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Family Dining in Montreal & Quebec City

Steak Frites could be a good option then and there are two locations. I think most menus will have a few more safe choices for kids so it is probably fine to go where you would like. My kids are pretty adventurous now but when they were younger it was easy enough to please them at, say, Au Pied de Cochon or L'Express. You might have to wander away from Square Phillips for adventurous food. What kind of adventure are you looking for?

Not a lot of chowhounds from Quebec City on these boards but a search will likely turn up a pretty good list or two. The level is high so it should be easy to find some good pastries for breakfast. There is good poutine there, or else Poutineville in Montreal can provide some more wild options as well as good classic poutine. For smoked meat, the Main offers a more extensive menu with other options, otherwise Schwartz is fun for the experience.

Jul 17, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

T&T Tacos and Tortas

We went about a week ago and really enjoyed the two tortas we ordered, the torta el pastor and the cochinita pibil one. The meat was very well prepared and the buns light and fluffy. I also found the side salsas too mild and was disappointed with the fish tacos as the coleslaw on top was very bland but perhaps that has been changed? It wasn't spicy when I had it. I would like to try the tacos el pastor next time as they seem to excel here. It would be fun to be able to order a variety of tacos vs. a plate of four that are the same. In any case, a good addition to the neighbourhood where tacos and tortas have been sorely lacking.

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

Dinner tonight (Thursday)-- where would you go?

It's worth ignoring the decor for the passion fruit ceviche and the fish empanadas! It's a very cool concept and competes well with other light dinners around, especially for takeout. Thanks for the head's up for the Thai place, good to know!

Jul 01, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dinner tonight (Thursday)-- where would you go?

It's a good idea to have reservations at Saint Sushi Bar these days, btw. There's a new Mexican place where Planete Poutine used to be on Rachel, T&T tacos and tortas, that opened up this weekend, looks very good with nice drinks. Or maybe grab a picnic full of ceviches and empanadas from Ceviches and head to one of the big parks? We wandered into Jardin de Panos earlier this week without a reservation since we wanted to be on a terrace and that was fun, not too heavy (depending on what you order) and byow. Probably would need to reserve that today.

Jun 26, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Awesome Supermarkets (and why)

Yes, the one at Boyer. It's much improved over the years, that's for sure. They have 7 different brands of coconut milk.

Jun 22, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Awesome Supermarkets (and why)

I used to stock up on ground lamb at Adonis on our way back from Marche Hawai (easy loop to do in a car and when you've got a massive bag of rice, worth it, much closer than A'dam!) but they didn't have it the last few times. Luckily Intermarché on Mont-Royal sells pretty good ground lamb for burgers. Sakaris had a long explanation for why they don't have lamb which I didn't pay much attention to, but I got some lamb shoulder steaks there that I am scratching my head over tonight. Not quite sure what to do with these.

Jun 22, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO: Melinjo leaves, seeds and crackers for Indonesian cooking

We'll have to set up a Chowhound shuttle to Marché Hawai eventually. If only they delivered!

Jun 22, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO: Melinjo leaves, seeds and crackers for Indonesian cooking

The only place you can find krupuk emping (melinjo crackers) is Marché Hawai in Ville St-Laurent, aisle 9 or 10? They do have a big variety though so it is worth it, either pre-fried (which I never buy and that's in another aisle of snacks) or the kind you need to fry yourself. Not sure if the have leaves or seeds. They do also have other hard to find ingredients for Indonesian cooking like kemiri nuts, salam leaves and peteh beans.

Jun 21, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Awesome Supermarkets (and why)

When I go to Sakaris I like to get their cubed pork shoulder to makes curries and stews, also their chicken thighs are very tasty for stocks and chicken soups. They regularly have whole rabbit or turkey legs as Eaterbob mentioned already. Good prices, fresh, and they are very aware that their clientele doesn't want to pay a fortune.

Jun 21, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Awesome Supermarkets (and why)

Definitely worth going to the Ville St-Laurent Marché Hawai for a big aisle of good sambals and excellent tempeh in the freezer. I haven't been to the other one but am told it doesn't have the same selection of Indonesian products. You've been planning to go for a few years now, hey? Stock up while you are there!

