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Nov 1, 2013 09:36 AM

Dinner spot

We'll be returning to Montreal for a few days just before christmas.

The plan is LeFilet - my favorite place - one night, 2nd night at Park, and need one more spot for dinner.

Was thinking of either 400 Coupes, Lawrence or Boullion Bilk. We like warm, inviting and comfortable bistro type places but I guess who doesn't :)


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  1. Go for Bouillon Bilk. It is one of the best under-the-radar spots in town. Not a lot of people talk about it, but it's top notch.

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    1. re: 514eats

      Thanks. We've since ruled out 400 Coupes so unless there are some other suggestions we probably will do Bilk.

      Lawrence sounds very nice for brunch.

      1. re: millygirl

        I would maybe add Impasto to your list. I had dinner there about ten days ago and the whole experience was fantastic. I can't say I'm an expert on Italian food, but every dish we ate was sensational as was the wine and service. I should be doing a write-up of my evening there in the coming days.

        1. re: SnackHappy

          I have read nothing but good things about Impasto - yet I was completely underwhelmed by my dinner there a few weeks ago. The food was okay, but not outstanding, and the service was poor, which really put a damper on the evening. I did have a very enjoyable meal at Nora Gray last week, which I would recommend over Impasto, but that's just my opinion.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            I had my 1st dinner @ Impasto in early October. My experience mirrors yours, we had a blast.
            I'd suggest getting a seat at the bar fronting the kitchen.

            1. re: porker

              I'm confused by your post porker.

              If I read correctly, cherylmtl did not enjoy her evening at Impasto. You say your experience mirrors hers, but you had a blast??

              cherylmtl, do you know offhand if Nora Gray is open Sundays. It's been on my list for some time.

              1. re: millygirl

                porker replied to SnackHappy, who said Impasto was sensational.

                1. re: millygirl

                  As ponyup points out, I replied to SnackHappy (little box, top right, says Re: SnackHappy).
                  So in effect, I did not say "mirror hers"

                  1. re: millygirl

                    Nora Gray is not open Sundays, unfortunately. As for Impasto, as I said, I have only read good things about it - unfortunately, that wasn't my experience, so I'm assuming I was just there on an off night. However, to give you an idea, I was at Terroni in Toronto a few days prior to my Impasto visit, and found Terroni to be much better in all respects - service and food-wise.

                2. re: SnackHappy

                  Just FYI...
                  Wanted to snag a table at Impasto next weekend, but no go, they're booked up solid...

                3. re: millygirl

                  I prefer Les 3 Petits Bouchons to Bouillon Bilk. Just another option...

                  1. re: Gloriaa

                    Thank you.

                    Nora Gray has been on my list for sometime now and we never seem to get there.

                    I will check 3 Petits Bouchons and Nora Gray out tonight.

                    I did not see a menu for Impasto?

                    1. re: millygirl

                      I like bouillon bilk better for lunch. They make a killer poutine which really hits the spot when it is freezing outside. The room seems cold to me, nothing warm and fuzzy about it. Have you ever been to CCP? I love the lounge in the winter and the food is divine.

                      1. re: DowntownJosie

                        CCP? Don't think I know it. More info??

                        I am leaning towards Toque. Menu looks fantastic and it's been quite awhile since I was there.

                        Chef was here in Toronto a few years back at Splendido and it was memorable.

                        1. re: millygirl

                          Sorry for the confusion. It is Club Chasse et Peche, the older more sophisticated and subdued brother of Le Filet.

                          1. re: DowntownJosie

                            Oh! I thought maybe that was it but wasn't sure.

                            We've never been but I will look in to. I always thought it was steak and fish and kind of corporate but I really have no idea where I got that impression. I must be totally off.

                            Do you like LeFilet? What about Toque downtown Josie?

                            1. re: millygirl

                              millygirl big +1 on CCetP

                              If you liked LeFilet as much as I did,then I'm certain you'll love CCetP! It's been a couple years since I've been but it was stellar.

