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Oct 16, 2012 07:10 AM

Where would you take Montreal guests?

I have some guests visiting from Montreal and I was wondering if you have any recommendations for both dinner and brunch places.

I'm trying to ensure that they will get food that is not necessarily available in Montreal (so no Canadian type cuisine with the typical chacuterie platter - think black hoof, bestsellen, beast etc...)

Last time I came over, I took them to an isakaya bar and a korean restaurant as they do not have those options in Montreal.

Any other recommendations? they love any type of cuisine.
No to Ethiopian and middle eastern as they have plenty of those in Montreal.


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  1. Just spamming ideas:

    Thai? Tacos? And well... Chinese food.

    ...Edulis (which is none of the above!)?

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    1. re: jlunar

      Edulis sounds great - haven't heard much about it.

      They are big into fish as well.

      I was going to take them to Grand Electric or la Carnita on Friday night as they get in fiarly late...
      Chinese food would be ideal but I'd rather take them to RH/Markham but I dont have a car.


    2. I'd take them to Kaji. The best sushi in Montreal is mediocre compared to the better places in TO.

      If you're looking for an economical meal, Cafe Polonez serves better Polish food than you can find in Montreal. Europe on Bathurst is a Hungarian option, that might be better than current Hungarian options in Montreal.

      For Chinese food at brunch on the subway line, I would recommend Dynasty($$) in Yorkville or Lai Wah Heen ($$$) downtown for better quality dim sum, Rol San on Spadina for economical dim sum.

      Cava might be an idea for an upscale restaurant. While Montreal has Pintxo and some tapas bars, nothing quite like Cava exists in Montreal.

      1. Momofuku?
        Banh Mi Boys? Lots of Viet in Montreal, but I don't know if any of them are doing poutine, tacos etc.

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        1. re: julesrules

          I would not recommend Momofuku. I have been to both the noodle bar and Diasho and both were huge disappointments so please don't take them there. Although I have been living right down town since June I have only experienced a few restaurants that were really good however not sure they would be suitable for you and out of town guests. So just don't take them to the Shangri La to eat. The lounge is very nice so go for a drink and then go somewhere else.

          1. re: juliewong

            Disagree that Daisho is disappointing - I found it to be a lot of fun with a group of friends. I have had bo ssam and fried chicken there, and both were very enjoyable meals.

            Bah Mi Boyz is great, Guu Izakaya is a must, Khao San Road etc. Also Enoteca Sociale or Pizzeria Libretto would be fun.

            I think Toronto beats Montreal in Italian, Asian of pretty much all sorts and a few other ethnic cuisines.

        2. Fish options:

          Joso's ($$$)

          Chiado ($$$)

          Volos ($$)

          Starfish ($$)

          Rodney's ($$)

          My favourite are the last three