Foodie Couple from Toronto in need of help
My husband and I (31 yearolds) are in Montreal for Sunday July 1st and were hoping you could provide us with suggestion for a great dinner experience. We are open to any type of ambience, food and price range as long as it is a "must have memorable food experience". I used to live in Montreal 9 years ago but I'm sure lots has changed since, so I am entirely depending on any help you could give us!!!We our truly passionate about eating at great places in new cities!!Thanks in advance!
If money were no object I would go to Europea for the menu découverte or the menu degustation. It is the most inventive restaurant I've been to in Montreal. I would also go to Club Chasse et Peche.
Another great option, and more affordable, is Laloux, which is consistently great. I had a phenomenal meal there this week. The highlights were a lobster salad with rhubarb mousse and pickled rhubarb, a main of sea bream with herb spaetzle, grilled asparagus and pickled oysters, and caramel profiteroles for dessert.
I am sure there will be lot's of ideas, but Au Pied is uniquely Montreal and a good time.
A ton of good French bistro options as well, assuming you don't do much of that in Toronto. I like Lemeac, it's in a nice area as well. Good food and service, I like a well set table with good flatware and wine glasses.
I've also enjoyed Au 5e Peche - bistro as well, but a bit more adventuresome.
Cocagne is another good one with a la carte and a prix fixe options.
I like Au 5e Péché but I think Europea or Au Pied de Cochon would be more memorable. Go to Au Pied de Cochon for a no holds barred festival of gluttony and a convivial atmosphere - sit at the bar and watch the kitchen staff in action. Go to Europea for more refined haute gastronomy with inventive and inspired dishes and impeccable service - the ice wine caramelized foie gras is fantastic, and all the little entremets that come with the prix fixe menus are great fun.