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Montreal Dining Experience....Thanks to Carswell

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Montreal Dining Experience....Thanks to Carswell

Deborah | Apr 15, 2008 04:13 PM

Thank-you again Carswell for your suggestions for restaurants on a Friday and Saturday night with no reservations.

Friday night....Le Bleu Raisin. We enjoyed our experience there. We brought a bottle from our cellar to Montreal and forgot it in our hotel so had a quick stop on the way at a SAQ.

The highlight of the meal was my husbands Halibut Cheeks....wonderful. I decided to order something I hadn't tried so had veal kidneys. I really enjoyed them along with the braised belgium endive. I like the fact that the waiter uncorks the bottle but allows you to pour (a pet peeve with me when they pour half the bottle in one shot!). Loved that we had two appetizers and main courses and the bill was $95.00.

On Saturday we were on Laurier Ave. at 12:45pm and happened onto Lemeac. It was very full so we got seated at the bar.An extremely busy but very efficient young woman was manning the bar and also serving the clients at the bar. We ordered a beer and a glass of white wine and sipped until my husband got his fish soup 45 min. after ordering. After an hour, we still hadn't got the rest of our lunch so we politely asked our server to bring us the bill and said we didn't want to wait any longer. The manager happened to be walking by and she told him. He handled the situation very well......apologized profusely and didn't bill us. So, we headed right up to Jean Talon Market and had a wonderful grilled lamb sandwich for lunch!

Thank-you for Le Bouchonne recommendation. I hadn't heard about it yet. We live in Ottawa and drive to Montreal for any excuse to shop and dine but I had missed all the talk on Chowhound about this place.

We had the whole front counter to ourselves. And, two waiters. My husband said he was humbled by the number of wines listed that he hadn't heard of.....many he said came from regions of France which are not known for good wine. So, allowed our waiters to lead the way and we had a great time with the wines. We ordered numerous plates, some of which were recommended by Chowhound. One really fun plate was a "half quail club sandwich".
The soup special was salmon based and excellent. There were not many diners so we were able to chat with our waiters and they were very knowledgeable about the food and wine and lots of fun. They treated us to a glass of dessert wine at the end of the night.

Always nice to try new places and get good value for your money. Again, Carswell, thanks.

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