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Oct 24, 2013 09:22 AM

Restaurant H4C [Montreal]

I read a nice review in La Presse recently. Has anyone been to H4C?

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  1. Where is it? In Montreal? Quebec? Other places in the province?

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      1. re: SnackHappy

        Thanks. It is so much easier if posters who know about a place put the general location in their post. Why ask everyone to google each time there is no location? Much more efficient and courteous to provide the small detail in the first place. See it as a service to the community. Not everyone lives in the Plateau/Mile End/St Henri/name your favourite neighbourhood and would know about each and every place that is mentioned. (And, yes, if we don't live in one of those neighbourhoods we might want to visit a far flung location if we know where it is...In this case the poster didn't even indicate if it was in Montreal...note, this chowhound forum is for Quebec, including Montreal!)

        1. re: williej

          It would be so much simpler if, instead of constantly asking "Where is it?", you posted the address yourself and pointed out to the OP that they had omitted to do that. I'm sure you are as capable as anyone else here of inputing three characters into google. Instead you just insist on making some sort of point whilst bringing nothing to the conversation. I'm sorry if I'm coming off as aggressive, but it's getting really irritating.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            No problem, I understand. I am just as frustrated by others who post messages without any geographical context. As I pointed out before, this creates a perception of an 'in group' who all know where certain restaurants are and an 'out group' who are just not part of the conversation and are 'told' by the omission that they should know where a place is.

            So, is this request of providing geographical context in the posting guidelines? If not, shouldn't it be? Mods?

            1. re: williej

              Not everybody has the time or inclination to give all the coordinates when posting, nor should they IMHO, since it can become tedious and cumbersome. We aren't obliged to create some sort of directory every time we feel like posting something. If I'm really interested in something, I look it up, if not, I move on.

              1. re: hungryann

                I was just asking for area of the city (or even what city or town), not coordinates. It does matter if it is St. Lazare or Pointe aux Trembles or Ste Therese or St. Hubert, to use extreme examples. It also is the courteous thing to do.

                1. re: williej

                  In the past, you have asked about phone numbers, cross streets, etc. This board focuses 95 % on Montreal. Most, if not all local CH posters do specify if the restaurant isn't in Montreal. If it is not mentioned, assume that it is in Montreal and not St Lazare...

                  1. re: hungryann

                    Also, the reason why most people know what restaurant the OP is talking about is because most people here also read the openings / closings threads to stay in touch with what's new in town. This restaurant was also mentioned in the Dany Bolduc thread.

                    Nothing to do with IN or OUT groups...

              2. re: williej

                It's helpful to posters--and future searchers--if the OP indicates where the restaurant is that he or she is writing about, especially on boards that cover a broad geographical area. But it's certainly not a requirement. We'll alter the subject line to reflect the location, if someone flags us and asks us to. We're adding [Montreal] here. Let's get back to discussing the restaurant!

            2. re: williej

              Sorry about that, I should have been more specific. I recently moved to Pointe-St-Charles and I'm trying to explore restaurants in my area. I was thinking of going to H4C for Brunch this week-end and was wondering if anyone had tried it.

                1. re: williej

                  H4C are the first three letters/digits of their postal code. Hence the name. But I guess not everyone realizes this.

        2. Back to the point... I've been for brunch several times and each has been pretty exceptional (note it is only served on Sundays!). I sampled the beignets, breads+jams, truffle oil and leek omelet, eggs Benedict (which were not as I expected they'd be - in a good way), and a pork+egg dish that I no longer see online. Their offerings are unique enough to satisfy those of us who are getting a bit jaded about the standard brunch menus that blanket the city.

          I haven't tried dinner yet, but I expect it won't disappoint.

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          1. re: Fintastic

            Thanks. I'm going tomorrow. I'll report back on the brunch.

            1. re: Fintastic

              I tried the brunch yesterday and really enjoyed it. Loved the beignets and the homemade chocolate and hazelnut spread. The muffin served with the eggs Benedict seemed to be homemade as well. The omelet was very plain looking but delicious. The hit was the Gravlax and avocado dish which comes with a poached egg. Fintastic is right: the brunch menu is different enough to make it interesting. I don't know how often they change it though. Some of my friends found it a bit difficult to find the restaurant as there are no obvious signs outside. Will definitely try dinner next.

            2. I've also been for brunch. The eggs benedict were absolutely fantastic, and I am not a fan of hollandaise sauce. I can't wait to try out the dinner menu.

              The location and decor are also a part of the experience at H4C. In a time where minimalist renovations and bare-bones "hipster" decor (complete with uncomfortable chairs) are all the rave, H4C is a welcome departure and an awesome place to have a relaxing yet exciting meal.

              For people such as myself that are living in one of the adjacent "hoods", H4C will be on the fast-expanding and diverse go-to list along with Grumman, Vin Papillon and Tuck Shop.