                              1. re: petek

                                I love LeFilet. That is a must for me. Been many times and never tire of it.

                                How would you describe the atmosphere at CCP? Is it similar to LeFilet?

                                The menu I saw online is very limited. What did you order, do you recall?

                              2. re: millygirl

                                I love Le Filet. I have had some of my favourite dinners ever there however I find the room loud and a bit frenetic. CCP is in a beautiful old building and has stone walls and is separated in two. One side is white tablecloth formal dining the other one has a hunting lodge vibe with a bar. I have dined in both rooms and love both for different reasons. IMO it is the most romantic restaurant in the city. It is nothing like a is an original!!!

                                1. re: DowntownJosie

                                  Okay so the plot thickens.....

                                  Not my first choice but we're going to Au Pied du Cochon (sp?)
                                  on the Saturday night - birthday. Never been so in that sense it will be interesting but again, menu doesn't do much for me.

                                  Our 2nd night is the SUNDAY!!!! Not much open it seems. So LeFilet and CCP is out.

                                  I was thinking Milos. Any other suggestions folks??

                                  1. re: millygirl

                                    Milo's is good but a little boring . I would recommend Hotel Herman, Damas(amazing high end Syrian food) or La Salle A Manger. The first two would be my picks. I can still remember my wonderful dinner at Damas.

                                    1. re: millygirl

                                      like DowntownJosie said,the atmosphere at CC etP is very different from Le Filet..much more relaxed, vibe. The one dish that stands out that I recall was the Piglet risotto w/shaved foie risotto ever! definitely put it on your list for next time.
                                      Ask about the specials at APduC,since you haven't been I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

                                      1. re: millygirl

                                        Why don't you go to Pied de Cochon Sunday, instead, and go to CCP on the Saturday for your birthday? That's what I would do...

                                        1. re: cherylmtl

                                          Me too, but it's not my birthday we're celebrating :)

                                          Maybe LaSalle A Manger and I will check out Hotel Herman again. I keep reading good things about it.

                                          Any thoughts on Le Vin Pappilon? Thinking of squeezing in a mid afternoon visit.

                                          1. re: millygirl

                                            Hotel Herman is worth a visit, if you haven't been there. It's very good (so is La Salle a Manger, but I would give the edge to HH). And definitely try to go to Vin Papillon - it's probably also a lot easier to get into in the afternoon, as opposed to dinner time (they don't take reservations).

                                            1. re: cherylmtl

                                              HH's website leaves a lot to desired. Is there a menu somewhere? Seems to have very negative reviews esp on Urbanspoon. Many speak of a certain attitude.

                                              Hmmmm not sure this is my kind of place.

                                              1. re: millygirl

                                                The couple of times I've been to HH, I had very good food and service.

                                                (Remember that people complain more than praise on the "Internets")

                                                1. re: Maximilien

                                                  I concur with Max - service has been excellent when I was there, as was the food. No attitude that I could discern on the part of the staff, except for being friendly and helpful. I don't recall ever seeing a negative review on CH. Reviews on Urbanspoon, Zagat and (most especially) Trip Advisor, are to be taken with a grain of salt (or several).

                                                  I believe the menu changes fairly regularly, so not sure if it's going to be relevant, even if you find one online. (although I could be wrong).

                                                  1. re: cherylmtl

                                                    What type of food do they serve? What have you had there?
                                                    Is this a casual spot or more formal?

                                                    Again their website gives no indication of anything.

                                                    1. re: millygirl

                                                      HH is casual chic (but not "dress to impress" chic); I've been there in nice jeans and nice t-shirt in the summer.

                                                      They serve small plates, you can order 2, 3 dishes per person (and dessert).

                                                      For what to expect, google "hotel herman blog" and have a look at the pictures in the different blogs that comes up.

