Seeking Reasonably Priced Saturday Night Dinner for 12+
I voraciously read the recent thread on Saturday night dinners for 12 since I am tasked with finding a good Montreal restaurant for up to 15 guests this July. Unfortunately all the restaurants suggested in this thread are a little too expensive and meat-centric. I had thought a place such as Au Pied de Cochon (they do have a good fish dish and some vegetarian options!) might be in the right price range, but my guests thought the prices a little too high for their liking (And yes, I know the reservation limit is 10; we were going to split into 2 parties...).
This is not a rowdy group (they're librarians!), but from all over the world in town for a conference, so I want to give them a good culinary experience at a reasonable cost. There are at least 2 vegetarians (who eat fish, I believe) in the group. Can anyone suggest a good restaurant that is
(1) reasonably priced,
(2) large enough to handle a party of 15 (but willing to split into 2 neighbouring tables if necessary),
and (3) vegetarian-friendly?
Thanks for your suggestions!
another possibility in old montreal is the relatively new sinclair but havent yet seen reviews on this site, although recent french newspaper reviews are postive; they have a terrasse out back which could be pleasant in July, prices seem within your budget. Perhaps other chowmembers could comment on their experiences there. I would be interested in their feedback as well
in order for replies you will need to specify what you wish to pay for dinner meal, and will wine be ordered because if so you may be better off with BYOB resto. Restaurant Helena will be opening soon on a main street in old montreal, will seat 100, and will have fish dishes, menu not yet on line but will be portuguese in origin and expected to be around $30 for dinner, $20 for lunch. You can check for details online soon-they interviewed staff a couple weeks ago. Chef is wellknown and this is her 2nd resto (other is portus calle). In July it is nice to dine in Old Montreal as you can stroll around the old port area afterwards.
otherwise restos in old montreal and downtown are probably too expensive or too small for your group you probably would have to go into mile end (eg damas restaurant) or plateau area but then you have cost of transportation