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Montreal Dinner (Chasse Peche vs. Joe Beef vs. APDC)

Nicholas12 Aug 29, 2013 12:27 PM

While I have not visited Montreal in two years, I have always made valiant attempts to engage in the varying shades of cuisine that Montreal has to offer, during prior visits.

I will only be in town for two nights during my upcoming trip. I have secured a spot at Au Cinquiene Peche for my first night and am juggling a few options for the second night (the area in which I need advice/recommedations).

I am toggling between the following options:

1) Le Club Chasse et Peche

2) Au Pied de Cochon

3) Joe Beef

I have already dined at Chasse Peche twice, but have not dined at the other two options. I am also aware that each is distinctly different from the next (an apples to oranges scenario).

I am not seeking any one particular element from the meal - simply that it is a meal that is worth remembering. A nice wine list would also be appreciated.

Which would be most highly recommended? I would greatly appreciate any advice.

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    Maximilien Aug 29, 2013 01:26 PM

    If you've eaten at CCeP before, I would skip it now and try something else.

    Joe Beef is known (among other things) to have a nice wine list with a lot of "private import" and "natural" wines of high quality.

    Au Pied de Cochon (as far as I remember) has a nice list of expensive Burgundy wines ( Picard loves burgundy wines) and some "private import" wines.

    You could go to Au Pied de Cochon for dinner and try the new "Vin Papillon" (from the Joe Beef team) for drinks and small plates.

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    1. re: Maximilien
      cherylmtl Aug 30, 2013 02:39 PM

      Except that "small plates" is a bit of a contradiction in terms for Vin Papillon - they are all, in true Joe Beef style, fairly generous in size...

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      kpaxonite Aug 30, 2013 12:22 AM

      Youve been to CEP - only you know if want to return, if not then go to the other two.. :S really weird question

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        Gloriaa Aug 30, 2013 05:17 AM

        If I may add a curveball and throw Le Filet into the mix. It is from the same team as CCEP but a little less stuffy and formal. It is lound and fun and the food is too die for. It is my favorite restaurant in Montreal right now.

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          Worldwide Diner Aug 30, 2013 05:46 AM

          I loved the seafood platter at APdC, so if that's something you like then maybe that would suade you to APdC.

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          1. re: Worldwide Diner
            Maximilien Aug 30, 2013 06:07 AM

            The seafood platters might not be present on the menu when the OP comes in Montreal.

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            Nicholas12 Aug 30, 2013 06:35 AM

            I apologize for any ambiguity with my post.

            By stating that I had already dined at LCCP twice, I had, obviously so, inferred that I greatly enjoy the restaurant. By listing the other two restaurants, I wanted to guage people's opinions as to how they comparably hold up against LCCP: better, worse, on par (purely from an overall experience perspective - I am aware they offer different cuisines).

            I appreciate the Le Filet recommendation, being that it also did pique my interest.

            To provide more detail, I am looking to stay within a budget of $200 (for two people), where the cuisine is French, with a Quebecois edge. I want to be fully satisfied, so I am not looking for a small plate establishment. Tasting menus are definitely welcome. Prefer a homely feel to the restaurant (although not required - quality of food is key!).

            I plead full ignorance when it comes to Joe Beef. Exact type of cuisine? Does it meet aforementioned criteria?

            I am also entirely open to additional recommendations.

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            1. re: Nicholas12
              Maximilien Aug 30, 2013 07:49 AM

              Le Filet might not fill the bill, it serves "small plates"; but you can just continue to order food up to the point you feel satisfied. !!!

              APdC offer a lively (noisy) brasserie type atmosphere with BIG plates

              Joe Beef is a bit more relaxed (It has been a while since I've been there), and offer generous plates.

              Both a completely different from CCeP.


              1. re: Nicholas12
                Plateaumaman Aug 30, 2013 05:24 PM

                Judging from your list of what you'd like, I do think APDC fits the bill very well, but I haven't been to Joe Beef. For clever and delicious hearty Quebecois food with attitude and lots of foie gras, APDC is a good bet. Le Filet leans towards Japanese and small plates, so it doesn't sound like what you are looking for, although I'd happily have a few plates of tuna tartare there any time.

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                Nicholas12 Aug 30, 2013 01:04 PM

                If possible, may someone please describe Joe Beef to me?

                What specific cuisine is offered? General price range? Dress: casual or formal? Noteworthy dishes?

                Thank you.

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                1. re: Nicholas12
                  EaterBob Aug 30, 2013 02:22 PM

                  Google is your friend. I'd suggest you add "anthony bourdain" to your search as well, and then spend the next 4 hours watching episodes on YouTube.

                  1. re: EaterBob
                    Worldwide Diner Aug 30, 2013 02:26 PM

                    There's an episode of Bizarre Food on Montreal as well that does all 3 of the restaurants.

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