i noticed that there seems to be a lack of montrealers actually on this board responding to requests and most of the requests are from people visiting montreal. so here is my review of my weekend and i hope it helps! most of these places were suggestions from this board.
cafe republic (breakfast) - i had the le republic dejeuner (sp?) because it pretty much came with everything, especially creton. creton is a quebecoise breakfast item that's essentially like a ground pork spread/pate. yummy.... we need creton in quebec. it was a fairly basic breakfast otherwise. beans seemed to be canned, all the breakfast meats were fairly run of the mill and it all came to the table hot and quick. as an aside, this place is actually a chain as we saw two locations.$25.
au pied du cochon (dinner) - the atmosphere is what i love, bustling yet private. we were easily served by 3 or 4 different people who all were attentive and on the top of their game. we ordered half a doz oysters, foie gras poutine and venison tartare just to start. i would eat that poutine any day. the foie gras was seared and rich with perfect (although too few for the amount of foie gras we got) frites and authentic cheese curds. the venison tartare could have had a little extra kick with a little more dijon, but otherwise was perfect with the bread. the oysters were fresh and delicious and came with your basic toppings. as mains we had the duck magret and lamb shank. we couldn't finish the mains but i couldn't stop myself from having dessert. we got the poached pear with vanilla ice cream and creme caramel. i've never had a bad poached pear in my life and this is one of the best. the creme caramel was perfect as there was a thick layer of caramel at the bottom of the ramekin and zero charred sugar. would go back any day. plus one glass of wine, tax and tip $155.
schwartz's deli (lunch) - smoked montreal meat sandwich with fries and black cherry cola. to be honest, i was somewhat disappointed with the smoked meat because it could have been much smokier and less dry. the fries were good and the cola was a wonderful thing to wash it all down with. $10
frites alors - poutine and cheap montreal beer, boreal! the beer was so bad.... the poutine, almost equally so. the frites themselves were ok, but the gravy was unnecessariy salty and the curds didn't seem all that authentic. more like someone hacked away at a chunk of mozarella. $16
le p'tit plateau (dinner) - completely last minute and the best choice of our lives. mains come with either a soup or salad and coffee or tea. started with vichyssoise and hot tomato cream soup. beautiful colour and fresh wonderful flavour. foie gras for apps (yes, we're a bit foie gras obsessed) served as two rounds on toast points with french fried onions and dried currants. wonderful, but how could foie gras really ever be bad. mains were veal with sweetbread sauce, grilled asparagus and gratin dauphinoise and venison medallions with the same sides. the veal was amazing! never had veal as flavourful as that although one end was a bit dry. first taste of sweetbreads and they were good but overshadowed by the foie gras earlier. the venison didn't arrive in medallion form, but more like a baseball steak. it was cooked perfectly and wonderfully tender. the sauce was a bit overwhelming. of course, had to have dessert... trio of homemade sorbets (pear, apricot and mango) and a creme brulee. the creme brulee could have been smoother and the sugar crust a little less charred. yummy still... sorbets were great and you could tell they were homemade as the pear had a bit of the fruit texture grainy-ness. it's a bring your own wine type of restaurant, tax and tip $120
jean-talon market (kiosk food) - slices of fresh fruit abound so that you can taste the wares of the farmers. picked up some beautiful peaches and strawberries. along the way we ate bison, duck a l'orange and porc sausages on sticks ($1 each). yummy although the bison was a bit dry. crepes stuff with eggs, mushrooms and ham.... lovely batter. fruit smoothies with honey, but watery fresh lemonade. hazelnut, cassis, pear, pomme de glace and mango gelato!
i think that was it. happy travels and good eats to everyone!
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