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Private Dining Room for 14 guests

Hi Erich,

May I suggest Devi, an Indian place on Crescent? Last year I had my wife's birthday celebration there and it was pretty good. Excellent Indian.

It's not downscale and it's not prohibitive, but I'm sure you'd be able to arrive at some compromise with the owner, who was was a nice guy.

Their website is at www.devimontreal.com and they have a section on private dining.

Good luck

May 08, 2010
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Live shrimp in Montreal?

I'm reading a "Best shrimp recipes" book and although it states the obvious (that unless you live 15 minutes from the sea, no thawed shrimp you get will ever be as fresh as those that have never been thawed, since they're flash frozen right on the boat) it does say that "the freshest alternative you will find is live shrimp kept in salt water at Chinese markets."

Not that I'd know what the heck to do with a live anything, but that sure sounds tasty. Anyone ever seen a live shrimp in Montreal?

And just for curiosity's sake, how would you dispatch the poor critter? Could you ask the fish guy to do it for you? I wouldn't want a bunch of live shrimp crawling around in a plastic bag in the car on the way home. I'd probably name them, put some salt in some cold water and go look for some krill to feed them.

Thanks in advance!

May 05, 2010
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Mozza (Ste-Catherine @ De la Visitation) - Long, negative, review.

I would never, ever go back to a restaurant that served anything but Parmigiano Reggiano, Pecorino Romano or Padado, fresh grated.

Feb 07, 2010
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Where can I get a decent samosa downtown?

Try Devi on Crescent. Best samosas in Montreal. Fresh, never frozen.

Feb 07, 2010
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Good, uniquely Montreal restaurant for business dinner?

The ones mentioned above are fine but if you want "Quebecois" food I would suggest Fouquet et Fourchette.

http://www.fourquet-fourchette.com/

Feb 02, 2010
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best birthday BYOB?

Maximilien and Foie…

Yes, the two restaurants seem very much alike, but I'll have to admit I'm a bit burned out on bistro/French. But I'll show the menus to my wife and see what she thinks. Gotta admit, I DO get into that "L'Express mood" every so often and it's great to know that there are good bistros around that are BYOB. I think there's a steak-frites or magret waiting for me at each one sometimes in the future.

But I was thinking more like . . . maybe an Italian place that has no pizzas and no waiters in tuxedos and no anything "Fra Diavolo" or "Amitriciana".

But really, any cuisine will do (too bad Keir Fatou went bye-bye), just that it can't be a hole in the wall.

But those two are now in my radar. Great suggestions! Thanks!

Nov 19, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best birthday BYOB?

I know this topic has probably been done to death, but anyway: my birthday is on Nov. 28 and my wife and I were planning to have a few friends (maybe a max party of 6) come along to Basi, a really nice Italian place near JT market. Everyone would pay their own way.

But then I thought (or rather, my wallet did) that with the wines flowing liberally, the night would probably top $120 per couple -- or more. So I thought, if I could find a somewhat classy BYOB (any cuisine) we could save on the marked-up booze and bring along some nice, cheap bottles of bubbly & maybe some dep wines (we're not wine snobs) and make up for it with the food.

Any suggestions? I was thinking Eduardo's but it's too cramped. The places in Little India are too downscale, as are the Vietnamese places.

Pretty much any cuisine is good . . . just needs a hint of classiness for my esteemed birthday-hood!

Thanks in advance!

Nov 19, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Closings - 2009

No way! Well, admittedly I haven't been up that way in a while. I'd recognize the original owners in a trice. Maybe they decided to go a bit more upscale. I'll have to check it out.

Nov 17, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Miniature meal ingredients: where to find?

Wow, I haven't been to Le Marché du Village for years. I'll have to go check it out.

I guess anything that is smaller than your ordinary fryer chicken (3-4 lbs) could legally qualify as small, but if I'm using quail eggs already for the deviled eggs, it seems like cannibalism to use both, hence the pintade. And I'm not quite up for ground frog-leg hamburgers yet.

And wattacetti, yes, it sure does sound like a tasting menu . . . but it must have integrity, through and through! Nature makes its own rules, I shall make mine! Nothing bigger than my head must be involved!

Jul 08, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Miniature meal ingredients: where to find?

I was thinking about making a "miniature dinner." Not miniature portions, but miniature food. Like deviled quail eggs. Guinea-hen burgers. Stuffed fingerling potatoes.

