My husband Jay and I are traveling to Montreal for the first time next week. We'll only be there for two days, so we won't have a whole lot of time to try different restaurants. After some perusal here, the NY Times, Fodders, and TripAdvisor, we've decided to try:
- Au Pied de Cochon, mostly for their foie gras poutine and because it's very close to where we'll be staying. Neither of us have ever tried poutine before!
- Fairmount Bagel. Also close to our hotel and I like that it has more varieties than some of the other places.
- Le Bilboquet for the ice creams and such, if we have time.
- Tapeo or Europea for lunch, unless we're steered otherwise...
And the leaves us looking for a special tasting menu. We were considering Toque or La Montee de Lait or anywhere else on offer. I know there are some atmosphere/service (and sometimes cuisine) issues with both of these selections, but I'm not entirely concerned with how pleasant the wait staff is, what the dining room or guests look like, etc. The food... the FOOD! So who has the best tasting menu? We're looking for playfulness, unusual ingredients, risk taking (even if it results in a few failures), presentation, and at least a few unforgettable flavors. I prefer less meat-heavy tasting menus, if that makes a difference. I'm pregnant, so we don't have to worry about wine this time. And price isn't a huge issue, but I've noticed LDML is about $25 less expensive for the dégustation than Toque.