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Outaouais - La Binerie Kazabazua

I've passed by this place on my way to Gracefield many a time. Heading there again in two weeks, and I'll be sure to stop by. Thanks!

Jul 15, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Suggestions for slackers

I have to agree. Your "backups" would actually be my first choice. Le Serpent and Pinxto are great, as is Le Filet. Bouillon Bilk is one my favorite restaurants in the city.

I love Joe Beef, but having been there a handful of times, I prefer Liverpool house or one of the dozen other great restaurants in the city.

Also worth it to check out
Pastaga - great small plates
Impasto - great italian food

Jul 01, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le Comptoir {or} Au Cinquieme Peche

ACP is more of a nice sit down meal, where Le Comptoir is somewhere you can go with a group, chat, drink with and eat some great food.

While I land up at Le Comptoir more often than ACP, if you are coming in from out of town and want to have one strong sit down dinner, ACP is the way to go.

Regardless, you should have a great evening at either place.

May 06, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Quick, tasy, healthy and cheap lunches near Square Victoria

Cafe Frais on Beaver Hall fits the bill exactly.

May 05, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Birthday dinner

I would do the tasting menu Au Cinqieme Peche, or alternatively, ask to sit at the chef's table (in the kitchen) at Pastaga.

Both have great food and wine, a relaxed atmosphere, not too loud, but are on the pricier side of things.

If you've been to both, then I had a great experience at Le Serpent. Although I prefer hanging out in the Mile End, the food and decor here was great and perfect for a birthday meal.

Apr 29, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

I'm sorry, but for a true old fashioned, the orange and cherry shouldn't be muddled. Simply muddle the sugar, water and bitters. Add ice and pour bourbon over top. Garnish with the Cherry and/or orange slice.

Mar 03, 2014
Stax88 in Recipes
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Mid range French bistro cooking

Chez Levesque is very similar to L'Express. Laurier, west of Parc.

Mar 03, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anyone know when Le Serpent will open

I went here for dinner on Saturday and had a great time. I called a week in advance, and they only had seats at the bar, which was fine by me.

The decor wasn't my favorite, I much prefer the homey feel of CCP, but it was very well executed.

Started with a cocktail (le serpent), which included a long list of herby ingredients such as campari, amaro, chartruese, vodka and soda water. My date had a glass of Cava.

They only had beausoleil oysters, which I was a bit dissapointed about, so we skipped them and had an appetizer of that had different types of fish. The sea urchin and smoked mackrel on this plate were oustanding. Also had a beet salad which had both golden and red beets.

For our mains, we had the leg of venison, and pork cheeks. The venison was perfectly cooked and delicious. The pork cheeks were braised to fall apart tender, and covered in a great sauce reduction. We also got some roasted veggies on the side, since the mains were pretty meat-centric. We paired this with a bottle of Nebbiolo from Langhe, which is one of my favorites.

We split a desert that was similar to a apple, fig and honey crumble.

Service was impeccable all around. Total damage ~$200 including tip, taxes and wine.

All in all had a great time, and I would recommend to anybody with an adventurous appetite.

Jan 27, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

le vin pappillon: how was your experience?

Glad to hear you had a good time. I can't say I was disappointed when I went there.

I had been twice in the summer, and got to enjoy their terrace. The wine was phenomenal. Greek Rhoditis, was very fresh and minerally, almost like a Sauvignon Blanc. The next time I had a Rose from Marsannay, which was so good, I had to get a second bottle. Walked out with a big smile on my face that night.

The food was also great, remember having some great wild mushrooms, oeufs en gelee, smoked mackrel... all were great.

Service was imperccable. Thanks for the heads up about the window seat. I hope they see this and add some insulating window film, or something similar.

Jan 21, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Birthday Dinner for 12 - Suggestions?

They have a big table in the kitchen at Impasto... this is a really fun experience. The food is great, and wine even better.

Jan 16, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anyone know when Le Serpent will open

Anybody been here yet? I want to make a reservation for the end of January, and just want to get a rough idea of prices and the menu

Jan 08, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Black Garlic in Montreal

I've been hearing about black garlic, which seems to be a Korean fermented garlic. It has greatly peaked my interest as I love all things garlic.

