Quebecois style buffets?
Technically not Montreal but Buffet Vichy has
• Roast Beef
• Roast Pork
• Smoked Meat
• Chicken Wings
• London Steak
• Chicken and
• Spare Ribs
• Pork Chops
• Chicken Parmesan
• Garlic Shrimp
• Breaded Shrimp
• Frog Legs
• Salmon Steak
• Filet de Sole
• All Dressed
Lotsa Quebecois eat Turkey, Roast Beef, etc
I don't think that is a particularly useful answer for someone looking for Québécois food. But I don't know of any such buffets.
Vichy has the most generic possible "food". I was taken to eat there once... at an east-end location that no longer exists, either in Saint-Léonard or south of there in nouveau-Rosemont or Mercier.
Ville Lasalle has been a borough of Mtl for quite a few years now.
You are correct on all points.
I wasn't trying to be particularly useful - I thought my post was silly (EaterBob seemed to get it), but I guess it might not be so evident.
The OP is not simply looking for Quebecois food, but for Quebecois BUFFET, to which Shattered plainly said "There aren't buffets serving that kind of food in Montreal...".
With that said, we're not sure what's more important: Quebecois food or buffet style.
Taking a cue from "Quebecois", I'd assume Asian buffets are out.
What's left in the buffet category?
So jzh, my jig is up, I can't help very much.
It's informative nevertheless to know that such an option does not exist. I guess I should really phrase my question as: is there a place near Montreal where I can sample Quebecois cuisine affordably? The emphasis is on Quebecois since I've had plenty of Chinese, Indian and generic buffets.
Au Petit Poucet in Val David is a reasonably priced Quebecois specialty restaurant. it's about an hour north of Montreal. Very good food. You can get a special plate for around 22.00. I don't think it is open for supper, but is open until 4 pm for lunches and breakfasts earlier.
Ahhh, now we're getting somewhere!
It's still a bit tricky as "Quebecois" food isn't necessarily a well defined cuisine (IMO). Sure theres traditional Quebec fare, theres home cooking, and theres specific plates that come to mind, but not many places cover all bases.
But you may get a coupla replies...
I like Shattered's suggestion of La Binerie.
I never tried (nor do I know the prices), but I walked by a funky pate chinois place called Mache on St. Denis across and up a bit from Theater St. Denis. Looks interesting.
Oftentimes neighbourhood brasseries offer up some good fare at good prices. This changes alot, so maybe others can chime in.
For pig knuckles I like Capri on St. Patrick
I like La Binerie too for traditional fare.
I went to Mâche and I kinda liked it! Only "pâté chinois" place I know of!
Le Capri also has huge "pattes de cochon", a good smoked meat sandwich (I guess they source their smoke meat at Quebec Smoke Meat not far from there) and a good beef dip sandwich. It also has that rare "brasserie" vibe that used to be traditionnal (although they did some recent alterations).
I guess the problem with "Quebecois" cuisine is that the current standard is currently evolving at a breakneck pace.
In the 80's, at our house (we were very very middle class) the cheeses we had were mainly mozzarella, cheddar, swiss, parmesan with "fancy" cheese being a french brie or camembert.
Now the same middle class family enjoy one-upping each other with locally sourced farmer's cheese for the cheese course and swear that it was always that way (it wasn't but I let them have their delusions). (I credit Daniel Pinard for that, although he's not in vogue anymore).
The same thing goes for the restaurants and the current cultural mix. With culture leaders still going strong and a lot of different cultural influences still being introduced the Quebecois food is still being defined and will probably be for the years to come. And that is without taking into account torchbearers like Hugues Dufour or Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly who are introducing a new picture of what "Quebec food" could be in foreign countries. Foreigners used to Picard-ish influences could bring us to define ourselves differently also.
Then again, an european friend of mine once told me that he was initially very surprised how comfortable we were in mixing different cuisines from different places in a given meal (sushi for starters, shish taouk for mains and a tarte au sucre for desert might be an example). I never thought of that that way.
That being said, there is a traditional "terroir" of Quebec cuisine. The one we serve at new year's eve. Not a lot of restaurant serve it however because most families has their version of it and do it once a year. La Binerie Mont-Royal is probably your best bet as it is very affordable and traditional.
It's not just a Quebec thing. Middle class people everywhere in North America (well maybe not the midwest, but I don't know anyone there) are getting snootier about where they get their food. As for mixing different cultures' cuisines, that's a natural byproduct of diversity; if anything, it's a concept most of Quebec is still deeply uncomfortable with, and not just in the kitchen. (I just love typical navel-gaze Quebec comments like this, hahaha.)
I am sorry but I can only comment on being brought up here. I have travelled but can only attest to what I have seen change for myself.
I was under the impression that I was asked to comment on Quebecois food so I am a bit bemused by the fact that I seem to be navel gazing (how typically Quebecois of me!).
And, for the record, no I do not believe we are uncomfortable with diversity. I could try to guess where you are coming from but then we would start an argument not based on food and I don't see how it would be productive anyways.
About as Quebecois as you're going to get: Casa Corfu, 3177 Masson. Very reasonably priced, bordering on cheap.
Pavillon 67 in the Casino also will have Quebecois food. But is not cheap.
And if you are so inclined, there are numerous strip clubs that will also have all-you-can-eat buffets.