Staying at the Intercontinental on Rue Ste-Antoine Ouest (close to Old Montreal?). I'm a foodie. And have ambitions over our long weekend visit, to hit the farmers markets, Joe Beef, taste all the poutine in the city, sample the bagels, Swartz's, etc.etc.etc.... (basically, eat my way through the city!!!!!)
BUT, for our first night in Montreal, (after a LONG day of travel), I want to take it easy. Sit back with a cocktail or a nice bottle (or two) of wine and some very unpretentious yummy food. And not feel like I'm being rushed. We're just looking for a very simple a restaurant that is (hopefully):
1. Walking distance to the hotel
2. That serves good food that's not heavy and greasy.... bistro-ish, maybe?
3. Not expensive
4. Not a tourist place or a "hot spot".
5. Nice ambience (not too noisy, so we can talk to our friends)
And maybe also a good bar close by that we can get some really yummy and interesting (different) cocktails before or after.