I don't get to Montréal often and when I do it's a rush in-and-out for business. Next Sunday (Dec. 7) my GF and I will have the day to ourselves and want to find a cozy dinner spot featuring earnest, down-home representations of Québécois/French food without fancy trappings. I am aware of some of the top-spots (APDC, Joe Beef, Le Filet, etc) from the wonderful and useful posts from the Montréal CHOW community, but I'm on a budget for this trip.
My French is very basic and that of my GF is pretty much zero, so a spot with menus in English would be a plus for her, but not a deal-killer as I could do my best to guide her through the offerings.
We will be staying near The Montreal Children's Hospital and close to René-Lévesque Boulevard West and Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest if that helps with logistics. We can drive a bit as needed, but something in that area would be great. Again, this would be for a Sunday night (7-8 PM), and I realize not every restaurant would be open.