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A fancier dinner + hidden gems

Juniper | May 2, 2006 12:55 PM

Our trip to Montreal in late May is for an event, so many of our meals are already spoken for. However, we do have one dinner free, as well as a couple of breakfasts, lunches, and late night snacks to fill. I would appreciate some recommendations - and I promise to report back in return! :) We are staying in and around McGill, but we will have a car.

BREAKFAST - seeking pastries, jam, and tea/coffee. There's nothing we love more than a flaky, buttery croissant first thing in the morning, accompanied by some kick-ass coffee.

LUNCH - we already have St. Viateur in mind for one lunch, but we need recommendations for a second lunch. We considered Efes Patisserie for Turkish pastries, but we are open to other ideas. Something ethnic would be preferred (but not Asian, since we have an abundance of that in Toronto, where we're from).

DINNER - we have only one dinner free that has not already been spoken for. After reading the various posts on this board, the shortlist includes La Brunoise, La Colombe, Le Club Chasse et Peche, Toque!, Anise, and L'Expresse. I realize these are all very different in terms of price/food/ambience, and herein lies the difficulty of my decision. This is somewhat of a special occasion dinner (I really don't want to make a big deal of it) for which I'm looking for something unique, but nothing overly pretentious. We are adventurous eaters, but appreciate superb execution over creativity in our food (ideally, we could have both the execution and creativity - though that tends to be relatively rare). Any assistance you could provide in narrowing down the list further would be much appreciated. Also, feel free to suggest alternatives to the ones I mentioned that you feel may fit in to my criteria. Money is no object.

LATE NIGHT - Frites du Monde and Schwartz are on the list already. Any other recommendations for late night snacks after a night of dancing/drinking? For this, anything goes.

Thanks in advance! :)

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