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Oct 13, 2003 12:32 PM

Four Nights in Montreal

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My wife and I are going to Montreal over Thanksgiving weekend. Special occasion - while I wouldn't say price is no object, we are certainly willing to splurge on at least a couple of meals.

We'd like the best quintessentially-Montreal (read new-French/bistro/Quebecois) meals we can find. The best two meals we've had in the past year were at Vancouver's Lumiere and Gordon Ramsay in London. We were in QC a few years ago and loved Laurie-Raphael.

I'm thinking Toque, but I have the slightest fear it is 'old-French' and/or stuffy. If someone can straighten me out one way or another, that would be great!

Anise sounds right up our alley, so I plan to make a res there. Also, L'Express sounds fun, and good for a less formal night out.

Any more suggestions? Any place serving Okanagan wines?

And what foodstuffs should I smuggle home from Montreal?

Thanks in advance,


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  1. Umm, this *is* Thanksgiving weekend. Today is Thanksgiving day.

    As you'll learn if you'll actually take a few minutes to read some of the threads on this board, there are several popular "new French" restaurants in town: Toqué!, La Chronique, Les Chèvres, Les Caprices de Nicolas, Chez L'Épicier, Cube and the affordable Brunoise.

    Toqué! is the farthest thing from old French and stuffy; if it has a fault it's that it's overly inventive and a bit too self-conciously cool. You'll find the address to its website in a recent thread; among other things, the site features a fairly up-to-date menu that will allow you to judge for yourself.

    While you might find the occasional bottle of Okanagan wine on a restaurant's list, there's no place I know that makes a practice of serving them.

    You'll also find several threads about take-home foodstuffs in the listing (e.g. Edible gifts to bring back to New York? - ZoeZinger 14:20:47 12/11/02). Why don't you read them first, before you start asking questions? One word to the wise, though: don't plan on taking meat across the border; reports are that US customs post 9/11 and mad cow are not letting it in.

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    1. re: bftp

      Not to flame you BFTP, but chill out. American Thanksgiving isn't for many weeks now and if people read all the threads all the time there would never be any new messages.

      Chris, I saw you got some good answers on Egullet. Enjoy your time here in Montreal.

    2. I just got back from montreal yesterday. went to tocque on saturday night. it was a great meal - inventive and expensive. we did the tasting menu with foie gras. some courses were amazing, others pretty ordinary. sunday night we went to au pied de cochon ( which was one of the best meals that i have had in a long time. it seems like a great place to go for an authentic quebec meal. we had the poutine with foie gras which was so unbelievably good. for main courses, we had the pied de cochon (absolutely amazing)and the venison ribs. for dessert we had the pudding with the muffin in it (can't remember the french). definitely bring your appetite - i wish that i could have eaten more because it was so amazing. the service was great too - really nice and helpful for nonfrench-speaking diners. the atmostphere is fun too. if you have any other questions, please let me know.

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      1. re: kdub

        Thanks for the advice! I'll take that as an endorsement of APDC over Toque. cg

        1. re: kdub

          Hi. I viewed the website you listed for au pied de cochon, but it links to the restaurant in Paris. Is there a link to the one in Montreal? .... I will be in Montreal later this month with a few non-foodie friends. Do you have any reccomendations for other brasseries/pub? Other authentic spots for an authentic Quebec meal? Thanks.

        2. Second the recommendation for APDC. We had a killer meal there in March. Had the venison ribs and the onglet. The ribs were melt in your mouth tender and the venison came with frites which were served in a delightful paper cone. Very thin, light and crispy, not at all greasy. Also recommend the French onion soup, highly flavorful and not at all gloppy with cheese. The atmosphere is casual and the staff were very courteous and efficient, even as the place filled up quickly. As for your food to take home question, I like to go to one of the markets as a last stop before heading back home in the morning. Atwater is the one we usually hit. I've brought back all sorts of food: meat pies, sausage, cheese and have never had a problem with customs, even post 9/11. There is a sublime cheese shop in Montreal called Pierre Chaput, you will see posts about it if you scroll back to Feb/March on this board. Go there!