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Private room for 40 ppl

Thanks - La Caretta seems interesting. Have you been there? How's the food?

Jul 30, 2011
onethird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Private room for 40 ppl

Hi,

I am looking for a private dining option for a very specific group of people with a relatively small budget (between $15 - $20 per person). Either a restaurant with a private room or a restaurant where we can use the entire space. There would also have to be some vegetarian options on the menu as there are some vegetarians in the group.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks!

Jul 30, 2011
onethird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Nice restaurants - with kids!

Thanks for the suggestions. You're right, the Black Tomato seems really nice for a lunch. And I love the idea of a toy box for the kids...I think that Play Food & Wine is now top of my list!

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Black Tomato
11 George St, Ottawa, ON K1N8W5, CA

Jun 11, 2011
onethird in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Nice restaurants - with kids!

We will be travelling to Ottawa from Montreal for 3 nights at the end of July. We will be staying at the Chateau Laurier but we will be arriving by car so we will have transportation. We are looking for some great food but at kid-friendly places. The kids are 6 and 3 but they both like spicy foods (indian, thai,etc..) as well as lebanese, greek, japanese, etc... But, we will need at least one night of a nice place that also has hamburgers and fries on the menu!
We will be eating at Wilfred's (in Chateau Laurier) on one of the nights so we only need 2 other options for dinner.
Thanks.

Jun 11, 2011
onethird in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Ah. That explains alot. But, as a someone who is rarely if ever swayed by the "celebrity chef" style restaurant, I can definitely attest to the fact that Menton deserves some recognition. Hats off to the chef.

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Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Apr 26, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Ah! Thanks for the info ... that explains why I loved them so much! I was in a tourist shop in Faneuil Market right before going into Durgin Park and the shop had a package of "Baked Beans" for sale. It was a package that contained the beans, and some sort of seasoning package. I read the instructions and the recipe called for equal parts of ketchup and sugar ... so I assumed that was how Boston Baked Beans were made. Good to know that I am not a complete traitor to the Montreal style :-)

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Durgin Park
340 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109

Apr 26, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

aw. blush, blush!
I have to say, Boston is truly a beautiful city. It is clean and well-tended and I was able to walk everywhere and anywhere. I really and truly enjoyed this trip and I am sad that it is over.
Bt yeah, I really didn't quite understand what was happening at Clio's. I think I even went to sleep with a permanent wrinkled brow, as I had a puzzled look on my face the entire evening. I kept asking my husband if we were somehow the problem ... was I not dressed properly? A quick look around the room reassured me that I was dressed perfectly (some people were in jeans ... whereas I was in dress pants). We are generally quiet, we are always polite, I don't know what it was but I have never eaten so quickly in my life! It was really strange!
And, in regards to Menton, I have a question. I am curious as to why no one seems to have ever heard of Menton. Other than only one of the concierges at the hotel, none of the others had ever heard of Menton. They had all heard of Barbara Lynch and her other restaurants, but not Menton. And, my husband's Boston colleagues, who were all well acquainted with Clio's, O Ya, etc... had never heard of Menton. Is Menton a hidden gem in the area?

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Apr 26, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

So my whirlwind Easter week-end in Boston is soon coming to an end. Check-out is in a few hours and then it is back to the routine. Here is my promised report back on the week-end in chronological order:

1 - We unfortunately couldn't get a res at O Ya (well, we could but at 5:30 and I hate eating that early), so we ate at Aragosta, which is the restaurant in our hotel (we stayed at the Battery Wharf). From what I understand, the restaurant has only been open for a few weeks so it was completely normal that there were a few kinks with the service. What was unforgiveable, however, was the barman. He was rude and aggressive and barely uttered one word to us before slamming our drinks down in front of us. Given that we were guests of the hotel, I will definitely be mentioning this bartender in my survey that Fairmont always asks me to fill in after a stay. Other than the barman, and the kinks in the service, the food was okay. Hubby had the Baccala Fritters as an app and they were quite good. I had the Scallop Crudo and it was just alright. It would have required a little something to balance the acid in the dish. For entrées, hubby had the Fisherman's stew and I had the Seared Tuna. My tuna was under-seasoned and lacked flavor. Hubby's stew had a beautifully flavored broth - divine actually- but the lobster was tough and the potatoes were under-seasoned. All in all, just an "ok" restaurant.

