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Lobster festival?

This year has been a tough year for "Lobster Festivals" as the price has not gone down to an affordable price. At Mothers Day the stores felt obliged to bring the price down but it was a lost leader. The reason for the high prices is that the ice only finally melted two weeks ago and that did not allow the fishermen to go out and catches were small so the price is extra high. The next break might come closer to Father's Day at which time the " Lobster Festival "signs will go out at restaurants.

Smoked Meat w/non-meat eating husband

I would try either The Main on St Laurent or Lester's on Bernard or Snowdon Deli on Decarie who all have varied menus.

Fun, lively restaurant with good food Montreal?

The Burgundy Lion on Notre Dame in St Henri is a lively gastropub with good food . They have inside and outside seating and a mixed age clientele .

Is Toque Worth It?

Toque is real gastronomy that you can only find at a precious few like Toque in Montreal. The quality of product is impeccable the attention to detail and the presentation are excellent and if you were going to go to any first wave restaurant that would have to be Toque. Normand Laprise is a Montreal treasure. I hope that answers your question. The menu de degustation is the way to go.

good coffee beans in montreal?

Le Vieux Europe on the Main has 40 odd choices of fresh beans they have anything you might desire from Teaberry,Kona,to high mountain Columbian that is delicious.

Quidi Vidi restaurant

Any relation to Fredy Schwende one of the greatest old school chefs of the Laurentians. Fredy would make me Tourtieres at Christmas the best I ever had. I was so sorry when he passed because he was not only a good chef but a good friend.

Visiting Again After A Long Time - Where to Eat Montreal Now?

You have a good handle on Mtl Restos you should look into all the new restos on Notre Dame and in Griffentown proper.
For Tourtiere go to La Binerie Mt Royal you can have a good lunch try out everything (Tourtiere, French Canadian Pea Soup, Baked Beans, Boudin, Ragout Boulettes ect.) If you like they have take away for all food Items. Better than Porcmeilleur at JTM.

Mandy's on Crescent

I don't think Mandy's on Crescent is open yet. The product will be the same quality salads they sell at the other two stores. Expensive but worth every bite.

Best frozen beef burgers in the 514 environs?

Why frozen ? Never had a good frozen burger in my life.

Razor clam season

Thanks guys..Keung Kee is my favourite stop each summer for the Cantonese lobster and snow pea leaves now I'll start with razor clams.

Seafood restaurant in Montreal

I would vote for Le filet on Mt Royal, a delicious small plate seafood restaurant. It also has one of the largest open bottle selections so you can pair your wine to the dishes you order. A must when in Montreal.
I might also suggest a lunch at Milos when the three course meal is a bargain at $20.15.

Has anybody tried the Mother's Day Brunch at Manoir Saint Sauveur?

I agree with JF St Sauveur is a bit of a dogs lunch not like it used to be. My suggestion now would be the Mother's Day Brunch at Hotel L'Esterel in Ste Marguerite du Lac Masson ( 30 kms further exit 69 ) a much better brunch looking out on the lake with great walking possibilities. They also have a nordic spa next to the Hotel. Enjoy !

Has anybody tried the Mother's Day Brunch at Manoir Saint Sauveur?

It's a big busy Hotel buffet, not bad, but not necessarily worth the trip up north. I would vote for the Sofitel's Mother's Day Brunch here in Montreal which I believe is a better experience.

Razor clam season

It's razor clam season and I would like to know the best Chinese restaurant that serves razor clams. I used to get them in Chinatown at the restaurant 2 stores to the east of Beijing. can anyone help ?

Simple dinner near Novotel (de la Montagne / René-Lévesques)

The good restaurants on the street are Campari Centro and Bis which are two of my favorite restos downtown.
The casual restos near the Novotel are BierMkt on Rene Levesque and all of the new Chinatown between Guy and Atwater (eg Kazu,Kan Bai,)
There is no loss for good restos downtown.

Caterer for backyard BBQ

Call Ian Braide at Cusine 514 at 514-629-2399

Options for Wedding Cake?

How about Gateau Janice...... www.gateaujanice.com

Bulgarian grocery store - Montreal

There is a Romanian store called Bucharest on Decarie Blvd that should carry a lot of the same items.

Seriously tasty ' Shanghainese Style Bamboo ' by 'Full Fortune' from T & T

What does T&T stand for and where are they located ?

Looking for fresh cheese in Montreal (curds or other)

The closest I know in proximity to Montreal is Fromagerie Mirabel in St Jerome, they are a large producer of fresh cheeses, you can actually watch them make curd through a glass window behind the cash. That's as fresh as it gets.

Épicerie - Grossiste alimentaire à Montréal | Mayrand

There is also Italian wholesale/retail big box Berchicci at 6205 Boul. Couture in Montreal North.

Who makes the best Challah in Montreal?

I never heard of Hof Kelstein what's their address ?

Lactancia Butter sticks

Another option is Kate's butter from Maine sold at Hannaford's in Plattsburgh if you try it for baking you will never go back its fresh churned and delicious and with the plus 25% exchange it still comes out cheaper.

Where to find Satsuma mandarins

Your not seeing them because they are out of season. Satsuma's are the first out and you can find them in the stores from Late October to early December. You can buy them at Leopoldo's at JTM. Right now what is special at the market are the Sicilian Blood Oranges. Look for Mr Zuccherello from Sicily also available from Leopoldo.

Thoughts on Holder? Steak&Frites? Any other suggestions?

If you like the Steak et Frites concept the next time you are in New York Paris or London try Relais de Venise thats who they copied the idea from. The addictive part of Relais is the sauce/gravy that comes with the plate. It is so unique that it is made in Paris and Jetted out to the other restaurants weekly. The quality of meat is not in dispute at Relais all quality products. I was there two nights ago and it was beautiful. Relais de Venise 52 and Lexington NYC.

Lavanderia - Westmount

Exactly my sentiment but Antonio is a very smart guy and can fix this as he moves ahead. It harder to fix a kitchen that isn't working , than a size and price issue.

Lavanderia - Westmount

I went to try things out on NYE. They had only one offering an $85 tasting menu.The tasting menu was out of whack too much food and too expensive for what it is. Almost everybody was leaving with a doggie bag after having overeaten, not a nice way to leave a restaurant 1/2 beggar 1/2 glutton. I had no complaints about the quality of the food or the service but I would not rush back. I can never get enough of Park but Lavanderia may only get to see me once a year. I'll bet you a dollar that within six months Lavanderia will become an extension of Park.

Oyster help (Montreal)

One of the best things of eating Oysters is the seawater in it's shell. If you have them done you will loose the water in transport. Better yet you should ask for a 5 minute class in how to open an oyster. Its really easy woman or man.

Food Events 2015

Let's not forget Montreal's top foodie event Table of Hope May4th 2015 at Windsor Station.

Normand Laprise makes Order of Canada

He has a team of people that create and experiment with the recipes. He is a talking head.