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Laurier Gordon Ramsay

It was definitely not the Original Laurier sauce and the waitress did not ask me what kind I wanted when I ordered.

It was a greenish brownish gravy that did not go well with the BBQ chicken and fries.

Next time I will insist on the Original sauce and ask for non spicy fries.

Aug 15, 2011
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Laurier Gordon Ramsay

I went yesterday for lunch. After I gave my name to the hostess, I waited in line for about 20 minutes and finally had a seat at the bar. The chicken and the coleslaw were good but I did not like the BBQ spiced fries and the strange sauce.

I would have preferred regular fries and BBQ sauce.

Aug 13, 2011
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

cabane, old montreal

It was not typical cabane fare and the food had hints of maple:

The deviled eggs were sprinkled with maple sugar
Pots de creme au chocolat, maple cream and sel Maldon
Small financier maple cake (my favorite)
Maple ice cream sandwich
Very small bottle of maple syrup to share with neighbors

I would prefer excellent traditional cabane food but that seems hard to find in Montreal.

Apr 11, 2011
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

cabane, old montreal

I went today with my sister and here is my review of La Cabane 2011.

We were told to be there at 11:30AM and at 12:30 they finally served us the appetizers that consisted of terrine, mousse de foie de volaille and egg mimosa. Not bad but nothing special.

After the squash soup that contained a piece of salmon (odd combination), we were served turkey and beans around 2PM. Shortly after 2:30, we got dessert but by that time, no matter how good they were we just wanted to get out, having been seated for 3 long hours. Also, after such a wait I was not hungry anymore.

We left at 3PM without having been served tea - I don't drink coffee at that time.

The atmosphere is noisy and you have to accept being seated right next to strangers and sharing bread and the main meal. Unfortunately, I was sitting next to a compulsive nose blower who blew his nose every 5 minutes which was gross and impolite.

The total amounted to 167$ for 2 persons with 3 glasses of wine, taxes and service included. I will not go back - average, expensive lunch and poor service.

Apr 10, 2011
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Closings in 2011

I prefer an annual thread.

Rugantino and Nizza have closed.

Jan 02, 2011
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

calling all MTL Chocolate connoisseurs

My favorites are Maitre Chocolatier and Chocolats de Chloe, in that order.

Dec 28, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Dinner recs close to Place des Arts

I recommend Cafe du Theatre du Nouveau Monde on Ste-Catherine corner St-Urbain. Food and service are very good.

Dec 03, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Strudel in Montreal??

Boucherie Atlantique on Cote-des-Neiges corner Queen Mary has apple strudel.

Oct 24, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

New to Montreal, looking for European grocery store

I suggest Boucherie Atlantique corner Cote-des-Neiges and Queen Mary. I think they are closed on Sundays.

5060 Cote des Neiges
Montreal, H3V 1G6
514-731-4764

Sep 23, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant similar to Toque

A couple of months ago I had a very pleasant meal at Bistro Cocagne on St-Denis Street where Toqué! used to be before moving to the Old Montreal location.

http://www.bistro-cocagne.com/

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Bistro Cocagne
3842 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M2, CA

Jul 31, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where to purchase fresh sauerkraut

I would try Boucherie Atlantique corner Cote-des-Neiges and Queen Mary.

Jul 20, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le Latini : An Overpriced Disappointment

An interesting report on Moreno de Marchi appeared in last Saturday's edition of La Presse along with a last minute update stating that he had just ended his 30-year association wtih Le Latini.

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/vivre/cuisi...

Jul 08, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Little Italy suggestions..

I second Via Roma. The food and service are excellent.

I went back to that restaurant a few weeks ago and I was very pleased with one of my favorite pasta dish - orecchiette with rapini. I often order a small portion of pasta if I am having a salad or antipasto. The pizza with prosciutto and arugula is also very good.

Jul 07, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Service at Olive & Gourmando

Their cold sandwiches are available in half size and I always order the half chicken sandwich which also contains cajun spices, guacamole, tomato and mango.

Jun 26, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Sherbrooke and du Parc / de Bleury

I suggest Bistro Isakaya for japanese food on avenue du Parc between Sherbrooke and Milton. They do take out.

http://www.bistroisakaya.com/index.php

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Bistro Isakaya
3469 Av Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2X2H6, CA

Jun 12, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

La Khaima: Step into the Nomadic Tent

I was there on a Saturday night, the food was OK but the place was so crowded it was unpleasant. I do not recommend this restaurant for a relaxing experience.

Jun 10, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Film Prof Needs Good Solo Dining Places

I suggest Cafe du Theatre du Nouveau Monde on Ste-Catherine corner St-Urbain which is close to Place des Arts.

I have solo dined there very often before attending a concert and the food and service are very good.

May 28, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Help - resto to watch hockey on Saturday night that's NOT Cage aux Sports

For italian food, I would suggest Cafe International on St-Laurent in Little Italy Tthey have 2 screens.

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Cafe International
6714 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2S3C7, CA

May 04, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

HELP! need a special Sunday lunch

I suggest Lemeac on Laurier St. West.

http://www.restaurantlemeac.com

Apr 28, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best lunch specials?

Milos is indeed a great deal! The price is 20,10 $ and a penny is added to that price every new year.

Apr 15, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best strawberry shortcake

In season, Café du Théâtre du Nouveau Monde near Place des Arts has on its dessert menu a delicious version with an original biscuit recipe (not a sponge cake).

Mar 29, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Your fave ice cream flavors from the Mtl ice cream shops

Sometimes at Plus que parfait they have cocount ice cream and pineapple sorbet. I ask for both and it satisfies my pina colada craving.

They are located at 60 Fairmount West and are closed during winter.

Mar 28, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Artisan chocolates

My favorite chocolates are found at Le Maitre Chocolatier on Sherbrooke Street West near Guy.

http://www.lemaitrechocolatier.ca/

Mar 26, 2010
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Rotissiserie Laurier Bar B Q

I don't have a recipe but it seems like a chocolate butter frosting and it probably has: lots of butter and/or margarine (and other emulsifiers?), lots of powdered sugar, a bit of unsweetened cocoa powder and milk. Top with chopped walnuts.

Dec 14, 2009
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

ISO the best soup in Montreal

I second SoupeSoup and I also enjoy their sandwiches.

Dec 01, 2009
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Salon Passion Chocolat

I looked at the list of merchants and I decided not to go because my favorite chocolatiers (Le Maitre Chocolatier and Les Chocolats de Chloé) were absent. I prefer spending 14 dollars on their products or a couple of Michel Cluizet bars.

Nov 25, 2009
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best Coffee in Montreal?

I second Caffe Italia. The place is not fashionable but the coffee is excellent and inexpensive.

In general Italians know how to make great coffee.

Nov 10, 2009
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Wood Fire Pizza

I've had very good pizzas at Vinizza on Jean-Talon corner Casgrain near the market.

Oct 26, 2009
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Pierogies

I second Cracovie.

I work nearby and I enjoy their pierogies (along with other items on the menu) at lunchtime. I usually order a mixed plate of pierogies (potatoes and cheese, meat) and it comes with sauerkraut and sour cream. The table d'hôte is inexpensive.

Oct 18, 2009
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where Do I Get Knives Sharpened? - MTL

L'Emouleur has moved to:

1081 Laurier Ouest
Outremont
(514) 813-3135

Oct 17, 2009
pinalafina in Quebec (inc. Montreal)