In Montreal for 16 days, my first visit, been looking forward to this for some time. So far, I'm loving Montreal. Arrived at my hotel around 7 Monday night and an hour later was having dinner at Bouillon Bilk -- a terrific way to start things! Very comfortable and friendly atmosphere and the lobster appetizer and rabbit/morel ravioli both had my head swimming.
I'm staying the first six nights in Old Montreal and the rest of the time in the Plateau. Had coffee and breakfast (a rarity for me) Tuesday at Olive and Gormando, their Egg on Your Face Panini, which was more than satisfying. It rained most of the day but I still managed to spend a good part of the afternoon exploring the neighborhood.
Dinner last night was at Le Mas des Oliviers, which some on the board had tried to dissuade me of. I'm often drawn however to (perhaps) faded restaurants that have maintained through the years and I had a very nice time at Le Mas. It immediately reminded me of a couple restaurants in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood: Topo Gigio and, especially, Geja's. Both are '60s places that have are unchanaged to this day. Neither are remotely cutting-edge but both have other aspects to recommend them and that's pretty much how I felt sitting in Le Mas. Plus I really enjoyed their fish soup! Much less so their rib steak, which was overdone and dry. Along similar lines, I'll be visiting Moishes and Chez Delmo on this trip -- though tonight I have a 9:30 reservation at Joe Beef.
Oh, and I had planned to get some poutine as a late-night snack, but could not muster up even a trace of appetite. More later.