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Montreal Jazz Festival; best poutine?; Ode to Lotte Furama and Blue Merin

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Montreal Jazz Festival; best poutine?; Ode to Lotte Furama and Blue Merin

nooyawka | Jul 1, 2009 08:41 AM

Bonjour and Hello, my Montreal friends! I will be traveling to Montreal for the Jazz Festival from July 2nd through July 6th.

Please give me your opinions as to the best 3 poutine places, from a Quebecois' point of view. I know, this is like asking a New Yorker which steakhouse is the best. You'll get 100 different opinions. If you can narrow it down to the top 3, that would be wonderful. Much thanks in advance.

Is there such a thing as Quebec cuisine? Is that like asking a New Yorker about "New York" cuisine? I just don't want to make the mistake of confusing French cuisine for Quebec cuisine, even if it was heavily influenced by the French. Or, put another way, is there a restaurant or type of food that is very typical or distinctive to Quebec/Montreal that I should definitely try?

And I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to Lotte Furama, which in my opinion has the best Cantonese-style dim sum in Chinatown. I guess I just have fond memories and a sentimental connection to that place, especially when they were at their old location (right on, is that Rene Levesque Boulevard?), just a little bit beyond the decorative entry gate to Chinatown. That must have been before 2001. Since then, they've moved to the smaller side street (I forget the name), but their food is just as good.

And does anyone remember an Italian restaurant on Crescent Street called Blue Merin? It was just 1 block north of St. Catherine, and it was in the basement. The best linguine frutti di mare I've ever had in my life was at Blue Merin. The linguine was PERFECTLY al dente. The last time I was there was before 2000. When I returned to Montreal in 2004-5, it was already gone. It was a little like getting your car stolen. I must have walked up and down Crescent Street about 10 times, before I resigned myself to the sad realization that it had closed. (I had done internet searches before traveling, but I would not believe it closed.)

Any other recommendations would be welcome for an occasional traveler and a longtime lover of Montreal. Thank you very much, and I'll see you up there!

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