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Two or three eats in Montreal

Hi, I am looking for two or three (dinner) eats in Montreal. something that is not too establishment, crusty, old school, white table clothes. I want a good food experience with a good atmosphere. I like Au pied de cochon but my friend does not eat their meat options so I am looking for alternatives. I thought about going to St. Lawrent and Sherbrooke but those couple of restaurants in that area seem really empty at this time of year. I am not so sure about the Old City because I feel that the food is overpriced and the restaurants are geared mostly at tourists and I don't enjoy that kind of experience, If you have any suggestions, don't hesitate to let me know. Thanks

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  1. I want to impress my friend who is coming over for the weekend.

    1. Joe Beef
      Ferreira
      Kazu

      3 completely different and interesting meals.

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

      Ferreira Cafe
      1446 Peel, Montreal, QC H3A 1S8, CA

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

      1. ...And I'll add:

        Lawrence
        Le Comptoir charcuteries et vins
        Salle à manger
        Le Filet

        All four are very Montreal in their own way, all offer great food and service as well as being fun and engaging experiences.

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        1. re: SnackHappy

          Any more information on "Lawrence"?

          1. re: Fritzy

            Other than 5201 Saint Laurent. Try this
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/750318 and this
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759262 and this
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/601840

        2. I would also add Le Bremner. Had a thoroughly enjoyable meal there recently, very seafood-and veggie-centric.

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          1. re: cherylmtl

            Thanks. We are going to Laméac and to Au Cinquième péché. Thanks for your input.

            1. re: nazaruk

              Leméac is over-rated; more for trendies than foodies.

              1. re: fkay

                That's quite the bold statement. I'd be curious to know why you feel this way. I don't know another restaurant in Montreal that does bistro/brasserie better and more consistently than Leméac. I think it's a solid restaurant and deserves all the praise it gets.

                That being said, I'm surprised the OP chose the place. It's not really a destination restaurant.

                1. re: SnackHappy

                  Well, we may have caught them on an off-night, but my duck was overcooked and the salad was salty. My husband's salmon tartare was good, but not great; we've had better at Restaurant Holder.
                  I'm not particularly picky, but meat must be properly cooked, and I shouldn't wish that I had brought my own balsamic and oil....: The bread was good though :)

                  1. re: fkay

                    I agree with SnackHappy. I've eaten at Lemeac many many times and it is always been a great bet. I wouldn't let your one poor experience put you off going again. That said it's unforunate you did have a poor experience.

                    1. re: fkay

                      I was at Lemeac tonight and for the first time ever, had a really unenjoyable meal.

                      The calamari was way too salty and slightly overcooked (had this dish before and was prepared much better) -- the duck breast was simply uninteresting. Plated over a sweet potato puree and topped with prunes which was altogether overly sweet. A couple of boring parsnips finished it off and added nothing to the failed combination of ingredients. Compared to my duck breast at Au Cinquième Péché on Saturday night, it was not even worth mentioning. They were also offering complimentary house cocktails tonight to celebrate their 10th Anniversary... some kind of disgusting tasting Grand Marnier with orange zest. I didn't even bother to drink mine. It was completely gross. That said, I did eat dinner at Lemeac last Monday -- I believe I had the scallops entree and mushroom ravioli app, and it was an excellent meal. Personally, I'd chose Les 3 Petits Bouchons, Le Club Chasse et Pêche or something more interesting like Pintxo as an alternative. Lemeac has always been one of my "go to" bistros, but they were really off tonight.