Your Favorite Restaurant in 2013
Seeing as how the Gazette dropped the ball (they only got 200 votes, and somehow managed to get Baton Rouge in both the expensive and cheap categories http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...)
What would you consider your best/favorite/most memorable/etc. restaurant meal in 2013? And why?
Then if you feel like it, what restaurant are you most interested/excited/wanting/etc. to try in 2014? And why?
Then to get the ball rolling... While certain memorable meals include a breakfast at the Binerie Mont Royal, savory doughnuts at Chez Boris, an awesome souvlaki at Elatos, a fabulous flammekueche at La Flammée, the best family-style Chinese meal I've ever had at Plâts De Pates Hong Mère, ridiculously good offal at Lawrence, mouthwatering BBQ at Moonshine.
I'd have to say that Hotel Herman was responsible for my most memorable meal of 2013. Dominic, my sweetie, and the friends we encountered while we were there are probably most responsible. Seeing as how I can't remember what we ate, but I've been wanting to get back there since October (when we ate there).
As for 2014. I want to try Le Contemporain and Manger Avec Eric. Both have weird hours/locations that don't make it easy for me to try them. But I've heard some very good things about both. And then with the weather we've been having recently Resto-Bistro Téré also jumps out at me, if only because Polish food and freezing rain go together like PB&J...
It looks like an odd place for what looks like such a nice restaurant. See that it isn't far from boulevard St-Michel (that bus is fairly frequent). Don't really feel like making the trip in this bitter cold - too bad, as it is a most appropriate cuisine.
Indeed, a good Polish restaurant is more than welcome, and that whole fish has me salivating!
Maybe some of the 200 were Baton Rouge employees! BR would never make my list of top restaurants though I did like the BR in Dollard for late night snacks after a concert in that region. Nice staff/warm atmosphere.
My memorable meal was brunch at EVOO. MMMM. Second place would be the take out Thai in Little Italy (the guy who delivers by bicycle; can't remember the name of the place), followed by a picnic in Lafontaine Park. That was a unique experience on a summer's eve.
There are so many restos on my bucket list for 2014 I won't be able to name them. We just got a coupon for Nonya today; so I will name that one as one I wish to try soon!
The Gazette readers also voted Burgundy Lion into the Fine Dining category yet Bouillon Bilk into Casual dining....
My list won't come as a surprise to anyone who has ever read my recommendations:
My favourite meals this year were had at Le Filet for dinner, and Rhubarbe, EVOO, and H4C for brunch.
My favourite first visits included Hotel Herman, Mais, and perhaps Vin Papillon
Most improved: Maison Publique
Most pleasant surprise: Communion and Grinder
Best value: EVOO lunch, Laloux Bar theatre menu, and of course Quartier General
Favorite brunches: La Récolte, EVOO, H4C and La Bete à Pain.
I also had memorable dishes like the rabbit pasta at Bouillon Bilk, the potato and cabbage pizzoccheri at Brama, awesome scones at EVOO (the best ones I ever ate except for my own), the apple crepe Tatin at Spanel.
Restaurants I look forward to trying in 2014 are La Famille, Vin Papillon, Impasto and the brunches at Barcola and Lili Co.
The highlights for me were the Short Ribs and the Porchetta at Impasto, the pig feast at APDC Apple Shack and the Arctic Char at Nolah.
As for that Gazette list, I guess one needs to take it with a grain of salt. If I were the Gazette I would not have run the final tally it but I guess they had no choice since it was a reader's poll. Baton Rouge under fine dining and Milos under casual? Huh!?!?
As for Baton Rouge I was invited there recently, (I tried to get out of it) and that had to be the most sorry excuse for a $15 chicken burger, the breast had zero flavor and was dry as can be, the bun was horrible. I tried a few ribs, they weren't even tender and lacked taste, back in the day at least they were tender. Even when I don't pay these places irk me in that they get away with over charging for sub standard food.
So many to name. Unable to do them all...
Impasto, amazing Porchetta and great set-up.
La récolte for brunch. So nice to mix north american classics with an asian touch!
Maison publique (all occasions). Flavors, the place, brunching for hours, the great canadian selection of wine and products.
Toqué! as always.
Arts café. Simple, cozy, affordable and very welcoming.
GUS: Montreal cuisine with a southern american touch to it. Amazing surf and turf with great lobster ceaser salad. Very rustic.
Julietta: cozy and warm. For a very good mexican brunch.
Smoking vallée: great food, bring your own wine and very welcoming.
Rustique: best sweet treats in Montreal. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G
Christian Faure: luxourous bakery. Great pastries.
Barcola bistro: simple, cozy, small, huge portion, extremely affordable italian cuisine.
Blackstrap BBQ: poutine with brisket.
Mile-Ex: music, great wine, great food, great chef.
Food trucks! Look them on FB for the winter pop-ups. Most memorable for me: Landry et Filles, la boîte à fromages, cheese truck, PDC, le point sans G (how can Gluten free food be so delicious?!) and le Tuk-tuk.
CRémy pâtisserie. 2 words: brownie and dougnnut
Le Cardinal tea room. Like in the movies, with sandwiches, scones and much more.
Pied de cochon (Montréal): dim sum brunch concept. Not to be missed. No reservation and on until the end of January.
Micro, resto la Famille: everything is great. From brunch to dinner to 5@7 with invited wine makers. Very small so get there early (8 seats I believe)
Lilli et co: well executed and what in the plate is very different (e.g: octopus club sandwich). Give them another 3 months so that they are more in control (service was extremely slow).
Boucherie Lawrence: sandwiches, changing almost daily.
Le ritz: afternoon tea.
La bête à pain: 7 courses brunch.
Boucherie Lawrence changed the game for butcher shops in Montreal. High standards, ethical, best prices (if you've bought lamb there before a few weeks ago you were paying basically cost price) and zero waste as meat that doesn't sell will be used at the restaurant.
Lawrence for dinner. If you only know it for brunch you are missing out.