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Seafood restaurant in Montreal

I'd suggest Le Bremner. A Chuck Hughes restaurant but run by his hands-on protégé, Top Chef Canada runner-up Danny Francis. Very fresh and inventive seafood-centric menu and a nice, cozy atmosphere that would work well for an anniversary dinner.

4-Day Stay in Montreal...Reservation Feedback?

I think you can't go wrong with Le Cartet for brunch. Lots of friends who live in the Old Port are regulars, and apparently Michael Fassbender (in town shooting the new X-Men movie) was just there on Sunday.

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

Not necessarily fancy, but nevertheless unique, refined and far better than average fare in the area:

Dominion Square Tavern
Nora Grey
Balsam Inn
Deville Burger Bar (food is better than contrived decor)

Lactancia Butter sticks

Finally found and bought my first package of Lactantia My Country unsalted butter sticks (in grey and green cardboard package) in months this week at Supermarche P.A. by Atwater. Never thought I'd be that excited to buy butter, but there you go.

Oh, and ditto to another poster's earlier comment that if you're ever doing some shopping in upstate NY or VT, it's well worth buying a couple packages of Kate's butter - made in Maine and da bomb.

Potato buns for hamburgers! Where can you get 'em?

West Island or downtown core (McGill/Ste-Cat area) would be easiest for me... ultimately just having some options would be good in case the six bags at P.A. sell out...

Potato buns for hamburgers! Where can you get 'em?

So despite their ubiquity in bread aisles at every grocery store in the States I had been frustrated in my search to find potato buns for hamburgers locally until - lo! - I stumbled across this "new" product at P.A. over on Fort.

I am now looking forward to grinding my own meat and attempting to recreate a Shake Shack burger this weekend... But short of making a trip to P.A. every time to buy these buns, have any of you seen something similar available in any of the big chains (IGA, Metro, Provigo) or other smaller retailers around the island? I honestly couldn't turn the things up anywhere and I had been looking for a while...

Need rec for good dining at 11:00 p.m. on a Thursday - raw bar a bonus

Hey all, I'm entertaining some colleagues on Thursday night and will be taking them to the Rangers game, which realistically will finish around 10:45 or thereabouts. I'm looking for a recommendation on a good spot that would take reservations at 11:00 that ideally is within that 20-minute walk of MSG, preferably one with a raw bar or a couple of nice fish options on the menu.

The crowd would appreciate a chill yet hip vibe, if that can also factor in... past hits with them over the years have been Saxon + Parole, The Dutch, STK (years ago), etc.

Any insight or guidance would be appreciated!

May 19, 2014
liquidrawhide in Manhattan

Restaurant suggestions near Trudeau airport?

Also not sure if I'm too late but if you don't mind doing non-Quebecois style restaurants near the airport, you have some real solid bets on Sources north of the 40 (so about 15 minutes from the airport). Search by name on the board for more info on each:

Aryana - 4886-B Sources
Bombay Choupati - 5011 Sources
Carribean Tasty Treats - 4410 Sources
Shahi Palace - 4773 Sources

None of those spots have what I'd say is scintillating decor or ambiance - you'd be going for the food, plain and simple.

If you want more of a "dining experience" from a mood standpoint, people on the boards will tend to say it's overpriced, but 40 Westt (2305 Sources) is an upscale steakhouse with quality aged beef and fresh seafood that *is* good but yes, expensive. Located behind it via the same parking lot is Towne Hall (50 Brunswick), which I kind of view as its kid brother - a bit more hit or miss and a bit more hip (younger crowd), but can be quite decent on a good night.

Two final spots I hit regularly are Aikawa (55 Brunswick, on the east side of Sources vs. 40 Westt and Towne Hall, which are on the west side), which is one of the better sushi restos on the West Island (same owners as downtown's Sho-Dan), and Panama Grill, where you can get some pretty tasty grilled chicken and Greek dishes at a very fair price (11604 De Salaberry).

Let us know where you end up!

Grumman 78 Food Court @ Faubourg

+1 That the food at Grumman is tasty.