2 - Durgin Park: Wonderful. I loved the ambiance and the service. The cornbread was probably the best I have ever had (although, I have not eaten too many cornbreads). Since I am from Montreal and we eat baked beans cooked in maple syrup, I didn't think that I would like the tomato based Boston-style baked beans.....but I LOVED them. They were delicious. (Just don't tell the Montreal folks ... they might kick me off the island!) Hubby and I had fried oysters and fried clams and shared both dishes. I prefered the fried clams, but the oysters were pretty good too. All in all, GREAT place.

3 - Menton: Many may disagree with this next statement but, IMO, ambience and service count just as much in my books as food when it comes to grading restaurants. I like engaging all of my senses: hearing, smell, touch, sight, and of course, taste all come together to create the ultimate dining experience. Even at restaurants such as Durgin Park, the sights and sounds and smell of the place all come together and created a wonderful dining experience. But Menton was like a dream. Although all the tables were occupied, I felt like my husband and I were the only ones there. And they somehow manage to fulfill every single desire before we even realize that the desire was there. Yet we never felt watched. Sometimes I would look around the room and it would seem as though the waitstaff were dancing, they moved so fluidly. It was impressive to watch. And the food was spectacular. The wine-pairings were "bang on" (although, don't worry, I didn't use that expression!) All in all, Menton goes down in my history of dining experiences in the #2 spot!

4 - Neptune Oyster: Wow. Wow. Wow. I am going back there for lunch again today. I love the bluesy, homey feel. The lobster roll was a little bit of heaven with every bite (although, too bad "heavenly" bites go hand-in-hand with so many calories!!) But, it was well worth every calorie-filled bite!

5 - Clio's. Oh boy. What a disappointment after such a wonderful couple of days. I wish I had ended with Menton and therefore on a bright note. The food at Clio's was out-of-this-world. The flavors and seasonings were perfect with each course. I would even say that toe-to-toe with Menton on food, Clio's would win hands-down. I kinda feel bad for the chef to have such wonderful food wasted on poor service. Although the ambience was nice, it was VERY loud. Although, that might have simply been the fault of one loud group of 8 .. it was hard to tell. We ordered cocktails to start. And, while we were sipping our cocktails, we gave our server our orders. We ordered à la carte. I asked if it was possible, even though I ordered à la carte, if we could have paired wines with each course. She said of course. She brought out the amuse bouche. It was wonderful. Then, before I was even finished my cocktail, she brought out our first course and poured me "a white" (that was all the description I got of my wine). But I wasn't finished my cocktail. So I "downed" the cocktail and started on the first course. It was divine. Before I took my last few bites, they came and asked if we were done. I said not quite yet. So, I finished my last few bites and they cleared (I think I still had the spoon in my mouth). I barely swallowed and our next course was already out. I wasn't even finished the first course wine. And I was full. I wanted to breathe. So, with my white wine unfinished, she poured me "a red" (again, that's all the description I got). We finished our mains and ordered the chocolate coulant for dessert. We were told it would take 15 minutes and asked if that was alright. We were almost giddy that we would get a 15 minute break!!! So, 15 minutes later our desserts were brought out. They were decadent and rich and everything that I would want a "chocolate coulant" to be. Then hubby got up to go use the restroom and they cleared and asked if I wanted a coffee or tea. I said that I didn't but, as hubby was in the restroom, I would ask him when he got back. He hadn't even replaced his napkin in his lap when they dumped the bill on our table and said that if he wanted something else, they would add it on another bill. WHAT? Who does that? Needless to say he didn't order the espresso that he usually orders and just got one back at the hotel. I have never been so rushed through a meal. I felt sick afterwards. And it is not as though they were in a hurry to turn our table because there were plenty of empty tables all around us. I am not quite sure what the problem was. All in all, I hope the chef finds a way to get the service that his food deserves.

