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I'm going to be in Montreal in a few weeks and was hoping I could get some advice on my itinerary. Thanks, Quddous

These are reservations that I currently have

Le Chien Fumant
Au Pied de Cochon
Le Club Chasse et Peche
Le Bremner
Van Horne
Le 400 Coups
Maison Boulud (brunch)

We will also be going to
Olive et Gourmando
Shwartz's
Kouign Amann
St Viateur

Some restaurants I have been thinking about are
Tuck Shop (not much on chowhound about it)
Damas
Alep
Mezcla

Is there anything I am missing that is essential Montreal?

I had Joe Beef on the list as well but thought PDC would already be enough of a heavy meal for our trip. Yes? No?

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  1. Unless you have something to do around la Maison Boulud (like going to the museum), I would skip the brunch there to go to a more "Montreal" brunch like Lawrence, Byblos, ...

    I'd replace Bremner with either Damas (or Alep) or Mezcla if you want something more ethnic.

    FYI, Alep has one of the better wine list in town if that is of interest to you.

    Max.

    1. Wow. That is a very impressive list. I only have a few comments:

      1) I think Max is right. I see that you've visited Manhattan a few times, so perhaps wait for your next trip there to get the real Boulud experience. Not to say that this is not a true Boulud restaurant, but I think it doesn't quite compare to his flagship establishment. Lawrence is a good bet, or you could move your Chien Fumant reservation to brunch-time.

      2) There is no need to visit Joe Beef while in Montreal, especially not if you're already doing APDC and Chien Fumant (which is a JB replica in almost every way).

      3) Sometimes I feel that 400 Coups, Van Horne, CCeP and Tuck Shop, etc. etc. fall into a similar culinary category. This is not to say that they look the same or serve the same food, but if handed the menu from each I'd have a tough time discerning which restaurant had which menu. To mix it up, perhaps consider the CCeP sister restaurant, Le Filet. The food is reminiscent of Bernardin, even if the prices and formality are not.

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      1. re: Fintastic

        Thank you for the responses Max and Fin.

        I will remove Le Bremner and replace with either Damas or Le Filet. Are there any other middle eastern restaurants which would be recommended above Damas?

        I will remove Maison Boulud and wait to go to Daniel someday (Thanks Fin). Lawrence for brunch.

        Any more breakfast recommendations?

      2. Essential Montreal (not going to break the bank version):
        Binerie Mont–Royal, 367 Mont Royal O in order to understand why Au Pied de Cochon is what it is.

        Brisket, 1093 Beaver Hall Alternate (and better) Smoked Meat and as an added bonus Pig's Knuckles as well.

        Dic Ann’s, 10910 Pie IX "So thin you can slide them under a door..."

        Gibeau Orange Julep, 7700 Décarie Essential food architecture.

        Lasalle Drive–In, 8760 Lasalle Two words: Peter's Special

        Chez Nouri, 10 de Pins O Best Iranian Shamis north of the 49th and west of the Rockies.

        Pierrette Patates, 3900 Verdun I'm surprised that Martin Picard hasn't come up with a Foie Gras Michigo.

        Smoke Meat Pete's, 283 1st Ave Île–Perrot real live juke joint/roadhouse right here in Quebec.

        La Soupiere, 5th Floor The Bay Time machine it back to 1972.

        Titanic, 445 St -Pierre Have lunch while seeing the root of Montreal's style.

        Wilensky's Light Lunch, 34 Fairmount O It's not light but it is a throwback to the 1950s.

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        1. re: EaterBob

          Thank you, Bob! Surprisingly I have only heard of only one of these restaurants (Smokie Pete's from a smoked meat thread).

          Thank you for the recommendations!

          1. re: quddous

            Glad to oblige, I hope you enjoy wherever you end up eating, and if you have time it would be great to hear what you think.

            And for what it is worth the Binerie is a breakfast place, and after eating there, you're not going to need lunch (and possibly dinner).

            1. re: quddous

              Wilensky's is a classic. MonNan in Chinatown is good Chinese including their lobster and The Main across the street from Schwartz's is a winner.

          2. Essential Montreal (break the bank version):
            Bouillon Bilk, 1595 St Laurent
            L'Express, 3927 St Denis
            Hotel Herman, 5171 St Laurent
            La Porte, 3627 St Laurent

            All four are French but extremely different. Bouillon Bilk and Hotel Herman are more locavore/terroir centric with eclectic wine lists and constantly changing menus.

            L'Express is the root from which every other fine dining restaurant comes from in town. Get seats at the bar and be amazed at M. Masson's service.

            La Porte is, like L'Express, a more classic type of restaurant. And Thierry Rouyé is one of the top five chefs in town. The other four are already on your list.

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            1. re: EaterBob

              Thanks again, Bob! I have to admit I got excited to see you posted more restaurants.

              I will see if I can squeeze some of those in.

              L'Express was my second choice for my Sunday dinner but I picked Le Chien Fumant because I thought it would be more different (not better but just more different). I will keep it on my list and maybe swap something out for that or La Porte.

              1. re: EaterBob

                After reading a few comments in this and other threads,I'm having second thoughts about my Joe Beef reservation for Saturday night. Hotel Herman looks very cool .Think it's possible to snag a reservation this late in the game?

