Hey guys, I post a lot on the New York board and I'm new to the Montreal one. My husband and I and our two close friends will visit Montreal in late October. This trip is sort of a birthday gift for one of them and we intend to drink a lot and eat a lot. I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction in terms of food since Montreal has so much to offer and we basically only have 3 days in the city. We will be staying at Le Place d'Armes Hôtels & Suites and will have a rental car, so distance is not a problem and we will drive ANYWHERE for amazing food. Price is not a really big issue, but I'd say an average dinner should cost no more than $100 per person (so $400 total for all of us, plus added tip and tax) but we would bend this rule if there is truly a unique restaurant being recommended to us. One of us speaks fluent French and another can "pass" with basic phrases, so I don't think we'll have any problems getting around anyway... Will travel for food and would like to avoid touristy areas. Here is what I was thinking of planning:
- Need a place for dinner and drinks for a Friday night. We want to have French inspired and Montreal-style food only, so nothing like indian, Thai, Chinese, etc because we always go to those kinds of restaurants in NYC. Looking for a place that is nice but casual, as in I don't have to wear a fancy outfit to get in (i.e. like Per Se in New York), and a place that will not kick us out quickly so the next party can sit down. The food must be amazing and we like both fish and meat. Just to give you guys an idea, I in particular like escargot, duck, any anything with goat cheese, but I'm always willing to try something different if the opportunity presents itself.
- For Saturday night, I made reservations at Au Pied du Cochon (sp?) because we all LOVE meat and my husband is especially crazy about foie gras. I mean reeaaally freakin' crazy about it. Do you have any recommendations about what to get from the menu?
- Also, we would like to go have poutine Saturday afternoon. Again, will travel for food no matter the distance. Any ideas?
- I love the croissants I had in Paris sometime ago, and saw on tripadvisor (and an earlier Chowhound post) that Kouign Amann in Montreal is supposed to have even better ones, so we will definitely go there and buy some to go. However, they don't seem to serve breakfast. Is there any cafe/bakery where you can sit down among, let's say, old Montreal men reading their newspapers and sip your coffee and order some eggs? I love casual little neighborhood cafes where you can just sit and eat for hours if you want, just like in Paris...
- Finally, looking for nice lunch spots open on Sundays (can be any neighborhood).