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Wedding reception ideas, September 2013, 150 people

We went with Hyatt. Strong contenders: Sofitel, Intercontinental, Hotel Place d'armes, Holiday Day Inn/La Plaza (Sherbrooke), Le Madison.

Hope that helps!

May 01, 2013
doomie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Wedding reception ideas, September 2013, 150 people

My fiancee and are looking for a venue to hold our wedding reception, sometime around the labor day week-end in 2013. We're both big food lovers, so that is an important aspect for us. What we'd like is something more special than a wedding hall, not very far from downtown itself (<30-45 min driving), preferably under $150/person including open bar (must) and midnight table. We're targeting 150 people, and it would be banquet-style seating.

So far, the most promising option looks like Auberge St-Gabriel in the Old Port, since it seems to have the right combination of everything, including good food (according to some threads around here). Others that we are looking into: Hyatt, Sofitel, InterContinental, Westin, Restaurant du Vieux-Port.

Complicating matters is the fact that she lives in Montreal (for now), whereas I am on the other coast, so we can't visit too many places since I'm not around that often (but I'm here for the week this time around). This also means that the easiest thing for us is to go with a hotel-like experience.

I realize that there are numerous thread on this very topic, but hopefully we're different enough :). Many thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Sep 03, 2012
doomie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

McAuslan Brunch anyone go ?

Last year we couldn't get reservations because they were out by late January. This year we called in advance, we got a table. Pretty sure it's happening :). Though I'm also sure that there are no more tables, unless last-minute cancellations occur (we've got until Sunday to cancel/modify, otherwise our credit card is charged 50%).

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

McAuslan Brunch anyone go ?

Hey, MtlChris, I think we sat at the same table :). I was the one who asked for the second serving of braised beef...

CocoBean, the reason no-one mentioned the quail/hen is because they didn't serve us any at the first service! "Quel scam", to quote my gf :)

We had quite a nice time. Personally, I went into a "food coma" right after, probably because of the numerous pints of McAuslan and the relatively large quantity of food. We enjoyed the beans and pheasant dish, the "omelette", the carpaccio. Overall, it was a nice experience and we're happy we did it.

Compared to the APDC's St-Patrick's brunch last year ($45/person, 6 courses, no beer) this was definitely a good deal.

Attached a picture of Martin stroking the lobster :)

Mar 04, 2009
doomie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pho in Montreal: 2009

Went to Chez Nga yesterday with gf, after reading the above review. Had a spring roll appetizer (nothing special) and a bowl of pho each. I had the #11, "soupe tonkinoise avec boeuf saignant" and gf had the #12, pho with well-done beef. The broth was indeed very nice and was the highlight of the meal. The noodles were also nice - not overcooked. The "rare" beef was way, way overcooked. Also, we were very disappointed by the quantity of meat - my soup barely had 3-4 small pieces in it. Gf's soup was the same. I could've easily eaten 2-3 times more meat than that! Good thing we had some nice pastries at the Pekarna next door, otherwise I would've left hungry after a pho (which has yet to happen after eating at any of the pho places on CDN).

The search for good pho near Guy/Atwater continues.

Feb 21, 2009
doomie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant du vieux port

Tres ordinaire comme resto!

Jan 28, 2009
doomie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Happening gourmand

I second the recommendation about skipping "restaurant du vieux port", it's not really worth it. My gf and I really enjoyed the $15 menu at Mechant Boeuf. That burger was tasty!

Dec 25, 2008
doomie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

St-Patrick's Day at APDC

meh, my photo attachment skills are obviously not great

Mar 19, 2008
doomie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

St-Patrick's Day at APDC

PS: The oysters

Mar 19, 2008
doomie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

St-Patrick's Day at APDC

It was not that bad and, as jellybelly25 said, very very filling! We really liked the oysters, the soup, the steak pie and the Guiness cheddar. The kidney and steak pie was OK, while the cod was way too salty.

But it was well worth the $45 tag (and the atmosphere was great).

Mar 19, 2008
doomie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)