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Beer Spots in Montreal

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Carsbad, I would also assume that you can get Budweiser at the US consulate and Costabella wine at the Italian consulate. My guess is that consulates tend towards national pride more than they are known for being connoisseurs of adult refreshments.

I'd suggest that you broaden your horizons L'Anecdote, L'Orignal, Helm and Mechant Boeuf all offer lamb burgers (and I've even heard some good things about their lamb burgers) if you're waxing nostalgic for Il Était Une Fois, you're living in the past.

And since the mactoo asked first and foremost about "an extensive beer list" I'd return the thread to Le Saint Bock and Vices & Versa. I have not seen larger, longer or more comprehensive offerings anywhere in the city.

Mar 19, 2009
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Beer Spots in Montreal

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I would disagree 100% and completely about L'Amère à boire. The Cernà Hora only gets a 3.52 on ratebeer.com (there are four other beers from L'Amère à Boire that are rated higher) and personally I found it weak and watery. It didn't have much taste at all and after trying one I quickly switched to their Fin de siècle which while better wasn't anything to write home about either.

The lamburger was more bun than burger, had a greasy metallic taste to it that I think came from a grill that hadn't been cleaned in a very very long time. And to top it off there was a red pepper on it, but for whatever reason the pepper had absolutely no taste whatsoever. The fries were in a word 'meh.'

As for the atmosphere, their three separate rooms on three different floors gives for a schizophrenic sensation in that you can be completely isolated or you can be stuck in the middle of a party without much room to move. More of a house party feel (without a kitchen where everyone can gather) than a bar/pub style where the 'feel' of the room is larger than any one person.

I would agree completely and wholeheartedly with Joel_L and The Chemist about Le Saint Bock along with chililala and SnackHappy about Vices & Versa (especially now that the weather is getting better and their terrace can be enjoyed).

Mar 18, 2009
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

kitchen moving

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APDC requested a zoning change yesterday:

"le second étage de l'immeuble doit être occupé exclusivement par la cuisine du restaurant pour la préparation de nourriture comprenant une table de dégustation de 8 places pour les employés;
• adjacent au mur arrière du sous-sol de l'établissement, aménager une chambre réfrigérée pour disposer les matières résiduelles;"

If anyone wants to get on Martin Picard's bad side, you can complain about it at the public consultation on April 2nd. And I assume that the table upstairs becomes THE place to eat in town next year.

Mar 06, 2009
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Thank you!

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So where did you go? What did you eat? Inquiring minds want to know...

Sep 09, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

any update on the fish situation in Montreal?

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About two months ago.

As I noted in my original response, it is 'currently,' things with fish change, sometimes quite quickly.

Sep 09, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

any update on the fish situation in Montreal?

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Currently we are switching between the fish folk at the Atwater market (when we're feeling rich) Nouveau Falero (when we're in the neighborhood) and Les délices de la mer at the Jean Talon Market (the rest of the time).

I'd also suggest emailing the current 'king' of seafood, Taras Grescoe ( http://www.tarasgrescoe.com ) he is local, knowledgeable and accessible.

That all said, I will be trying Porker's Chinatown suggestion... it sounds great.

Sep 09, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

know of any family-owned small intimate french bistro/restaurnts in montreal?

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Not quite French, but heavy on the family, casual and rustic... you might want to check out Ange & Ricky, 195 Jarry E. (514) 385-6094. Le Roi du Plateau, 51 Rachel West (514) 844-8393 and Le Jolifou 1840 Beaubien, (514) 722-2175.

Sep 09, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Lunches near the Science Museum, Biodome, Biosphere

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When you're at the Biodome (not the sphere) Le Valois is a great and cheap restaurant it is within walking distance as well. More here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/453290

Sep 09, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Any exceptional Montreal South shore restaurants?

Sep 08, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Openings - 2008

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Le Convivial at the corner of Grosvenor & Sherbrooke is becoming something called L'Oeufrier. Yet another breakfast chain (After Eggspectations and Chez Cora, how many are there?)

Sep 08, 2008
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lunch? Dinner? Hidden treats??

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Ban Lao-Thai, no 'i' and never an 'i' before an 'a.' :-)

930 Décarie (corner Édouard-Laurin), Ville Saint-Laurent, 514-747-4805

Sep 07, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Simple quest: cheap food and good beer near McGill U.

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Depending on what you consider walking distance, these all should fit the bill to a certain extent.

Helm; 273 Bernard St. W., 514-276-0473
Magnan's 2602 St-Patrick 514.935.9647
La Paryse, 302 Ontario E., 842-2040
Rotisserie Portugalia, 34 Rachel W., 282-1519
McAuslan 5080 St-Ambroise St.(514) 939-3060 (Terrace)
Oyster Shack 1242 Bishop St. 514-395-1888

Sep 06, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Anybody been to the bistro at the Mont-Royal Pavillon?

