Main photo : Façade of Osteria Luca e Franco on rue Saint-Denis
Photo 2 : Fried calamari and very good dipping sauce
I had tapas there recently, very good.
The place has a great bistro atmosphere, it's bustling yet service is quick, attentive and pleasant.
They have antipasti (appetizers) that go beyond the traditional a bit, including offerings from the "mozzarella bar". Soup, pizza, choice of 2 fish dish, and then much more choice on the meat side of things.
Desserts when I was there were all too sweet for my taste (tho' to be fair, I didn't want dessert in the first place.)
Great location on Saint-Denis Street, near Métro Sherbrooke.
On the face of it, poutine does not sound like something that would be good to eat. But given its status as a special culinary treat of Montreal, we had no choice but to give it a whirl. And we were glad that we did so!
Our research into the best place to try it led us, via 'yelp' to La Banquise. It was highly rated, and easy to find (hard to miss the yellow. orange and blue painted building), just across from Parc la Fontaine.
Poutine is plate of potato chips, mixed with soft cheese curds smothered with a salty gravy. Probably NOT ideal for a humid summer day (though the indoors is air-conditioned), but surely a delightful comfort food in the snowy winters. Poutine in the 'classic' style is just the cheese, chips and gravy, but many extra toppings can be chosen. We chose 'La Mart', which added bacon, hot dog sausage and mushrooms. I can attest to the 'regular' size being ample to share between two people.
One should probably do a couple of circuits of Parc la Fontaine afterward to walk off the calories!
Favorite Dish: One should come for the poutine. I'm certain some enjoyable visits could be had finding your favourite!
A friend and I had dinner at La Petite Mangue tonight. It was our first experience with Cambodian food and it sure won't be our last.
I loved the location in the district known as Plateau Mont-Royal (or The Plateau), known by Montrealers for its great vibe and artistic life. The street was abuzz at 8.30 pm but we found a parking right in front, and a very serene atmosphere all around.
La Petite Mangue is nicely and simply decorated in contemporary style, neat and luminous. I noticed a subtle, enticing fragrance the moment I walked in, perhaps some incense but really discreet. It smelled wonderful.
Our waiter was a young woman who'd come from China to live in Québec at one year old, she knew Southeast Asian cuisine very well. Cuisines are mostly from Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand, with a few dishes probably of Chinese origin. The waiter knew all dishes offered very well and advised us discreetly & pleasantly. I was impressed with the fact that even when our two orders became quite involved, she didn't need to write anything down, everything we said registered straight away.
There's ample place to move, which I love. I also appreciated the soft background music (Cambodian, I think) and the absence of noise, even with many tables occupied.
Favorite Dish: My friend and I both chose one of the two Table d'hôte (he chose the one with dessert and coffee.) Both included a soup, imperial rolls & a main dish of our choice in the Main menu (+ for him, dessert & coffee for a couple of dollars more.)
The restaurant is a BYOB (bring your own bottle), which allowed me to bring an excellent Chablis Premier Cru and to keep the cost of our excellent meal affordable.
He had the Tom Yum soup and I chose something new, the Siem Reap soup. Great choice!
His Main dish was the Sauté "Kroeung" with beef which he enjoyed. I tasted and liked it too.
My Main was the Amok, a fish steamed in a banana leaf and wrapped in spices (to put it briefly...) really delicious!
I loved everything I had and will go back to La Petite Mangue often.
We were busy talking and I forgot to take a pic. I'll take one of the façace when I next walk by there.
Les 3 Brasseurs already gets a mention on this page under the "Things to Do" heading - Link here. They're handy places to drop into for a decent glass of beer and so I shan't repeat myself here, extolling their virtues as pubs. Instead, I'll mention that it's not just the beer that these brewpubs do prettty well but also some great pub food.
The menu is printed in glorious technicolour in the form of a tabloid newspaper (appropriately entitled - "La Gazette") and in many ways reads much like a well-written one. The extensive range of dishes covers almost everything that anyone could desire from a pub meal, succesfully combining a modern French Bistro menu along with the Canadian bar staples of wings, poutine and burgers.
I've only been in the city-centre restaurant on St Catherine and so can't attest for the rest but have always found the service bright and friendly there. Even when the place is manically-busy (which it certainly does get on Friday and Saturday evenings) the chaos seems quite organised.
The bar itself is attractive, loads of wood and brass and the brewery knick-knacks, interspersed with the sporty stuff, strewn around add to the overall pub-feel.
Favorite Dish: Whist the menu has something for everyone, the house speciality is a dish called "Les Flamms ". These are a sort of a cross between a pizza and a crepe - a thin, crispy dough with a choice of pizza-style toppings. On my last visit I opted for the "Smoked Meat" variation which was just light enough to count as a substantial snack and the 3 beers which washed it down made it a repast! All the more enjoyable that I fortuitously caught the 5-7 pm weekday "Happy Hour" and so got the beers at pretty much half-price ;))
This deserves three tips, so, the best is to use the same text in all of them:
Things to do: - The buildings and surrounding gardens are very beautiful, and deserve a visit, even without entering the casino.
Restaurant: - I had there the best Canadian meal. Fabulous in presentation and taste. The price… I don't know - it was included in the package. But I read a lot about free meals in the Casino, and wouldn't be surprised if the price stood far below the quality of the dinner. They have many more ways to get paid (well... not by us!).
Nightlife: - I couldn't imagine myself in a Casino with two kids. How to handle it? Well… it was perfect. A small preparation about viciousness and the need of self control, then a notion of budget and selection of priorities, and finally $5 for person (adults and children) as the present budget.
As you may guess, it didn't take too long to get rid of it, but the fun of carefully identifying the most amusing games, the conscious management of the progressively disappearing coins, and the discipline and tranquility shown when they ended, did, really pay all the costs.
