I visited your fair city with 5 friends this past weekend and wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had. I'm quite envious of the price points at your restaurants. We had some fantastic meals that would have cost 30% (or more) higher in Toronto.
Some quick notes below. We tried anywhere from 6 - 12 dishes at every restaurant, so I feel like we got a pretty good feel for each place we went. I won't go into too much detail unless requested, but here are the places we ate:
400 Coups — had a dessert tasting that blew me away with the subtlety of the flavours and textures. I look forward to seeing where the pastry chef goes next, because I will follow him there. And at $20/person, it was a ridiculous value.
Joe Beef — liked the atmosphere and the cote de boeuf was excellent, though I didn't care for the acidity of the red wine reduction. Great seafood and veg platter for an app. Good meal, not necessarily a place I'd run back to, given the other amazing options in your city.
Lawrence — so, so, so good for brunch. Would go back there in a heartbeat.
Kem Coba — really lovely sorbets. Perfect textures, bright, deep flavours. I totally loved the grapefruit and the passionfruit.
Kouign Amann — sadly disappointed in their kouign amann. Lacked the layers and caramelized sugar that I associate with a great version.
Guillaume Bakery — great fougasse and other breads.
APdC Cabane a Sucre Apple Season — shock and awe meal. Totally fun to experience, and while I enjoyed the meal, it was probably my least favourite in terms of the actual food. The sheer quantities of food was mind boggling.
Kazu — loved the quality here and would go back to try more dishes. I could eat a LOT of his fresh tofu and the 48 pork bowl.
Satay Brothers — so excited to have good Malaysian food! Would love them to amp up the fish sauce and the heat more, but still loved everything. Thought their steamed pork buns were better than Momofuku Daisho in Toronto. Hearing rumblings about them opening a restaurant — I'd definitely pay a visit if they did.
Damas — we focused on the Syrian specialties. Gorgeous to look at, delicious to eat. The fish dish was fantastic.
Schwartz — we stayed in the area, so had to pick up some for snacking in our rental, plus some for the road trip home. :)
Jean-Talon Market puts Ontario markets to shame. I'm totally jealous. Seriously the most beautiful produce I have ever seen. We went twice: once when we arrived in MTL to stock up our kitchen, and once when we were leaving to stock up for home.
Lots of other random snacks were had as we wandered around. Many dozens of bagels from both Fairmount and St. Viateur were purchase as we had fans from both camps in our group.
Thank you, Montreal for feeding us so well!