My husband and I will be in Montreal for a few days in July. We are staying in a studio apartment and will cook in the evenings, but are hoping to make the most of lunches while we're in particular areas of town, and have a few questions following up on many very helpful posts here. We're eclectic: appreciate thoughtful creative contemporary cuisine but also love an interesting low-end joint.
For Vieux Montreal (-ish) we'd thought either Kitchen Galerie Poisson or Stash Cafe, or perhaps Le Grain de Sel a bit further afield.
For Plateau (-ish) area our current possibilities are Justine, Lawrence, or Aux Vivres.
Would reservations be necessary for lunch at any or all of these? How far in advance? Do any of them make you want to warn me that something has gone wrong there recently, etc?
Up in the Cote des Neiges area, we'll probably spend the AM at St-Joseph and then for some casual ethnic food nearby were looking at La Caverne or at Rotisserie Mavi. Has Rotisserie Mavi moved (one post here seemed to say it was going to transfer from 5192 Ave Gatineau to 5327)?
Two other questions:
The Jean-Talon market: should we arrive as early as we can to get a good selection, or is it fairly consistent throughout the day?
And finally, some night after supper we want to go out for a drink. Is Lab Comptoir à cocktails someplace a couple of middle-aged, middle-income, well-traveled but not-fashionable Americans might likely feel comfortable?
In advance, tous mes remerciements.