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About $25-30/per fixed menu BYOW for this weekend

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philippefs Nov 6, 2012 04:25 PM

Hello to all,

I'm looking for a cheap but tasty BYOW that could accomodate 8-10 people this weekend.

We were thinking tapas, or maybe Greek or Italian, but we're definitely open to any suggestions. Here's a list of restaurants I've found that seem to be getting good reviews. As you'll probably notice, none really fits the bill in terms of the cuisine types we were thinking of, but that's really not a constraining criterion:

* Khaïma
* Bitoque (they seem to have tapas, which could be nice)
* Madre
* Le Paris
* Steak frites St-Paul

Part of the group is from out of town, so they might prefer the charms of downtown Montreal or le Plateau over, say, St-Henri (I'm thinking of Bitoque here...) or Rosemont Petite Patrie (Madre...). I'm not sure about their taste for exoticism either (more of a The Keg crowd), but I think they could appreciate it once they're in.

If you have any comments on my list or other suggestions, I'd appreciate it.

Many thanks,
Phil

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    mangoannie RE: philippefs Nov 6, 2012 09:22 PM

    i have not been to le paris in awhile but pass it often and noticed it is popular now it has become byob, indeed very busy on saturdays; you would have to check out menu; no discussion here though but location is good, does look to be an older crowd

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      Plateaumaman RE: philippefs Nov 8, 2012 10:54 AM

      What about Jardin de Panos? Or Khyber Pass (Afghan)? There's a Steak frites St-Paul on St-Denis near Rachel now, and I've heard the one in Old Montreal is nice, so that is very scenic. Casa Tapas is fun but not byob.

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        Maximilien RE: philippefs Nov 8, 2012 11:36 AM

        what about "Terrasse Lafayette" on Villeneuve ?

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          Stax88 RE: philippefs Nov 9, 2012 05:58 AM

          2nd Terrasse Lafayette

          Would also add Jardin de Puits, I prefer it marginally to Jardin de Panos.

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            philippefs RE: Stax88 Nov 9, 2012 06:27 AM

            Terrasse Lafayette seems to have somewhat mixed reviews on urbanspoon and the like, but, then again, this board has yet to fail me.

            Other than that, do you know if they have a table d'hôte?

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              catroast RE: philippefs Nov 9, 2012 07:55 AM

              The food at Lafayette is no better than any other of the city's many greek-run diners. It is over-priced and mediocre at best. Good in a pinch but hardly anything to look forward to.

              Pizzaria Napolitana in Little Italy is charming, accommodating of large groups and is in a cute neighbourhood that your out of towners might appreciate. While you're at it, you could also visit the Jean Talon market which is only a few blocks away. You could also visit Caffè Italia before or after your meal which is a quintessential part of montreal. For drinks after, Vices and Versa is one of the best microbreweries in town.

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            philippefs RE: philippefs Nov 10, 2012 12:21 PM

            There's been an unexpected turn of events and we decided to settle on Steak frites St-Paul. I feel like it might be a bit uninspired, but I hope it will be nice nonetheless. Thank you for your suggestions; I look forward to trying them.

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              mangoannie RE: philippefs Nov 10, 2012 05:13 PM

              journal de montreal had a review of it today, from what i recall lukewarm if that
              http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2012...

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                philippefs RE: mangoannie Nov 10, 2012 09:44 PM

                I do not have a "VIP subscription" to the Journal de Montreal, and I can therefore not access the article, but if, as you say, they've given it a lukewarm review, I definitely agree, as you can see in this quick review I wrote: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/877094.

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                  catroast RE: philippefs Nov 11, 2012 06:52 AM

                  unfortunately there aren't very many good byow restaurants at your price point - they're usually a rip off.

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                    philippefs RE: catroast Nov 11, 2012 07:45 AM

                    Steak Frites is definitely a rip off, to the point where I pointed out to one of the other diners that I was pretty sure they had similar average profits per diner to most other similarly priced non-BYOW restaurants.

                    In fact, with the apetizers, the mains, etc., it ended up costing us about as much as an after 10 dinner at Leméac with wine bottles, or even a very nice dinner at O'Thym for far less satisfying food.

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