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APDC or Joe Beef or Les Deux Singes

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)?


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.

    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.

      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.

            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...

              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.

                  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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