Prior and during my 3 day arrival in Montreal, I decided to use this board to enhance my dining experience of this great city. Thanks to all of your comments, opinions and reccommendations. It truly came in handy. Breakfast was spent mainly at my hotel out of pure convenience, locally and financially. However, next time, I will venture out for a more authentic experience.
Notable experiences and my opinions:
Schwartz's-3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Ate here upon arrival and depature of my trip. Convenient if in off season (aka November at 10pm-although the deli had about 6 tables left!).
The meat was plentiful enough to make me believe that I could have a coronary attack at any given moment after my consumption but I managed! The huge pickle adds a truly authentic deli experience and at $4.75 for the sandwich, I thought it was truly a deal! Plus, Celine Dion ate there so I just had to go (NOT!).
3723 bd. St-Laurent (north of Prince Arthur)
Originally, we tried to go to the Prince Arthur Strip. However, we experienced that very few restaurants were open on that strip in November (I'm trying to save the few that may go out in the cold expecting to get into a restaurant after 9! Not happening!)
Bitter, hungry and very cold, we headed to Le Pistol, a pub style bar filled with a young university crowd and very slow wait staff (however, quick to fill up on drinks). We waited a half hour for a sandwich, a hamburger, one soup and french fries. He brought me the wrong soup, even then! The table next to us didn't get their ketchup until the patron was done her meal! Suffice to say, my sandwich (complete with James Bond vocabulary)-entitled Le Look to Kill was delightful! Complete with cream cheese, dijion mustard and freshly baked chicken was fulfilling, enjoyable and cheap! The soup/sandwich combo was about $8.75
which was much more of a deal then my next meal at...
I should have read more carefully when someone on here mentioned this joint was upscale! I heard it was good for eating alone but that was not my exeperience as a tourist in jeans alone in a business type crowd. The service was good until the wait staff discovered my accent and treated me as a tourist, and therefore hardly came to my table. My lunch was just as drastic. My green salad consisting of pine nuts was a bunch of pine nuts spread on some wilted romaine lettuce leaves with some mediocre balsamic vinegar concoction for $9! It was one of the cheapest items on the menu. I was competing with Steak Tartare and mussels for over $15. Yuck. The place doesn't even have a sign so its best to find the address for this one. I'd rather not give it out but its on St. Denis admist construction.
3807 St. Andre (at Roy)
One of the best meals I have ever had. Period.
Make a reservation in advance!!!! Even though the restaurant was booked, we waited and were served free drinks for the inconvenience. Equally, the staff was excellent and always explained what our dishes consisted of.
The Prixe-fixe meal is, as everyone had mentioned, the biggest bang for your buck. With a glass of champagne and a cafe au lait, before, tip, my meal came out to about $52. Including my boyfriend's meal, our whole meal came up to $101 with tax!
I had the asparagus with the brioche. The cream cheese definitely off sets the asparagus and its sauce and is a great combination. Might I add the bread is quite good and they give you three different types of selections of bread.
My boyfriend had the roasted pepper and did not like it.
We both had the Halibut, which was succulent and moist. The potatoes are brought in its own dish with a lid, to be kept warm and were also moist and somewhat garlicky. Excellent. We were both delighted with our choice.
We both ended our meal with the dark chocolate tart, white chocolate flan, and milk chocolate ice cream with which we savored every last bite. If you do not like bitter chocolate, however, then I would not reccommend this meal. The milk choco ice cream is like a mini creme brulee and was just spectacular!
As for atmosphere, this is a great place to take your friends or for a really nice date. Warm and comfortable. I am definitely coming back here when I come back to Montreal. A great experience.
Note: Cafe Supreme on St. Laurent
Really great selection of cakes if you have a hankering for chocolate. Also cheaper internet at $5 an hour (which is still a rip off in my opinion from the $3 hourly rates you can get in downtown T.O.) from the $8 hourly rate at the internet cafe across the street. A Montreal staple but quiet since many were studying when I went (both times). You can still talk but its better to at the back of the cafe.
All in all, a great insight into Montreal culture.
I would highly reccommend St. Laurent and Duluth streets for dining options. Unfortunatley, I didn't get to experience Duluth for myself.