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Long Weekend in Montreal - Report [long]

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Long Weekend in Montreal - Report [long]

Wayno | Aug 13, 2004 12:19 AM

Thanks largely to advice gleaned from this board, my wife and I had a great time during our first visit last week, a 4-night stay from Thurs. to Mon. The eating highlights: late Thurs. afternoon munching at Versus in the Hotel Nelligan [we stayed across the street at Le Saint Sulpice]; had assortment of Quebec cheeses and a duck confit sandwich, with fresh greens and perfectly ripe fruit; accompanied by pricey but very nice glass of Chablis. Friday night dinner at Brunoise; meals there have been well covered on this board; killer amuse of cold corn soup w/ maple syrup emulsion and grated hazlenuts; and, yes, the basil oil panna cotta was all that it's cracked up to be; nice Ribera w/ our mains, the pheasant breast [accompanied by one of the world's greatest potato dishes] and the sliced steak. Saturday lunch at Schwartz's; 1st corned beef sandwich in years; definitely worth it. Saturday night dinner at Casatapas; surprisingly good, esp. the mussels in cream/leak sauce and the albondigas [meatballs]. Sunday night dinner at Au Pied de Cochon; what a great place; terrific attitude of the people who work there; loved my venison ribs; only disappointment was the lamb shank confit, which was not the tender morsel that was described or expected; they offered to replace it, and everything else was stellar. Also enjoyed our morning meals at St. Viatuer bagels and Eggspectation [I wasn't eggspecting much from this regional chain, but was thrilled with the grilled cinnamon brioche topped with plain yogurt, honey and gobs of assorted fruit]. Loved the city; great places to run and bike, nice parks, great food and drink everywhere and pretty good shopping. Le Saint Sulpice was very nice; very pleasant people work there; nice gym; well-appointed suites; only weakness was the concierge service; well-meaning, but not well-informed. But, with this board, who needs a well-informed concierge. P.S.: At both Brunoise and APC the couples dining to our -- with whom we wound up chatting and, in one case, went out for after-dinner drinking -- were likewise guided by this board.

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