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Singleton Visiting Montreal: Suggestions?

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historiker Jul 19, 2012 08:30 PM

Do folks have thoughts on good places for a person visiting Montreal alone who likes to eat well? The ideal would be interesting places that have a comfortable bar for food service. It would be great to have some guide as to when it might be possible to snag a table. I'll be staying near the Village in mid-August for four nights, five days, with a flexible schedule. I'm probably not up for the most expensive of tables (which places tend to be dicey for solo dining in any case). Also fond of a good cocktail. Wide-ranging tastes. (But allergic to shellfish, crustacea, mollusca, alas....) Thanks, Michael

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    smack Aug 11, 2012 08:35 AM

    Lots of good selections here so I will give you some choices in and around the Village, which is the neighbourhood I work in. Kitchenette is probably walking distance from where you are staying, great food that changes with the season, bit pricier than the other suggestions below but also a classier place. There is a small Vietnamese resto called Cafe Saigon on St Andre south of Ste Catherine, does good basic Vietnamese food, pho etc. You can get a great burger at La Paryse, on Ontario, burgers made fresh, there are tables but also stools at the front. And near there if you are a chocolate fan -save room fro Julette et Chocolat on St Denis. Great cafe au lait and patisserie at Au Tour d'un Pain on Ste Catherine near the Beaudry metro. On de Maisonneuve East there is a little place called O Thym. And there is a Mexican place on Amherst (surrounded by fun funky antique stores) called Chipotle & Jalapeno which is also single friendly. Also nearby is the tiny Marche St Jacques, at Ontario and Amherst, where you can pick up baguette, cheese, pate etc if you are looking for a cheap and cheerful and tasty lunch or lighter dinner.

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      historiker Aug 11, 2012 09:05 AM

      Thanks, great to have Village suggestions. I arrive Wednesday and will post trip report after the 19th.

    2. mainsqueeze Jul 25, 2012 08:24 AM

      The counter at Jolifou is pretty nice as well! Also with a kitchen view.

      1. 514eats Jul 23, 2012 10:47 AM

        Go to Deville Dinerbar and sit at the bar: full dinner menu & interesting cocktail list. You won't regret it. If I were to eat somewhere alone, that's where I would go.

        As a second choice, try Cartel Street Food Bar. You may find more talkative people sitting at the bar there, if you want to strike up a conversation.

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          Maximilien Jul 23, 2012 11:10 AM

          (maybe you know)
          Cartel closed downtown and moved up on St-Urbain at the corner of Fairmount, (I don't know if they are open yet).

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            514eats Jul 23, 2012 01:27 PM

            I was not aware. Thx for the update.

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              historiker Jul 24, 2012 04:17 PM

              Thanks all for these great suggestions which include many places that were not yet on my radar screen. You may see some more detailed (=well-informed!) questions from me as I do more research. I'll do a report after my visit.

              According to their website, as of today Cartel is "opening soon".

        2. mainsqueeze Jul 20, 2012 02:59 PM

          Kazu! The counter is right in front of the kitchen so you can watch all the action.

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            mangoannie Jul 20, 2012 11:15 PM

            Whenever I walk by Kazu there is a lineup and not many places so you will need backup plan.
            Terraces/patios are great for solo dining.
            Dominion Tavern is good, and you dont have to sit at bar unless you choose to, they also have daily lunch special that goes to 3pm I think. Late night deals are also something to consider as you can enjoy some very good restos at cheaper prices and the dinner crowd thins out..
            I agree with other posters that solo dining is not likely to be a problem for you in restos here.

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              marblebag Jul 26, 2012 01:29 PM

              Backup plans for Kazu:

              Thali - Indian
              Qing Hua - dumplings
              Maison Bulgogi - Korean
              Maison du Nord - chinese
              Yuki Ramen - Taiwanese noodles
              Poulet Bronze - fried chicken

              There are more but I haven't been.

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                mangoannie Jul 26, 2012 03:30 PM

                there are two thali restos that came up when i googled, one on st marc and one on Ontario, which one are you recommending. Maison Bulgogi looks popular in evenings, do you have any suggestions what to order as I have not tried Korean cuisine.

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                  514eats Jul 27, 2012 12:39 AM

                  You have to try Kim chi & kalbi steak, my favorite Korean foods.

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                  514eats Jul 27, 2012 12:38 AM

                  Backup plans for Kazu, it being an isakaya, are actually Big in Japan & Imadake, also Isakayas.

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                    causeimhungry Jul 27, 2012 05:53 AM

                    Big in Japan is not going to satisfy your Kazu cravings. I went once for a friend's birthday and everyone was disappointed. Kazu on the other hand is top notch and a must try. If you get there 10 minutes before they open for lunch you should be able to get a seat at the bar.

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              Maximilien Jul 20, 2012 03:14 AM

              Lawrence (st-laurent blvd) is nice and has a small quirky cocktail list.
              I think Dominion Tavern also has a cocktail list but I've never been).
              Le Comptoir Charcuterie is fun for solo dining (at the bar, in front of the open kitchen)
              I also like "La Salle à Manger".

              Look at the more recent thread, there are a lot of suggestions (even if not for "singleton").
              ...

              Max.

              Most/All restaurants

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                JSBurgers Jul 20, 2012 09:48 AM

                Second the above suggestions, particularly Lawrence and Le Comptoir, which are both also great at lunch -- and where you won't be the only solo. As a single at the bar you are likely to find a bar seat at any of these places w/o a reservation anytime outside of peak hours (~7:30-9).

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                  marblebag Jul 26, 2012 01:27 PM

                  If I could afford it I would eat only at Lawrence and Kazu for the rest of my life.

                2. cherylmtl Jul 19, 2012 10:44 PM

                  There are a few threads on solo dining in Montreal, if you do a search. I can't think of any place where a solo diner wouldn't be welcome, and there are many places that have bars you can eat at - including (off the top of my head) Au Pied de Cochon, L'Express, Garde Manger, Joe Beef, Nora Gray, Kitchen Galerie, Kitchenette, and Jane.

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                    Fintastic Jul 23, 2012 03:08 PM

                    These are excellent recommendations, though I'd toss Garde and add Chien Fumant, Tuck Shop, and the others suggested by Max, below. You might also consider Reservoir if you'd like to drink more and eat less some night. Most of the top restaurants in the city have nice bars, so you'll likely not be disappointed. You could even consider Lemeac or Club Chasse et Peche.

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