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Jul 26, 2012 10:43 AM

2 people, less than a week, (at least) 93 suggestions

I've just read the 5 Days in Montreal novel -- er, post/thread -- and boy, am I exhausted.

My wife will thank me for taking all of that time . . . >after< our trip . . . assuming that I gleaned the right choices from that long, long discussion. So, please help my marriage!

But I have another list to throw out to the Montreal Chow-ers:

Stash Cafe
La Couscoussiere d'Ali Baba
La Gaudriole

These are among the selections in Eyewitness Travel's *Top Ten: Montreal and Quebec City*.

I'm not attached to anything on this list (nor to that guidebook); I just chose these from the longer list that it had.

Any reactions?

To help to gauge how you should react: My wife and I are, I guess, less interested in expensive/trendy places than are those who posted to Five Days. We don't eat beef and don't need seafood unless it's really unusual.

We are about sixty, serious but not grave when it comes to dining out, and willing to walk far, eat early, or put up with less than spotless surrounds.

Of places mentioned in the Five Days thread, I do have three questions:
Is Chien Fumant expensive/trendy? What cuisine is Romados? Damas?

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  1. a few quick replies

    La Gaudriole is no longer open - it closed at least 18 months ago.

    O'Thym and Stash Cafe has been talked about on the board - if you can't find anything in the search, make sure you tick Past 5 years, not only Past 1 year.

    Chien Fuman has what I consider to be the best charcuterie plate in Montreal right now. Miles better than that offered by Le Comptoir (which should have been much better than it was)

    Romados is grilled, Portugeuse style chicken

    Damas is Syrian cuisine

    1. Don;t know or never heard of : Kashmir, Solmar, Santos, La Gaudriole, La Couscoussiere...

      Julien is traditional french cuisine.

      I'd have a look at the usual suspects :
      Lemeac, Laloux, La Salle à Manger, Bottega for pizza, (the small-ish) Café Sardine, Lawrence, Graziella (old-montreal), Pinxto for tapas ...

      (always check for summer/vacation closures).

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      1. re: Maximilien

        Solmar is a Portuguese place on St. Paul in Old Montreal. We passed this place many times, but never tried it. Two things; its in tourist central (as is Kashmir and Santos, BTW), and its somewhat expensive ($20 for grilled sardine app).
        We always felt theres much better Portuguese (or tapas) in the city.
        I'm wary of "top 10" lists...

        1. re: Maximilien

          What is Graziella's price range? The web-site doesn't specify.

          1. re: Davedigger

            Expensive! This is the typical 4-course Italian format (Anti-pasti, primi, secondi, and dessert) which run about $18, $25, $35, and $9, respectively. If you ordered one of each it'd be tough to spend less than $100 per person before drinks. I might argue that its worth it, though.

            1. re: Fintastic

              Hmm. A bit pricey for me.

              Do you have any suggestions for a yummy, more reasonably priced Italian place?

              Old Montreal/Convetion Center area or easily accessible by public transportation preferred.

              1. re: Davedigger

                I feel like I say this about a lot of different regional cuisines, but Italian has never been well represented in Montreal (at least IMO). This is particularly surprising given the huge Italian population here. Recently, places like DNA (now closed), Graziella, Venti Osteria, and Da Emma have brought some good, high-end choices to the city, but there aren't too many mid-range options. Venti Osteria is somewhat less expensive than the others.. I wish I could be of more help, but I've basically written off every Italian restaurant in Little Italy and the Plateau. Maybe there are some newer options that I've missed, but I often can't even bring myself to try anymore.

                1. re: Fintastic

                  Le sigh.

                  I guess it's time to dig around for a great Chinese joint. LOL!

                  1. re: Davedigger

                    Actually, maybe this is a helpful coincidence:

                    I don't entirely agree with her on all choices (i.e. I don't really like Lucca), but maybe you could try some of the other options. I've heard a few good things about Hostaria, but forgot to mention it before. Still fairly expensive, though..

                    1. re: Fintastic

                      Quite helpful, thanks!

                      They mention Nora Gray, which is in the price range, but I can't find a menu anywhere. Have you been there? Any comments?

                      1. re: Davedigger

                        I never recommend Nora, for some reason, but it was fairly good on my only visit. Their prices aren't excessive... appetizers in the mid-high teens, and mains that range from around $20 well into the $40s. If one ordered a small appetizer and pizza it could be pretty affordable.
                        When I went I think I was in an off mood. It was very loud, and someone suggested that I order some kind of smoked meat pizza, which I did against my better judgement. It was fine, but it was not the right choice for me. That said, some of their items are very unusual and looked delicious. I think it's a good option.

                        1. re: Fintastic

                          I think we'll wander by one afternoon and check out the menu before committing.

                          Thanks for all your suggestions and input!

                          1. re: Fintastic

                            Smoked meat pizza?? are you sure you are not confusing it with Jane?

                            Nora Gray is not a pizza place by any means

          2. La couscoussiere d'Ali Baba is a tunisian resto that can be lots of fin. The interior is a cave and there is a live belly dancing show on Fridays and Saturdays. I loved their lamb soup and the royal couscous. Check out their website. I think it ould be more fun if you're a group.

            1. I know, that thread is epic. Kudos for having gotten through it. I'm not familiar with the Eyewitness travel list choices either, possibly because a few of them are in Quebec City? I never get to eat out when I am there as I am usually cooking for my in-laws. I might tend to base my choices on where I am staying in the city. Let us know so we can toss some small suggestions your way that would be walkable, inexpensive and good.

              1. stash cafe is polish food, and is often cited as one of the more reasonable priced restos in old montreal, it all depends on your tastes, I prefer more spicy than polish food and tend to favour French style. Julien has its regulars and has a nice terrace in back, it is centrally located but I have never eaten there but must be doing something right as been there awhile.