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Report on a Week in Montreal (long)

Michael Rodriguez | Jun 7, 2003 03:46 PM

My wife and I spent a week in May in Montreal. Here are some comments on restaurants and a hotel.

Boris Bistro: The food was good but could and should have been better. Most dishes suffered from some inattention. Example: the blue cheese in a salad was served too cold to be flavorful. The rabbit in a braised rabbit dish tasted as if it had been left-over from the previous night. But the duck confit with lentils was very tasty. We would not go again.

Toque: We ordered the tasting menu, which was a good choice. It wasn’t too much food, and every bite was terrific. The ingredients were top-notch and very intelligently prepared. We were also impressed by the intelligent and helpful wait staff. We would go again in a minute, but it’s a long way from home.

Milos: A very good meal from a somewhat one-dimensional menu. But that one dimension—fish prepared in a Greek manner—was superbly handled. Our fish (we shared a loup de mer) was perfectly cooked. We’d go there again, but after a second trip to Toque.

Café Ferreira: this felt like a New York restaurant, and the service was appropriately brusque. But the food almost made up for it—my wife’s tuna appetizer and sea bass entrée pleased were especially good. We’d go back, but on a quiet evening.

Les Caprices de Nicolas: We liked this place as much as Toque. The tone is different, as is the food. The service was faultless, the wine list extensive and well-chosen. Our server knew the food very well and made helpful suggestions. The food was very inventive—for example, guinea hen, which came as a breast and a leg, with green beans and broiled cherry tomatoes, and two sauces—a parsley puree and a truffle milk emulsion. We’d go back there before anywhere else except Toque, and we’d be hard pressed to choose.

Hotel: We stayed at Auberge Place Royale, near the Archeological Museum. We found the location ideal, the room almost as comfortable as home, and the host wonderfully helpful. We’d never stay anywhere else.

We enjoyed our week very much.


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