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Coming back to Montreal after 3 years of Dutchness...

Loved SDPL, I can vouch for it! :-) The SAT Foodlab sounds cool, but it will be over before we get to Mtl. We'll be there on June 15. Le Comptoir sounds interesting as well, added to the list!

Coming back to Montreal after 3 years of Dutchness...

You are right, there are some good things here; besides the ones you mention, the belgian-cut, double-fried fries with an assortment of sauces can't be beaten and can be found anywhere; the kibbeling (battered cod) on the markets is delicious, and the stroopwafels are nice. However, the extreme practicality of Dutch people when it comes to food (e.g., eating plain ham *or* cheese sandwiches on sliced bread for lunch every day) at some point is too much.

Le Filet sounds like a delicious option indeed, I'm really piqued by it!

Thanks again for your suggestions!

Coming back to Montreal after 3 years of Dutchness...

Thanks for the report, I'll keep it in mind. Which taco places are good these days? I remember La Matraca on St-Denis was pretty good and authentic, is it still good? What about the one by the J-T market, El Rey del Taco or something like that?

Coming back to Montreal after 3 years of Dutchness...

You got me exactly right there... :-) Kazu sounds interesting as well, I'll keep it in mind. Pintxo was a good experience for lunch as well, I tried that one before leaving. Reservoir was also a good lunch/brunch option, indeed. I can't express how jealous I am of remembering all those options... Here I could only whitelist 3 restaurants in the whole city (Eindhoven); most of the other ones are never to be visited again. Worst of it all, many places had good reviews on Dutch resto review sites!

Thanks for the options!

Wine Rack stores in Ontario, when will we get independent wine stores in Quebec?

I remember that the Marche des Saveurs du Quebec used to sell some alcohol products, especially some fruit wines but also some grape wines as well:

Coming back to Montreal after 3 years of Dutchness...

Oh, that makes a lot of sense; the menu looked quite familiar indeed! :-)

Coming back to Montreal after 3 years of Dutchness...

OK folks, I'll be happening to be in Montreal with some family for a short 24-h layover (en route from Toronto to Quebec City), and I'd like to do it Anthony Bourdain style.

I lived in Montreal for 6 years as a graduate student (2003-2009), and for the last three I've been food deprived in The Netherlands, with the occasional splurge going anywhere else in Europe where people know how to eat.

I'd like to get some recommendations of places we shouldn't miss; we will have a Friday lunch, dinner and Saturday brunch to take care of in town.

For lunch, we're thinking either poutine (we loved Ma'am Bolduc), and I'm curious about the Grumman78 stand at the Faubourg; the latter also has the advantage of falling back to good ole' Bangkok as well.

We're looking to get a spot at APDC (which for one reason or another we have never visited before) for Friday dinner.

For saturday Brunch, we were curious to try Lawrence. We were huge fans of the brunch at Bouchonne back when they were still at the original small location at Fairmount; it went downhill since they moved to the bigger location at St-Laurent. We also liked Sparrow and Le Cartet in Old Montreal.

Are there any other places you think I should consider?


Sunday in Amsterdam

What about Bussia: ? They are open for Sunday dinner according to their website.

We've been there a couple of weeks ago and it was really good! We took the 4-course menu of the day, between my wife and me we alternated the dishes and got to try everything. The wine arrangement was really impressive as well/

Nov 01, 2011
dockingman in Europe

Plateau Area - Best Brunch

To me, the absolute best brunch in Montreal is served in Bouchonné (recently moved to 5171 St-Laurent). Haven't visited the new place yet, the previous one was very cozy but no patio. Excellent wine suggestions to pair with the food, and some chilled vodka also.

Le Bouchonn
9 Fairmount E, Montreal, QC H2T1C7, CA

Sunday late eating in Montreal

Better late than ever, I just wanted to point out that we ended up going to L’Express, they were very accomodating and had a very nice experience... Lemeac could have been a good option, but we had already booked it for the following day's dinner (and it was awesome for what I heard).

Thanks for the suggestions!

Romantic fine dining, Montreal (I'm asking early)

Second Pintxo, went there for lunch for my birthday's and it was fantastic. There is usually quite a bit of fish in the menu, but there are other options as well. The main courses are quite large, though, so you might want to order a few "pintxos" instead.

Another option I can think of, and I loved, was Ariel ( Really nice place, friendly atmosphere and the food is top notch, mostly french with some japanese fusion ingredients.

Good luck!

Dinner in New Orleans - suggestions?

We're going down to New Orleans (1st time down there for all of us) from Montréal next week for a conference, and I would like to treat 2 coworkers who helped me out big time for a nice weekday dinner. I'm looking for something that would be unique, preferably with local ingredients, and a casual atmosphere. My budget is up to about $100/person after wine, tax and tip.

Some ideas I was playing with:
- Cochon
- Herbsaint
- Cuvee
- Tujague's
- Brigtsen's
- Stella

I'd be happy to hear your comments on these choices or others I might be overlooking...

Apr 01, 2008
dockingman in New Orleans

Engagement party in Toronto

We're looking for something a bit less expensive as we are both students!

Engagement party in Toronto

I was looking for a place to hold an engagement party for 20-25 people that is of a reasonable price ($20-30 per plate) in Toronto. We are looking for gourmet fusion food.

Sunday late eating in Montreal

Hi, I have to pick up a colleague from the airport tonight, and I realized that we probably won't be able to hit a restaurant before the 10pm deadline. Any suggestions in the downtown/lower plateau area if possible? Thanks in advance!

Trip to many questions!

Second the suggestion for Chu Chai, don't miss on the tofu appetizers with spicy sauce and the fake duck... And get a side order of deep fried spinach! This would be my spot not to miss...

To me, the best bakery is La Premiere Moison ( for locations), with Au Pain Dore (several locations also) a close second.

Myself, I like Schwartz's from time to time, but being vegetarian you can probably miss it... Although it's a cheap eat.

The best place for poutine (about $7 and is huge!) is arguably Maam Bolduc (De Lorimier and Marie-Anne), try the one with curry and the bourguignonne.

Cool, modern restaurant in Montreal

I'm looking for a restaurant to treat my girlfriend for dinner. She would like a modern, trendy restaurant that would require us to dress up a bit... We saw a couple of places in Old Montreal when taking a walk over there during the summer but didn't write them down. Budget is around $100-$150 including tax and tip... Any suggestions?

I've been considering Chez L'Épicier and Au Pied de Cochon, as well as Joe Beef, but I'm not sure if they fit the profile sought... any tips on that as well, please?

Thanks in advance!