Montreal Trip Report
This was our first visit to Montreal and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. What an interesting and historic city, the only glitch was the unseasonable Spring weather, with highs in the low 80's. Saw many people sitting outside while dining in shorts and t-shirts.
Our first meal was at Da Emma Ristorante where we had the ravioli stuffed with veal in a nice tomato meat sauce, and the osso buco. Both dishes were nicely done, slow cooked, more homestyle which suited our tastes. A bit dark in the dining area which fits in with being a former woman's prison.
Breakfast the next morning was at Le Cartet on Rue McGill, a lively and busy restaurant. We ordered poached eggs, toast with mixed greens and fruit accompanied with bowls of cafe ole. A nice, hearty meal that set us up for the rest of the day and a place we would definitely return to again.
Dinner was at L'Express which we thoroughly enjoyed, a bit to my surprise. I thought this would be the most commercial, touristy spot, but it turned out to be our best meal in Montreal. Lively, busy and a fun restaurant with good service and attention to detail. We shared a crisp green salad, followed by a shrimp risotto with tomato and zucchini, a tender braised pork dish with wilted greens and mashed potato, and a wonderful flan for dessert. Another worthy return spot for us.
Our next dinner was the one I was most looking forward to, Moishe's Steakhouse. A major disappointment and easily the worst meal of our visit. Our caesar salad was dressed properly, but the greens were limp and wilted. The steaks both rib and sirloin were cooked to order, but were gristly and had no meat juices, very dry pieces of beef. At the price point we paid it was a major let down, I can cook a better steak at home than we were served. The best part of our meal were the french fried onions and complimentary cole slaw.
We had coffee and pastries at Olive and Gourmando one morning which we really enjoyed. We plan on returning to sample the lunch offerings served here.
Our final dinner was at Au Petit Extra, a nice neighborhood restaurant. We enjoyed a refreshing, crisp salad, followed by duck confit on a bed of lentils and sea bass with octopus and radishes. Both dishes were very well done, perfectly executed and beautifully presented. A great end to our visit.
As usual, were were unable to get to everyplace we wanted. No Schwartz's or fresh Montreal bagels, so we plan on a return visit next year in the Fall to enjoy the autumn colors. Thanks to everyone for their help in planning our trip.
It's funny how the place I thought I would like the least turned out to be our best meal, and the one I thought I would like most our worst. Guess one must experience for oneself, not just depend on reviews. Our concierge was actually the person who encouraged us to go ahead with L'Express. He said we would enjoy it and that it was one of his go to restaurants.
Isn't that veal ravioli at Da Emma just perfect? Glad you enjoyed it. Was the Osso Bucco a nightly special? I've been a few times in the past few months and can't recall it on the menu. I don't think they drastically change their menu, hopefully it's on the menu the next time I go.
Just curious, how were the balmy temps a "glitch"? Was it that you didn't pack accordingly?
Sucks about Moishe's I hear the same criticsm way too often.
You're right about that ravioli, just scrumptious, my wife kept rolling her eyes as she ate. I don't recall if the osso bucco was a special or not. It was good but I thought the ravioli was better.
We were expecting temps to be much lower, being from the tropics we had jackets and sweaters. It was hotter in Montreal than back home. Still had a great trip!
thanks for report, I love to hear about places I haven t been to ever or in awhile so can add to my list! You would not have been disappointed with weather this week as it turned cold again, weather is unpredicatable for us too this year! I never know what to wear to be comfortable.