It's been awhile since my last trip to Montreal (2013? Yikes) but I am soooooooo excited. I've been doing research but am decently knowledgeable as I used to live here and still have friends in town. So many new things have opened up so I was hoping to get some input. No need for the usual must eats for tourists (Schwartz, JTM, Dieu du Ciel, St. Viateur bagels (don't worry, I'll be bringing back a couple dozen home), etc.).
I'll be in Montreal for about 5 days (June 18-22). I'll also be in Toronto for a few days beforehand and NYC for a week after so I'm trying to figure out what's best to eat in each city. Too many delicious places to try! I'm currently living in Edmonton - food scene is getting better but what is done well over here is Vietnamese, Korean and Thai. I'm pretty open to eating anything but lean towards eating at ethnic hole in the walls/hidden gems.
Here's what I have down so far:
- Kazu (one of my fav places)
- Hotel Hermain - this will be one dinner for sure.
- Les 400 Coups - I wanted to try out their lunch deal but looks like they're only open Thursday and Friday for lunch. Any similar suggestions? I've been to Bouillon Bilk.
- Satay Brothers. Malaysian is one of my favourite cuisines.
- Romados - another spot that I love. I've read Ma Poule Mouillée is also delicious? Portugese chicken is pretty non-existent over here so I'll be getting my fix either way. And natas.
- Kem Coba. Any other ice cream spots worth checking out? La Diperie?
- Dumplings. Qing Hua or maybe Trilogie.
- Le Red Tiger or Ha? How's the food there or is it better to go there for drinks and just snack?
- Wilensky’s Light Lunch - I never went when I lived here so I'll do a quick in and out.
- For bakeries, I want to check out Hof Kelsten, Boulangerie Guillaume and Au Kouign-Amann.
- Patati Patata - I'm not the biggest fan of poutine but I figure I can grab a small bite here.
- Looking for a late night French bistro. I went to Lemeac last time but it didn't impress me much. Maybe L'Express?
- I'm assuming one of my friends wants to go for brunch. I was thinking either Lawrence, Lili & Co or Le Vieux Velo. I know there's way too many options to consider for this...
I'm going to be wondering around mostly by Bixi (and metro if needed) so open to any suggestions. Any help will be appreciated! Thanks.