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5 meals in Montreal (Les Heritiers, Ruby Rouge, Schwartz's, Stash, Chez La Mere Michel)


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5 meals in Montreal (Les Heritiers, Ruby Rouge, Schwartz's, Stash, Chez La Mere Michel)

Jim P | Oct 30, 2005 08:31 PM

Spent a weekend in Montreal with another couple after much research on is my report:

Les Heritiers: Our best meal of the weekend. The waiters were great, friendly & helpful without being overbearing. The food was wonderful, prepared with a lot of care, taste, and style. Carrot soup was delicious, main dishes of duck, lamb, and scallops were all very very good. Note: this is a BYO.

Ruby Rouge: Had dim sum here on a Sunday, got there at around 1:00 when it was still crowded, had to wait about 10 minutes. Lots of variety, good quality. Probably on par with the best Boston dim sum, maybe not quite as good as the best NYC dim sum. I really like the sweet pudding-like tofu desert, but I don't know what it's called. I described it to one of the waiters and he made sure the cart came to me (and he seemed quite happy that I had asked for it).

Schwartz's: We really wanted to go to La Ravane (Mauritian) but alas, it was closed (on a Sunday???). So we went down the street to Schwartz's for smoked meat sandwiches. It was good & fun, but not exactly an oh-my-god experience. Maybe I'm just spoiled by Carnegie Deli and other New York places. Still, we had a good time, and the half sour pickles and cherry soda were a treat.

Stash: Really nice lunch! We ordered four different main dishes and shared: Pierogi, Saucisse, Golabki, and Bigos. All really good, particularly good to share...probably a full meal of just one of them would have been a bit boring.

Chez La Mere Michel: This was the most disappointing meal of the weekend. The food was overpriced, and good but not great. The waiter was bizarrely fawning and overly solicitous, but not really willing to give us his opinion on anything (whatever we said, he declared it to be 'perfect'). Two of the dishes we ordered were a lamb and a duck dish...the lamb was overcooked and somewhat tough, the duck had a sauce that was way too reduced & intense. The one good moment was the Grand Marnier souffle...for some reason they make you order at least two, but they were VERY good. The espresso that I had with it was inexcusably weak, almost as if it had been watered down.

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