+1 That the food at Grumman is pricey.

Totally agree with catroast that $8 is buying you a snack, here, rather than a meal. Granted, the preparation and quality of ingredients is certainly above-par compared to most generic food court fare, but the quantity/cost ratio is definitely low.

When you consider that $5.95 gets you a massive, amazing kebab or Tikka sandwich on Naan at Poulet Tikka just steps in one direction and $7.95-$8.95 gets you a very filling, delicious Thai dish at Bangkok just steps in the other, you need to be in the mood for a minor splurge if you want to get filled up on Grumman's offerings at lunch.

Vivaldi - Pierrefonds

Anyone know if the pasta at Vivaldi is made fresh?

Eats near the Bell Centre

Lot parking is plentiful both at and around the Bell Centre, but expensive. Plan on $15-$25 easy.

Your best bet is heading south/southwest a bit and parking somewhere on the street along St. Antoine, St. Jacques, Notre-Dame, or anywhere in between. The areas are safe but be smart and don't leave a MacBook or anything lying visible on the back seat.

Assuming you park in these areas (or even if you don't), your best bets for food within walking distance of the BC lie on Notre Dame. Just west of De La Montagne (the street running along the west side of the arena), you'll find Cafe Griffintown (1378 Notre-Dame W), which has a great variety of fresh meals and nice local brews on tap that won't break the bank. If you don't mind walking further west both Jane's (awesome pizza - 1744 Notre Dame W) and Le Boucan (BBQ and featured on one of those restaurant start-up documentaries on the Food Network - 1886 Notre Dame) are also solid.

Nora Grey is one street higher up (closer to the Bell Centre) at 1391 Notre-Dame W and is an intimate Italian spot that is pricier but very good, as well.

If for some reason you want to avoid the preferred spots for locals and want to head into the downtown core of Montreal (heavier on the tourist front), try Dominion Square Tavern (1243 Metcalfe) for more upscale pub fare or the often bustling Hurley's (1225 Crescent) for more affordable, traditional pub fare with an Irish bent - the beer list at Hurley's is tough to beat, making it a good after-show spot, too. If Hurley's is packed and you want a similar vibe, Ye Olde Orchard Pub just up the street from the Bell Centre (1189 De La Montagne) has surprisingly decent food (Indian-Irish) and also good beers, albeit in a more nondescript setting.

Good luck and let us know where you end up!

Who wants an awesome pulled pork sandwich in downtown MTL?

Then grab 'em while you can at the counter of Alexis Le Gourmand (

I've long been a fan of this little understated grocery/deli. Yes, it's off the beaten path a bit (a couple blocks west of De La Montagne on St. Jacques), but as a 10-minute walk from Ste. Catherine street in the downtown core, man, does it offer up some nice choices.

I was in today looking at their sandwiches and the girl at the counter was very giddy about their "new" pulled pork sandwiches. They smoke the pork in-house and top it with a homemade slaw and serve the whole shebang with a nice side of dijon mayo (also made there)... The pork is very generous, moist, and absolutely divinely flavored - honestly, the best I've had in the city (not that there's a ton of competition) and comparable to some good BBQ joints I've experienced south of the border.

The sandwich alone is a measly $6 and it came to $10 tax in served with a generous bowl of fresh gazpacho.

I'm not sure how this place is doing since it's always kinda quiet when I'm in there, but hopefully business is good overall because this really is a gem for everything it offers.

Quebec wine blogs (referencing SAQ products)?

Thanks - that's a great start. I always enjoy Carswell's contributions here on the boards and wasn't aware he was running this blog. Cool that there's an homage to Moh in his wine group name, too...

Pls help me find: watercress, bonito, daikon

Most Metros, IGAs, and Loblaws I've been to carry both watercress and fresh daikon. You can also find them at Supermarché P.A. downtown... they don't seem terribly difficult to track down. Bonito is another story!

Poutine in Montreal?

Amen to your comments about La Banquise. Absolutely could not agree more. I really think people are taken by the gimmick of the place having so many varieties of poutine, and tend to rate it highly based on concept rather than execution.