                1. re: petek

                  It is easier to get a reservation at HH than at Joe Beef.

                  It could be fun to do a trio and eat (and drink) small plates at Hotel Herman, Sir Joseph Pub and Le Comptoir Charcuterie et vins.

                  (need reservation for Herman and Le Comptoir).

                  1. re: Maximilien

                    <It is easier to get a reservation at HH than at Joe Beef>

                    You can say that again..I made mine over 3 weeks ago and could still only get a 9:30 seating..and that's just for 1 person.

                    I 'm sure the food at Joe Beef will be great,I'm just not into stuffing myself to capacity anymore(did that a few times at APdC).

                    I'm over thinking this way too much like always,but I only have 3 dinners and there's so many great places I want to try.

                    PS sorry quddos for hijacking your thread..
                    Apologies

                    1. re: petek

                      That's fine, Pete. The more the merrier.

                      1. re: petek

                        You have reservations at 7 places and you're only here for 3 dinners? Not cool. I hope you're planning to cancel the others well in advance of your visit.

                        1. re: cherylmtl

                          No....I only have reservations at 3 restaurants 400 Coups,Le Filet and Joe Beef and I was on the fence only about Joe Beef and I'm sure they could fill my spot in about 2 seconds..
                          Don't worry mom..if I do plan on cancelling any of my reservations,I'll do it well in advance. :) What do you take me for? Some kind of monster?!

                          1. re: petek

                            You'd be surprised, I strongly doubt that they have many people calling for last minute reservations, nor do I think that they get many walk-ins either.

                            1. re: EaterBob

                              I wouldn't be surprised at all...I'm in the biz..I would never deny any restaurant a chance at a reservation,especially on a Saturday night.

                              I think you'd be surprised at how many people call for last minute cancellations or try just showing up......it's a tough reservation to snag.

                            2. re: petek

                              Cheryl just misread. I have 7 reservations. Pete has 3. Two different posters.

                              1. re: quddous

                                I'm still waiting for an apology.... :D

                                1. re: petek

                                  I did indeed misread - sorry about that! See what happens when I post before having enough coffee? petek, stick with your reservations - you will have 3 wonderful meals!

                                  1. re: cherylmtl

                                    Thanks Cherylmtl! No need to apologize.I'm the same way without my morning coffee :)

                                    I'm really looking forward to this weekend and I haven't changed a thing.

                                    Cheers!

                  2. Maison Publique brunch IMO

                    Brunch at Maison Boulud is amazing if you get a seat outside in the iconic garden (although it may be cold in a few weeks)

                    would do joe beef over chien fumant since chien fumant is just a lesser copy of joe beef

                    better seafood and prices at Le Filet over bremner

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                    1. re: j_do

                      I agree about Filet over Bremner, but not necessarily JB over CF. There are certainly things that I prefer about CF despite it being modelled on JB: namely their cocktails (including prices), charcuterie plates, and ease of getting a table.

                    2. Have updated my reservations

                      Le Chien Fumant
                      Au Pied de Cochon
                      Joe Beef
                      Le Club Chasse et Peche
                      Le Filet
                      Van Horne
                      Le 400 Coups
                      Bouillon Bilk

                      2 dinners some of the nights.

                      Kaza Maza and Lawrence for saturday/sunday brunch

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                      1. re: quddous

                        I hope you have a big appetite. I could never do 2 big dinners in one night. Don't spread yourself too thin because you'll forget that dining should bE fun and leisurely, nothing tastes good on a full tummy.

                        1. re: Gloriaa

                          None of those are places you'd want to follow with a second dinner, even if you eat lightly at the first place - it will ruin the experience for both places.

                          1. re: cherylmtl

                            Absolutely. I have a huge appetite and couldn't do it. You won't enjoy the second meal at all (or arguably the first since you'll be rushing it), you won't have fond memories after your stomach hurts all night, and you certainly won't feel like doing it all over again the next day and the day after, if you can stomach even one heavy meal in the next couple days. (Those are not small brunch picks, either.)

                            Besides that, you are taking seats that other people could enjoy. Don't be the living embodiment of the second and third sins and save some of it for your next trip to Montreal... more to look forward to next time.

                        2. re: quddous

                          I have to pile in and ixnay the 2 dinners in one night thing, especially for some of the restaurants on your list. They aren't 3 peas, 4 carrots and a radish in your plate kind of places.

                          1. re: quddous

                            Going against the grain I'd say congrats.

                            I presume that your pairings are more like a late lunch and then a later dinner (ie 5PM and 10PM reservations) rather than one place after another (ie 7PM and 9PM reservations).

                            Secondly, pairing Le Club Chasse et Peche and Le Filet would be very cool. If only to try and tease out the similarities.

                            Les 400 Coups and Bouillon Bilk would also be an interesting pair/comparison. Especially now that Les 400 Coups is being run by a new staff.

                            Which leaves Van Horne and Le Chien Fumant as the third pairing which is the only one that doesn't really excite me, but it has everything to do with the fact that the Van Horne doesn't excite me at all, and Le Chien Fumant only excites me when I realize it is after midnight and I am hungry...

                            Whatever you do, enjoy yourself, and if you have a chance, let us know what and how everything went.