For many years my gf and I have made it a habit of going to one of the best high end restaurants in a city we are visiting. We are thinking of going to Montreal and want to know what are the best high end restaurants in that city.
I can give you some background on us and our preferences.
Restaurants we have visited include Daniel in NYC, Lumiere in Vancouver, Susur (food was great - serviced was deplorable), Scaramouche and Splendido in Toronto.
For our birthdays we either link our birthday restaurant meal up with a holiday that is within a few months or we go to a local restaurant. We live in Ottawa and have gone for some very nice meals at Baccara at the Casino de Lac Lemay (very, very good meal) and to Beckta.
My personal best meal of my life was at De Karmeliet in Bruge in Belgium.
My birthday is coming up in January so we are thinking of going to Montreal for I night. I must say I have become a big fan of restaurants that do 7-10 course meals on a grand scale. Such a meal was particularly memorable at Lumiere. So I am curious to know if restaurants people recommend have such an option though I would obviously consider restaurants that do not.
Overall I like either French restaurants or restaurants that fuse French style cooking/ heavily influenced by French cooking.
We do a meal such as this 2-3 times a year and budget to spend somewhere between $400-$700 which includes drinks and a very nice bottle of wine (i.e. $100-$160). I should also add that we are not rich. We do well but neither of us is making 6 figures. Food is our key hobby but we always choose very carefully because we can only do it a few times a year.
We have been to Montreal many times but have tended not to spend too much with the exception of a meal at Chez L'epicier. The club sandwhich dessert was excellent but the rest of the meal was problematic. Our suspicion was that they we're having an off-night. I may go back in the future but that is one restaurant we probably would not go back.
Finally I should note that while I am billingual to a degree my gf is not and I would want to know if restaurants are reasonably billingual (its not necessarily a deal breaker but something her and I would need to discuss in advance).
2 restaurants that intrigue me are Duel and Au Pied du Cauchon but I would like to hear more about them or any other restaurants people recommend.
Anyway, I would very much appreciate any suggestions.
Thanks very much for reading and for any suggestions.