Whew. And there is my long-winded report back ... :-)

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Apr 26, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Required: Upscale restaurant for special event

I have never been to Europea (although it is on my list to do soon!) so I cannot compare it with the other 3 that you have in the running. However, of the remaining 3 I would definitely go with CCP. Toque is great for a business dinner with a client, but I personally don't find the ambience intimate or romantic for a special dinner. And the food is hit or miss (IMO). And, although I like XO's atmosphere, the food at CCP is better.

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Europea
1227, rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC H3G1Z2, CA

Apr 21, 2011
onethird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Thank you so much for calling for me! Wow, Bostonians are really helpful! Let me know if you ever need some help with some Montreal restaurants!

I guess it is entirely possible that Durgin Park will also be closed for Easter. I will give them a call as well, just to make sure.

Thanks

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Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Apr 15, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Ah! Wise! I will definitely make a back-up reservation!

(Don't worry, i NEVER leave a restaurant high and dry without calling to cancel the reservation. One must always respect social etiquette!)

Apr 15, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Thanks for the tip about Craigie. You're right, they REALLY don't advertise veggie options on their website! And, as I have been to restaurants before that have a veggie tasting menu as an afterthought, I always get nervous when they don't advertise it anywhere. But, as a fellow CHer has vouched for the veggie menu, I think I will put Craigie back on the list. I did in fact want to try it and my husband really liked the meat menu. O Ya have not called me back to confirm my reservation, so, if I can't get a reservation there, I will put Craigie in!

Thanks for the tip about the veggie menu!

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Apr 15, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

I have not heard back from O Ya (left a vm for reservations) so I don't know if that reservation will stick but, if not, I might put Craigie back on the list after another CHer posted that they do offer some great vegetarian options.
As for Pizzeria Regina, it was definitely on the list but, as we could only do 2 lunches together (Monday and Tuesday I will be on my own for lunch), my husband REALLY wanted to have some authentic baked beans (hence the Durgin Park choice), and I have never had a lobster roll (hence Neptune Oyster).
Thanks for the tip on walking around until they call my cell ... will definitely do that!

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Apr 15, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Thanks. Would you think that the Easter Sunday would be a better bet for Neptune Oyster? And then I could do Durgin Park on the Saturday?

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Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Apr 15, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Thanks for the head's up! Yeah, I said that budget wasn't an issue but I didn't want to have to remortgage the house either :-) That being said, I did look up the menus online and O Ya's prices seemed reasonable to me (unless I am missing some extra charges somewhere), Clio had no prices online other than a $49 Three Course Prix Fixe available Monday thru Thursday. And, although we are going on a Monday, it will be Easter Monday so I don't know if that price will be in effect. And, as for Menton, the prices are online and I realize that it is quite expensive but I figured that it would be well worth it (fingers crossed).
So really, my only question mark is Clio's ....
And I will definitely post back with my likes/dislikes!

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Apr 15, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

So, final reservations have been made:
1. O Ya
2. Menton
3. Clio.

Do I need to make lunch reservations for Durgin Park and Neptune Oyster? Or should be ok for a walk-in?
I will give you some updates after the week-end! Thanks again for all your help. Cheers.

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Apr 14, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

hmmmm.....nice review. Mouth watering already. I think I am sold on Menton for the third choice. Bang on! :)
Seriously, I will try to train "wicked awesome" into my vocabulary before I get there!

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Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

Apr 11, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

No, I was a little worried about Craigie.....hubby eats meat but I don't (only fish and seafood) and the menu seemed very meat heavy. But the menus at both Menton and #9 Park seem quite nice. Recommend one over the other?
Thanks once again ... so far your recommendations seem bang on!

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Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

#9 Park
Boston, Boston, MA

Apr 11, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Don't worry! I sure will. So far, I think for dinner we will be trying Clio, O Ya and the third is still up in the air (trying to choose between L'Espalier, Bergamot and TW Food). I think for lunch we will do Neptune Oyster and Durgin Park.
Also, a friend of mine went to Boston a while ago and said he ate a great restaurant that had the word "butcher" in it. Any ideas what he could have been talking about? And, if so, is it worth trying?
Thanks

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Apr 11, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Business lunch in downtown Montreal

Birks Café is always a nice lunch choice. I also really enjoyed Brasserie T. But I really did not enjoy Ferreira at all ... very snobby and they seem to cater to their "regulars" and the rest of us get overlooked. Not really the kind of feeling you want when entertaining potential clients :)

Apr 06, 2011
onethird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for a venue for small wedding ceremony/reception :: 60 people

We took an elevator that went up to the top floor, but then we did have to take stairs to get to the roof part. And I am not sure if they have an elevator that goes all the way up, though .... I guess if mobility is an issue for someone, I would recommend asking them directly.

