My family and I were in Montreal in late May for 3 nights, staying near Old Montreal. It was a wonderful second visit, clear cool weather, no real agenda this time, just wandering around to capture the flavor of the city.
First dinner was at L'Express, where our son was pleased to be able to drink, as he is still underage in the U.S. We had sea bass, mushroom ravioli and steak frites for me. Very nice, well prepared food in a lively, classic setting.
The next day we went to Le Cartet for breakfast, something I was looking forward to as we enjoyed it so much last time. Unfortunately we got there just as the kitchen turned over so we had to settle for lunch. Smoked salmon and ham/cheese sandwiches with greens were really tasty and well prepared.
Dinner our second night was also fun. My wife and I wanted to go to Pho Bang but were overruled by our son who was dying for some Japanese food after a semester in Colorado. We went to Saiko Izakaya and were surprised and very pleased with our meal there. Really excellent food! The sushi offerings were a bit limited but extremely fresh and delicious. Hamachi, maguro, Nova Scotia salmon both fresh and smoked as well as salmon skin rolls. Kitchen items, agedashi tofu, yakitori, grilled fish were all well done. A real keeper for next time. My family was satisfied with our meal here.
Breakfast the next day was at Maison Christian Faure in Old Montreal, a nice patisserie with a great selection of baked goods. We had the eggs Benedict with ham, french toast and chocolate croissants with fresh orange juice and coffee.
Our final dinner was at Ristorante Quattro for simple, homestyle Italian food. Delicious caesar salad and pastas, pappardelle, linguini scoglio (with seafood) and tagliatelle bolognese. All the pastas were delicious but the scoglio was fantastic and full of flavor.
We stopped at St. Viateur for bagels while wandering through the Plateau area and tried some delicious poutine (my first) with India Pale Ale at the Spirit House. All in all a great visit and we can't wait to return again, maybe next year. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and helpful comments.