Spent Columbus Day weekend celebrating my wedding aniversary by eating around town. I'll say a few quick words about each experience.
Had breakfast twice at this excellent cafe. Great service, great coffee, and excellent hot chocolate. The pastry was good and my wife had an omelette that was excellent.
Olive et Gourmando
Lunch on Saturday which was very busy. Waited about 30 minutes for a seat. Black bean soup was very good. Sandwiches were sandwiches but the bread was excellent. Worth the trip just for the brownies - good beyond words.
Dinner saturday at Brunoise. Service was outstanding as was the food. My wife a salt-cured foie gras special that was very good. Dinner was tenderloin & veal cheek for my wife which was good. I had the rabbit leg w/ seared foie which was excellent. Split a cheese plate & had the chocolate tart for desert. Overall the best dining experience of the weekend. Excellent service, great food, at ridiculous values. Food & a lot of wine ... less than $200.
Lived up to its reputation as an excellent bistro. Great service and great food. Bone marrow, steak frites, steak tartare ... all good to very good. Excellent stop for lunch or late dinner.
Au Pied de Cochon
It pains me to say that this was our least favorite experience of the trip. My wife was especially upset as it was traditionally her favorite restaurant in Montreal. The foie gras poutine was still a must have experience but my wife's main was just awful. She ordered the catch of the day which we assumed to be wild salmon (it was farm) - it was tasteless and really undercooked - it was served w/ a puree of root veg that was not bad but topped w/ a sauce made from blood sausage that covered up every other flavor. It was truly awful. I had the venison steak which was OK but only just. My hope was this was a bad night as the place seemed like an absolute disaster. There was no communication between servers & things appeared & dissappeared w/out explanation. I'm willing to chalk it up to Sunday dining w/ the "B-team" on. We'll go back but only because of previous experiences.
Sorry about the long rant! Can't wait to get back to Montreal.