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nyctraveler Nov 13, 2012 08:11 AM

We're excited to be going to Montreal for the first time. I'm taking the fiance to Montreal for a birthday weekend and wanted to sip some champagne and eat oysters. A bistro atmosphere and/or something very "montreal" would be great. We're staying in old montreal, but could taxi. Thanks!

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    Maximilien RE: nyctraveler Nov 13, 2012 09:17 AM

    For simple oysters and Champagne I would go to Lemeac.

    For "prepared" oysters, I'd go to "Le Filet"

    Maybe try Bremner in Old Montreal (I've not been there yet); or Joe Beef if you can get a reservation.

    Max.

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      nyctraveler RE: Maximilien Nov 13, 2012 09:53 AM

      Many thanks. I'm looking forward to the weekend. Want to try all the Montreal must stops. We're big foodies. Appreciate the help.

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        catroast RE: Maximilien Nov 13, 2012 09:58 AM

        Although I have not been, I know that Le Pois Penche has a large selection of oysters. I pass by everyday and it seems to have a luxurious ambiance but from what I can tell, there is nothing particularly montreal about it - it is a french brasserie. They undoubtedly have a decent selection of champagnes. http://www.lepoispenche.com/

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        AlexCV RE: nyctraveler Nov 13, 2012 10:06 AM

        Another possibility for prepared oysters would be club chasse et peche in Old Montreal. I really enjoyed the oysters last time I went.

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          EaterBob RE: nyctraveler Nov 13, 2012 10:44 AM

          Maestro SVP. This is their Oyster list
          http://www.maestrosvp.com/en/oyster-l...

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            Maximilien RE: EaterBob Nov 13, 2012 10:52 AM

            "Please Note: Oysters are subject to availability"

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              porker RE: Maximilien Nov 13, 2012 03:11 PM

              I think that list is every type they ever had. They usually have about a dozen varieties to choose from at various prices. Sold by the unit/6/12.

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            Fintastic RE: nyctraveler Nov 16, 2012 07:51 AM

            I think Lawrence still has a $1 oyster happy hour from 5:30-7 thats tough to beat. Some of my favourite oysters were eaten there. it also happens to be a great date restaurant, so I would really try to find a table there.

            1. TheSnowpea RE: nyctraveler Nov 18, 2012 05:21 PM

              And for the sake of others searching for oysters but hwho would rather shuck them themselves, my recommendation is to head to Poissonerie La Mer (www.lamer.ca) on boul. de Maisonneuve, walk into their refrigerated fish and shellfish room, and purchase a selection.

              The staff is friendly and will even shuck one or two for you to try as you make your selection.

              We got Raspberry Points, Coleville Bays and Caribou this weekend and it's quite astonishing how different a single species, o. virginica, can taste (or be opened), depending on how and where it's been raised off the east coast. It's the water version of terroir... meroir?

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                westaust RE: TheSnowpea Nov 19, 2012 09:00 AM

                Another place for those of you on the south shore is Odessa at Quartier Dix30, great selection of oysters!

                I agree with the fact that oysters can taste so different, had some J'adore, Blackberry point, Raspberry point, and classic malpèques! Some more salty, some less, more or less meaty!

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                  SnackHappy RE: TheSnowpea Nov 19, 2012 09:14 AM

                  La Mer is great for service and selection, but not so much for value (or even for freshness). Most anything you can find at La Mer is also available at Norref at a better price. Anyway, these places are all supplied by the same distributors. I seem to recall reading somewhere that all oysters in Montreal come from a single source. Does anyone else recall reading that? I think it was Dave McMillan who said it.

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                    TheSnowpea RE: SnackHappy Nov 20, 2012 06:51 PM

                    That made me start reading... and it turns out Norref and Odessa are under the same umbrella... if Norref is a distributor, I'm guessing Odessa gettings its stocks from there:
                    "Outre Norref, Alimentation Tracy et le Groupe alimentaire nordique, le Groupe Ferron comprend aussi six poissonneries connues sous le nom d'Odessa (Montréal et Rive-Sud) et une usine de transformation du poulet qui a pour nom Nepco sur la rue Papineau à Montréal."

                    http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/...

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                  mattlane RE: nyctraveler Nov 25, 2012 02:31 PM

                  Posisonerie Fraicheur des Iles in Marche Village Brossard has 100 count boxes for $100. All varieties.

                  Not sure how good a price that is, but yum!

                  :)

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