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Jeremy Osner Jun 2, 1998 04:47 PM

Well I just spent the weekend in Montreal -- what a
great city for eating! We had:
Friday Lunch: a newly opened bistro in Vieux Montreal.
Price Fixe lunch was $10.50 for appetizer, main course
and dessert. We both had salad for appetizer; I had
Moules Mariniere and Ellen had Cassoulet au Canard.
Everything was excellent, though I could have skipped
the dessert just as well.
Friday Supper: fresh strawberries,
mascarpone/gorgonzola torte, and honey; all purchased
at the Atwater Market, a beautiful location for buying
produce, cheeses, meats, bread, flowers.
Saturday Lunch: Smoked Meat (Canadian Pastrami)
sandwiches at Schwartz's, which my friend Maurice
described as the Canadian Katz's -- well, I wouldn't go
that far as I found the meat a touch too dry and tough;
but it is a very respectable deli, at least as good as
the Pastrami King in Forest Hills.
Saturday Supper: The only miss of the trip. We went to
a jazz club called Biddley's and ate their barbecued
ribs and chicken wings. I wouldn't recommend the food
or the music particularly.
Sunday Lunch: The cafe at Musee des Beaux-Arts de
Montreal. Excellent soup, fair sandwiches -- certainly
better than any other museum cafe I've ever eaten at.

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    stephen kaye Jun 13, 1998 08:53 AM

    you didn't have dinner at Toques??

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      Jeremy Osner Jun 15, 1998 09:44 AM

      No. What's Toques?

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        Gary Cheong Jun 15, 1998 03:25 PM

        See my post on "Montreal restaurants" a few lines down
        on this message board. It's called Toque (pronounced
        To-kay). I think that is what Stephen Kaye was
        referring to.

        You can now go to Cena -- 12 East 22nd St. here in NY
        to sample Normand's food. He's partner there with
        Stephen & Thalia Loffredo of Zoe. He spends some time
        here every month to change the menu. Prices are on
        the expensive side, but there is also a less expensive
        cafe menu. The best bargain is still Toque in
        Montreal because of the exchange rate (but then you
        have to pay airfare).

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      Jake Klisivitch Jun 17, 1998 10:05 AM

      Oh my. Even comparing Schwartz's to Katz's seems
      sacriligious to me. And to compare it unfavorably just
      dumbfounds me. When I lived in Mtl, I was a regular at
      Schwartz's, and though they might have had an off-night
      or two, I found the brisket to be better by far than
      anything NYC has to offer. Perhaps you didn't order it
      correctly? Ask for 'medium' smoked meat -- 'lean' is
      too dry and tasteless, 'old-fashioned' is a heart
      attack between two pieces of bread. Accompany with
      fries (homemade and best on planet), pickles (local
      Mrs. Whyte's), and a Cott's Black Cherry Soda...
      Aaaaah. I went to Katz's recently and thought the food
      was terrible, really really bad. The pastrami was badly
      sliced and dry, the fries had been kept heated for a
      day or two, and the pickles had seen better days. So
      please. Give Schwartz's another chance.

      Also, next time you're in town try the all-night
      Fairmont Bagel Factory for the best bagels in the
      world.

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        Frank Language Jun 17, 1998 02:13 PM

        Jake Klisivitch writes:
        >

        I've mentioned at least once on Chowhound how I pine
        for Fairmount bagels; there's no bagel in NYC to
        compare to a Montreal bagel - by which I just mean
        Montreal bagels are a whole different experience; I
        wish to God they did mail order. (I still have my
        Fairmount bagel T-shirt that I got for $3. Ah,
        memories.)

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