                                                2. re: millygirl

                                                  Some of those Urbanspoon reviews are pretty ridiculous. Like the guy who wanted to drink without ordering food, that would get the restaurant fined. Or the folks who complain about the portion sizes in a "small plates" restaurant.

                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                    ha ha, yeah I suppose.

                                                    To be honest, I did not read through them in detail, as others suggest, it's to be taken with a grain of salt but I did see many negative comments.

                                                    I'll have to check if HH is even open on the Sunday. Here in Toronto some restos that are normally closed will open during the christmas season. Is that the case in MTL?

                                                    I will check out Impasto also.

                                                    1. re: millygirl

                                                      Impasto isn't open Sunday either..too bad!!!

                                                      Maybe I will fit a lunch visit in Saturday but doesn't seem likely.

                                                      Hubby is leaning towards Park or Parc?

                                                      1. re: millygirl

                                                        I am not a fan of Park but my husband absolutely hates it. He finds the portions way too small. The food is hit or miss but what gets to me most is how unprofessional the restaurant is. The wait staff is clueless, there are no bathrooms in the restaurant(have to use lobby of office building), no coat room(rack is sitting in the restaurant, food deliveries through the restaurant during lunch hour....In addition I think it might be the ugliest fine dining restaurant I have ever been to.

                                                        1. re: DowntownJosie

                                                          Thank you downtownjosie. Sounds exactly what we don't want. Hubby's heard enough - its off the list :)

                                                          What about Laloux?

                                                          1. re: millygirl

                                                            Laloux is a beautiful restaurant but there has been a revolving door of chefs. That being said it has always maintained high standards and has been consistently good.

                                                            1. re: DowntownJosie

                                                              I really really appreciate all of your input folks.

                                                              So help me make a decision here - a nice bistro type dinner on a Sunday night - where should we go????

                                                              Maybe we will do Impasto, Laloux or Bilk for lunch / brunch.

                                                              1. re: millygirl

                                                                Don't think either of those 3 serve brunch or lunch on Sundays.

                                                                Here are a few Sunday night options: Le Mas des Oliviers, Brasserie T, F Bar, L'Express, Pastaga, Lemeac, Holder, Dominion Square Tavern.

                                                                1. re: 514eats

                                                                  Been to L'Express, Holder - loved it.

                                                                  Brasserie T did nothing to impress me.

                                                                  1. re: millygirl

                                                                    I have really enjoyed Cocagne the two times I have been. It is quiet and elegant!

                                                                2. re: millygirl

                                                                  Impasto is not open Sundays.
                                                                  They're booked solid anyway (already tried to get a seating at beginning of week...)

                                  2. re: DowntownJosie

                                    That turkey poutine is sensational. One of the best takes on the classic I've ever had.

                                    1. re: Siumaieater

                                      Where did you get the turkey poutine? Not clear from your post.

                                      1. re: williej

                                        Bouillon Bilk, but it is only available on their lunch menu.

                                        1. re: DowntownJosie

                                          So, I am pleased to say that our birthday dinner at APDC has been moved to Sunday evening which means we are able to pick wherever we like for the Saturday night. Great news but still at a loss and actually even more so now with the many options.

                                          LeFilet would be my first choice but we've been many times. Maybe time to go somewhere else.

                                          Nora Grey
                                          Hotel Herman
                                          Salle Manger

                                          Not really looking for anything over the top. Just a really nice meal and atmosphere.

                                          Are you guys sick of me yet?? LOL

                                          1. re: millygirl

                                            If you love Le Filet, then I would go with CCP, their other restaurant. It's a bit fancier, but definitely not over the top. Although you probably can't go wrong with any of the others on your list (although I think Toque would be as close to over the top as you'll find).

                                            1. re: millygirl

                                              I would definitely goto CCP,after that Nora Grey, Impasto...

                                              1. re: Gloriaa

                                                Thanks everyone. We are going to CCP the first night, and APDC the 2nd. In between, we will try to savour as much as we can.

                                                Very excited and thanks again folks.