Canada - Montreal Restaurant Recommendations?
Apr 16, 12, 6:23 am
We will be in Montreal in the near future and be staying in "Old Town".
Was wondering if anyone has any "musts" as to restaurants?
We are an eclectic bunch so recommendations could be for "fine dining" or just a bistro or lunch faire.
Any suggestions would be appreciated and thank you in advance to anyone who responds!
Apr 16, 12, 12:55 pm
In the old town, I quite like DNA (http://www.dnarestaurant.com/). Not cheap, but very good quality with an accent on Canadian ingredients.
Apr 21, 12, 12:39 pm
If you like foie gras, Au Pied de Cochon -
Apr 21, 12, 12:59 pm
for your recommendations.
They are duly noted in my "things to do while in Montreal" file!
May 1, 12, 8:41 pm
Search deeper into this forum. There are several Montreal threads discussing restos and things to do.
May 10, 12, 7:47 pm
Don't know if your trip has already passed...
I was there over Pres Day Wknd, which was during Montreal en Lumiere.
I had lunch at Emporte Piece (an array of grilled cheeses) & La Porte, which many people rave about, but I wasn't impressed. Food lacked seasoning and flavor for the most part. I had dinners at Kazu, 3 Petits Bouchons & Le Filet. Le Filet (from the owners of Club Chasse et Peche) was better, but their fish dishes weren't great. Kazu Izakaya has the type of cuisine you'd think would be better left for a Vancouver, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I was supposed to go to Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins, but I was stuffed. My favorite by far was 3 Petits Bouchons, which does bistro fare.
Portuguese rotisserie chicken is also popular. I also got some carry-out from Romado's for my trip to the airport. It's not the best there is, but I saw it in passing & gave it a try.
I went to Les Givres for ice cream late on a Sunday night and one of the owners, Julien Lubuis was manning the shop. His family used to own another ice cream institution, Le Bilboquet and are considered the first to bring this standard of "artisanal" (hate to use that word) ice cream to Montreal. I tried plenty of things and we talked for well over an hour about the business and their work for APDC's Cabane a Sucre. Very memorable.
I certainly did my research, and visited various food blogs, but Mayssam @ willtravelforfood.com was very helpful. She answered my questions personally and gave me plenty of good suggestions.
If you want more detail, let me know.
May 11, 12, 5:40 am
Thank you to all for the suggestions!
May 11, 12, 9:35 pm
I was going to post here about a place NOT to eat in Montreal, but I just came up with place TO eat: Miyako. It doesn't have its own website that I can tell, but here's a link on restomontreal.ca:
It's not in Vieux Montreal, though; it's in the (Gay?) Village. And yes, it's Japanese food.
Also, do NOT eat at Cafe Republique at 93 Ste-Catherine - my friend and I had concert tickets at Place des Arts, which the staff knew, and our main course order was put in after we finished our appetizers, and the woman taking our credit cards walked away between my friend trying to pay and me trying to pay. The service was sooo slow, and my sandwich was boring, which was my fault for what I ordered, but still.
May 20, 12, 1:38 am
Don't miss Olive et Gourmando in Old Montreal. Open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday thru Saturday. Great sandwiches, salads and best espresso in town. Great vibe- very busy and popular. But go before noon or after 2 to avoid lines.