This is more of a pathetic rant than anything else, but I lived in Montreal for just under six years, and have since relocated to India. You know, the whole career thing after graduation. Well, I have a great job, and the food here is amazing (it being authentic Indian and all) but I miss Montreal food like there's no tomorrow. I just discovered this message board and it brought memories flooding back.
I used to live at Carre St-Louis (in one of those Victorian buildings - a steal for an impoverished student) and frequented Lafleur's. My roommate actually spent a full 24 hours in there on a dare (involuntary shudder).
I think that Montreal is a great city for cheap, student eats. St-Laurent and parts of downtown have no comparison. Good Lebanese at Sara, Coco Rico, Schwarz's - oh to be transported there now.
But there is also the oh so good expensive stuff. Like the Oeufs Calypso and Benedictine at Cafe Cherrier. Hollandaise Sauce heaven!!
I saved like a fiend (eating ketchup sandwiches, no less) for almost a year to eat at Toque. And it was the highlight of my life - no jokes. My one big regret is that I stopped experimenting with BYOW's after I discovered L'Academie and Jardin de Panos, and in the process only discovered Le P'tit Plateau and YoYo a month before I left the city.
And my favorite memory is stumbling back home drunk along St-Denis in the middle of winter and marvelling at L'Express' heated sidewalk so much that we just had to stop for frites and wine. The staff was incredibly courteous and mildly amused considering how boisterous we were!!
Anyhoo, I am starving having written this, and will have to go in search of some new gem in Delhi.
Look forward to your responses,