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Brasserie T or Bar F ?

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Hello fellow mtl chowhounds!
My mom will be in town mid october and staying near place des arts. She is taking me out for supper (bday time!) and asked me to reserve. I've been wanting to try T or F for a while now so I was thinking of of them. Any recommendations on which to choose over the other?

Also if you guys have other suggestions in that area feel free to suggest. I looked a bit on the board and tought of T and F but open to other suggestions.. Something a bit more upscale in chinatown? (I'll keep the good, cheaper places for when I'm paying ;) We always go to Dominion Square Tavern when she comes so want to try something new. How is Beaver Hall? Bouillon Bilk? Type of food doesn't matter as long as its amazing.

It needs to be close to the area tough, even tough my mom runs half marathons, she cant seem to be able to walk more than 2 blocs in Montreal -_-

Thanks guys/gals :)

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  1. Brasserie T! over Bar F, everyday of the week. But Bouillon Bilk beats both of them with one hand tied behind the chef's back. The only other place in that neck of the woods that I would consider would be Pullman, but while its got a kick-ass wine list, the small dishes they serve are better for nibbling than for celebrating.

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    1. re: EaterBob

      Great, thanks for the tip! I've been to Pullman a lot, and even once with my mom and I love it, but we are off the wine wagon for a little while so no amazing wine list for us this time! I think ill try Bouillon Bilk, and keep Brasserie T for a lunch occasion... maybe ill get my mom to take me out for lunch too hehe

      1. re: sophie.brunet

        Perfect choice. Brasserie t has a great salmon dish, seems raw but is cooked. Worth a try for lunch and it comes with a delicious raw zucchini salad. I love bouillon bilk but was disappointed with their cookie dessert, they are average. Should be so much more delicious and original.

    2. I was going to ask for a recommendation about a similar type of meal. Brasserie T looks great -- am I correct in my impression it's not formal/fussy?

      Any other recommendations for great food in a not-formal atmosphere at around $50/person (not including alcohol)?

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Definitely informal, perfect weather for Brasserie T in the coming days.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          T over F; and Bouillon Bilk over T and F.

          1. re: Maximilien

            I totally agree with Maximilien!

            1. re: Maximilien

              Haven't been to F, but I agree on Bilk > T.

          2. personally I prefer F bar.. the bill also seems to come out to less over there too. also they do a ladies night which may interest you with free or 2-1 cocktails.

            1. I think these two restos are fun in summer with terrace, and certainly T is less costly than F but if weather is chilly mid-Oct. I think I would choose restaurant with nicer indoor ambiance such as pintxo. Although not walking distance for you, the short cab
              ride might be worth it. Some other restos such as le filet are apparently noisy which could be a consideration.....

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              1. re: mangoannie

                The October recommendation was from last year - not relevant to the most recent question being replied to here...