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My recent trip to Montreal

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Jerry M. Bank Oct 10, 2001 06:15 PM

My wife and I just returned from a long weekend in Montreal. We had absolutely miserable weather, with cold rain during all the full days we were there.

Now for the food.

At the suggestion of many Chowhounds we went to Toque. Expensive, but very nice. The food and service and setting were quite good and professional. My wife and I each had the "gourmet dinner", she without and me with foie gras. Everything was fine, though I would have liked a much richer dessert. I had a lavender ice milk with a melon coulis (well, sort of a coulis) and it just didn't make it. Very good bread and butter.

The next day was lunch at the Botanical Gardens: better than it had to be. Since we didn't care to travel to dinner we went to St. Malo which is on St. Denis and near our B&B. The food was very nice and reasonably priced. I recommend it.

Since it was recommended on this board we took lunch the next day was at Stash's in Old Montreal. It was a disappointment. The food wasn't bad, but I can find very good Polish food in Trenton, and at cheaper prices. The dessert was a surprise. I ordered poppy seed cake, expecting the lovely eastern European version, and instead received a chocolate cake with some poppy seeds in it. Boo-hoo!

Since lunch as late and large, we had a light dinner at Brioche Lyonaisse on St. Denis. Very good sandwiches: a goat cheese panini for my wife and jambon de Bayonne on a baguette for me. Yum!

The next day proved to be a bit difficult. We went to the Biodome and then took the Metro to Peel, since a few restaurants were recommended there. It was raining and cold and Sunday and Thanksgiving, and many places were closed. So we went to what was open: Cafe Alexandre, on Peel, between Ste. Catherinie and Villeneuve. We had the brunch and were very pleased. Even though this was an "any port in a storm" choice, it was quite good, and a very good value.

My only regret is that the weather prevented us from seeing as much as I might have wish, and of course, there are never enough meals to try all the restaurants we might want to visit.