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Best Montreal or Québécois or modern Canadian for Philly foodies to try

We will be in Montreal for 4 nights. We're staying at the Nelligan in Vieux-Montréal, but we are driving, so have a car. We prefer to stay within the city, but not necessarily near our hotel. Two nights, we will be treating two McGill students who are mostly vegetarian. Thanks to your kind replies to my earlier post, we have a reservation for one night at Barbounya and leads on the other night with the students.

We will have 2 nights on our own and want to try things that are unique to Montreal or at least Quebec or just some great modern food in nice settings. We would consider one splurge night. Your recommendations, please.

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  1. Club Chasse et Peche,
    Les 400 Coups,
    Au cinquieme péche, (you can eat seal).
    La Salle à Manger
    Joe Beef.

    Or for the quintessential (and not the week stomached)

    Le Pied de Cochon. (not modern, but québécois).

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    1. re: Maximilien

      Does Au cinquieme peche regularly have seal on the menu? I dont see it on the website menu.

      1. re: Pigurd

        Don't know, maybe it is seasonal. (anyone knows?)

        I suggest call them, maybe they have it on daily's special (not on the regular menu).

        1. re: Maximilien

          It featured pretty prominently the one time I was there... I highly suspect it will be on the menu in some form or another. I don't think its seasonal.

          1. re: berbatov

            Yes, I think certain preparations are seasonal (i.e. tartare), but they usually have some form of seal available (at least all times that I've been). It's weird that this isn't on the online menu, but as I've stated before it might be to avoid controversy. Places that advertise seal meals tend to receive a fair amount of attention from idiots like PETA.

            1. re: Fintastic

              I emailed him and was told that seal meat is out of season right now until april. Les îles en ville seems to have it on their menu, but not sure about how well they prepare seal.

              1. re: Pigurd

                http://www.fraicheurdesiles.com/ in brossard

                has frozen seal meat, apparently. they were featured in cbc news tonight in a report on the seal / canadian seafood ban

                1. re: Pigurd

                  Les iles en ville has things like dried seal saussage or dried seal jerkey during the winter. Their charcouterie plate is very good and has a couple of seal options, a couple of smoked sea food options, a cheese or two from the area and a couple of other things (6-8 things total) .

      2. One solid recommendation that veggies and carnivores alike can appreciate is Damas on Park Ave great middle eastern fare. After Dinner a quick visit domn the street to Kem Co Ba for some of the best ice cream/sorbet/soft ice cream on the planet. For your night out without the students try Les Filles du Roy in Old Montreal that has a local cusine in a beautiful setting from yesteryear.Enjoy Montreal

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        1. re: finefoodie55

          I really enjoyed Damas. OP, I realize you already have leads for the dinner with the students, but I think Damas would be a good place to bring the 2 mostly-vegetarian McGill students.

          For the dinner on your own, you might also consider Lemeac and Laloux. Neither are new, but both serve good food in nice settings, and are fairly unique to Montreal. Lemeac's food is more classic than most of the restaurants already mentioned, but the food is still more modern than a place like L'Express.

        2. vin papillon is the spot right now.. also veg friendly and somewhat affordable...

          1. http://www.auxancienscanadiens.qc.ca/ was my favorite restaurant when I was in Quebec City!