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Dec 13, 2011 11:56 AM

montreal for 2 days: french bistro, foie fras and poutine

Hello everyone! I'm going to be in montreal for the weekend and I really want to try some local or French food.
Can anyone recommend a good French bistro for dinner?
I am also looking for recommendations for good poutine and foie gras.
I'm open to any other must try regional food!
Thank you!

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  1. bistro : 3 Petits Bouchons... (or the newer ones like 400 coups, van-horne, pastaga, ...)
    poutine : do a search there are tons of threads about that
    foie gras : lot of/most restaurants do it either cold (terrine) or hot (pan-fried), the pan-ultimate place for foie gras is Au Pied de Cochon.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      I'm working in Montreal Mon- Fri for the next few weeks. Does anyone know if relations are needed to eat at the bar at Au Pied de Cochon?

      1. re: BigMacBeach

        If you're by yourself you might sneak in on most nights, but I wouldn't risk it. They're fully booked most of the time (including the bar), so at the very least you might have to wait for a while.

        1. re: Fintastic

          If you get there early or very late, you may have a chance....but between 7h and 9h30, forget it!

    2. I'm tempted to stray from my normal favourites for this recommendation. With most decent bring your own wines booked on Saturday night, we brought a group to L'Inconnu. This is a place I've been meaning to go to for a long time, and they had space. It turned out they had nothing but space, as we were the only table at 8pm, and only 1 other couple dined during our 2.5 hours there. In scanning the CH board, this seems to be a common experience, and its really too bad! The location and interiors are really quite nice. But even more importantly, their wine list had a small collection of decently priced bottles, and their food is great! The bread at the start of the meal was even outstanding! Warm and fresh, but half also had baked parmesan on the outside.

      I began with a quail appetizer, which was a special and one of the best starters I've had this year. I also tried some charcuterie (terrines, preserved fish, etc) which were nice and tasted like they were made in-house. My main was a small, unusual plate: Porc belly on an egg-filled ravioli pouch, all in a sweet (perhaps maple-based) sauce. It tasted as unusual as it sounds, but I thought it was really good: like a reconstructed breakfast. I skipped desserts, but everyone else tried one - I recall a lemon meringue-type tarte, angel foodcake with balsamic ice cream, and some other fruity dish. All were impressed with what they ordered.
      I hesitate to recommend a place on just a single visit (especially since you'll likely be dining with very few others in the restaurant), but it clearly isn't getting the attention it deserves.

      Otherwise I'd also recommend Trois Petit Bouchons.. or perhaps Cinqieme Peche.

      Its hard not to recommend Pied de Cochon for foie gras, but most french restaurants will have something with this ingredient. Salle a Manger and Joe Beef come to mind.

      1. Agreed... Trois Petit Bouchons, Au Cinqieme Peche, Les 400 Coups, or slightly higher end and less bistro- Le Club Chasse et Peche. Any of these places will offer foie gras menu options.

        1. Another spot for excellent foie de gras is any of Laurent Godbout's restaurants. L'Epicier would be the best one but Version would be a good pick as well. They are about one block away from each other in Old montreal.

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          1. re: McAttack

            Version still exist?

            i taught they closed up and was re-opened by another chef and called "L'autre version"

          2. Just tried the poutine today at Le Canard Libéré and it was amazing! French fries made with duck fat and the gravy as well. Mine came with pieces of duck, but there was another with foie gras. I had it for lunch & I'm still salivating. Its part restaurant, part gourmet food boutique and they sell many types/sizes of foie gras. All of their duck products are by Brome Lake, as they are the owners. I don't know how its taken me so long to try this place and I can't wait to go back!

            4396 St Laurent Blvd.