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Calling all Mtl. foodies need Dinner recommendations

Kharin Jan 16, 2013 08:29 PM

Hi there,

I'm from Toronto and LOVE to come to montreal for food.I haven't tried Au pied De Cochon or Olive & Gourmando yet so it's the plan for this trip. But I need an idea for another dinner... more casual...

Price: Ideally around $20s for entrees. (Hence we crossed out Toque and Le Club Chasse et Pêche)
Location: doesn't matter we have a car but will be staying near Old Montreal.
Cuisine: Anything as long as it's good!

We were thinking of Le Brenmer (since I loved garde manger) or Leméac... but we're up for anything

Some Places I've been and loved (so please don't suggest these)
- Point G (not dinner but I love macarons)
- Garde Manger
- L'avenue
- Juliette & Chocolat
- Schwartz
- Fairmount Bagels
- Holder

Other good places I've been to but I don't love them as much lol
- L'express
- La Banquise
- Laurier (no longer Ramsay I hear)
- O'Noir
- Les 3 Brasseurs

  1. c
    catroast Jan 16, 2013 09:24 PM

    Van Horne perhaps?

    1. g
      Glaff Jan 17, 2013 06:28 AM

      Les 400 Coups or Lawrence maybe? Have you ever tried them or heard about them? Or the new Hotel Herman?

      Yes, do try Olive & Gourmando for lunch!

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      1. re: Glaff
        Kharin Jan 17, 2013 09:42 AM

        Les 400 Coups sounds familiar from my research (this was at least two trips ago tho!)

        I'll look into that option and also try to make reservations for APDC and Les 400 Coups!


        Any other amazing places I should eat at... doesn't have to be meals ?

        1. re: Kharin
          Glaff Jan 17, 2013 09:48 AM

          Have you ever been to Rhubarbe or Olivier Potier? The 2 best pastry shop in town? And Kouign-Amann bakery to try the kouign-amann?

          1. re: Glaff
            Kharin Jan 17, 2013 09:59 AM

            Nope! But I've booked marked it now ;)

            Any of these places good to pick up a quick early breakfast before driving up to tremblant for a day of skiing? Which one specifically would you recommend...(Kouign-Amann bakery looks sooo good)

            1. re: Glaff
              Kharin Jan 17, 2013 10:04 AM

              OH... and I cannot decide between going to L'avenue for the 4th time for breakfast/brunch or trying a new place... maybe Lemarc or as you suggested Lawrence?

              1. re: Kharin
                Glaff Jan 17, 2013 10:31 AM

                I've never tried those for brunch but I'm sure they're good. They open at 10 though, so maybe a bit late if you want to go to Tremblant early... and I think there's always lineup at Lawrence...

                Maybe it's a bit out of the way, but my new favorite breakfast/brunch place is Régine Café on Beaubien. If you have a car you can go there easily http://www.facebook.com/RegineCafe. Worth it! And they open at 9 on weekend.

                1. re: Glaff
                  Kharin Jan 17, 2013 11:07 AM

                  Nah Brunch would be on monday the day after tremblant.

                  The tremblant sunday morning would be a quick fix mb takeout...
                  I'm leaning towards Olivier or Kouign (which one would you recommend?)

                  1. re: Kharin
                    Glaff Jan 17, 2013 11:18 AM

                    Kouing-Amann! Olivier Potier is great, but you really have to go for the pastries... and I'm not sure you want to eat a Paris-Brest in the morning before ski ;)

                    1. re: Glaff
                      Kharin Jan 17, 2013 12:05 PM

                      noted! will head to Kouing-Amann before skiing and pick up some croissants, quiche and Kouign Amann for the drive. then head to dinner at Les 400 Coups!

                    2. re: Kharin
                      SnackHappy Jan 17, 2013 12:26 PM

                      Most restaurants only serve brunch on week-ends, including Lawrence and Leméac. For brunch on a Monday you'll have to go to a breakfast restaurant.

                      1. re: SnackHappy
                        unlaced Jan 17, 2013 12:36 PM

                        If you want something a bit different to L'Avenue for brunch on Monday, I would recommend brunch at Cafe Souvenir in Outremont (they serve brunch every day till 4pm)

                        And whilst I haven't been, this blog post seems to suggest brunch is available all week at Regine, a new place that just opened in Rosemont - it is on my list of places to try!

                        If you wanted something really different, you could try Tourtiere Australienne's breakfast pies, paired with a flat white!

                        1. re: SnackHappy
                          Kharin Jan 17, 2013 12:38 PM

                          even if it's family day long weekend?!

                          1. re: Kharin
                            unlaced Jan 17, 2013 12:39 PM

                            What is a family day long weekend?

                            edited to add: sorry, just googled it to find out, Quebec doesn't recognise that holiday, it won't be a long weekend here

                            1. re: Kharin
                              westaust Jan 17, 2013 12:42 PM

                              We don't celebrate family day in Quebec, so no holiday during that weekend

                              1. re: westaust
                                Kharin Jan 17, 2013 01:06 PM

                                Gotcha! Thanks for the tip!
                                I'll look at those other options unlaced posted.

                                1. re: Kharin
                                  Glaff Jan 17, 2013 03:45 PM

                                  Yes, Régine is open for brunch everyday!

                                  1. re: Glaff
                                    Kharin Jan 18, 2013 06:44 AM

                                    GAH! Reservations issues. Help again please. (See below reply.. started a new one)

              2. k
                Kharin Jan 18, 2013 06:43 AM

                HELP again... I guess a month in advance isn't enough

                Two dinners.. originally it was Au pied De Cochon and Les 400 Coups... APDC needs to return my call for reso (so I'm getting nervous)... and Les 400 Coups has no reservation until 9:30pm.

                So my other options with 6-7pm dinner times - I can pick two! (feel free to suggest others... I looked at these since they are common chow worthy places I've heard around the boards)

                Toque ($$$$ but I heard it's worth it... we can bite the bullet)
                Garde Manger (loved it last time)
                Brasserie T!
                Lemreac (heard it's best for brunch...)

                or// just take the 9:30pm for Les 400 Coups and eat some schwartz while we wait lol

                5 Replies
                1. re: Kharin
                  catroast Jan 18, 2013 07:17 AM

                  Lemeac is actually best for dinner but brunch is also very good.

                  You actually should go to Schwartz's while you wait.

                  1. re: catroast
                    Kharin Jan 18, 2013 07:36 AM

                    haha no worries my boyfriend and I always go to schwartz each time we come to montreal. We always bring some back too along with bagels and macarons lol

                  2. re: Kharin
                    Glaff Jan 18, 2013 07:24 AM

                    I would keep Les 400 Coups! 9:30 is not too late.

                    1. re: Kharin
                      Maximilien Jan 18, 2013 07:42 AM

                      Some other good suggestions :

                      La Salle à Manger, Le Filet, 3 Petits Bouchons, Bouillon Bilk, Nora Gray, ...

                      1. re: Kharin
                        Fintastic Jan 18, 2013 11:37 AM

                        I'd stick with your plan, though I'm a bit biased since I don't love T! or Lemeac, and really hate Garde. Toque is lovely, but I don't think it feels particularly different from high end restos in Toronto or NYC. If you loved Garde, APDC will probably be closer to what you enjoy.

                        9:30pm is probably going to be par for the course, and you may very well be offered a 10 or 10:30pm reservation at APDC. Usually spots between 6 and 10 get nabbed well in advance. Even so, it's definitely worth trying. They will likely call you back within a day or two. As for 400 Coups, it surpassed my incredibly high expectations, so I wouldn't miss it.

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