FIRST TIME VISIT TO MONTREAL - WHERE TO EAT FOR ONLY 3 NIGHTS?
We are visiting Montreal for the first time from San Francisco for 3 nights beginning on Sept. 30th. What are the most popular restaurants now? We want to have top food and decor but no pre-fixe menus. Would love to hear from Canadian Chowhounders to learn about what we can't miss for our first visit.
Thanks for your help!
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Here are a few suggestions of more recent places that are generating a lot of buzz, broken down by budget and location:
The Main: Icehouse (Southern, Casual)
Downtown: Deville Dinerbar (deli, trendy)
Old Montreal: Osteria Venti (Italian, quaint), BEVO (Italian, touristy but nice location)
Downtown: Dominion Square Tavern (French, charming/historic)
Old Montreal: Barroco (Market cuisine, trendy), Bar & Boeuf (French/Quebecois, trendy)
Little Burgundy: Joe Beef (Market cuisine, talk of the town)
Griffintown: Nora Gray (Italian, lots of buzz)
Westmount: PARK Restaurant (Japanese/fusion, best kept secret)
I think there are more interesting choices.
Club chases et peche
Olive and gourmando
Dominion square tavern
Lawrence or sparrow
Club chases et peche
Salle a manger
Havre des glaces
Olivier Potier- the most beautiful bakery in Montreal
We were just in SF and had some incredible meals. You are very lucky!
1. DEFINATELY: Do not miss Au Pied de Cochon-if you can watch Tony Bourdain's video on this incredibly unique restaurant that is very much Quebecois style-try through You Tube. Do not miss the resto-but you will need to get reservations in advance. Very heavy meet and rich suaces and fois gras are part of the show.
2. LA PORTE: An incredibly chef from Brittany with great seafood and presentation skills.
3. OLIVE AND GOURMANDO: Great breakfast sandwich, coffee, croissants.
4. OLIVE PORTIER: Pastries from a Parisian trained chef.
5. LAWRENCE: Very cool gastropub experience. Great brunches too.
6. MILOS: Great seafood from the original MILOS in Montreal. They are also in New York and Las Vegas, but this is hte original.
7. LE FILET: The casual version of a high end restaurant-fund and sort of "tapas" style.
I have been to Montreal many times and my favorite eating thing to do there is graze my way through the many food courts in the underground city. Start early, about 11:15 when all of them are set up to feed the thousands of office workers who lunch there---everything will be fresh and beautiful. Many of the vendors are international immigrants so every ethnicity's food is represented. You can keep up this sport for hours on end. (If you haven't yet been to Montreal---somebody figured out that if the underground city---a zillion shops, businesses, hotels etc--- were laid out in a straight line it would be 29 kilometers long so we are talking about a LOT food courts with one mall fading into the next, and there's a whole special bunch at the train station). Do not miss this. If you're from the US---we have nothing to match it.
Sorry Querencia, I would have to respectfully disagree. I would never recommend Montreal's food courts to anyone.
When I first arrived here, I was getting to know the city and ended up in the Eaten Centre food court. I saw the line at Thai Express, and thought, "Fantastic, there is good, cheap and cheerful Thai food in Montreal!" I lined up with the rest, purchased my food, took one long look at it, took three or four bites, and took it back. It was not fresh and beautiful, it did not taste like any Thai food I have ever eaten, it was awful.
Perhaps some of Querencia's visits took place in the mid 90s when Faubourg was at its peak. I remember being impressed with the choices when I visited in 1995 and 1996. Unfortunately, Faubourg is not what it once was, and it's now a mostly vacant, depressing space.
Some friends have been very impressed with the Satay Brothers Singaporean food stall at the Atwater Market. Quite a few visitors like noshing while visiting the Atwater and Jean Talon Markets, and the experience is a little like visiting Faubourg was, when it was at its peak, in that you've got lots of interesting choices offered at reasonable prices.