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A good food w/e in Montreal

Fallon | Sep 5, 2006 08:19 PM

Did the roadtrip from NYC to Montreal last w/e. Other than the speeding ticket in Scroon, NY it was excellent. We stayed in a loft apt at Auberge du Vieux-Port in Old Montreal (there were 3 of us total). Got in around 2pmish and ate on the terrace area of the hotel's restaurant (not Les Ramparts though...) & had a decent lunch of grilled tiger shrimp, crab cakes & lobsters. Had made a reservation last minute at Au Pied de Cochon for 9:30pm so we had plenty of time to recover. Too bad NYC doesn't have an equivalent restaurant, for some reason there is one in Atlanta though? There used to be a restaurant that was somewhat similar here in NYC called D'Artagnan (purveyors of foie gras, etc) but the restaurant closed although the gourmet food distributorship still exists. I frequented D'Artagnan quite a bit during the 2-3 years it was around but I guess it didn't catch on. Back to APdC-had the foie gras hamburger & fries & a tomato tart & some beer. This was the 2nd time I've eaten here & it is a must eat at place for any chow hounder that comes to Montreal. My wife is a nutritionist and doesn't eat red meat but she enjoyed a huge cod plate that was the catch of the day-she allowed me to eat what I wanted this trip as I've been reasonably good lately. We spent Sat morning at Jean Talon market & I stuffed my face at many of the incredible booths there. The highlight was the duck sausage on a stick I got at one of the booths. I also checked out Havre au Glaces for some gelato-basic dark chocolate/vanilla combo. I had the greatest corn on the cob for .75 in the market too. Dinner was at Le Club Chasse et Peche and this was a big hit-the room itself is very cool-leather chairs at the tables-faux hunting lodge chic. I ended up ordering 3 apps for my meal-starting w/sauteed foie gras, followed by one side grilled scallops and finished off w/pork risotto w/flakes of foie gras. The food was unbelievable. I can't adequately describe how amazing the pork risotto dish was but believe me it is a keeper. My wife had the scallops as well & ordered the daily special entree which was grilled octopus which was huge & excellent. Our friend followed my lead & ordered 2 apps for dinner. She had the most amazing lobster salad w/watermelon & gnocci that was also huge & the only semi-disappointment which was a yellow fin tuna tartar that was very small but tasty per our friend. Only downer was our server was a young french speaking woman who just wasn't that good. Maybe I'm being harsh but I was expecting a more professional, polished server who really knew the menu & could speak English well & what we got was not that...
Just wanted to post our recent experience in lovely Montreal-will be back-maybe btw May-July as APdC has lobster during the season...

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