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whineanddine Jul 24, 2013 02:30 PM

Headed up to Montreal for a long weekend for some food and fun. My wife and I are pretty decent cooks, so we're looking for memorable food.
I have a couple of reservations, so would appreciate thoughts on these as well as other recos.
I currently have:
La Porte AND Brasserie T booked for dinner Friday night (need to cancel one - thinking Brasserie T for lunch Sunday instead before the museum???)
Le Club Chasse et Peche for dinner Saturday. (can someone confirm if the patio is indeed closed for good or open again?)
Lemeac AND ADPC Sunday night (could only get a late res at ADPC - need to cancel one of these)
Considering Lawrence for lunch on Friday or maybe 400 Coups
Considering switching one of these reservations for Kitchen Gallerie or another suggestion if you have one.
HELP!!!
Need to figure this out ASAP.
Thanks in advance for all suggestions.

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    JackS Jul 24, 2013 02:39 PM

    Good choice with Le Club Chasse et Peche. It's fantastic.

    There's Schwartz's, of course, for outstanding smoked brisket, on Boulevard St. Laurent. Further north from Schwartz's on the same street is Le Comptoir. It's probably not the season for their lobster tart, which is one of the best things I've ever tasted, but they're very good, kind of a pleasant surprise given that there's nothing particularly distinguishing about the exterior. The market at Jean-Talon is great, too. There's an oyster guy there who will treat you right, although I realize it might not be quite the season for that.

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      whineanddine Jul 24, 2013 02:48 PM

      Yes, I've heard the Market is awesome. That's one of the reasons I was thinking of Kitchen Gallerie.
      Do you think ADPC is worth it or should I pick something else?
      Also have not see much written about La Porte...other than it's rated #1 by Zagats for Montreal.

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      gourmelette Jul 24, 2013 02:47 PM

      You must try Europea. It is an unique experience and I am positively sure you won't regret it. Everybody (me included) who went there were more than satisfied. Jérôme Ferrer is an excellent chef.

      www.europea.ca

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        whineanddine Jul 24, 2013 02:51 PM

        What would you replace???

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        Gloriaa Jul 24, 2013 02:55 PM

        Brasserie T for lunch is fantastic. I had a wonderful sous vide salmon with fennel salad with a side of fries which was very memorable and it is a hip and happening place. Le Filet is another stand out, really impeccable food. The fish I had was so good and simple, the chef knows when to edit ingredients. I still dream of the pasta with shaved fois GRAS, one of the. Best dishes ever! Club Chasse et peche has a risotto with fois GRAS that is amazing as well(not quite as good though IMHO). Les trois Petits Bouchons is wonderful as well, particular standouts are the fried dates, the mushroom toast(with or without fois GRAS) and succulent octopus. Enjoy!

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          Glaff Jul 24, 2013 03:00 PM

          I don't think it's possible with your schedule, but I would go to Les 400 Coups for dinner. It's really one of our best restaurant. But if you can only do lunch, go. You could keep Lawrence for brunch on weekend.

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            whineanddine Jul 24, 2013 03:05 PM

            Any thoughts on what I might replace for dinners? Les 400 Coups sounds great. Also considering Europea for lunch (can't get in for dinner)

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              Glaff Jul 24, 2013 03:21 PM

              Hard to say! They're all good options, but if I had too, I'd replace La Porte. I think you need to keep Club Chasse et Pêche and APDC.

              Europea is good, but if you've done a lot of fine dinning in your life, it's nothing really new. Classic french fine dinning done well, but not impressive.

              If you're looking for other brunch suggestion, Patisserie Rhubarbe makes a great one on sundays. Reservation needed as it's really small. Review here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9098...

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                whineanddine Jul 24, 2013 03:37 PM

                Just spoke to the folks at Lawrence. Seems they don't take reservations for brunch on Sat. so I'll just show up early. Doing Brasserie T for lunch on Sunday before the museum as I think it might be a rainy day.
                What's the deal with La Porte? I have not read much other than the raves on Zagats. Will try to replace it with 400 Coups if I can get a reservation. Thanks for your help!

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                  causeimhungry Jul 24, 2013 05:32 PM

                  Lawrence is easily the best brunch in town IMO, but you are right they do not take reservations. What they can do is take down your cell number and give you a call when your table is ready. We usually get there for opening but if it's already full, we give our number than go walk around and grab a coffee while we wait for the call.

                  Can't comment on La Porte, never been and I've not really heard much talk about it. Europea is very good, but I would agree with Glaff that if you've had a lot of fine dinning, it's nothing new.

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                    whineanddine Jul 24, 2013 05:41 PM

                    Thanks! Appreciate the info.

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