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Portuguese Chicken - which is currently the best?

We just tried Rotisserie Churrasco last night and were very pleasantly surprised. It doesn't look like much from the outside and even when you walk in-- it was pretty much just one woman there getting everything together. But, the chicken was very moist with a smoky quality that was great. I wish the skin had been a bit crispier, but the meat was so delicious that it's a small price to pay. And great piri piri sauce.The fries were very tasty too.

Please support this place; I'm worried it's not going to make it. It's a couple blocks from us, so we'll be there often.

Apr 12, 2014
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smen, beurre rance, aged butter-- where to buy?

Any thoughts on where to buy aged butter (for a Moroccan recipe)?

Jan 28, 2014
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Last minute help needed for NYE in Puerto Vallarta!

We just arrived yesterday and are trying to make a reservation for tonight, NYE, for 12 people (7 adults and 5 kids) for EARLY evening (6:30-7 pm). We won't make it to midnight and don't really care about traditional new year's eve festivities, just trying to find somewhere to eat that won't be a fortune or sold out. I imagine the casual restaurants might have something available, but any leads for me? What would you try? We are staying at the Westin in the Marina, but have cars and are willing to travel around a bit. The hotel here wasn't a huge help (as they are pushing their NYE party).

Dec 31, 2013
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Montreal Restaurant Openings and Closings October to December 2013

We have been twice. It's the real deal-- everything was fresh and spicy! A bit greasy, but great for take-out in the Plateau.

Nov 18, 2013
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Help me out again: we are treating a Canadian friend to dinner tomorrow night

If it's for the adventurous, I would recommend Au Cinquieme Peche on St. Denis. You would need a car from downtown, or make time for a 30 minute walk. Might be more expensive than you were thinking though.

http://www.aucinquiemepeche.com/stdenis/

Oct 22, 2013
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Eater's 38 essential list for Montreal

Unfortunately, based on recent experiences, I think that Lemeac has fallen off and can no longer be recommended as a "don't miss" in Montreal, especially with so many other bistros/brasseries.

Oct 03, 2013
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Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

We have reservations for the 14th! I think that the menu is the same for lunch or dinner.

Aug 23, 2013
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Montreal with a 3 year old

We eat out regularly with our 3-year-old and I wouldn't go to many of the places above with her just because there's not a lot for her to eat (and she's a pretty good/adventurous eater) and because the courses are served at a leisurely pace which never works for us.

For instance, I had a great meal (sans daughter) at Au Cinquieme Peche a couple of weeks ago, but we had to wait a little while between first and second courses. The good news is that it is on St. Denis, so you can wander out and stroll around.

Of the list above, the only ones I would try with a 3-year-old are Lawrence, Au Pied de Cochon, Hotel Herman (maybe), and Le Filet (maybe).

Most BYO bistros are a two or three course deal and not super kid friendly, but not terrible either. Check out Le P'tit Plateau. They have an early seating that might work well for you. It's my go-to place for guests visiting Montreal. Definitely unique Montreal experience.

Also look into Kitchen Galerie (not BYO)-- up by the Jean Talon market and uses local market ingredients (which are GREAT in September). Same owners as Le Filet.

Also, great for kids is Le Petit Alep (Syrian) especially if you're up at the market, etc.). My daughter loves it.

And don't forget the patisseries and boulangeries-- kid's paradise.

Aug 06, 2013
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Romados fire

Taken at 7:15 pm today.

Jul 12, 2013
picklebird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anyone know where I can buy raw cashews in Montreal?

With one day's notice, you can pick up a kilo from Prana in Mile End-- organic, raw, $25 for 1 kg.

http://boutiqueprana.com/en/product/o...

Jul 11, 2013
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Dinner with the boss & 6 others

if Da Emma was too much, Ferreira is out of the question.

Jun 07, 2013
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Farmer's Cheese

Back to answer my own question. Just found pressed cottage cheese at Segal's. This brand: http://www.westerncreamery.com/en/pro...

May 14, 2013
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Farmer's Cheese

Today is Shavuot! Time to make blintzes. Where can I find farmer's cheese in Montreal (Plateau ideally)? I've used ricotta or cottage cheese in the past, but hoping to find something locally produced.

May 14, 2013
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Most AUTHENTIC Thai food in Montreal

I'm just above Prince-Arthur. Please tell!!

Mar 15, 2013
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Aperitifs - Downtown Montreal tonight

Nope, not French! I wish we could sit outdoors there- just like 3 more degrees!

Mar 13, 2013
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Aperitifs - Downtown Montreal tonight

Please help me last minute. I'm going to a work dinner at Ferreira at 7 pm. I need to take our visiting guest out for drinks/glass of wine beforehand very nearby. Where should we go? We could make our way to Dominion Tavern, but are there any other restaurant or hotel bars that people like?

Mar 13, 2013
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Coconut Butter/Cream?

I have seen the Artisana coconut products at Bioterre on St. Viateur. They make a pure coconut butter.