The fries are mealy and fail to absorb any sauce, while the sauce itself is indeed bland, with no depth of flavor at all. There's just an overall lack of seasoning in their menu across the board.

I was disappointed my first time there and on a return trip, that opinion was reinforced. There are WAYYYY better options at any number of highbrow/lowbrow spots in and around the city.

Quebec wine blogs (referencing SAQ products)?

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if any of you can recommend any informative/entertaining English wine blogs that reference SAQ product codes. Based on a rudimentary search I came across a thread here from five years ago, so hopefully the landscape has changed since that time.

Obviously outside of Bill Zacharkiw's column for the Gazoo, pickings in mainstream anglophone media for this type of thing are slim... And a lot of what I've found on the Web comes from private importers promoting their own products.

Any leads would be appreciated!

Need your locks for GREAT Monday night (later) dinner at happenin' joint!

Just wanted to thank you both for some great recommendations - in the end did Saxon + Parole on Monday (awesome! great atmosphere and phenomenal food; had the split grilled lobster, a mushroom pot, and the mixed raw seafood tower as an appetizer), and then, when the opportunity presented itself after a day of meetings on Tuesday, ended up at the Breslin around 11:00 and had a great, lighter dinner there (kale & white bean soup, grilled fish over cumin-flavored sweet potatoes as a main).

Oh, and Monday after S + P we managed to try both Death & Company and PDT for drinks, so that was fun. I only saw after I got back that they finished Nos. 4 and 1, respectively, on the list of "The 50 Best Bars in the World" that was published about 10 days ago.

I think Locanda Verde and The Dutch will be on my list of new places to try the next time I'm in town... you folks are definitely lucky to have such awesome spots to enjoy on any given night!

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

The Breslin
20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

Nov 19, 2011
liquidrawhide in Manhattan

Need your locks for GREAT Monday night (later) dinner at happenin' joint!

Thanks for the detailed response! Lotsa good info in there.

I'm intrigued by both The Dutch and Saxon + Parole based on location, atmosphere, and menu (and fact you can make reservations; not sure I want to risk a long wait at one of April Bloomfield's spots) - which of the two would you pick, if you could choose? While both appear to have raw bars, is there one whose seafood offerings holds the edge over the other?

Nov 09, 2011
liquidrawhide in Manhattan

Need your locks for GREAT Monday night (later) dinner at happenin' joint!


Fellow foodie from Montreal who needs your recommendations, please!

I'll be in town next week and am looking to book a table for 3 (myself and two colleagues) around 9:15-9:30 on Monday the 14th. I already have a rez at Catch in the MePa distract but can't get a read on whether this is a place to try based on food or a place to let evolve based on some service issues/other growing pains I've read about online. If you think it's worth it, let me hear it.

For dinners I've previously been to Ma Peche, ABC Kitchen, the John Dory (RIP), Morimoto, Nobu, STK, Gramercy Tavern and Esca - loved the food at pretty much all spots but want to keep trying new places, preferably in the MePa/Chelsea/Soho/Flatiron/Village area. I'm looking for a vibe that's bustling to cool/trendy (and on a Monday at 9:15/9:30!) but not ridiculously sceney. I really loved the "look" and atmosphere at STK when I was there a few years back. The food, of course, should be the star... I love seafood/raw bars but the variety of preparation/cuisine can be whatever you think is awesome.

So far I'm considering:

Catch (as mentioned)
Annisa (but this looks a little bright and formal, maybe?)
The Spotted Pig (just 'cause I've never been and it still seems to be full of win)

...but all of you likely are far more in the know.

Any recs are greatly appreciated... and if you can throw in some post-dinner spots to grab a drink near the restos you recommend (where there's no waiting in line BS), bonus points!

Thanks in advance!!!

Gramercy Tavern
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

26 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014

13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Ma Peche
15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Nov 08, 2011
liquidrawhide in Manhattan

Recs needed for pubby places in Montreal

I find an often overlooked spot in the downtown area is Nyk's on Bleury, just below Ste. Catherine St.

