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Pointe-Claire?

Will be in Pointe-Claire for a few days for work (Friday-Monday) and am wondering if there is anything chow-worthy. I will not have a car and will be able to expense a cab one night (planning on Au Pied de Cochon) but need some options that are closer than the cab ride from Pointe-Claire to "downtown". I'm not sure if downtown is the right term but basically the area where all the restaurants/activity seems to be) will be too expensive for a cab ride and the train runs very little.

Nothing extremely expensive (as in $200/person) but otherwise am open to low-high end dining. and for cuisine just looking for local - lots of good Asian, Indian, etc. where I'm from so don't need ethnic eats.

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  1. An Italian restaurant that used to feature take out has moved to a location in St. Anne de Bellevue at 132 Ste. Anne Street, Telephone: 514-457-7177. It is now a sit down restaurant. I have not been there but the takeout was always very good and very reasonable. A number of good restaurants are located on Lakeshore Boulevard in both Pointe Claire, and St. Anne de Bellevue.

    1. Delibees, 24 Valois Bay. Better smoked meat than Schwartz's.
      Athen's, 102 Walton. Is a particularly exquisite casse croute good for breakfast or lunch.
      And the 211 bus can be your friend. 30 minutes to get downtown or back to Pointe Claire for $3 or less.
      http://www.stm.info/en

      1. Where in Pointe-Claire are you staying exactly, near Highway 40 or near 20 (closer to the water)? I'm guessing probably closer to the 40 as that's where most of the hotels are.

        Are you ok to take shorter cab rides within that area?

        I've never been to Le Gourmand but it's supposed to be real good (although there have been mixed reviews lately), on the pricier range but not $200/person :-)

        http://www.restaurantlegourmand.ca

        Bistro Nolah is also really good.

        Do a search for "West Island" as that is the part of Montreal Pt Claire is in. There are a lot of threads out there.

        Bombay Choupati is a few miles from where you are probably staying for great Indian and Aryana, excellent Afghani is nearby too. Oh sorry, thought you meant you were looking for ethnic, either way they are really good.

        This part of the city is much better for ethnic than anything else.

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        1. re: JerkPork

          Thanks for all great suggestions so far from everyone! I'm fine taking shorter cab rides or walking up to a couple miles if the weather's nice, just long distances will get expensive really quick. The bus idea above looks good but seems to run along the 20, I'm staying at a Holiday Inn on the 40 and Boul Saint-Jean.

          And ethnic is fine if that's what's close, i just don't NEED ethnic if I can get some good poutine and other local delicacies :)

          1. re: PHXeater

            In that case there's the 470 and lots of other buses at Fairview.

            1. re: PHXeater

              The restaurant in the hotel actually isn't bad. Otherwise, the bus terminal is across the street at the mall, which can take you pretty much wherever you need to go.

              1. re: vvvalerie

                I second that. I work closeby & had 2 very decent meals this past year. Not your average mediocre at best hotel restaurant, they care about what leaves the kitchen. It shows.
                Have also had several awesome meals at le Gourmand, worth the detour to the quaint Pointe Claire village. I'll also put in a good word for Trattoria Mundo in the strip mall on St Charles just north of the highway 40. Although I have read many negative reviews of Mundo on these boards, my 20+ lunches & dinners could not have been more delicious & authentic or traditional - that according to the many Italians whose company I was in. When people chime in "as good as my nonna's" they are doing something right.

                1. re: BigHabsFan

                  So including recent meals at Trattoria Mundo? Most of negative reviews of Mundo, seem to be more recent reviews(not just on this board). Have they changed owners or head chefs in recent years?

                  1. re: BLM

                    In May was there with 9 others (ages 9 - 83), mamma was in the kitchen. Everyone loved it, I did not notice any difference. They went out of their way to accommodate us.

                  2. re: BigHabsFan

                    I like Steak Frites which is located around the corner of the mall where Mundo is.

                    1. re: Ruthie789

                      Went once and didn't like it at all. For a place that does only steak, I found my entire tables steak (and I tried them all being with my wife and kids) all tasted like old meat. I figured with all the steak turnover I wouldn't have found this there but really didn't like it.

                      1. re: jonhall

                        Steak Frites is terrible, zero taste. I've been to the one Ruthie mentions and another location in the east. Just horrible and it isn't cheap.

                        1. re: JerkPork

                          Nope, not cheap at all. We got the bill, I looked at my wife and said to her, for another 50 bucks or so, we could have gone to 40 West. Granted we don't drink but for a little more, you could get much better quality meat.

                          1. re: jonhall

                            I went there with my wife to celebrate my friend's 50th birthday.
                            There was a set fixed menu at $36 per person + a 17% automatic group rate service charge . The food at best was was average !!! On top of this, when I got my bill of 95.02 I gave my waiter a $100 and he asked if "Would I like change ???" and I said yes and to this point he is still delivering me my change !!! He said he will be right back (I figure a restaurant of this caliber the waiters would have change) . After waiting about 10 minutes and no sign of my waiter, with my friends waiting for me I took it as a loss !!! As a result, my waiter received 23.9% tip for an average service !!!!
                            Very displeased with this restaurant !!!!