Quail eggs, I've seen around, but guinea hens? I'd need to grind them myself. Then I'd need absolutely miniature hamburger buns, like, two inches across. I'd use red pearl onions and sliced cherry tomatoes for garnish. Those I can find, but the first few? Maybe J-T market?

Any other ideas for miniature foods? Remember, not just small portions of regular food, but actual tiny food.

Jul 07, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Beef cuts translations?

Darn periods.

http://tinyurl.com/ckokbm

Just went to BdP and found out the owner had just been asked about tri-tip yesterday and I thought it might be you, Carswell, but it wasn't. I'll prepare him a chart of the names of the cuts in English and also print out that multipage translation. Apparently they don't get too many English speakers, though his wife speaks flawless English.

Got some nice "haute surlonge" for some brochettes tomorrow! Should be a blast.

Apr 17, 2009
tonbo in General Topics

Beef cuts translations?

Found a very nice resource for English>French French>English beef terms at http://tinyurl.com/ckokbm.

Not sure if it has the same Québecois equivalents but it's very extensive.

Apr 17, 2009
tonbo in General Topics

Tamarind concentrate

You can also find it at Marché Kim Phat on Goyer, I believe, opposite the Plaza Côte-des-Neiges. Comes in a plastic can with a foil lid. More like a thick juice, really, but really easy to pour.

Apr 17, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best pizza in MTL

Umm, have to agree, Carswell. Having had pizza in New York and San Francisco (and Japan!) I'll have to say that Montreal joins the Domino's-level pie pantheon as far as pizza is concerned.

I've just given up. I make it myself and will never have pizza in a Montreal eatery again.

Apr 16, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Beef cuts translations?

Damn, I'm permanently saving this thread as a PDF.

Carswell, refer to my steak blog (now long-defunct) at http://tiedtothesteak.blogspot.com/ for my opinion on Atlantique's steaks. They brag constantly that they dry-age everything for "two weeks" or something like that, that all their sausages are homemade, fresh every day, their orange juice is made in house blah blah blah, but frankly, I've never see exactly where it is all these elvish activities go on, so I can't comment on veracity.

Good ol' Pierre (don't know his name) at Boucherie de Paris is always up-front about his meat, never brags and seems to charge a fair price compared to, say, the butchers upstairs at Atwater. His stuff is always fresh, too, never looks (or tastes) like it's been sitting around a mite too long.

My only complaint is that he's closed on Sundays AND Mondays and closes at 5 on Saturdays.

How Parisian!

All I know is that Metro is next to useless, as are most of the grocery chains, and sometimes I REALLY wish I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are so few neighbourhood butchers around that deliver great service at a reasonable price. Which seems astounding, since the "French" seem to enjoy their boeuf.

Maybe that's part of why I became a vegetarian for six months (http://mtlfoodvegetable.blogspot.com/) . . . steak is just too expensive to have bad experiences with.

Apr 16, 2009
tonbo in General Topics

Beef cuts translations?

I think you just started the dissertation, Carswell . . . The one I'm most curious about is the tri-tip, as I've had it in the States and it's very good. I was going to do kebabs/brochettes on my new grill this weekend and I was wondering what to ask for at the BdP.

I know you live in my neighborhood -- do you think Atlantique is better than BdP? I know they're about twice as expensive . . .

That's great info. I'll go check out those links. Thanks!!

Apr 16, 2009
tonbo in General Topics

Beef cuts translations?

I know that everywhere you go the names for cuts of beef are different, even in English, but I've noticed that Quebec seems to have its own nomenclature and I was wondering if anyone had the translations for the following:

A Boston steak. What on earth is it? It's a very lean cut that lends itself well to stews. That's what the butcher at Boucherie Paris on Gatineau in CDN calls it, but I haven't seen it named that anywhere else . . .

What is a faux-filet? A ribeye?

What would a tri-tip be in French?

A strip steak?

A Chateaubriand?

A flank steak?

Thanks in advance!

Apr 16, 2009
tonbo in General Topics

Fine Ham?

Any place in town anyone knows of that sells Jamón ibérico? Or an online ordering service here in Canada? Thanks.

Apr 06, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Kosher in Montreal

David Toledano Traiteur next to the Snowdon Deli.

Apr 06, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Seafood chain in Montreal?

Andria, thanks. Yes, I've heard of Homard Plus but just looking at their menu I'm thinking the one someone mentioned was a little more downscale. However, it might be worth a try, when I get my paycheck!

