Mid priced tasting menu?
So I am coming to Montreal this fall for a 3 day trip and am hoping to have some truly interesting food. I have a reservation for APEC, we are planning a brunch at Lawrence and will have to fit in poutine(maybe the foie one at Cochon) smoked meat and bagels along the way!
I would love to plan for one degustation or tasting menu, or some place that offers 4 or 5 course meals. Most of the places I have found to be highly adored are a bit more $$ than I am hoping to spend (Toque etc). Are there any restaurants that do coursed menus in the $50-$70 range? Also, I will be treating my boyfriend and he tends to be a big eater, loves smaller portions and coursed meals but I'd love him to be full at the end of the meal.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Mezcla, 400 Coups and Park come to mind in your price range although the portions are just normal as opposed to large.
Not a tasting menu(which arent really a big thing in Montreal) but consider Pintxo; it is a great place to bring your boyfriend, in the price range, and you can have a few small plates.
I had the tasting menu at Laloux about a year ago, and I was thoroughly impressed. Would definitely recommend it - except that I don't remember how much it cost, and could not find this info on their website. Still, it's worth looking into it; hopefully it will fit your budget.
Also - but this was even longer ago - I had the tasting menu at Raza, which was simply fantastic, one of the best meals I had in Montreal. I have no idea if it's still as good; it would be good to find more recent feedback. (The natural comparison here, I suppose, is with Mezcla. Mezcla, to be sure, is cheaper. But, despite all the love it's been getting, I found their tasting menu to be a joke: one of the dishes we received was simply a shrimp "breaded" in pasta, and then deep-fried. It was disgusting. In fairness, though, the ceviche was excellent - but, really, that was it.)
I know this doesn't strictly qualify as a tasting menu, but you should probably also consider Europea, which has a "table d'hôte découverte" for $69.50. It basically consists of a starter, a main course, and some desserts (a sample dessert platter), with some additional amuse-bouches before the starter and in-between courses. They usually bring you some additional pastry to take home as well (a brioche and/or madeleines).
The experience is quite similar to that of a tasting menu, but a lot less expensive (fyi, their "official" tasting menu goes for $99.50).