Dear Montrealers & Lovers of Montreal,
My partner and I will be visiting this week, from Sunday-Thursday.
I've searched all the CH Montreal boards. Read most of the reviews. Sorted the montreal reviewers from the rest. I'm really looking to refine what I've gained as impressions from the posts and make some decisions!
We're staying in the Vieux Port, and have a car, so can travel.
Budget is no holds barred, but what I like about Montreal is the ability to eat well for a good price.
Need some help balancing the "fancy" classics/well known places with the warm, cosy neighbourhood places which might not garner as much press.
Please help narrow down to:
Would like to focus more on Montreal bistro cuisine, with its signature whimsical touches, solid execution, and warmth. And possibly a killer steak tartare, salmon tartare, and a good cold foie gras au torchon.
-would like to find more seafood, or places that have items like tuna crudo, crab cakes, or a killer fish soup.
-not interested in Asian recs as we live in Toronto
Have secured a 10:30 pm (!) APDC reservation. Although at this point, I'm thinking I may not wish to indulge on so much duck fat/pig so late at night. Don't get me wrong---I love this stuff, and cook with duck fat regularly-but will have driven 7 hours from Ontario and a quieter AVV/BYOW might be in order.
Monsieur B, casual and relaxed AVV
Club Chasse et Peche. Hopefully a good seat on the terasse
Tuesday lunch: ? Something that's a change from Monday's heavyweight meals?
Tuesday dinner: Le Taverne Dominion
Will go to Olive & Gourmando for breakfasts as it is near where we're staying. But not open Sunday or Monday---so need a lunch rec for these days.
I think this list is too heavily weighted towards classic and fancy. This is not my intention, its just that these names emerge over and over!
Any advice? THANKS!!!