Tasty, reasonably-priced food, decent selection of beers on tap, a cozy atmosphere that spills out onto a sidewalk terrace in the summer. I find their "classic burger" with added extras of sautéed mushrooms and blue cheese (which comes with fries and a salad) is one of the better burgers in the city.

I would say it's a better-than-reliable bet for dinner and a pint or two for under $25.

Has anyone been to

...not that I would I expect any self-respecting board member to frequent a fast-food joint built next to a collapsing garage next to a gas station outside of morbid curiosity, but you've got to hand it to this place - it has some garish, can't-miss signage around its Crescent/Rene-Levesque outpost.

I can't imagine any of their food is remotely worth a taste, though if someone would care to correct my preconceptions from personal experience, please do!

Best place for after dinner drinks for a hip couple in their 30's in Old Montreal?

What about Le Confessional on McGill?

Vanilla bean paste and D.O.P. San Marzano tomatoes in MTL???

Just an update that I found my vanilla bean paste! They had it at Alexis le Gourmand (on St. Jacques near Guy). $11.99 for a 4 oz. jar from Nielsen-Massey - not bad!

As some background info, the paste is needed for a recipe I found for vanilla rhubarb coffee cake here - looks wicked!

Meanwhile, I am still on the hunt for those big 3L jars of D.O.P. San Marzanos... As SnackHappy mentioned, traditionally what you'll find in those sizes may indeed be the San Marzano varietal, yet without the D.O.P. certification. Thanks to all who have helped (or may continue to help) with the search!

Vanilla bean paste and D.O.P. San Marzano tomatoes in MTL???

Hi all,

I'm looking to buy both a jar of vanilla bean paste and several jumbo-sized cans (NOT the 28 oz/796mL size - the ones 3-4x that size) of D.O.P. San Marzano tomatoes. Not to use in the same recipe, mind you, but I imagine the results would be interesting...

Can anyone recommend some spots either downtown or on the West Island where I could find these two items? I've searched extensively and had no luck...

Thanks in advance for any leads!

La Valle canned tomatoes in Montreal?

Hi all,

I'm reading the Frankies Spuntino cookbook and see where the authors swear by La Valle canned tomatoes for all their recipes. Any idea if or where these can be found anywhere in downtown Montreal or on the West Island?

Thanks in advance for any insight!

Candied nuts in Montreal???

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a few good suggestions about places in downtown Montreal/West Island where I could find some delicious candied nuts for someone on my Christmas list. Walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, whatever... the tastier the better.

Bonus points if they're produced locally and not pre-packaged by some out-of-province provider... I've found some interesting options but they're all made in Georgia.


Kazu izakaya: OISHIII!!!

Damn, this is why I love Chowhound.

I read this post yesterday before lunch and decided I'd give Kazu a try. The crazy thing is, I'm sure I could have easily walked by it a bunch of times on my way to Thali based on its unassuming storefront, but was I glad I searched it out!

Like mak2k mentioned, the place is small and somewhat unlike anything else I'd experienced in Montreal. A small laminated card features lunch specials but there are all kinds of 8"x11" yellow sheets taped to the walls featuring different specials written in marker - I would assume these will ultimately be updated with printed menus, but who knows... It's kind of a charming touch in its own way. I sat at the bar for lunch next to a girl who was eating a very fresh-looking sushi sampler; sitting in a huge metal bowl at the end of the bar were large chunks of whole tuna and salmon (heads included), marinating in a dressing filled with cross-sections of sliced oranges. In front of me were a variety of dressings and garnishes to the various meals; I was also impressed by a bowl filled with shaved Himalayan salt and the large piece of pink salt that was presumably the source of said shavings.

At mak2k's suggestion I tried the salmon and tuna bowl ($14.95), which came with either a small soup or salad - the salad I had seemed to be a type of cold potato mash perfumed with garlic and topped with some sprouts. It was gone in a few bites, but delicious. Watching the chef prepare the salmon and tuna bowl was a delight in itself - the dish features a mix of fresh, marinated tuna and salmon with shitake mushrooms and spinach placed atop rice, then capped with some chopped red oak lettuce and light crispy tempura. A light sauce is drizzled over everything and toasted sesame seeds are added, and the end result is, indeed, delicious. The chef/owner (Kazu?) is a very happy man who delights in calling out "See you tomorrow?" to every departing customer and breaking out in peals of laughter, as if it was the first time he heard the joke.