I'm also cow intolerant and get interesting cheeses at Vieille Europe. They've always got a cool brébis on sale. Segal always has cheap packs of raclette de chevre which is also handy. Adonis has started cutting their ground lamb with beef which is a huge drag but maybe shows the effects of their new ownership. There's beef in most of their merguez too which is also annoying.

Jun 21, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

CSA Farms

Aren't those turnips great? And my salads are much improved with sprouts and microgreens from Lufa. I've also got a garden full of basil now as I get their potted ones, make pesto from half and plant the rest. It is too bad they don't have a lot of fruit though. At least their apples were great through much of the winter. I also get baguettes and buns delivered and freeze them till I need them. It's handy when I don't need as many tomatoes and want to fill up the $30 minimum with something. I get Aeroplan miles for my orders as I put it on a mileage credit card so that's another plus

A friend of mine combines her home delivered basket from Jardin des Anges with organic frozen meat delivery so she rarely has to set foot in a grocery store.

Jun 18, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

CSA Farms

I find I save money using Lufa since the fruit and veggies just keep longer and as they are so tasty we use it all. And I do also buy soap and granola from them, nougat and some other things. $10 for two packs of fresh pasta can seem like a lot too but when I can feed a family of four and it's the main part of the meal, it's still a good deal.

Jun 17, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

World Cup venues 2014?

Just got a notice in my mailbox that they are setting up a big screen in the ruelle de la Bolduc/Rachel/Berri for the next game between France and Switzerland on Friday. I guess everyone got sick of standing on the sidewalk on St-Denis.

Jun 17, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal: Poutine and Shish Taouk and Couscous and....

That's a great wish list. There are a lot of good poutine places but La Banquise is the classic. It's worth getting there a bit before 6pm to avoid lineups, not sure how crowded lunch is. Lineups do move fairly quickly in any case. Poutineville is also very good.

If the lineup at Schwartz is daunting the smoked meat at the Main is another option. Nothing to add to Maximilien's couscous and shish taouk options, it's all good. I prefer Basha but usually get my shish taouk while shopping at Marché Adonis but that could be pretty boring for an 18 year old.

In Chinatown I'd probably go to Le Cristal Chinois or get a big soup at Nudo or cook hot pot at Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot. I wouldn't head all the way to Guy-Concordia for dumplings as there are some good dumplings in Chinatown too. Oh, although they are ripping up rue La Gauchetiere these days so maybe the ambiance is less fun than usual, in which case Chinatown II could be nice.

Tim Horton is fun easy food on the run, kind of a classic highway stop, but a more delicious choice would be anything at Kouign Amann. Jean-Talon is fun on the weekends when there are even more options for snacks while shopping and yes, strawberry season is here!

Jun 16, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

World Cup venues 2014?

L'Barouf was overflowing into the street with French fans and t.v. crews yesterday and there were also lineups at other places nearby, Hachoir etc., so if anyone does plan to go to L'Barouf it's probably wise to get there pretty early.

Jun 16, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anniversary diner, need plan B....

Mia Tapas is another nice place serving good Indonesian food, or maybe Gado Gado? Mia Tapas has a more romantic ambiance. We went to Le Filet for our anniversary and it was great but might be harder to book at the last minute. Happy anniversary!

Jun 06, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Is Cuisine Szechuan still good?

That sounds promising. Just wanted to add that I went back to Cuisine Szechuan recently and it was good, a lot better than it was in February. The place was freshly painted, the staff attentive and the dishes we loved, hot and sour soup, eggplant, spicy green beans, were all very good.

Jun 05, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dim sum

Maison Kam Fung and Ruby Rouge are good choices. My favourite in Chinatown is Le Cristal Chinois and I also really like the dim sum at Su Shian Yuang on Rachel that's now available on Saturdays. It's not the classic Cantonese style dim sum like the others, but rather vegetarian Taiwanese but equally delicious.

May 31, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

How is the duck at the Crystal Chinois counter?

I don't know about the BBQ counter but the duck they serve upstairs in the restaurant is very good.

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

Specific Quebec City Requests

The most outstanding food experience I have had at carnaval was a hot drink of maple water but that was a few years ago and the options might be greater now. I've been told Chez Ashton has the best poutine but it is a chain. Might be fun and easy with a big group. There are a lot of great places to pick up food to go especially along rue St-Jean or one of the markets which could be handy for the travel day.

