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Downtown restaurants ideas for 5 nights

JudyDenver Feb 7, 2012 04:06 PM

I will be staying at the downtown Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal for 5 nights next week. I have never been in Montreal and would like to make reservations at restaurants in advance

. I have read about Au Pied du cochon, Joe Beef and Garde Manger but wondered if you could give me any restaurants suggestions which would be connected by underground to the Marriott? I am not a very adventurous eater and like upscale, trendy places to dine.


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    EaterBob RE: JudyDenver Feb 7, 2012 04:42 PM

    If you are looking for upscale(ish) restaurants that can be reached without going outside, might I suggest The Keg, in Place Ville Marie. The Beaver Club in The Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Le Castillon at the Hilton Bonaventure. The Tour de Ville at the Delta. The Seingalt at Place des Arts and Le C at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Le C would be the trendiest, and all of them would have a large selection of dishes from which you could choose.

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      Maximilien RE: EaterBob Feb 7, 2012 06:10 PM

      I you "venture" towards the "Place Des Arts", it might be a good idea to grab your coat (or just be courageous) and walk outside to "Brasserie T" or "F Bar" (google that).

      I don't know if feasible, but you might be able to make it to "Toqué!" via the underground network (with a small-ish walk outside).

      1. re: Maximilien
        EaterBob RE: Maximilien Feb 8, 2012 07:29 AM

        Yes, Toqué is accessible via the RESO, as is Houton at the opposite end of the Caisse. I had forgotten about them, thanks Maximilien. Although Toqué might be a little but too adventurous for JudyDenver.

      2. re: EaterBob
        mangoannie RE: EaterBob Feb 7, 2012 06:14 PM

        if you don't mind a short walk up peel in ste catherine direction you might also consider ferreira and dominion taverne

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          BarackHObama RE: mangoannie Feb 7, 2012 07:11 PM

          is it possible that she means the metro/subway?

          montreal is really easy to get around. even where subway stations are far, it is a short cab ride to any of these restaurants from your hotel.

          by the way, members of my family who enjoy upscale and not adventurous absolutely loathed Au Pied du Cochon but love Joe Beef

          1. re: BarackHObama
            JudyDenver RE: BarackHObama Feb 8, 2012 08:20 AM

            Actually I was not referring to the subway, rather the underground city connected to my hotel.

            Are there any Asian restaurants (not sushi) I should consider?

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              EaterBob RE: JudyDenver Feb 8, 2012 08:33 AM

              None that I can think of, although the Piment Rouge and the first Chinatown are less than a two minute walk from the RESO.

              And make sure you get explicit directions that are clear and understandable. It is extremely easy to get completely and utterly lost. In certain places it is more like a maze than a shopping centre.

              1. re: JudyDenver
                BarackHObama RE: JudyDenver Feb 8, 2012 08:36 AM

                Judy, have you seen the Layover Montreal episode?

                I just thought i'd point out that the underground city is really just a series of malls connected at their basements. It isn't much of a destination for Montrealers and many of us can't comprehend why it places so prominently in tourist literature. Not that it isn't a convenient way to avoid the winter whilst downtown, but the weather here has been great, and montreal is beautiful on the outside ;)

                For Asian, check out Kazu on St Catherines. It is a 5-10 min walk from the western edge of the tunnels.

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                  JudyDenver RE: BarackHObama Feb 8, 2012 08:47 AM

                  I guess I had a misconception of the underground.

                  I will definitely read about all of the outside/walkable suggestions.

                  What about Garde Manger?

                  1. re: JudyDenver
                    Fintastic RE: JudyDenver Feb 8, 2012 03:33 PM

                    Garde (along with Pied de Cochon and Joe Beef) are great, but they are definitely further afield. I would say that none of them are really upscale in the traditional sense, but they are certainly trendy. The food offered at each leans towards more adventurous, though I think there are usually safe options at each.

                    The only issue is that all are typically booked up in advance. If you're dining alone this may not be a problem, and these choices all have a bar where you may feel more comfortable by yourself. They are all closed on Monday.

                    If you prefer upscale in the formal sense, you may be unhappy at all of these places - they can be loud and aren't exactly white tablecloth establishments. No tablecloths at all, in fact.
                    That said, the food is typically excellent and often different from what is offered elsewhere in the world.

            2. re: mangoannie
              Shattered RE: mangoannie Feb 8, 2012 10:56 PM

              Seconding Ferriera cafe. Excellent restaurant.

              1. re: Shattered
                JudyDenver RE: Shattered Feb 9, 2012 10:04 AM

                After all of this discussion, I will delete the word "upscale" from my requirements-- Definitely do not need formal, white table clothes and expensive. Rather a place with good energy exceptional food and overall a pleasant dining experience.

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