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Weekend break in Montreal

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Where we ate this past weekend Aug 17-19.

First off, the quality of food and service was great everywhere we went. My only disappointment was that I was only there for 3 days...

Here's a rundown of places we visited:

Schwartz: smoked meat sandwiches, coleslaw fries – been here before
delicious, reliable, I had the medium and the bf had the medium fat.

Atwater:
Satay Brothers – Laksa and pork satay
Malaysian-style coconut laksa, spicy soup with spaghetti-style rice noodles, tofu puffs, soft boiled egg, bean sprouts, and fish cake. It had a great spicy kick and was pretty filling. The satay had a lovely glaze and char.
Homard des Iles - Lobster roll
Average price ($14), good balance of lobster tail and claw meat with a bit mayo and chive. It was reminiscent of lobster rolls I've eaten in New Brunswick. I ate it so fast...it disappeared in a blink.

Vallier,
Shrimp salad
The salad had shrimp with arugula, watercress, orange slices. “Meh” of a dish.

Saturday
Cafe Holt: Brunch Tartine and Crab BLT Tartine, Poilane bread pudding
Served on poilane bread, both open face sandwiches where beautifully presented and had delicate flavours. The tea ad coffee where exceptional. The service was a bit slow and we had our drinks and dessert comped.
If you don't like desserts too sweet Poilane bread pudding is for you but I found the rustic bread a bit too rough...I like bread pudding richer and creamier.
Great spot for watching the ladies that lunch and near the MMFA.

Au Pied du Cochon. I was here 4 years ago and it was one of the most memorable meals ever. After booking my plane tickets, the second thing I did was make reservations for APDC.
We tried so hard not to order too much...but of course we totally over ordered: Duck in a can, happy pork chop, french onion soup, poutine and crispy salad, APDC beer and a virgin cucumber mojito.
Everything was rich, heavy, decadent and so good. We intended to pack up half the meal, eating only half the entrees at the restaurant, but the serving staff tossed our leftovers (!) by accident. They apologized and our coffee and dessert comped. The creme brulee was very nice...but I'm still sad about the yummy leftovers that I'll never see again.

Myraide Cafe, croissant and coffee
very good and busy for 9:30 on a Saturday morning.

Sunday
Sparrow for brunch
My partner had the pork loin with eggs over easy and tater tots and I had smoked chicken and roasted corn hash poached egg with hollandaise . From the blogs I've read the Sparrow's brunch has gone through many changes over the last year, the current iteration is a short card of regular brunch items with a twist. We arrived at 12:30 an had a 15 min wait. The food was amazing and inventive. The BF really enjoyed the pork loin...like a giant tender slab of peameal bacon. The hash had great flavour, the potato chunks where a bit too uniform and big for hash, and the hollandaise was luxurious. The room is gorgeous ...all wood with pretty touches like the birds in flight wallpaper on an accent wall and th dishes where served on antique china.

Jean Talon: Havre aux Glace, I had the strawberry sorbet. It had amazingly concentrated strawberry flavour.

Fairmount bagels for home.

All and all a great food experience. Thanks Montreal Chowhounders for your advice! I look forward to my next visit.

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    1. Great report! Thanks! I guess the only confusing thing for any out-of-towner is the Sparrow brunch situation. As you probably know (but others might not), the restaurant called Sparrow has never moved, and serves brunch. However, the team that served the brunch that initially garnered them so much acclaim several years ago has moved to their own restaurant (Lawrence). Both have a good brunch, but the infamous one can be found just across the street from Sparrow.

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      1. re: Fintastic

        We walked by Lawrence, many people where waiting in front of the restaurant. I didn't know the whole situation between Sparrow and Lawrence until I read up on it afterwards.
        Regardless, I recommend the brunch at Sparrow.

      2. you can get Poilane bread in Montreal???

        1. Great report. Condolences for the missing leftovers at APDC - how annoying! Time to hide a few containers in your bag like some of us here do for the APDC sugar shack, maybe?