I visited Montreal for the first time this weekend and had a great time! Thanks to all of the Chowhound advice, we were able to have some fantastic meals.
Our first dinner was a Bonaparte. The atmosphere was nice, but the restaurant was very loud and busy. The service was great, but the time between courses was very long.
We started with lobster bisque with ginger. Very yummy, but not exeptional. I had the veal chop with morel mushrooms. It was one of the best dishes I have ever had. The sauce was fabulous. My boyfriend had the venison which was also amazing. They really seem to excel with their sauces.
Dessert was a little disappointing. We both had souffles. Mine had chocolate chips and his was Grand Marnier.
Our second dinner was at Les Remparts. We were there on a Sunday (Easter Sunday) night so it was not very busy.
I loved the atmosphere -- it was so cozy and the service was exeptional. The food was incredible. I started with a soup-like dish that had foie grais, duck meat, and portobello mushrooms. My boyfriend had the bison stuffed raviolli. Both were fantastic.
The oysters (that were complimentary) were the best raw oysters I've ever had. They had a red wine vinigar dressing with lots of garlic. The staff were so accomodating when we asked for more.
We both had the specials of the day for our entrees. I had the artic char with asparagus and a lobster cream sauce. He had the cornish hen with the wild mushrooms on a parsnip mash. These were both very good.
We shared the chocolate platter for dessert. Overall this was a fabulous night.
We also visted Vieux-Port for a quick lunch on our last day. I strongly advise people to avoid this place. It's very overpriced and nothing special with poor service.
We also went in search of Frit Alors - which we couldn't find. But we didn't have the address on us and we tried to get into Shwartz's deli, but the line was out the door and on the street.
We did however get bagels at St. Viateur and stopped at a couple of yummy bakeries on Mount Royal and St. Denis streets.
We also treked out to the Atwater Market. Not worth the visit for a tourist. We found it quite small.
Overall, we did and ate quite a lot in two and a half short days. I look forward to going back again in the fall and trying some more wonderful places.