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APDC or Joe Beef or Les Deux Singes

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2 cents Oct 18, 2011 11:21 AM

Looking for some advice.

Out of these three - Au Pied de Cochon, Joe Beef, or Les Deux Singes de Montarvie - which would you pick for a mid-week dinner (and why)?

Thanks.

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Au Pied de Cochon
536 Av Duluth E, Montreal, QC H2L1A9, CA

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

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    Whygee Oct 18, 2011 03:13 PM

    I've never been there but I think that Deux singes is definitely not in the same league as the other two.

    Joe Beef is the kind of place where I would be happy to eat every week for the rest of my life.
    APDC is the place where I had some of the most memorable meals in my life. Either way, you can't go wrong. However, Joe Beef is the most expensive of the bunch.

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

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      Arktik Oct 18, 2011 06:17 PM

      Never been to that monkey place...
      But I would choose Joe Beef - I know some people think it's a bit overrated/ overpriced, but i'm a bit over APDC -too heavy. Plus with the cookbook out i'm sure JB are aiming to impress. Atmosphere-wise those two are pretty much the same.

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

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        OliverB Oct 18, 2011 06:19 PM

        I much prefer Joe Beef.

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          westaust Oct 18, 2011 07:20 PM

          I've tried all 3 of them, and Les 2 singes is underwhelming, food is ok nothing stellar, I would definitely pick one of the 2 other options you're mentioning.

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            Fintastic Oct 19, 2011 08:00 AM

            Deux Singes is a nice place, and I once had an amazing meal there, but on my subsequent visits I found the food and service to be less impressive. I feel like this place is a gamble.

            PDC is probably the best value and is worth trying for something who hasn't been before. I think its probably the restaurant I've been to the most, so I'm also a bit worn out on their menu, but they've kept me coming back so that speaks to their quality.

            Joe Beef is always great, but its pricey. I like this place best when east coast seafood is still available. I think its early enough in the year that some still is, but I know later in the year they swap for West Coast products that I like less. This place will also be packed due to the press the cookbook is getting, so be sure to reserve far in advance if you choose to go - even on a weekday.

            So I think my answer is PDC if you've never been before... In the Joe Beef visitor itinerary in their cookbook they recommend the same thing.

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

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              erich wiess Oct 20, 2011 10:57 AM

              I haven't been to Les Deux Singes, but I am unequivocal about suggesting Pied de Cochon over Joe Beef.
              APDC, to my mind offers more interesting cuisine, at better prices with less attitude - and I have eaten at both many times...

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

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                Point Oct 21, 2011 05:51 AM

                I chose among these restaurants by looking through their menus and reviews here. I went to Au Pied de Cochon on the strength of its unabashed respect for the pig - the controversy about its overuse of foie gras notwithstanding.

                Understand that as a tourist I had a difficult time deciding between specific items on the menu I'd already pinpointed and the specials; this was my one shot until we next go to Montréal. There were items I was not likely to get back home, such as buffalo tongue. So I settled on that and the boudin, and they were both delicious. I had no room left for dessert, regretfully.

                The service was as professional as most elsewhere we ate, and likeable. Soundproofing a brasserie-type restaurant, especially with a partly open kitchen, is probably a pipe dream.

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                  glutton Oct 24, 2011 08:15 AM

                  I would go with Joe Beef. APDC is decadent and flirts with being stunt-eating at times, like what I see on some of those travel shows on TV. Joe Beef, on the other hand, is a perfectly crafted restaurant. The setting, food, wait staff, and drinks all match up perfectly. It's an easy going, thoughtfully-executed meal. I found it relaxing.

                  I do, however, strongly praise the creme brulee at APDC -- an exemplary version. They do an especially fine job caramelizing the sugar on top, using their big branding iron.

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

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                    Point Oct 24, 2011 12:58 PM

                    Now you tell me about the crème brûlée ;)!

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