My wife and I spent a week in May in Montreal. Here are some comments on restaurants and a hotel.
Boris Bistro: The food was good but could and should have been better. Most dishes suffered from some inattention. Example: the blue cheese in a salad was served too cold to be flavorful. The rabbit in a braised rabbit dish tasted as if it had been left-over from the previous night. But the duck confit with lentils was very tasty. We would not go again.
Toque: We ordered the tasting menu, which was a good choice. It wasnt too much food, and every bite was terrific. The ingredients were top-notch and very intelligently prepared. We were also impressed by the intelligent and helpful wait staff. We would go again in a minute, but its a long way from home.
Milos: A very good meal from a somewhat one-dimensional menu. But that one dimensionfish prepared in a Greek mannerwas superbly handled. Our fish (we shared a loup de mer) was perfectly cooked. Wed go there again, but after a second trip to Toque.
Café Ferreira: this felt like a New York restaurant, and the service was appropriately brusque. But the food almost made up for itmy wifes tuna appetizer and sea bass entrée pleased were especially good. Wed go back, but on a quiet evening.
Les Caprices de Nicolas: We liked this place as much as Toque. The tone is different, as is the food. The service was faultless, the wine list extensive and well-chosen. Our server knew the food very well and made helpful suggestions. The food was very inventivefor example, guinea hen, which came as a breast and a leg, with green beans and broiled cherry tomatoes, and two saucesa parsley puree and a truffle milk emulsion. Wed go back there before anywhere else except Toque, and wed be hard pressed to choose.
Hotel: We stayed at Auberge Place Royale, near the Archeological Museum. We found the location ideal, the room almost as comfortable as home, and the host wonderfully helpful. Wed never stay anywhere else.
We enjoyed our week very much.
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