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Jul 9, 2012 06:31 PM

best creperie for dinner?


My husband and I are visiting this weekend and eating at Joe Beef on Friday and APDC on Saturday. We're thinking crepes for Sunday night dinner. Any suggestions?

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  1. Spanel, 1960 Notre-Dame west, has excellent crepes and a charming atmosphere. But they're only open for brunch on Sunday.

    1. Ty-Breiz on Rachel St. ??

      I have to admit, I think it has been about 20 years since I had a crèpe at diner at a restaurant that do not exists anymore.

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      1. re: Maximilien

        Not that this is necessarily the original poster's case, but I'm always amused by tourists who come here looking for crepes as if this were somehow authentically Montreal. We are in North America's Paris, after all.

        1. re: mainsqueeze

          this has nothing to do with looking for "Montreal" cuisine and everything to do with wanting a lighter dinner :)

          I posted in another thread asking for a lighter dinner for a sunday and did not get what I was looking for. foie gras, pork belly, charcuterie are not lighter fare compared to what we eating on friday and saturday and the suggestions were more of the same.

          We're not looking for anything fancy but also not pub fare. Any other suggestions other than crepe?

          1. re: Anita Nap

            Actually I think you got some decent suggestions on your other thread. Le Comptoir is great because the dishes are quite small - and you don't have to order the heavier meat options. The last couple times I went I had a phenomenal beet salad with goat cheese and confit lemon, for instance. The atmosphere is very nice and I've been pleased with the service.

            If you like vegan fare you might like Aux Vivres. They have interesting sandwiches like the vegan BLT (toasted coconut replaces the bacon) and delicious vegan desserts. There's also Crudessence for raw vegan food. I've heard good things but I can't vouch for it as I haven't been.

            Personally I would pick a small ethnic resto and just order less food. La Chilenita comes to mind. The Marianne street location is open until 8pm. If the weather's nice I would go pick up a few empanadas to go and eat them in Parc Jeanne Mance. La Arepera du Plateau on rue Duluth also springs to mind - they have delicious Columbian arepas (they also close early on Sunday, at 8 p.m.) And there are tons of excellent Vietnamese restaurants in the city - they often advertise "cuisine santé" because Vietnamese fare tends to be less greasy than other types of asian cuisine.

            1. re: mainsqueeze

              Oh and Pintxo is open on Sunday! Sophisticated Spanish food. The service is great. It's great for eating light since the dishes are tiny:


            2. re: Anita Nap

              Khyber pass for healthy, afghan food.

              1. re: C70

                thanks very much to everyone! This is really helpful.

                I did look at Le Comptoir and kind of chuckled because although eating smaller plates is "lighter" it's not necessarily lighter on calories and sodium :) But perhaps I will change my mind.

                Again - really appreciate everyone's advice.

                1. re: Anita Nap

                  A crepe is not necessarily lighter!! :-)

                  1. re: Maximilien

                    Crepes are damned heavy fare. Starting with the actual crepe or galette and following with the béchamel, cheese, ham, or whatever you add to it. I don't like crepes because, after a meal of them, I always feel like I just ate a brick.

                    Le Comptoir is a much better option for a lighter meal.

        2. I don't feel Montreal is a good crepe city, but La Bulle au Carré (3482 St-Denis) is pretty good. Not a very fancy place, but they do have a terrasse overlooking St-Louis Square, so well located and good view. You can have you crepe with Apple Cider if you want (Breton style).

          1. If you have a car and want to get out of the city, there's a really nice creperie in St-Sauveur - Creperie Gourmandise Bretonne -

            You can watch them make the crepes, have the world's cheesiest onion soup, and finish it off with chocolate fondue.

            1. one of the syrian or armenian joints might work too... alep, kaza maza, garage beirut. they offer a good variety of small, tasty plates and basic grilled meats in not-so-huge portions. plus, it's something different.