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dimsumfan Aug 5, 2013 04:07 PM

Looking for recommendations for a solo diner arriving into Montreal about midnight on a Saturday night (turning Sunday morning). Omnivorous, adventurous eater who would generally enjoy a tasting menu (probably not possible at that hour) and is open to anything interesting and unique: offal, etc. Alcohol not a factor for this meal. Thanks!

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    EaterBob Aug 5, 2013 04:37 PM

    For French (based) restaurants this is what you got...

    Kitchen open until 2 am:
    L'Express, 3929 Saint-Denis 514-845-5333
    Le Chien Fumant, 4710 De Lanaudière 514–524–2444

    Kitchen open until midnight:
    Nouveau Palais, 281 Bernard O 514–273–1180
    Au Pied de Cochon, 536 Duluth E 514 281–1114

    If you're looking for Italian, Indian, Chinese, Greek or Poutine there are lots of other possibilities.

    And you might want to inquire at the hotel where you are staying if their restaurant is open late as well.

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      dimsumfan Aug 6, 2013 07:42 AM

      Thanks. Preferring French, but if there are any unique, must-try options, I'm open to suggestions.

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        EaterBob Aug 6, 2013 08:11 AM

        Not many downtown, but these would be the late-night spots I would consider unique.

        Chez Ma Tante, 3180 Fleury E 514 387–6984
        Started out as a food cart in the 1930s, still serving the best hot dogs in the province.

        Gibeau Orange Julep, 7700 Décarie, 514 738–7486
        An architectural throwback to the 50s, and the food is good, too.

        Joe's Panini, 1404 Drummond 514 843–8057
        Hamburger on a panini at 4am to soak up the alcohol...

        Lasalle Drive–In, 8760 Lasalle 514 365–6700
        The Peter special.

        Pierrette Patates, 3900 Verdun 514–766–2138
        The Michigo.

        Smoke Meat Pete's, 283 1st Ave Île–Perrot 425–6068
        A Mississippi roadhouse on Ile Perrot serving arguably the best smoked meat in town.

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          kpaxonite Aug 6, 2013 09:55 AM

          They are unique but not must-try... if you are arriving at midnight I wouldnt drive an hour or more to go to smoke meat petes in the west island and back - just go to the main for smoked meat (if you want smoked meat) it's open almost all night.
          The other recs I dont think is what the OP meant by unique.. they are casse croute (burgers and fries) joints that are quite far away from downtown aside from joe's panini which I suppose is a good place to soak up alcohol.
          Ive never been to Chez Ma Tante.. sounds interesting, Ill check it out one day.

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            catroast Aug 6, 2013 09:56 AM

            orange julep is expensive and mediocre

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          Fintastic Aug 6, 2013 09:36 AM

          I'd go with Chien Fumant for something a bit more Montrealesque, unless you're happy eating at a very old school bistro/brasserie, in which case you'll find it at L'express. Really there are not many other places offering French food after midnight.

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            dimsumfan Aug 6, 2013 11:12 AM

            Anyone know pricing at Chien Fumant? Nothing at the website, and I don't see any menu photos anywhere online.

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              kpaxonite Aug 6, 2013 11:49 AM

              Most entrees are around 15-20, plats around 25-30..

              What price range were you looking for?

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                dimsumfan Aug 6, 2013 04:36 PM

                Not limiting myself by price range too much. Just curious for the sake of knowing. I wish restaurants would simply post their prices. Makes me more reluctant to go if they're "hiding" something.

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                  Fintastic Aug 6, 2013 08:43 PM

                  I also wish the Montreal restaurants gave more information online, but I don't think anyone is trying to hide the prices: it just seems to be a current trend in our restaurant scene. Perhaps having no menu online is intended to highlight the fact that the offerings change daily. However, some places (like Lawrence) manage to post 2 menus a day, suggesting to me that it's just that most restauranteurs don't want to go to the trouble of updating information online (even opening hours, in some cases).

                  In any case, Chien Fumant is certainly not cheap, though pretty much par for the course. L'Express would be considerably cheaper for both food and drink.

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