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Mid priced tasting menu?

jessabella617 Aug 29, 2013 06:24 AM

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.

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    alinemramos Aug 30, 2013 04:06 PM

    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).


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      luism Aug 29, 2013 10:46 AM

      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.)

      1. SnackHappy Aug 29, 2013 09:06 AM

        I've heard good things about the $60 tasting menu at Au cinquième péché. I really like the place, but I've never had the tasting menu myself. I wonder if anyone could chime in on this.


        1. kpzoo Aug 29, 2013 08:51 AM

          Damas - amazing Syrian tasting menu at $55.

          I promise you, he will be full. :-)

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            kpaxonite Aug 29, 2013 07:12 AM

            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.

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              jptimbaud Aug 29, 2013 07:07 AM

              Mezcla, 400 Coups and Park come to mind in your price range although the portions are just normal as opposed to large.

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