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Sep 16, 2013 08:00 AM

Dinner for Thursday night

Hi all,

I travel to MTL once per month on business, and go to Holder restaurant frequently. Would be looking for something of equal cost. Staying @ Westin (near Holder), but can cab it if there is good option. I'll leave it in your good hands to recommend something (I like everything) - but perhaps something "different" from where I'm from - Toronto.


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  1. Close to Holder are Vallier, Graziella, L'Orignal.

    What are you looking for ?

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    1. re: Maximilien

      Thanks for the reply... as mentioned - similar price-point to Holder, and something "different' than a typical Toronto restaurant (ie. no Chinese food).

      Willing to cab - but don't have to should there be good options around as well.


    2. Holder's price point is hard to match (for equal quality) in Old Montreal. Le Local would be slightly more expensive. Maybe the Kitchen Gallery Poisson (Notre-Dame) would be the same as Holder. Grazielle and L'Orignal mentionned are both good, but probably more expensive than Holder.

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      1. re: sweettoothMTL

        OK - I'll have a look - thanks.. I could go "a little" more expensive should that equal high quality. I do agree though Holder is great for the price.


      2. Walking distance:
        Chez Delmo, 275 Notre Dame O
        Kitchen Galerie Poisson, 399 Notre Dame O
        Le Sinclair, 125 St Paul O

        Cab required:
        Bouillon Bilk, 1595 St Laurent
        L'Express, 3927 St Denis
        Hotel Herman, 5171 St Laurent
        La Porte, 3627 St Laurent

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          1. re: stevedominic

            My pleasure. And please don't forget to let us know what you think of whatever place you end up trying.

        1. Holder owners just opened a new spot at Mont Royal metro called Grenuille. Prices are slightly lower and food closer to classic French comfort. Perhaps an option.

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          1. re: Fintastic

            I did not know that, did not see it pass on the opening thread. I'm assuming the name is Grenouille? That, plus the still to come opening on Bernard, in the Old Moulerie/Murphy location, a lot of opening for the Holder crew.

            1. re: sweettoothMTL

              Yes, apologies. Grenouille not Grenuille. That was typed on a not-so-French-savvy smartphone.

            2. re: Fintastic

              The Gazette's Urban Expressions wrote up Restaurant Grenouille a few days ago:


              As an aside, despite the often-amateur writing and numerous grammatical and spelling errors, I find Urban Expressions is much faster to cover new places than the two restaurant critics in the actual paper. I have a feeling the bloggers who contribute to Urban Expressions watch the discussions here and react quickly to writing about new openings.

              Click on the "Food" link at the top and you'll see all the reviews.There are usually several new posts each week.

            3. Brasserie T! has a similar price point, and food that's actually better than Holder (and I like Holder). A little farther (fairly short cab ride) and a wee bit pricier is Tuck Shop.