This has been a pet peeve of mine. As residents of Montreal, we're blessed with an abundance of quality restaurants where one can dine in a fresh-air setting. But it seems, at least from my point of view, that very few of the wonderful holes-in-the-wall places that CH'ers love, particularly on the ethnic side, offer this amenity. Say it's one of those perfect summer days, not too hot, not too brisk, where you don't want to freeze from the A/C or suffer heatstroke from the lack thereof, yet still enjoy a tasty meal.
I'm singling out Chinese, Japanese and Indian restaurants simply because they're what I tend to crave most often. Granted, it would not be a prudent move for Cuisine Szechuan or Kazu to just spill out onto the sidewalk, but I'm not localizing my search to the downtown core.
So, ultimately, is there some sort of taboo in certain cultures against eating outdoors, or will I one day be able to savour sushi or lamb dhansak on a terrace?