                            1. re: fotobug

                              I think the Steak Frites have gone downhill since they expanded a few years ago. The Old Montreal location used to be decent and was fair value about 5 years ago. I don't know if any locations are now good. All I hear and read is that they're terrible.

                              1. re: fotobug

                                That is not great service for sure. I have been there a few times and it was fine. I really find most of the restaurants here expensive and mediocre.

                          2. re: jonhall

                            We went for lunch quite awhile ago and found it good.

                          3. re: Ruthie789

                            Was there once about 8 months ago & haven't been back due to reasons stated by others above.

                  3. There is an excellent German bakery, now in Pointe-Claire, Le Petit Munich. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have a little café for coffee and a sandwich at their current location, but you can always phone or just drop in: http://lepetitmunich.ca/

                    Indeed, I'm looking forward to taking the 211 bus there and back to check Petit Munich out...

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                    1. re: lagatta

                      As well there is a small luncheon counter at Vienna Pastry, in the Pointe Claire Plaza. I love the leek tarts and you can get coffee and tea. The Petit Munich used to be in Dollard at some point wasn't it?

                      1. re: Ruthie789

                        Yes, Petit Munich has moved recently.

                        I have SO many leeks to deal with! Tarts are a possibility among others. I love leeks.

                    2. About 400 yards from your hotel is Brasserie Le Manoir.
                      This USED to be a working man's tavern kind-of-place with real honest (cheap, good, stick to your ribs) food.
                      In recent years, however, they turned it into something of a sports bar with a typical sports bar menu.

                      I haven't eaten here in quite a while, but I think they still have a few hold-outs including steaks and roast beef (if someone can verify this?).
                      However, the king of Quebecois brasserie food is the increasingly rare, pattes de cochon, or pork hocks.
                      Apparently Le Manoir serves pattes de cochon on Wednesdays and Fridays.
                      That'd be my suggestion, but call ahead first, it isn't on their menu.
                      http://lemanoir1.com/?lang=en

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                      1. re: porker

                        According to this article
                        http://westislandgazette.com/news/fro...
                        it is owned by Peter Sergakis which would explain an awful lot of why it is no longer good (unless you're 18 years-old and looking for some place to watch UFC). I'm surprised he hasn't renamed it Station des Sports.

                        1. re: EaterBob

                          Ahhh, OK, that makes sense.
                          Now my recommendation is that much more dubious....

                          @PHX, I'd still like you to try pattes de cochon; if you're limited to Pointe Claire, Le Manoir (and bar mogul Peter Sergakis...others give him a different title...) may be a necessary evil...but like I said, call ahead, on Friday, to make sure they have it.
                          Not in the mood for pork hock, skip it.

                          @EaterBob, its the same story with the Cock&Bull on St. Catherine....

                          1. re: EaterBob

                            The food is good it is not old school brasserie food, I agree with you. It is a good option for someone travelling who wants to have a good meal. So many of our West Island restaurants are expensive and really not that great.

                          2. re: porker

                            I go to the Manoir for fish and chips. The last time there the fish was Halibut, it was absolutely delicious. I do find this restaurant a good suggestion, the plates are not skimpy, the food is good and the service is quick. Apparently they also serve breakfast, which I hear is very good.

                          3. I've been looking for a good restaurant in Pointe Claire fo 25 years now. Pointe Claire village has a slue of the worst restaurants in Quebec dressed in nice buildings and pretty insides but the Chefs must be on a prison release programme.
                            Not far away in Pierrefonds is a low profile Pakistani Restaurant called Shahi Palace in an old Strip Mall that serves great food at a reasonable price .Their address is 4773 Des Sources.
                            For your taxi cab night you can travel a little further to Isle Bizard for a great meal at Bistro 1843 at 376 Chemin Cherrier .Being the only good restaurant on the Lakeshore they are heavily booked ahead so call first for a reservation at 514-305-1229.

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                            1. re: finefoodie55

                              My friend who is Indian advises that the Shahi Palace has the best food. I want to go there as well.

                              1. re: Ruthie789

                                Shahi and Bombay Choupati are both very good, edge to Choupati. Their Dosas are a must.

                              2. re: finefoodie55

                                Finefoodie, what's the menu like at 1843, I have heard good things about this place but can't seem to find a menu. I'm assuming they change it often. I have read some reviews on other sites that mention deer and venison which sounds good to me but maybe not so for others. Also, what are the price points? Thanks.

                              3. Going North on St. John's Road you have a number of restaurants. In the small mall across from Fairview, on the corner of Brunswick and St. John's, Moe's deli, and a pasta restaurant Scarlolis. Across the street Le Chambertin and Le Cage aux Sports. Just a little further down, Mozza, I love the veal sandwich here, and in the same mall a smoked meat place Abie's. As well for smoked meat, Chenoys and they do have a good pizza. I like the smoked meat for takeout here, do not like eating there. Just a little further down, Ricardo's for pasta. As well there is another Brasserie, called La Residence.

                                1. Were you in Pointe-Claire this weekend or an upcoming one, if presently here what have been your choices?