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