased at our SAQ outlets or brought up from Vermont.

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          few Sep 14, 2011 08:26 PM

          Thanks!

          Question: what is an SAQ outlet?

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            kpaxonite Sep 14, 2011 08:54 PM

            It is the liquor monopoly in quebec... the only place legally allowed to sell hard alcohol, and most wines. www.saq.com

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              few Sep 15, 2011 11:27 AM

              aha! THANKS!

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                mangoannie Sep 15, 2011 02:37 PM

                There used to be a popular Belgian resto L`Actuel on Peel serving Belgian specialities but now defunct, I dont think there is interest in Belgian cooking in Montreal nowadays. If you like mussels La Moulerie on Bernard in Outremont might be of interest, they have flemish style mussels and from Sun-Wed special mussels as much as you can eat for $22

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                  few Sep 17, 2011 07:00 PM

                  Thanks!

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            sweettoothMTL Sep 19, 2011 12:54 PM

            Bières et Compagnie in the Plateau has a wide selection of beer, including many belgian option. For is not specifically belgian, but has a choices of mussels, sausages, and other options.
            http://www.bieresetcompagnie.ca

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              few Sep 19, 2011 07:32 PM

              Thanks sweettooth - place looks like it has a great menu....now I need to find it!

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                sweettoothMTL Sep 20, 2011 10:50 AM

                It's central enough, on St-denis street, 5 minutes walk from Mont-Royal Metro station.

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                  DolceFarNiente Sep 20, 2011 11:04 AM

                  Whenever we are in Montreal (we grew up there) we go to Chez Alexandre on Peel for Moules Frites. While it's a French Bistro they do an admirable job of the Belgian specialty.

            2. SnackHappy Sep 20, 2011 11:35 AM

              I just remembered something. Chez Gauthier is also a Belgian restaurant. It's kind of stuck in the past and doesn't get very good press, but it's where older Belgians in Montreal go for a taste of the motherland.

              http://www.lapatisseriebelge.com/?section=resta

              And if your brain can stretch that far, La Chronique could be considered a Belgian restaurant.

              http://www.lachronique.qc.ca/

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                mangoannie Sep 20, 2011 02:34 PM

                It really is a misnommer, never seen belgian dishes on their menu really quite french. It does have a clientele for business lunch and in evening regulars who keep it going. I have never heard it is the place for Belgians in Montreal......

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                  SnackHappy Sep 20, 2011 08:14 PM

                  The food is indeed French, but then again that's what you get in old-school Belgian fine dining establishments. I guess I got a bit carried away calling it a Belgian restaurant. I just know it's where my ex's Belgian grandmother likes to go with her friends when she's in town.

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