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Mar 21, 2014 07:39 PM

Visiting with elderly father-in-law

Our family will be visiting Montreal next week with my 93 year old father-in-law staying at the Hilton Garden Inn on Rue Sherbrooke Ouest. We've searched this board and taken advantage of several recommendations on past visits but have some additional constraints for this trip (at least for some meals). These include:

- it needs to be somewhat quiet and not overly crowded
- it should serve cocktails
- It should offer some relatively simple food preferably including baked, broiled and/or fried seafood

Within reason, we're pretty flexible on price and distance (we're likely to drive to our destinations).

I know these requirements are challenging here in Boston, but I'm hoping the board can offer a few Montreal suggestions to make this trip enjoyable for him.

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  1. There are two places literally around the corner: Pullman wine bar and T. Neither is a seafood restaurant but they serve fish. T is louder at dinnertime and Pullman is louder afterwards..... Both are a two minute walk from the hotel. Both serve cocktails.

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    1. re: kpaxonite

      Brasserie T. to help the OP.

      Maybe Taverne F too? Lots of seafood and small simple plates to share.

    2. I don't know why but Lemeac sprang to mind (although I don't know on the cocktail front).Brasserie T and Taverne F are good option too.

      Lawrence have the combination of good food done simple and good cocktails but it can get crowded at times. Not necessarily rowdy and I don't remember it being overly loud but it is a pretty popular restaurant of a hip crowd.

      Club chasse et pêche is very calm, have good cocktails and makes great food from the surf to the turf. A bit more expensive but worth it IMO.

      Le Filet is having a great buzz recently and is dedicated to seafood.

      I disagree with Pullman. Its a great wine bar but their menu is not the highlight of the night (its the wine) and, while they might make good cocktail, its not what you go there for. Also, if you go there on the wrong night you will be stuck with a gang of flashy and loud lawyer/accountant/agency types looking to showoff their wine cred.

      1. Le ChalUtier located in Laval on boul des Laurentides is right up your alley. Situated approxamately 35 minutes drive away if it is not rush hour. It is a quiet down to earth family restaurant serving fresh seafood at moderate prices by montreal standards.allthough their website is only in french for now, do not be discouraged, the waitstaff are very kind and serve anglophones graciously. My octogenerian parents will attest to that. Judging by the stong demographic of senios who are certainly regulars, I think dad will like this place. I know they have a liquor license, but cannot vouch for their cocktails if you get too fancy. Open every day except Monday, It is really worth the travel. After your trip, do let us know how it turned out, we (Montreal) care to hear that you really enjoyoyed your visit. -Bieenvenue chez nous (Welcome to our home)

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        1. re: heybaldy

          IMO an insane suggestion for someone in downtown mtl

          1. re: kpaxonite

            I kind of agree with kpax.... isn't it a bit out of the way?

            1. re: CaptCrunch

              By Boston standards, it is roughly the distance between Brookline and Stoneham. If you are equipped with GPS, or mapquest, it is a 30 minute drive.This is merely a suggestion amongst many, Besides , the further you stray from the center of any town, the more you get a better feel for the place. If travelling by daylight, dad gets to experience our lovely freeway system, our local urban and suburban architecture and infrastructure..

              1. re: heybaldy

                A drive out of the city center is really not a problem for this trip as my father-in-law's favorite out of the house activity these days is taking a car ride.


                1. re: FoodTruth

                  I unfortunately don't agree with heybaldy. I would never recommend an out-of-towner to visit Laval, especially that not so nice part of Laval. There are plenty of other options that fit the criteria, along the lines of the previous posters (Lemeac, Brasserie T, and Le Filet to name a few).

          2. re: heybaldy

            That sounds very nice. It is in Pont-Viau, not far north of Montréal island. Laval is another island, just north of Montreal, and a bit smaller land area. In terms of travel time, indeed the problem is avoiding rush hour traffic, because I don't imagine your dad will be eating very late.

            When my mum was alive (she lived to 98) we often had more luck in areas outside the city centre, such as Outremont (lots of seniors with a taste for fine foods around there, retired professors and such) and Ahuntsic just south of "Rivière des prairies" from Laval (the relatively narrow channel between the two islands). Unfortunately, I'm not up on the places we took her too, and I know that some have closed.

          3. Thinking about where my parents like to dine, Lemeac is an excellent suggestion. Nice sophisticated atmosphere, lovely part of town, not too loud but not dull. Other suggestions would be Moishes or Gibby's - traditional Montreal steakhouses that also do fish. I prefer Moishe's and think the food is superior, but many people love Gibby's. Good cocktails available at both restos. La Sirene de la Mer is a lebanese restaurant that has a fish market attached - good food, simply prepared and busy but not too loud atmosphere. Located on Jean-Talon, not a particularly interesting part of town but very popular with locals. Also not far from there, Rib and Reef serves steak and fish - popular with business people. Good luck and enjoy your trip!