Anybody know where I can get this on montreal? A quick Google search shows chez Louis at JTM has some, but that is over a year old. Wondering if anybody else gas seen this around before I trek up this weekend.

Jan 02, 2014
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dinner Reccomendations

Was thinking food and wine. Cocktails, we are having somewhere else. Was thinking $200-$300 incl wine for a couple. I guess I should have elaborated that one of us will probably be having cocktails instead of wine. Currently the group is 4.

Currently reserved at Your's Truly where the tasting menu is $55/person, with another $35/$55 for wine pairing. That's where I came up with the $200/couple amount.

Happy to hear any recommendations apart from these. I'd definitely like to get out of there for less than $300 all in per couple.

My criteria again: quality of food, good cocktails, lively atmosphere (ie. nothing too stuffy), in the downtown core. Vegetarian friendly is a plus, but not a must.

Dec 23, 2013
Stax88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Dinner Reccomendations

Hi,

I'll be visiting Toronto from Montreal this week, and wanted a recommendation for dinner Friday night.

Previous favorites include The Black Hoof, Torito, Grand Electric and Guu. This time I'm looking for something similar, but want to try another restaurant.

Possible options right now:
- Bar Isabelle
- Yours Truly
- Ursa
- Shoto

My criteria are: quality of food, good cocktails, lively atmosphere (ie. nothing too stuffy), in the downtown core. Vegetarian friendly is a plus, but not a must.

I've read good and bad on all four of my choices above. I'd like to hear any feedback on these, or any other places you can think of that would fit the bill. Looking to spend about $200 (incl wine).

Thanks

Dec 23, 2013
Stax88 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Restaurant Orange Rouge

This restaurant definitely has something going for it, although they might need to iron out a few kinks (as do most new restaurants). We arrived at 8:15PM on a Saturday night and managed to snag the last table.

We ordered the Blanchailles Frites & Arachides Sriracha, which were great to snack on. Would go perfect with a beer, but we opted for a cocktail (Old Royal Jelly - A Old Fashioned style cocktail, and a Golden Slumber - very refreshing, almost mojito like).

We then had the BBQ Pork, which was perfectly cooked. Moist and a fatty belly, the oyster emulsion was also great. Also had the aubergines. This dish was good, but nothing to write home about. Also the aubergines really need a knife to cut through, something that should have been provided to accompany the chopsticks. We switched to the Barbaresco from Langhe for this course, which was a good balance for the BBQ Pork & also didn't overpower the fish.

Next up was the Omble Chevalier. This was served in three ways. 1) Sashimi; 2) Poached; 3) Grilled. The sashimi and the grilled filet were excellent. Simple & clean flavours. I'm not normally a big fan of poached fish, and this one didn't wow me either. However, given my aversion to poached, I'll still give this dish a thumbs up.

Desert was the Xiao Long Bao. A nice take on the original. Points for creativity, but I think it was a bit confused. The table next to us had the orange ice cream, and were raving about it, so I will try that next time.

Overall: As I mentioned earlier, they have a few kinks to work out service wise. The waiter needed to be reminded about our wine, and had a bit of trouble opening it in the cramped tables. Also had some trouble pronouncing Okinomiyaki (which I know is a mouthful, but should be known by the staff). I'm also kinda comparing it to Cafe Sardine, which had impeccable service.

I will return here soon & hope that all the opening jitters have been settled. I definitely enjoyed the style of food, decor and atmosphere. I look forward to good things from here.

Dec 04, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Lamb or sheep's head

Boucherie Notre Dame, by Atwater will be able to get you one. Always good to call ahead for something like this.

Nov 21, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

McGill wasteland?

Humble Lion is the best coffee around there. Sherbrooke/McGill College.

Aug 30, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

After dinner drinks?

A - L'assamoir, Le Confessional, or Philemon (my favorite)
B - Burgundy Lion, Drinkerie or Vin Papillon.

Or you could head to Baldwin's Barmacie, its a cab ride from either place, but I always have a great time there.

Aug 28, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

In Montreal - Where can I buy a Fridge/Freezer Thermometer PLEASE!!?

