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Jun 11, 2012 08:27 AM

No good places in westmount outremont ndg area?

I don't know if google translate made it all clear but I think I understood this article about the food scene in Montréal. average tables but popular with the crowds in areas where people have money to spend.

It seems that people in general have no taste buds. I was introduced in the past to food that wasn't great but my hosts thought was amazing or would kill for it. I know we can't discuss taste buds but what is the threshold.

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  1. First of all, I agree with what the author of the article says about the restaurants that she discusses. That being said, your title overgeneralises. For example, right next door to Enfants Terribles is Cafe Souvenir, which I enjoy. There's Hwang Kum on Sherbrooke (albeit in the NDG area of Sherbrooke). There are also more examples of good food in popular eating areas.

    I think there are likely popular restaurants in every city that probably shouldn't be. That being said, that doesn't mean that there aren't other places nearby that are good and worthy of attracting crowds.

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    1. re: captain_vegetable

      heh, I love Cafe Souvenir too! If there is a 20 min wait at Cafe Souvenir and no line at Les Enfants Terrible I will choose the 20 min wait each time!

    2. There are no destination restaurants on those commercial strips; but there are exceptions (Park in westmount, Van-Horne, M Sur Masson, ...).

      Remember that 99.99% of the people do not look out for the best places to eat, just the one good enough for them to enjoy themselves, especially if there's a terrasse involved in the decision; that is what is happening on Bernard St.

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      1. re: Maximilien

        Exactly! There are very few terrasses in this city, and almost none that offer excellent food. If I suddenly find myself hungry on a nice day I might head for that stretch of Bernard as well. I'm willing to sacrifice a lot to sit in the warmth and shove food into my face - lord knows this is what we dream of the other 8 months of the year. People will show up to these restaurants (and those of Westmount, etc) during the summer regardless of what's being served. Likewise, few will make the trek in the winter months even if the food is spectacular. Thus I see little incentive for these establishments to push for the best - only to be profitable during the short terrasse season. Get 'em in, take their money, and get 'em out.

        1. re: Maximilien

          Has anyone been to that bright pink bistro on Van Horne near Restaurant Van Horne...It is called Tadada or something like that. The decor is gross but it seems trendy and intimate. haven't seen a review...

        2. I had brunch at Les Enfant Terribles yesterday.

          I had lobster eggs benny and a mojito and the other person had an egg white omelet with ham and a cocktail as well. Granted my lobster breakfast was a bit fancy (mostly claw meat I should add), but with tax and tip our bill was $90. The cocktails had 1 ounce of liquor, if that ($15 each). The service was surly at best. The food was alright.


          We splurged, but if that's not outrageous, I don't know what is

          I also think that the same argument re:outremont/westmount/ndg could be said about rosemont and cote-des-neiges in particular. There are over-priced restaurants with crowded terraces. That's not to say there aren't good ones.