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Old Montreal - Sunday lunch

Did not find it mediocre, rather very expensive for what it is. Definitely paying for location and terrasse.

Jul 05, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

For those missing Bens Deli

No offense, but I am 44 and I always remember Ben`s as being awful compared to Schwartz or Main. My parents however fondly remember it.

Jun 25, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bar scene for hip 30-somethings

Sorry about that, saw the latest replies only and wanted to add a counterpoint ;) Will be more careful of OP date in the future...

Jun 13, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bar scene for hip 30-somethings

I was at Buvette Chez Simone tonight (go there regularly), a lot of hip, pretty people there usually and very Montreal vibe if I do say so myself. Great wine list and I always enjoy the food.

About as far removed from the F1 venues described in the other posts however, to each their own.

Jun 12, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

anyone eaten at Schwartz's in Montreal recently? [moved from Ontario board]

Main, Smoked Meat Petes are all alternatives to try, although I have to say I have not been to Schwartzs for ages. I like the other 2 too much!

May 27, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Barcelona next week

Thank you for La Vinya Del Senyor. It is right around the corner from the apartment we rented and will be our 'local' for the week! Fantastic wines and location plus the staff is very nice and knowledgeable.

May 19, 2014
jfprieur in Spain/Portugal

trip report Montreal may2-4th

That pain perdu desert at Lemeac is possibly my favourite desert on the planet. Thank you for reporting back on your experiences in our city.

May 14, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Garde Manger reservations question

Must live a blessed life have never had anything like your examples happen to me, especially not reservations (can't remember the last time i had a problem with a reservation, eat out several times a month) or getting a drink at a bar. Have had TVs changed for me no problem at many bars. Never have I been told that something better is on lol.

Not saying that it doesn't happen or that there is no room for improvement, but we must hang out in completely different places.

I do avoid trendy places like Garde Manger like the plague however, rightly or wrongly. Might have something to do with it.

May 14, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Garde Manger reservations question

Hooray for sweeping generalisations and tarring everyone in every single industry here with the same brush. Bravo! I guess if you are comparing it to fake friendly US style service where they ask you how everything is every 5 minutes, you are correct, we have crappy service. I will take that any day of the week over some unknown person calling me "sweetie"...

May 13, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best lump charcoal?

Think it was around $12 for an 8kg bag at Costco.

May 02, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best lump charcoal?

My brother has one of those egg thingies and he loves the Basques charcoal. They run out quickly (at the Marché Central one at least) however, grab it when you see it. Quebec company too.


May 01, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best quality/price sushi in the Greater Montreal?

In the middle of nowhere but I find Sushi Plus on Beaumont to be quite fresh and reasonable.

Jan 09, 2014
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Switching from Loblaws

I like that Metro but it is possibly the most expensive supermarket on the island, at least for a major chain.

Dec 18, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

My Montreal Butchers Review

The butcher in the Beaumont Metro in TMR has aged beef for sale. Have never tried though, think someone said it was good in a past thread on this topic.

Oct 20, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Itinerary advice

I have to pile in and ixnay the 2 dinners in one night thing, especially for some of the restaurants on your list. They aren't 3 peas, 4 carrots and a radish in your plate kind of places.

Sep 07, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Illustrated Montreal travelogue in the recent Saveur!

Yes very nicely done, if I want to be pedantic she added an e to Royal on the Plateau one. But so many other things are right that I could not care less.

Aug 16, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant recommendations for before an Als game?

There are no restaurants worth mentioning in the immediate area, McGill campus and the Parc are what is around it.

Would go to Taverne Square Dominion (might be a tad above your budget depending on what you choose) and then take the free shuttle bus up to the stadium.


Aug 07, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

upcoming visit - multiple q's

I really did not mean to come off that snarky, my apologies. I in no way was implying Benelux was MoR. I guess I came off as a ddc zealot ;)

Aug 06, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

upcoming visit - multiple q's

"The beer at Benelux (245 Sherbrooke St. W., at Jeanne-Mance St.) is superior to Dieu du Ciel's in my opinion."

Tastes are personal but I do not know one serious craft beer drinker that would agree with this statement. Benelux is good, but not in the same category as Dieu Du Ciel (reviews on Beer Advocate tend to confirm this.)

Don`t want to make it sound like Benelux is bad, it is excellent, but if you are looking for the best craft beer in Montreal, Dieu du Ciel is it.

Aug 06, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Whole Foods in Montreal?

Never mind, union stuff had already been covered...

Jul 25, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Local summer restaurant ? Great chef ? (visiting from SF)

"APDC seems VERY french, and not as "local", correct?"

Completely incorrect, although it has its critics, APDC is about as Montreal as it gets. He uses Quebec ingredients as much as possible.Nothing to do with French food either.

But you will not find a restaurant like Waterbury`s Hen of the Woods in Montreal I am afraid if that is what you are looking for.

Jul 25, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Sad end for Cosmos family

Was definitely there a few days a week with Nicki when I was at ConU from 2006-2010. What a horrible story all along. Heartfelt condolences to a uniquely Montreal family.

Jun 24, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where can I find grapeseed oil for stir fry in Montreal?

Costco has it as well.

Jun 10, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Is there a best instant mashed potatoes?

Costco up here in Canada (no idea about the US) has these which we use once in a while in a pinch. Decent but no substitute for the real thing of course!


May 28, 2013
jfprieur in General Topics

Tavern on the Square, Westmount

I haven't logged on in a while but I will also add my voice that Tavern on the Square (do not know the Monkland) is always reliable. Not the best in Montreal but good consistency in my opinion, and the staff is great!. Don't know why it gets such a bad rap, the clientele perhaps? ;)

May 25, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Gibby's or Moishes for Steak in Montreal

I will add my voice to the several others who say that it is not even close: Moishe's.

Was there for my birthday a few weeks ago and I always leave there satisified with my meal.

A decade ago (maybe more, even), Gibby's would have been in the mix but it has slowly gone downhill in my opinion

Mar 31, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Has anyone tried Inferno, in Little Italy?

Went recently with a group, some people were an hour late so that may have coloured my impression somewhat but it was OK. Had the rack of lamb which was very expensive for the amount of food on the plate. I saw a rack of lamb dish at Tavern on the Square that had at least double the meat for the same price point. Had the tartare starter, was very good. People seemed to be happy with their plates

The food was good, but the prices is why I say it was just OK. Service was good, room was busy but it was a pleasant vibe. Might go back in a while as a couple to check it out again.

Mar 22, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal Restaurants more than 25 years old

Don`t have the dates but pretty sure Bocca d'Oro and Pizella on St-Mathieu have been open for 25 years

Mar 14, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Berkshire Pork


Has a long lineage and is pretty tasty.

Mar 03, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Bombay Mahal vs Punjab Palace?

Could you at least expand on why you think this? It is not haute cuisine by any means, but for the price it is hard to beat the variety of flavours you can get. Mind you, we only do take out from these places and eat at home (the leftovers taste even better the next day) but everytime we order we are very satisfied with what we get.

Feb 19, 2013
jfprieur in Quebec (inc. Montreal)