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Jul 26, 2001 05:18 PM

Maestro SVP: Thumbs up or down?

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I ran across a few references to this place on other web pages, and as I love good seafood, am curious to try it. I have seen a rave and a compplete dismissal on this board, however. Can anyone else enlighten me with their experiences here?

Thanks-- first time visitor to Montreal in early August.

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  1. I've heard both good and bad things about it. If you like "fancy" seafood then it's terrific, if you like simple grilled seafood it's not so great. But one thing that they are known around town for is their fresh oysters.

    For truly great simply grilled fish/seafood the place to go is Molino's up on Parc. It's a Greek place and apparently the grilled stuff there is just to die for. We're saving up to treat ourselves to a spread there!

    When are you hitting Montreal and for how long are you staying? Both my husband and I are chefs working in the industry here, albeit in a very minor way, and I'd be glad to give you a few ideas for places off the beaten track, or that I've heard great things about.

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    1. re: Joann

      Thank you, Joann!
      My wife and I are going to be there from August 4th thru the 7th. We're meeting Canadian friends in real life for the first time; I've only known them online, via a smoking cessation newsgroup I frequent. (I quit smoking after 34 years, a little over a year and a half ago--good for me!)
      One is from Montreal, but professes not to enjoy the big city very much; the other is coming in by train from Ottawa, and is as in-the-dark as I am about where to go and what to see.

      My wife and I will be there, as I said, for a few days. Our meeting with our new friends is scheduled for the 5th, and we'd love a recommendation for a nice (price is no object, but not necessarily a $$$$ establishment) place where the food is memorable and (most important) one does not have to shout to be heard across the table. We have a lot of talking to do, meeting face to face after a year's exchanges via computer...

      We like all cuisines;I'm partial to seafood, but anything that will linger in the palate's memory is fine...

      Thanks for your offer of information--

      1. re: Jef.

        We were in Montreal for a little over a week in July and tried Maestro SVP one night. My husband is picky about his oysters and he absolutely loved this place for the oysters, he thought it was top notch. I had a tuna tartare appetizer, which was average/good, but we did not sample any of the entrees.