Dinner tonight (MONDAY) with out of town guest
I have an American friend staying with me in the city and tonight is her last night in town...
I would like to take her out somewhere nice, but everything seems to be closed on Monday.
To give you an idea, here's what the past week has looked like:
Monday dinner - Lemeac
Tuesday brunch - Olive et Gourmando
Tuesday dinner - ??? - (I think we did Pop/Laloux)
Wednesday brunch - Lawrence
Wednesday dinner - Magpies
Wednesday cocktails - Sparrow
Thursday breakfast - Bagels Etc
Thursday mid-aft - JTMarket
Thursday dinner - Kazu
Friday lunch - Pho Lien
Friday dinner - Le Club Chasse et Peche
Saturday brunch - Le Cartet
Saturday dinner - Au 5ieme Peche
Sunday breakfast - La Brigade Volante
Sunday dinner - Pintxo
I did Pintxo w/o her yesterday and it was by far the most enjoyable meal I've had all week, if not all year in the city. I'm considering taking her back only she's pescatarian-(?) veg/fish -- so not ideal for tapas with 2 people, I don't think.
I would have really liked to have done Les Trois Petits Bouchons, Les 400 Coups, Chez l'Épicier, Le Chien Fumant, La Montée or something along these lines... but it's Monday night and I can't think of anything of this quality that's open.
I think the kitchen at Mas Cuisine is cooking on Mondays... can anyone offer feedback in comparisson to the above choices and based on the list of places above that we've been to this week? Has anyone been to Graziella recently; is that boring for a last night in Montreal? Ferreira maybe?? What about Orexi, is it true that they are closed for good? Is Atma open tonight?
Varied by dish but overall, excellent.
We had the grilled or blackened octopus salad as an app which was outstanding, and the crab cake which was very well done but not something I'd consider especially memorable or need to order again. My friend had the seafood casserole with rice which was fantastic. I had the boullabaisse with fish (cod maybe?), shrimp, scallops, clams, lobster and sausage and found it just average and nothing that I couldn't do equally well at home. The fish was all very fresh and flavorful but overall I found my dish a bit bland. I should have gone with the paella or something else as a main. We had the Portugese custard pastries for dessert with caramel ice cream and it was exceptional and the best I've had in the city. Total came to $200 + tax ($40) with 3 glasses of wine and I felt it a bit overpriced for what we had, but still a very enjoyable meal. I wasn't blown away and would probably consider it the lesser of all the great meals we shared this past week (with the exception fo the ocotopus salad and dessert) but I'd certainly order differently next time. I think I actually preferred my coquille St Jacques at Brasserie T earlier that day to anything we ordered the other night. Overall, it was very good. Just not exceptionally memorable imo.
I was actually going to suggest Les Trois Petits Bouchons, last I checked, they are opened Monday. Ferreira is always a good meal, and I would say one of the best fish option in the city. Graziella is quieter that, say Les Trois Petits Bouchons, I don't know if you'll find it boring, depends what you have in mind.
The danger with Monday in my opinion is not that restos are closed, is that in most restaurants, that night the main chef is off. Some restaurant are more affected by this than other. In my experience, not so much at Les trois Petits Bouchons.
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Thanks for the feedback; I didn't realize that 3PB was open on Mondays.
I think we'll likely end up here, even though we did 5ieme Peche Saturday night, which is very similar... How do you think Ferreira would stack up on a Monday night and do you know if Tavares is in the kitchen? I haven't been in years and would love to do our final dinner here.
Italian in general just seems boring to me in a city like Montreal. I'd rather avoid that. I think it's between Trois Petiti Bouchons and Ferreira for tonight...