Any restaurant or kitchen supply store will have one. Mona's on Park Ave does.

Aug 27, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

indian

2nd vote for Moti Mahal. They make a great Balti Chicken.

Aug 27, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal : $100 pp prix fixe for a group of 12. Great tasting food and beautiful plate presentation a must.

Au Cinqieme Peche has a great tasting menu for $60, or $70 with foie gras. It is delicious, and they have a great wine list too.

Aug 26, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ludger

I guess prices are subjective. I'm sad to hear that the wine pairings were up to par. I didn't ask for a pairing but the descriptions of the wines that I was given were pretty spot on.

It is a good place close to home and a great vibe. I will head back to check out how well they can pair their wines next time.

Aug 12, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Good brunch on Sundays St. Henri

Cafe Mariani & Cafe Bacci are my go tos in the area. You can also check out Atwater market for a large variety of more lunch like foods. I'm a big fan of the laksa at Satay Brothers after a night of drinking.

Aug 12, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ludger

This is a new place in St Henri that has opened across from the IGA. I visited them yesterday and had a great time.

They are a bar that also has some great food. Small wine selection but they had some good choices. We had a bottle of the Langhe Bianco (Chardonnay) - $43 - which was quite crisp. They also had a nice selection of cocktails and a few beers (red stripe, belle guelle heffeweisen, etc).

They also have a decent sized menu. We had the oysters and the tortellini stuffed with Ricotta. Oysters from PEI hit the spot and the tortellini was better than average. It came with a delicious white wine sauce that I sopped up with some focaccia bread. Other interesting things on the menu that I didn't have time to try were lobster sliders, an interesting cheese plate, fish and lamb.

Great prices and great service. This place is a welcomed addition to the neighborhood. I look forward to heading back for more than a pre-dinner drink.

Ludger
4001 Notre Dame O

Aug 09, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

2 foodie couples in their early 30s vsiiting montreal from Toronto

From that list 3 petits bouchons, L'Express & Joe Beef are must go tos. I would put Lemeac, Park and Nora Gray on the back burner.

Aug 08, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Fresh Clams?

La Mer would be the best, however you may have to trek it there. I've always been more than happy with their selection of clams and oysters.

Aug 07, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le Vin Papillon

The concentration is on small plates, but they're very good. Light, seasonal fare, with OK portions. Good for sharing, but it isn't like Joe Beef where the portions can be quite large.
Most of the food is around $15/plate, but I would budget on getting 2-3 per person if this is going to be a meal. It is less expensive than Joe Beef, but not by much. There is also a lot more vegetarian and seafood options, less on heavy meat.

We had a great bottle of Rose for $55.
Glasses are $8-$12

I visited them the week after they opened and had a great time. There is a nice terrace in the back that filled up quickly, and got a bit lively. The service was phenomenal and our waitress was very helpful in choosing wine and food. (She asked us to choose what we wanted in terms of food/wine before we stepped onto the terrace, but due to the large selection we had forgotten most of it, but the time we ordered). We pretty much told her what we were feeling like at that moment and she suggested something that usually hit the spot.

Total damage with a bottle of rose, 3 glasses of white and a glass of cremant, plus 4 plates was about $160+tip.

I really enjoyed this place. The wine, the food, the service and the ambiance. It will definitely be my go to when looking for wine in the area.

Aug 01, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Banh mi sandwiches - where to go?

Hoang Oanh in Chinatown has been my go to for the past few years and its very tasty. I believe they also have a location on St Denis by Jean Talon.

Jul 29, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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Food Trucks 2013

Grabbed a bibimbap hot dog from chaud dog. The hot dog itself was excellent. Great casing and great flavor. Perfectly cooked. The dog comes with 4 toppings, pickled carrots, bean sprouts, kale and an omelette. All the toppings were great, but they were spread out (i.e. 1/4 of the dog had each topping). I'd love it if they could incorporate all the toppings into the omelette so there is an even distribution over the entire dog.

Great home-made soda too.

8/10. Would go there again.

Jul 24, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)
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Montreal with Teens

They have a restaurant license.

Jul 19, 2013
Stax88 in Quebec (inc. Montreal)