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Getting nervous that I am not picking the best for our 4 days in Montreal

We have dinner reservations for one night at 400 Coups and another night at Au Cinquieme Peche for just my husband and myself. A third night with vegetarians we are doing Bar Bounya. We are not sure if we will do a 2nd night with the vegetarians. If so, we will go to either an Indian fusion called Rasoi or an Indonesian called Nonya. The vegetarians are young people who live in Montreal and we will be treating them, so we want nice, but not terribly expensive. If they are not available for a second vegetarian dinner, we will have another night that we can go wherever we want. I made a reservation at Laloux, but Lawrence, La Salle a Manger and Le Comptoir also look good. Should we pick one of these over Laloux? In addition, we will have one brunch. I made a reservation at Lemeac, but Maison Publique looks interesting too and Lawrence also has a nice looking brunch menu. Too many choices and we don't get to Montreal very often. Please don't recommend Italian because we have great Italian in Philly where we live.

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  1. If your brunch is on the weekend, I would do brunch at Lawrence.

    1. IMHO The mushroom tartiflette at Les3 Petits Bouchons is one of my favourite things in all of Montreal. If I am feeling particularly indulgent I add fois gras. I also love their fried dates and sweet octopus. It is delicious.

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      1. re: Gloriaa

        Gloriaa, fried dates sounds so amazing. Can you tell me more? I may attempt to replicate . . .

        1. re: financialdistrictresident

          I would recommend trying them first before trying to replicate them. They are that good. They are fried served with prosciutto and some greens.

      2. Nonya is very good for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. I haven't heard about Bar Bounya but a quick glance over a review in the Gazette looks very promising. I really enjoyed brunch at Maison Publique so I recommend it but I haven't been to Lawrence and it does get raves. I'm sure you'll have a great trip especially if you add in some fun spontaneous lunches and cafe and pastry stops.

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        1. re: Plateaumaman

          Another choice might be Mia Tapas Indonésiens, on rue de Castelnau in Villeray, just north of the Jean-Talon Market.

          MIA Tapas Indonésiens
          350, rue de Castelnau E (coin Drolet)
          Montréal, QC, H2R 1P9 Metro Jean-Talon Jean-Talon
          Villeray-Saint-Michel
          (514) 678-2308

          And middleagedfoodie, I'm sure you'll do just fine.

          1. re: lagatta

            Just read the Gazette review and went to their webpage. Sounds very interesting. My McGill student cousin who craves unusual in food, music, clothes will be impressed that we found a place so out of the way and unique.

            1. re: middleagedfoodie

              Actually, it is a couple of minutes' walk from Marché Jean-Talon, so not really so out of the way, for foodies at least. Moreover, it is just across the street from the boulangerie "Le Pain dans les voiles".

        2. I would pick La Salle a Manger or Lawrence (or Tuck Shop or Le Chien Fumant or Hotel Herman) over Laloux.

          1. Vin papillon is great for vegetables and prices are reasonable