Went out last night for a "family therapy" in downtown Montreal.
Headed first to a "new" (at least for me) lounge near Square Phillips ( 1184 sq. phillips), Phillips Lounge.
This is a nice place; the bar is split in 2 section, one more "loungy" with rattan chairs and "banquettes" all in dark colours and tones. The other section with the actual bar is the opposite, more modern, red and white with the bar and the DJ.
Drinks are "traditional" bar stuff; for the martini/cosmo, they "mix" at the table in small shakers.
They also have a small "tapas" selection, but I did not look at it too much, but they have cheese and maki-rolls.
After that, we "crossed" the street, actually walked around the block to Julien, a restaurant that I have not been since the last millenium and my memories of the place was that of a traditional french restaurant, and it still is one.
We ordered fried calamari (probably the best I've had in MTL!!) and the tuna tartare (a bit too bland, but good and fresh), for mains, the foie de veau, the bison steak, and a salmon duo; everything was well cooked as ordered and the service was professional.
The highlight of the evening was probably the wine, they had the "Cuvée Rezin - Vin de Table' which was very good!! and at $38 it was very acceptable (taking into account the restaurant markups).