Or if you have a professional blender (Vita-Mix or the like) you can make it yourself out of shredded coconut.

Feb 06, 2013
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Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

I have been twice and there are always kids there. We took our 1.5 year old without incident and will take her again (at 3.5).

Jan 10, 2013
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Mezcla - Nuevo Latino restaurant in the Village?

A la carte too. But for our party of 8, they would only do tasting menu. And I didn't look at the a la carte menu. but I would go back to try things we didn't get. Only misstep was the overly sweet dessert.

Tasting menu:

AMUSE BOUCHE- Duck heart skewer

CEVICHE WITH LECHE DE TIGRE

Lime and coriander emulsion – fish – seafood (catch of the day) – yellow potatoes – ají amarillo

CRISPY SHRIMP

Crispy giant shrimp – avocado purée – chicha syrup

ORGANIC CHARLEVOIX BOUDIN & CHORIZO

Cornbread – jalapeño – apples – hazelnuts – beurre blanc with cider

BRAISED BISON SHORT RIBS
Array
Butternut squash – Kenyan beans – mushrooms – maple and aji panka glaze

MAPLE POUDING CHÔMEUR
Array
Vanilla ice cream (Bilboquet)

Jan 10, 2013
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Mezcla - Nuevo Latino restaurant in the Village?

Tasting menu was $39-- very reasonable. Wine prices are about average- $42+/bottle.

Jan 10, 2013
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Mezcla - Nuevo Latino restaurant in the Village?

Just ate at Mezcla last night-- birthday dinner for 8 with the tasting menu. It was a fantastic meal. 5 courses + amuse bouche. I want to go back and try a few other things! There was a bit too long of a wait between courses 3, 4, and 5, so the meal lasted 2.5 hours, which was a little slow.

Jan 10, 2013
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Café for Meetup

Juliette & Chocolat? A bit more than a cafe, but the St. Laurent location has a ton of room and can reserve a large table in the back. If everyone is willing to order a coffee drink (more expensive than other places), it should be fine.

Jan 08, 2013
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Openings in 2012

They looked to be cooked in fat to me!

Nov 13, 2012
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San Francisco Style Burritos in Montreal

Yes, that is true. It's not cheap! Still cheaper than Icehouse tacos though. And SF burritos are now about $6-$7.50 + tax (but that usually includes all extras too.)

Nov 12, 2012
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Openings in 2012

Well, that's a little hard to say. They are using a SF Mission model as the business model, where you follow the burrito down the line to choose what goes in it. They are the size of SF burritos, but the flavor profile is different. SF burritos are usually grilled meats and have mexican rice and pinto beans (although you can usually get black beans) and usually pico de gallo as the salsa. Here it's the meat (well-flavored and marinated) that shines. It's really not Cal Mex.

Nov 11, 2012
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San Francisco Style Burritos in Montreal

Went for lunch. Big thumbs up. Totally superior to all other options. I've posted in restaurant openings thread with lots of details.

Nov 11, 2012
picklebird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings in 2012

The Burrito Shop @ 3686 St. Laurent (just below Pine) is open! Went there today. Super friendly and enthusiastic ownders. It is Day #2 and they are still just figuring things out, but I can tell you that the food is great! I really hope this place makes it. I will be doing my best to patronize it.

Order burrito, tacos (3), or salad and get choice of meat for $7.95 Offerings today included: carnitas, pollo a la parrilla (grilled), carne asada, cochinita pibil, and pork verde. Burritos include flour tortilla, black beans and white rice. Tacos are corn tortillas,meat (and you can choose three different ones), a cilantro and onion relish, and salsa. Huge choice of salsas: salsa verde, salsa roja, pico de gallo, a spicier salsa nortena, and then an even spicier one salsa ariel. Guacamole is extra. Crema and cheese also available. We tried all the pork (cochinita pibil burrito and then three pork tacos) with the various salsas. Super flavorful. Each one with a very different flavor profile.

When I spoke with the owner he said that the concept is from SF-style burrito stands. But the recipes themselves are Mexican (not Tex Mex). And this was indeed the case. I have never had a cochinita pibil burrito before (and I am from California). The tacos seem like a better deal then the burritos-- all meat and salsa! And the burrito could have been more tightly wrapped. But I'm sure things will improve as staff gets more experience.

We had it for lunch and wanted to go back for dinner! Great addition to the neighborhood. I would even say that the tacos give Icehouse a run for their money, especially if you're getting stuff to go.

Nov 11, 2012
picklebird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

San Francisco Style Burritos in Montreal

Argh. Missed the opening (even though it's one block away.) Did you make it? Will the special continure through today?

Nov 11, 2012
picklebird in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Friends coming to montreal, taking them out for a dinner

Hard to go to Les 3 petits bouchons and not spend $$ on wine!

Sep 26, 2012
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Friends coming to montreal, taking them out for a dinner

I was recently at Le Comptoir with a group and with wine we each paid $50+tip per person and ate well. I'd say without wine it was about $35+tip (some folks only had one glass).

Sep 26, 2012
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