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Jan 3, 2012 07:58 AM

From Toronto - 2 nights - where should we go?

Stats - 2 couples in our mid to late 40's. Looking for good dinner recommendations. We're staying in Old Montreal but willing to travel. We've been many times and loved our meals at Toque, Europea, Epicier.

This time around we were thinking of Joe Beef and Garde Manger. Not fussy on the menu of Pied du Couchon.

Any other suggestions? Thanks Chowhounders!

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  1. I'd suggest looking at this other "toronto coming to MTL " thread :

    I suggest to look at the year's end "best of" thread :


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    1. re: Maximilien

      Thanks Maximilien. The first thread was posted by students on a budget - which neither apply to us and I did read the 2nd thread. It had many different reviews with varying opinions at all levels which is why I gave some background info on what we were looking for.

      1. re: millygirl

        (yep, sorry about the first one, but there are nice suggestion in there!)

        A couple of ideas :
        - Bouillon Bilk : (hip and wildly popular lunch place, need reservation)
        - Van-Horne : (One that I mean to try soon)
        - Le Chien Fumant. (closely related to style and spirit to Joe Beef and Garde Manger)
        - 3 Petits Bouchons.
        - Laloux (as someone else suggested).
        - La Salle A Manger (closely related to style and spirit to Joe Beef and Garde Manger)
        - Les 400 coups (I have to go back there again after a really meal, but it was a fixed menu for a special occasion), needs a reservation.

    2. I really like Laloux and La Montee de Lait, millygirl ;-)

      I haven't been to Joe Beef, but some posters would consider JB to be quite similar to APDC.

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

      Restaurant Laloux
      250 Av Des Pins E, Montreal, QC H2W1P3, CA

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      1. re: prima

        La montée de lait closed a few months ago.

          1. re: prima

            Thanks Prima. Laloux looks very nice indeed!

            I will check out some of these other suggestions.

            One place that I loved but closed (I think) was Brunoise. Loved that spot!!!

            1. re: millygirl

              You might have already read this, but another poster suggested Mas a while back, for those who miss Brunoise



              Hope you have a great time!

              Mas Cuisine
              3779 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G, CA

              1. re: prima

                Damn, your good prima! Thanks, I'm not familiar with Mas and will check it out.

      2. depends on what kind of food, you prefer . Le Bremner is in Old Montreal and we liked it, you get small dishes to share and speciality is fish--the parent resto is garde manger. Au cinquieme peche is typically french bistro with good food. Van Horne is kind of out of your way and is very tiny place with small choice menu so it would not be on my list for a two night visit.. I was not impressed with my lunch meal at 400 coups nor did I like what they did with decor, service was inattentive but I seem to be in minority with this viewpoint .

        1. Le Filet on Mount Royal St W is one of Montreal's best dining experiences right now. Great fish dishes, extensive wine collection with great pairings. They serve "Tapas" style so with a few friends sharing each dish you can have one great feast. Don't forget to try the Mussel/Fois Gras Soup.

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          1. re: finefoodie55

            I'll second this recommendation. Filet is not really my style in terms of crowd or ambiance (both are far too beautiful for me to retain any self esteem at all), but my one meal there was maybe the best I had in 2011. Especially (and surprisingly) the desserts!

            1. re: Fintastic

              Oh crap, that looks really good too!!!

              We only have 2 nights...what to do, what to do??? Laur

              We are booked for Joe Beef and Garde Manger.

              Help!! I suppose we'll just have to make a return visit very soon because Laloux and Filet are very appealing to me.

              1. re: millygirl

                lucky you to get reservations at those two restos, enjoy your stay and dining!

                1. re: millygirl

                  You'll be happy at those, although I consider both to be rather similar in many ways. I'd replace Garde with Laloux or Filet if there's space... though neither has the same street cred.

                2. re: Fintastic

                  I checked out Le Filet's on-line menu. Is it current? Does it change?

                  1. re: porker

                    We were told it does change. The menu online is slightly different. Maybe they leave some signature dishes and change the rest?

              2. O'thym, 1112 de Maisonneuve E(corner of Amherst)- French restaurant with local ingredients only, BYOW but a big selection of still and sparkling mineral waters (tap carafe water is also available without any sneer). The food can include sweetbreads in puff pastries, local bison, Quebec foie gras. Their after appetizer palate cleanser called a "trou normand" is a sorbet laced with vodka. The menu is a chalkboard menu & changes according to the market & chef's whim. The website is . The metro stops are either Berri-UQAM(Place Dupuis/St Andre exit) or an easier métro(because there's only 1 exit) is Beaudry. The staff at O'thym are friendly, knowledgeable & have patience to explain every dish. At lunch time, they cater to the nearby CBC/Radio-Canada crowd as well as French media TVA.. It's bright & when full-noisy.