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Been there, but only for drinks on afternoons like today (ie really nice and sunny). The only beer they serve is Boreale, the prices are nothing to write home about, and the place itself is managed by some combination of Holder Brothers.

Each time we've been it seems like the staff has changed completely (could be due to a number of reasons) so we tend to be gentle on them.

As it is in such a superlative and outstanding location, even if the food were to be completely horrible, it still would make for a good time. As it is a Holder Bros. joint, I would guess that while the food wouldn't be horrible it wouldn't be anything outstanding either.

If you go, don't miss Le Gros Bill's bronzed skates downstairs by the woman's bathroom.

Sep 05, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Ranking Portuguese restaurants

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An awful lot of chicken fat...

Sep 02, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Openings - 2008

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Lunch counter style, a couple of tables with chairs. As fort the sandwich itself, it was quite nice, I didn't take notes so I can't give you exact answers.

Best to try it for yourself if you're in the neighborhood. Me I'm going back next time I'm up there. And apologies to emerilcantcook, I missed their post about the resto the first time around.

Aug 30, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

JTM

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The English term is Ground Cherries
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physalis

Aug 30, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

New Restaurant

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But she also recommended Le Mondial Gourmand on the radio this week.
http://www.cbc.ca/homerun/recipes.html

Wouldn't that make her review sort of like a double negative?

Aug 28, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What grocery items are not readily available in Montreal?

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Woo-Hoo! Thanks for the head's up, NDG might not be a lost cause after all.

Aug 28, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What grocery items are not readily available in Montreal?

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Grits

Aug 27, 2008
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Restaurant Openings - 2008

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Le Grill Cheese Express, 33 Mount Royal W. (514) 463-9929. Six different types of grilled cheese sandwiches from $5 (Le Classique) to $8.50 (Le grison séché). Open noon to 3 everyday, and 4 to 8 every day except Monday.

Aug 27, 2008
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Restaurant Closures - 2008

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Le Pistol, 3723 Saint Laurent has paper on its windows. No news as to what, if anything will replace it.

Aug 26, 2008
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Levitts meat products still around

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I am not certain I would call a company based in Vaughan Ontario a "multi-national food company of some kind,"
http://www.dsmfoods.com/AboutUs.html

Aug 23, 2008
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Zeste De Folie

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I would bet dollars to doughnuts that they get their corn from someone at the Jean Talon Market. If you aren't enamored with what you found the market, you should ask Zeste de Folie who their supplier is and buy from them as well.

Aug 21, 2008
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Beautiful restaurant for Wedding of 200 people

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Parisian Laundry
http://parisianlaundry.com/

Cœur des sciences at UQAM
http://www.uqam.ca/campus/pavillons/c...

Aug 20, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Reasonable but good "family" restaurants

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Roi du Plateau, a very nice Portuguese restaurant (51 Rachel West (514) 844-8393). The kids can have the grilled chicken and you can have the squid (both are excellent).

Wilensky's Light Lunch (34 Fairmount O 514-271-0247) Grilled bologna on onion rolls for the kids, nostalgia for the 1940s for you.

Binerie Mont-Royal (367 Mont-Royal W., 285-9078) Sorta, like kinda similar in the nostalgia trip to Wilensky's but beans instead of bologna.

All of the three are more than reasonable - Wilensky's is only open for lunch.

Aug 17, 2008
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Restaurant Openings - 2008

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Another interesting breakfast / lunch / late night snack place on Saint Laurent, this time slightly higher at 3677 (where Taco Bull used to be). It's called Brocadillo & co. by Sablo. Given that they are spouting their roots on the sign, I would venture a guess that they have staying power.

Aug 14, 2008
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Restaurant Openings - 2008

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A breakfast / lunch place that looks promising called "Provisions." At 1595 Saint Laurent (between de Maisonneuve and Ontario).

Aug 14, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Closures - 2008

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On the cover of the August edition of Metropole (the freebie Old Montreal real estate advertiser) has as its headline in big 12pt type: Le Helene de Champlain doit fermer ses portes "nous n'avions plus le choix - Pierre Marcotte."

But no article about it anywhere inside.

Aug 14, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

New Mongolian hotpot joint?

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The way it is set up you can share your hot pot with one other person, if you want. Each table for two has its own burner.

Aug 11, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best dining after midnight

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Bouchonné, 'til 1, Au Pied de Cochon, Brasserie Brunoise, Robin des Bois, Les Trois Petits Bouchons and Le Local 'til midnight.

Aug 02, 2008
zekesgallery in Quebec (inc. Montreal)