Apr 04, 2011
onethird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Wow. This is great. Thanks so much for all the info. I think that Pizzeria Regina and Durgin Park just made the list ;) But, I want to stay away from French bistros ... we are from Montreal and have our fill of them!

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Durgin Park
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Apr 02, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Thanks so much. I really like the Neptune Oyster menu. And Clio.

Do you happen to know the name of the Afghani bar in Cambridge? I checked the posts prior and I couldn't find the name of it.

Thanks

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Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Apr 02, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

Oh. And can I add one more thing? Husband really wants to eat at at least one afghani/indian restaurant. I read in other posts there was a good afghani in Cambridge but, are there any closer to Copley Square?

Apr 02, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Foodies in Boston Easter Week-end

I am accompanying my husband on a business trip for the Easter long week-end. We will be in town for 4 days/3 nights and we will be staying in the Copley Square area. We will have a car so we don't mind driving a little but preferably not for every meal. So, we would like to get some opinions from our fellow CHers on a few different questions.
1 - What is an absolute must-do dinner? No budget ... we don't mind paying for great quality food and wine. Wine pairings are not required but are definitely "nice-to-have".
2 - Any suggestions for an Easter brunch? And breakfast for the other days?
3 - We would also like to have a few lunch recommendations. The must-try Boston food. Lobster rolls? Clam chowder? Sushi?
4 - And last but not least, on the Monday and Tuesday when my husband goes off to meetings, I would love to enjoy a nice afternoon/high tea. Preferably within walking distance of Copley Square to enjoy the sights (weather permitting).

Apr 02, 2011
onethird in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a venue for small wedding ceremony/reception :: 60 people

Here are some pictures. The space is really beautiful and the food was really good too (I personally really liked the general tao chicken in cute little individual chinese boxes.)

Mar 30, 2011
onethird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for a venue for small wedding ceremony/reception :: 60 people

I did a 60th birthday last August at the Terrasse of Suite 701 in the Place d'Armes hotel. The terrasse was a private space reserved just for our group of about 60 people and the views of Old Montreal from the rooftop were beautiful. Since we did the event in July, there were the LaRonde fireworks at around 10pm so we had a really great view of them. There was a private bar and bartender just for our space and there were nice white couches and comfy chairs for people to sit. We did a cocktail dinatoire and, if memory serves, I think it ended up costing about $80ish per person. (It is charged per dozen canapes and not per head). I can dig out the pics, if the space interests you.

Feb 26, 2011
onethird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Indian in Montreal.

Apparently, they do. I have never used the delivery service because I am out of zone but I often order for pick-up.

Feb 18, 2011
onethird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal with Kids

I've eaten at Gibby's with my kids (3 and 5) and it was an enjoyable experience. That being said, I agree with Maximilien that the food is somewhat uninteresting. It is your standard steakhouse. The food is good but very "been there, done that". However, I really enjoy the ambiance and I like going there with the kids.
As a general rule, when I want some good food but I am going out with the kids, I try to stick to restaurants that are in hotels (example: Renoir in the hotel Sofitel, XO in the hotel St-James, etc...) I find that hotels tend to be more used to dealing with kids and are therefore more easy going.

Feb 18, 2011
onethird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Indian in Montreal.

I have been to both of the Mysore's (the one on St-Laurent and the one in Brossard on the south shore) and, although they are owned by the same owners, they are not the same at all. The one on the South Shore is much better. There is nothing particularly wrong with the one on St-Laurent (like many other posters mentioned), but it is less friendly, less inviting, less warm and the food is less tasty than the one in Brossard. Don't know why!

Feb 17, 2011
onethird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)