We've been doing food tourism at home this week as the kids are away and we can finally try spicy places and new things. Here's what we've done so far, many based on suggestions found on this board.
Lemeac: Very comfortable terrace, excellent yellow tomato soup. I made a mistake in ordering the potato sticks instead of a salad with my salmon tartar though, very odd large bowl of crunchy little chips. It didn't accompany the soft texture of the salmon very well. DH had the hangar steak and frites which he found only okay. A nice presentation with the dessert cheese we selected. Most memorable was a wonderful bottle of wine, a Minervois at $23 for 500 ml. Good service and I'd try the salmon pot au feu next time. We were too hungry to wait for the late night special and it was just as well as the prices were fine.
Niu Kee: Apparently the best hot and sour soup in the city and I'd have to agree, a great balance of flavours and not that thick cornstarch-y texture so many others have. Powerful mapo tofu and we'll be back with the little ones so they can have the pork and chinese cabbage dumplings while we indulge in more Szechuan peppercorn dishes. Less expensive than cooking, frankly.
Le Roi du Plateau: well, this was our fifth choice after we discovered most of the other I'd picked out are closed on Monday. Reminder to self - always check restaurant hours before heading out. Nice garlic shrimp, big portions of grilled sardines and chicken, some digestive upset caused by something. Very pleasant ambiance and strolling musician but I don't think I'll be back. So easy to go to Romados and pick a chicken up instead.
Amelios: we always order their pizza for delivery and love it. It tastes the most like homemade! Thought we'd see what it was like to actually go to the restaurant. I had the vegetarian lasagna because I love the vegetarian pizza and the taste was similar. But I'd opt for the pizza in the future as the lasagna didn't have the eggplant or zucchini. DH had the white pizza with added bacon, very nice. Really good attentive service. We were too confused to bring wine but we'll be back with the little ones and a bottle. Met a man who has been going there for 30 years and makes a point of telling the owner to stick to his recipe each time. I agree!
Jun-I: We didn't have a reservation so we sat at the bar which gave us a great view of the sushi making. The restaurant was only half full when we arrived but filled up during the time we waited. And oh, we waited! We ordered a bit of sushi, sashimi and two rolls, the grilled eel and the spicy scallop. Unfortunately it took about half an hour for each of these things to arrive one after another while at the same time we watched other people's sushi being made. Lost a lot of momentum in the enjoyment of our meal. While the fish was wonderful and fresh, the presentation of the rolls was pretty slapdash. I enjoyed the bbq eel roll although DH was not as excited about the rice crispies in there as I was. Spicy scallop roll was tasty but small, so we added half an hour to our adventure and ordered the rainbow roll, a large roll with five types of fish on it, very nice. However, next time I'd go off-hours and try some of the appetizers which looked more creative than our selections. A five fish tasting sashimi with five sauces looked especially good as well as the tuna tartar and some other things we saw go by. Great food, service needs enormous improvement.
Next on our list - some panini at Olive et Gourmando and tonight for dinner ...? Something in this 'hood we haven't tried before. Maybe the Peruvian on St-Denis? Tapas somewhere near? And I've heard raves about La Montee du Lait. Suggestions welcomed.