Aux Vivres is a great vegan/vegetarian restaurant in the Plateau area.
The service and the food is really good. They have smoothies, salads, veggie burgers, bowls and sandwiches on their menu.
another great thing about Aux Vivres is their small grocery counter in the front where you can buy some of their products (like their amazing Dragon sauce) or food to go. They also offer delivery via A la Carte Express.
Restaurant is Open until 11pm.
Favorite Dish: I love all their bowls (Dragon Bowl, Thai Bowl, Buddha Bowl, etc.) and their cakes are just heavenly good!
Vallier is an excellent bistro on Rue McGill in Old Montreal, close to the Media City neighborhood. I had a tasty and completely satisfying cheeseburger with frites, but the real highlight of my meal was the dessert. The "Pain Perdu" is a Quebeçois specialty. The menu translated it as bread pudding, but I think it was much more like a very rich French Toast, served with a maple glaze and a little dollop of ice cream. Superbe!
Great coffee-nook in Old Montreal. There are 17 other locations throughout the city. This one is on Rue McGill, close to the harbor. They have a sleek modern interior in an old space. It's long and narrow, but with comfortable seating up front as well as at the rear.
A lovely nieghborhood cafe and bistro on Avenue Laurier Est, about a ten minute walk from the Laurier Metro station. Good food and drink, and live music in the evenings. Brandon, a former student of mine, now lives in Montreal and has a regular gig there playing the piano (jazz). It was fun to surprise him - he had no idea I was coming to Montreal, so when I walked into the cafe and took a seat close to the piano, he had to do a double-take to make sure it was me.
The Montreal Old Port area has many restaurants, but many of them are expensive, to not say overpriced.
Fortunately, Giorgio, an Italian restaurant at the corner of St-Paul and St-Laurent Streets, has come up with an interesting solution. While maintaining its mid-range restaurant (entrance on St-Laurent Street), it has opened an adjoining cafeteria-style eatery (entrance on Des Communes Street), which offers a basic, limited menu with lower prices. I have eaten at both the restaurant and eatery, and I can safely say there is no drop-off in the quality of food from one to the other.
The eatery is very family-friendly, there was even a children's party going on the last time I ate there.
The usual busy summer road constructions of Montreal slowed our planned visit for good Jewish fare, but the obligatory purchase of St V bagels was not to be missed. My nature call had me running across rue st Urban, on my way out, i was stopped by the owner who claimed her prowess in Chilean cuisine, as was confirmed by my sensitive nose and tingling tummy juices. her son was the perfect host. and i will be back again
Favorite Dish: Sole that was lightly battered and deep fried. the Ocean's sweetness was very evident in the juicy well handled seafood
3 Amigos is consistently rated among Montreal's best Mexican (actually Tex-Mex) restaurants, and deservedly so. The atmosphere is great and I keep returning for more of the excellent salsa and daiquiris.The place is decorated with the typical Mexican paraphernalia as well as large wall paintings of celebrities in Far West clothes and settings.
Make sure to get there early, especially on Saturday nights: the place tends to get full rather quickly, but in spite of this, waiting time is rarely more than 15 minutes. In the summertime, extra tables are set outside.
The restaurant is so popular it has expanded to two new locations: one in the party-heavy part of Saint-Denis Street, in the Latin Quarter; the other in Brossard, a bland suburb on the South Shore. Quite a contrast.
Favorite Dish: Anything with 3 Amigo's typical rice is good, but the San Antonio Pollo consistently comes up among my friends' favourite dishes. A nice touch is the complementary plate of nachos with salsa.
Tourtière Australienne has become one of my favourite eating spots in town. The brainchild of New Zealander pastry chef Don Hudson, it specializes in (meat) pies of all kinds.
The pies are an excellent bang for your buck, being in the price range of a McDonald's Big Mac, only with much higher quality ingredients, reportedly from Montréal's famous Jean-Talon Market. It is probably the most satisfying meal in the vicinity of Mount Royal Park if you have just come back down from climbing the mountain.
The place is closer to an eating counter than an actual restaurant, but if you are fortunate enough to have access to an oven, you can buy your pies frozen and warm them up at home.
Whenever I pass by, I usually buy a couple of family size meat pies for my family and take them home with me. I have tried several flavours and have never been disappointed yet!
Favorite Dish: Potato top is an interesting twist on the Quebec-style shepherd's pie (arguably our most famous local dish after poutine). If I had to recommend just one meat pie, that would be the one!
Get in there! This place looks a bit basic, but they serve up some real taste treats. The cook their chickens to absolute mouth-watering, moist, delicious perfection. I had half a frango (chicken) with a bit spicy sauce, salad and fries. Amazing. Simple, yet fantastic. They also serve cold (non-alcoholic) drinks and have a fresh bakery inside as well. I had mine to takeaway in a large polystyrene box and went outside to enjoy my food and my day. You get a lot for a little. So get in there!
Half a frango meal and a diet soda.
I loooooove this place!!!
It's not downtown, so as a tourist you won't just walk past there, but I lived on Victoria Ave. for a few months and sometimes I would go to Dev's three times a week. There's a laundromat across the street, so sometimes I would just eat at Dev's while waiting for my laundry to finish.
I always got the same thing, so when I walked in they would already start yelling my order in the direction of the kitchen. ;)
You have to get the pakoras and the mango lassi, DELICIOUS! The shahi paneer is amazing. I used to go here with my Punjabi ex-bf all the time. This is not watered down Indian food catering towards white people, this is authentic, cheap, and the servings are huge.
One thing though: I haven't been to Montreal in years, so it's possible that this place isn't as good as it used to be. In which case it would break my heart.
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