Simply an awesome meal and place, and I will indeed be back soon.

Chili Hamburger Bar - A 10-minute visit

I might have been inspired by too many recent viewings of Kitchen Nightmares on DVD; unlike Chef Ramsay, however, I wasn't getting paid to sit through poor service and questionably-prepared food...

Chili Hamburger Bar - A 10-minute visit

Not sure if any fellow foodies have ventured to this place (on MacKay just below Ste. Catherine) yet, but after hearing it advertised on the radio this morning I figured I'd pop by to at least check out the menu at lunch.

From the outside I'll admit I was on the fence as to whether I'd venture *inside*. The signage reminded me of the cover of some old techno/rave CDs I had in the mid-'90s, but the menu, though certainly featuring inflated prices for a burger ($9 for the basic patty with lettuce/tomato and a side of chili, then $1-$3 for each additional accoutrement), did feature some tasty-sounding toppings. Jalapeno-smoked bacon, that type of thing... I still wasn't sure if I'd chance it until I saw they also offered (presumably) homemade clam chowder (curiously described as "lightly grilled") as an appetizer, so throwing caution to the wind I headed in.

The decor of the place kind of threw me. There's a nice, rectangular bar located just off to the right of the entrance, but then the rest of the space was laid out in an upside-down "L" shape with basic, laminated tables. Flat-screen TVs surrounded the walls to account for the very spartan decorations of the place, and I was reminded of the comment I had read that the number of TVs in a restaurant is usually inversely related to the quality of the food. The Feng Shui of the spot is definitely off... It's like the place is having an identity crisis, unsure of whether it wants to be a homey bar and lounge or an upscale, minimalist gastropub.

After a perusal of what is, to its credit, an appealing menu (minus the aforementioned upscale prices), I settled on the clam chowder ($6 or so) and the "Inferno Burger" ($14 or $16, can't recall...), one of several special combination burgers identified on the menu that come with fries and the restaurant's titular chili as sides. My sense that something was off with the place was confirmed when minutes after having taken my order of two things, the waiter returned to confirm that I had ordered the Montana burger. No, I reminded him, it was the Inferno Burger. Right, he said, and he hurried away. Several minutes later he returned with my soup, accompanied by a packet of Saltines. It was at this stage that my Spidey-sense really started tingling; while the "lightly grilled" description given on the menu supposedly indicated the soup had a dusting of cheese that was then put in a broiler to melt, the bowl in front of me had sprinkles of non-melted processed multi-colored cheese you'd buy (or not) near the butter at your grocery store. I took a skeptical spoonful of the soup and tasted it, and lo and behold, it was not warm, it was not luke-warm... it was cold. As in out-of-the-refrigerator cold.

Deciding to cut my losses before getting exasperated any further, I simply got up, put on my coat, and left, mentioning to the surprised waiter on my way out that the soup was cold and that I would return after they had worked out some of their early post-launch issues a few weeks (or months) from now. From there, I proceeded to have an excellent lunch at what amounted to (what would have been) half the price over at Burritoville on Bishop, still for my money one of the most satisfying spots in the downtown core for tasty, healthy food on a student's budget.

If any of you actually go to the Chili Hamburger Bar and get through a meal there, I'd be interested in hearing about it. LIke I said, the menu seems promising, but they definitely may need to make some adjustments to establish themselves as a place with any kind of staying power.

Chinese five-spice powder in MTL???

Hey all,

Wondering if anyone could offer some advice on where I could pick up the best/most authentic Chinese five-spice powder here in the city. I did a cursory search in Chinatown hoping to find some savory homemade blend in a one of the shops but couldn't come up with anything... Any suggestions (where to find and what the packaging might look like) would be greatly appreciated!