Thanks!

Apr 04, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Seafood chain in Montreal?

A few years back Red Lobster closed its only Quebec restaurant, the one on Crescent, if I'm not wrong. I miss it, but someone once told me that there's a French-Canadian equivalent chain . . . I have an image of a pirate in my mind but I could be wrong. Does anyone know of a Red Lobster-style chain of restos in Montreal? You know, shrimp platter, surf & turf, reasonably prices, family atmosphere?

Apr 04, 2009
tonbo in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best pizza in Manhattan? Totonno's?

Luzzo's it is; a charming Italian gentleman took my res for 7 o'clock on a Friday night (!) for a party of six, the 2nd of March. I'll blog the hell out of it! Thanks, people!

Jan 27, 2007
tonbo in Manhattan

Peter Luger or Old Homestead?

Kenito,

Brilliant! (the rest of youse guys also.) I guess I'll be bring lotsa cash. I'll be ordering that fabled bacon, and great suggestion on the ordering three "steaks for two." I'd never have though of that. My 5-year old son can have the sundae (what's left after I've disposed of it! In the interests of science!)

And I'll be blogging the hell out of it.

Jan 25, 2007
tonbo in Outer Boroughs

Peter Luger or Old Homestead?

How should I broach the credit card thing? Is it hush-hush or can I just whip it out at the end of dinner? How are they about separate checks? (No steak for you!)

Jan 25, 2007
tonbo in Outer Boroughs

Peter Luger or Old Homestead?

Okay, I'm convinced. Peter Luger it is. OH is just gonna have to wait for the next trip. Yeah, I know the old "surly waiter" rap--it's usually just a mask for a gruff but kindly waitstaff who actually enjoy their reputation (hey, in France they're probably truly insufferable.) We have a couple of places here in Montreal who pretend to be jerks but who really aren't. One guy in a Chinese place who I thought was the biggest jerk in the world started playing with my 5-year-old son's toy plane one day we were in there and my son was transfixed. The waiter was giggling and cooing with the best of them after a while. I'm pretty sure most of these supposed waiter "jerks" are all softies at heart.

Yep, okay, the Mt. Everest of steakhouses will be visited--and reviewed--by moi. It'll all be on montrealfood.com with pics pretty soon after.

Oh--lunch it will not be, since I've hyped this restaurant visit to my pals as the ultimate steakhouse experience--expense be damned. I might just pass on the bottled wine, however . . . (I will arrive heavily fortified, but do they have good martinis?)

Jan 25, 2007
tonbo in Outer Boroughs

Peter Luger or Old Homestead?

Hmm . . . that could be a problem. But then the steak must be good . . . ?

Jan 24, 2007
tonbo in Outer Boroughs

Best pizza in Manhattan? Totonno's?

Arturo's it probably is (with apologies to all the Patsy's folk--if it weren't so far away I would have chosen it.) Now I have to make my case to the rest of the party and hope they agree. Many thanks for the recommendations. New York is the Mecca of food, so I have to be very selective in choosing where I go with only a 2-night window . . . and a 5-year old . . . maybe next time you'll all invite me over and we can have a few drinks before we decide where to go :)

Jan 24, 2007
tonbo in Manhattan

Peter Luger or Old Homestead?

Yeow! Now I'm seriously conflicted! Peter Luger has been my Holy Grail for many years now . . . but I'm also in search of the Ultimate Burger on the planet, so Homestead beckons . . . let's see what the consensus is with a few more weigh-ins . . .

Jan 24, 2007
tonbo in Outer Boroughs

the Danny Meyer hype

In Montreal, most "Indian" restaurants are owned by Bangladeshis. Almost 100% of them serve beef.

Jan 24, 2007
tonbo in Manhattan

Peter Luger or Old Homestead?

Okay, it's the Mt. Everest of steakhouses, but I'm only in town for two nights (staying at 9th and West 34th) and the cons do seem to outweigh the pros for PL. Number one, the "cash only" requirement. Our party of six is supposed to be walking around with $600-odd of cash? Also, the surly-waiter rep. And no online menu.

Old Homestead is in the neighborhood and I heard their Kobe burger is fairly outrageous . . .

Any recommendations one way or another (or even other)? Sparks?

Thanks in advance!

Jan 24, 2007
tonbo in Outer Boroughs