May 20, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal with an 8 year old

My kids like some of snacks in the food court of the Eaton Centre where I usually get hand-pulled noodles with sesame sauce at Nudo, and my son gets pizza from Panini and Pizza. That's right at McGill metro. In Chinatown near Old Montreal we like to go to the Little Sheep Mongolian Hot pot or Le Cristal Chinois for dim sum. There's still some debate in our family about Schwartz vs. the Main but the lineup upon arrival has a lot to do with our choice when we get there. It might be worth checking out where the food trucks are on Mon. and Tues. as many of those have good meals and with any luck the APDC truck might be out. Not sure about the Biodome but the trucks could be nearby there as well. Have fun!

May 15, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

trip report Montreal may2-4th

Great report, makes me hungry just reading it, and very cool to know that those who have ordered the PDC are happy to go back again. What did they get the second time?

May 12, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

has this been posted? chesterman's latest review of Decca77 wowzers

I kind of thought wowzers meant it was a rave. Ouch, that was entertaining but cringe-worthy.

Apr 27, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

all about dosas!

We thought we might be the only people eating at Punjab Palace while Bombay Mahal had a lineup, but it filled up quickly after we arrived. We ordered delivery from the Bombay Mahal location on St-Laurent tonight and although it took about an hour to arrive, it was great. It's a nice option to have for the butter chicken addicts around here. I preferred the Punjab Palace version, less like a dessert with chicken in it, but usually stick with lamb curry in any case.

Apr 26, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

all about dosas!

I had this excellent masala dosa (photo) at Punjab Palace on Jean-Talon recently. I ate it by ripping and dipping and then cutting when the filling was denser. I did keep stealing from my son's curries across from me though as they were delicious too.

Apr 26, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Nicoise olives - where to find...

I would use kalamata olives which, though larger, have a similar flavour and are easy to find. I have found small black olives at Soares grocery store on Duluth that are really similar to nicoise, so maybe other Portugese shops have something like them?

Apr 26, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ceviches

Oh right, I forgot La Chilenita has two locations. I head to their place on Roy now, and yes, Ceviches is on Napoleon.

Apr 25, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Few questions about an upcoming trip

I agree. Parc Lafontaine is not too far from my place and I wouldn't picnic there yet at this time of year. An alternative to APDC takeout is their food truck but it might not be riding around that night. Worth checking on their FB page. If I was around Place des Arts with a 3 year old after a long drive I'd probably head straight to Chinatown a few blocks away and have a peking duck dinner at Le Cristal Chinois. Lots of space for little ones to move around in there and great food. That or maybe find a place in Old Montreal with acceptable food as the walk there would be spacious and scenic. Or maybe head to the musical swings (21 Swings) at St-Urbain and Jeanne-Mance and eat something around there.

Apr 24, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ceviches

Went for lunch at the new cevicheria called Ceviches that is in the old location of La Chilenita. For some reason, I thought I had heard about it here on the board but now I am not sure? Maybe under new openings? I asked the waitress which ceviche she enjoys and so had mixed seafood with passion fruit and avocado. The avocado would have been my first choice for a topping anyway, but I was very happy with the passion fruit flavour. I've eaten a fair amount of ceviche and aguachiles in Mexico in the past year or so but this marinade was the best I've had by a long shot. It came with a lot of crunchy things like plaintain chips, puffed corn. We also had some fried calamari and shrimp but those really became a distraction from the delicious ceviche. Will go back to try the fish sandwich and empanadas in order to find the right balance for a good inexpensive meal. It's a great concept, low carb and high in slurpy protein. They also sell a handful of interesting groceries too, a bit like Chinoiseries and Dumplings. So it is a great addition to the neighbourhood. There seem to be alot more interesting lunch options available around here these days, with brunch at APDC, Saturday dim sum starting in May at Su Shian Yuang. And a container of ceviche now and then will hit the spot as well, especially in the summer.

Apr 24, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Epic Birthday Brunch?

I'd love to hear how it is if you do go!

Mar 27, 2014
Plateaumaman in Quebec (inc. Montreal)