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mikjomom44 Jul 27, 2013 06:08 AM

2 ladies in town for one Saturday night, looking for the one place not to miss. We are Montrealers so no French restos please, want relaxed but not too casual, great cocktails, fun atmosphere and great food. Any recs for Italian, Asian, sushi (Montreal has mediocre sushi), or Canadian? Will be staying downtown but can travel for something special.

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  1. Charles Yu RE: mikjomom44 Jul 27, 2013 08:34 AM

    Buca for good Italian.
    Patria for good Spanish Tapas.
    Chiado for great Portuguese.
    Crown Princess for good Cantonese food.
    Kingyo or JaBistro for Japanese Izakaya style food ( former ) or sushi ( latter )
    The first three should also have decent cocktail choices as well.

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      ComerDemonio RE: Charles Yu Jul 27, 2013 10:53 AM

      I like all of Charles' recommendations and I would add the following options:

      Enoteca Sociale for Italian. Buca is a definite winner for cocktails and food and it is in a great area. Enoteca has some excellent food, a very nice wine pairing list by the glass, and it ups the fun factor a little bit. I like the fact that they have 2 oz tasting pours so you can try lots of different wines.

      Carmen for Spanish Tapas. Carmen is a little smaller and has a different kind of atmosphere than Patria.

      Campagnolo is another Italian that has great atmosphere and fun food.

      I'm a little surprised CY didn't have The Grove on his list. I'm not sure how to classify the food but it might be considered Canadian ?!? for whatever that means.

      1. re: ComerDemonio
        mikjomom44 RE: ComerDemonio Jul 27, 2013 02:56 PM

        Excellent recs, thanks much. Buca or Enoteca Sociale sound like great options, Montreal is not known for really good Italian. Besides the 2 Japanese options that Charles suggested, any really great Asian (with atmosphere and drinks) that we should consider?

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          Luvtooeat RE: mikjomom44 Jul 27, 2013 03:20 PM

          Great food cool drinks and hip atmospehere
          Call for reservations



        2. re: ComerDemonio
          Charles Yu RE: ComerDemonio Jul 27, 2013 03:18 PM

          I was actually thinking about Grove since its one of my current favourite. Didn't know why I left it out?!
          Asian with atmosphere and drinks?! Tough one! How about Momofuku?

          1. re: Charles Yu
            catherine88 RE: Charles Yu Jul 29, 2013 05:13 PM

            Guu Izakaya on church street is a super fun atmosphere with awesome food.

          2. re: ComerDemonio
            justsayn RE: ComerDemonio Jul 28, 2013 05:35 PM

            I have Montrealers in quite often and they always choose to go back to Buca.

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          ragged25 RE: mikjomom44 Jul 27, 2013 08:49 AM

          Not sure if Marben is a not too miss place, but it definitely is relaxed and fun. I've always enjoyed their burgers and meat dishes. Place turns into a club scene as the night goes along.

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            childofthestorm RE: mikjomom44 Jul 27, 2013 08:03 PM

            Bar Isabel!

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              JennaBean RE: mikjomom44 Jul 30, 2013 07:42 AM

              I would say the Grove would be a good choice if you can get a Sat reso. I also really like Bar Isabel right now. Both are in fun areas so you'll be able to walk to after dinner drinks if you fancy. I prefer to avoid King Street West on a Sat night and that includes places like Buca. It tends to be a mid-week visit location for me when I don't feel like it is so much see and been seen.

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