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Le Chien Fumant or Les Cons Servent

jromm Oct 13, 2011 10:45 AM

Hi everyone, we are trying to decide between Le Chien Fumant or Les Cons Servant for an early weeknight dinner next week. Any preferences/advice?

Le Chien Fumant's website is not very revealing so it's hard to get a feel for what it's like.

Thank you!

Le Chien Fumant
4710 Rue de Lanaudière, Montreal, QC H2J 3P7, CA

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    Maximilien RE: jromm Oct 13, 2011 01:24 PM

    as far as I remember of "Les Cons Servent" vs. "Le Chien Fumant".

    The later offer more "substantial" food than the former; but maybe for their early deal they have something lighter.

    The last time I went to Les Cons Servent, it was nearly empty on a saturday evening; while le Chien Fumant has been full the 2, 3 times I've been.


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      OliverB RE: jromm Oct 13, 2011 06:05 PM

      Chien Fumant imo.

      see this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/803895

      I happen to like CF a lot, but if you're going to do french bistro instead, there's far better options within the same price range than your other pick.

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        jromm RE: jromm Oct 13, 2011 08:21 PM

        Thanks to you both for your kind replies. We were looking for a place in that specific area of town because we're coming up from VT to go to a show at La Tulipe and those were the two places that were recommended to us by other chowhound posters. Sounds like Chien Fumant might be the better bet. Thanks!

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          OliverB RE: jromm Oct 14, 2011 07:09 AM

          There's also La Salle à Manger nearby.

          Does it have to be within a few blocks walking distance, because there's many other restaurants in the area?

          Le Filet is about a 10 min. walk up the street and there are plenty of other options on St-Denis, St-Laurent and Laurier. You'll surely have a car if you're coming in from VT and these places are all within a 5 minute drive or commute.

          Chien Fumant is probably your best choice in the immediate vicinity though, and definitely recommended over LCS.

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            jromm RE: OliverB Oct 14, 2011 07:14 AM

            Thanks Oliver! We've been to Salle a Manger and loved it. Our hope is to park our car once we arrive and not have to use it again until we leave the following day so walking distance would be great. 10-20 minute walking radius completely fine. Would you recommend Le Filet over Chien Fumant?

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              OliverB RE: jromm Oct 14, 2011 07:45 AM

              Even though it's on Mont-Royal, Le Filet is actually quite a bit further on foot and in retrospect, would be closer to 20 mins than 10. It's also a completely different type of restaurant, both menu and price-wise, to compare the two. I would indeed recommend it, but it depends on what you're in the mood for and what type of meal you're after: http://lefilet.ca/index-en.html

              I would probably stick with Le Chien Fumant for convenience if you plan on avoiding public transit and/or driving. You never know how the weather will turn out. Parking isn't really too much of a hassle though, if that's a concern. Especially during the week. Le Chien Fumant is a pretty good bet.

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              Maximilien RE: OliverB Oct 14, 2011 07:41 AM

              Le filet is nice, but parking is no-existant in the area; and it's a good 20+ minute walk to the La Tulipe theater.

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                jromm RE: Maximilien Oct 14, 2011 07:48 AM

                Ok, thanks to you both. I think we'll stick with Chien Fumant.

                I love the Montreal chowhound board. You all are so helpful!

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              OliverB RE: jromm Oct 14, 2011 07:53 AM

              Also, if you were to walk 15 to 20 mins. up St-Denis your options would include the excellent and highly recommended Au Cinquième Péché, Trois Petits Bouchons, l'Express, Cocagne.. and many other french bistros a bit further east and west. Au Pied de Cochon is probably a 25 minute walk as well. Just some added thoughts...

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                jromm RE: OliverB Oct 14, 2011 08:15 AM

                I think for this quick trip, we'll probably just stick with Chien Fumant. We've been Trois Petits Bouchons and l'Express. We loved Petits Bouchons! L'Express was just ok, although it was the night of a Game 7 Canadiens game so everyone might have been a bit distracted!

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

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