My husband and I are heading to Montreal for a long weekend in a few weeks, and are really looking forward to the food - it will be our first trip there. After a fair amount of research into the Montreal food scene, though my head is spinning - can you help me sort out what we do and don't need to eat, and what I might be missing or want to rearrange? I've narrowed it down to roughly this itinerary (questions to follow):
Fri - arrive
lunch at Olive et Gourmando
dinner at Au Pied Du Cachon
bagel at St. Viateur
walk Le Main
walk out to JTM, lunch there or Petit Alep next door
dinner at Liverpool House
Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal
lunch at Schwartz's
Park du mont-royal
snack at Kouign Amann
dinner at ?
wander around, see anything we might have missed
poutine for lunch?
snack at Kem Coba ?
dinner at L'Express
We generally eat pretty healthy but enjoy the splurges, especially on vacation - but I don't want every meal to be a gut buster. Looking for a mix of high and low-brow (though don't want anywhere too dressy), and kind of hoping to keep lunch a bit more flexible (no reservations, casual, etc). I'm attempting to hit some of the classic places since this is our first trip, but don't want to rule out anything that is new and amazing.
1. is doing both APDC and Liverpool House overkill? My goal was to get the classic French (L'Express), classic Canadian cuisine (APDC and/or Liverpool House), where else?
2. for the fourth dinner, I'm all over the place. I think my other three are pretty casual (?) so it could be more upscale, but I also want to hit one of the amazing other cuisines that are all over. Sumac? Damas? Foxy? Le Chasse? Toque? Le Filet? Hoogan? Lawrence? AHHHHHH!
3. is there somewhere good for lunch around the Musee des Beaux-Arts, or a place to grab a picnic to take to the the Park du Mont-Royal?
4. For poutine, Patati Patata or La Banquise - AND is this going to serve as a meal?