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Nov 10, 2011 12:53 PM

Iron Chef worthy Downtown Mtl

I just moved here from Toronto last month, and my friend is coming up in 2 weeks to visit me (Nov 24-27).

This is a three part question.

1. Great deals on drinks Thurs-Sunday. It can be during the day or night, and should be easily accessible in downtown area (I live at Du Fort & Ste Catherine)

2. I want to blow his socks off with an amazing restaurant. Not just good food but great visuals ie. plating, ambiance, etc. We are going to O Noir, however I havent heard great things about the food, and its more just for the tourist fun of it. I want a great restaurant that we can dress up and really be astounded by the food. Again, creative and appealing plating and amazing tastes! Price per main dish should be about $30 (not including apps and drinks) if you have a good BYOB thats a huge ridiculous plus :)

3. a great brunch spot. We love Spencers on the waterfront in Burlington. It is a buffet so to speak, but most of the food is made to order. Something similar would be great! again BYOB would be a huge cherry on top ( who doesnt love a Champagne Brunch :) but not a requirement at all)

Thanks everyone! I've already found a buck a shuck oyster place on sundays for my own personal days, so I am excited to see what else this city has to offer!

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  1. regarding number 3 - I had a look at the website for Spencer's and whilst I do think we have any venue that are similar (not much waterfront development in Montreal!) I think the closest we have would probably be the Sunday brunch at Le Montrealais at the Queen Elizabath Fairmont hotel
    (note the price does not include alcohol


    My favourite, interesting, delicious place to take out of towners for brunch at the moment is La Fabrique on St Denis, not too far from downtown. Brunch is only on a Sunday from 10:30 -2:30 and it can get busy, so I would recommend booking. It is more brunch-brunch food (last time we were there we had variations on a salmon club sandwich, pancakes, and french toast with pulled pork), rather than just variations of eggs, but that is perhaps what you would prefer, given the menu at Spencer's? They serve some alcohol too, though I think it varies (as the menu does) week to week.

    1. In your area, there's nothing worthy; other than chinese.

      1- For drinks, downtown : Taverne Dominion.
      2- food : go east in Old Montreal : Les 400 Coups.
      3- brunch : go plateau : Lawrence, Réservoir, ...

      1. IMHO, O Noir is just a gimmick and not worth it for the food.

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        1. re: Werzoth

          Welcome to Montreal, and my neighbourhood! We live 4 blocks from each other :)

          One place that you may want to consider taking your friend to is Kazu. It's not fancy by any stretch of the imagination but they do unbelievable Japanese pub food. Be prepared to wait approximately up to 20 mins though. This place is great because it's a block away from you! If you do end up here, try the salmon and tuna in a bowl!

          Regarding your BYOB, have a go at P'Tit Plateau ; very cute and laid back restaurant, yummy French food. For a wine bar that also serves full dinners, my recommendation is 3 Petits Bouchons.

          Drinks downtown? That's a tough one, unless you like going to pubs (Burgundy Lion on Notre Dame). I suggest Barmacie on Laurier street which is about a 10 minute cab ride or Billy Kun on Mount Royal which is also about a 10 minute cab ride.

          1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA

          1. re: waziboy

            I will definitely need to try Kazu. Every day on my walk home I pass it, and every day there is a line up. And I've read that the salmon and tuna bowl was amazing so I will definitely try that out for myself! Thanks!

            1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA

            1. re: secwilson

              i went through the same thing this summer, always seeing the line, finally waited once for 30 mins and felt it was worth it, great food and pretty reasonable $ wise (a rare combination in terms of Montreal Jap. restaurants imho)

              the thing that not many people realize, is that they do take out, which is a great option instead of waiting in line.. although I sometimes get a few dirty/envious looks from the people waiting outside when i walk out with my food right away haha

              1. re: tdiddy23

                Just as a heads up, the takeout menu has limited options. They do however offer the salmon and tuna in a bowl.

                Btw, Sacwilson, Cartel is not bad, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's amazing. (Charlevois burger and guac were decent). Also, I find the drink menu is ridiculously overpriced for the type of place it is. Try Pick's and load up your burger with kimchi and other nice toppings!

              2. re: secwilson

                Kazu may not impress you if you've already been to Guu in Toronto.

                Best dishes for takeout are: Tuna&salmon bowl, 48 hour pork, pork neck (if eaten quickly), Shrimp burger or salad, Bibimap.

                1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA

            2. re: Werzoth

              I know, we are definitely just going for the weird experience of it all, which is why I need an actual *quality* restaurant to go to! :)

            3. For "Iron Chef worthy" you might want to try Garde-Manger or Le Bremner, both by Chuck Hughes, who is actually in the running to be the next Iron Chef (and who beat Bobby Flay in Battle Lobster, IIRC). I haven't tried either myself - tried to get a reservation at Garde-Manger once & eventually gave up. Both are in Old Montreal, so not downtown but not too far. Good luck!

              1. I agree with the Kazu suggestion. Kafein on Mackay had a nice cocktail menu when I stopped by earlier this year (I don't know what the scene is like at night):

                Though I haven't been, a drink deal option may be Cartel on Crescent ( It's a street food bar with a cocktail menu but the reviews have been hit or miss. They apparently do $5 margaritas and $2 tacos on Tuesdays. The deal is shown on their Facebook page.

                Where is your buck a shuck oyster place?

                Kafein cafe-bar
                1429A Rue Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G2E4, CA

                1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA

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                1. re: jellybelly25

                  Maestro SVP on St. Laurent. I found it on my first wkd in Mtl. When I went they were having Sundays $1 oysters and $15 unlimited mussels. and the mussels were flavoured atypically things like raspberry and cinnamon.

                  If you know of others, let me know!

                  1. re: secwilson

                    I heard Lucille's Oyster Dive on Monkland in NDG has $1 oysters at some times - I think it was after 9pm?? I haven't tried it myself yet, but have been meaning to.

                  2. re: jellybelly25

                    oh and funny enough, I just purchased a deal coupon for Cartel last week. I'll follow up once I've actually tried it out. Seemed interesting, truck/street food inspired. :)