I am a former Montrealer now living in Ottawa. I will be heading to Montreal at the end of September for my university homecoming. I visited Montreal last year for the first time in 6 or 7 years and although alot of Montreal has stayed the same the dining scene has changed. When I was in town last year I took a nostalgic foodie tour of Montreal and have decided to scratch most of the places off my list and the only places I would return to are Le Paris and Estatoria Via Sou on Queen Mary. (FWIW I tied in visits to Bar B Barn - I'm done with that place - and Mr. Steer.)
So my question to you Montrealers is which restaurants would you recommend? I am planning on staying at Le Chateau Versailles so I would prefer to stick to downtown or Chinatown but it looks like there are a lot of good restos in Le Plateau. Recommendations in any of those three neighbourhoods would be great. I plan on taking public transit.
I would also like to tie in a dinner at Joe Beef - how far in advance would you recommend making a reservation? Is the day before suitable? Or a few days or longer even?
I also found out about a resto in Chinatown that looks interesting called The Noodle Factory. Has anyone eaten there recently? And what did you think of it? There are some reviews on chowhound but they are a little older... Any feedback would be appreciated.