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south indian in montreal? why not. in june my group had a quick lunch at thanjai in cdn--we'd just visited an immigrant labour rights group next door. a south indian specialist with an emphasis on dosas. the dosa was in fact quite good--the other stuff mostly serviceable. if you're in montreal and looking for decent south indian food, i recommend it. far superior to anything similar in the twin cities.

 

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and speaking of the cuisines of non-francophone immigrant groups, here is a brief report on my dinner at damas. i'd already eaten a bit at agrikol right before coming over and this was the last meal at the end of three days of over-eating and so we went "light" by damas standards. liked it enough to want to come back and do a more classic order the next time.

 

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Haven't been to Lawrence since the renovation. Menu and style have changed since I've been last. Used to be more of a nose to tail style bistro, but the the menu is now shorter and more refined(also less meaty).

 

Larry's I've been to more recently. Nice food but more for a light meal. They are open all day and until pretty late. Both places have a good natural program.

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Haven't been to Lawrence since the renovation. Menu and style have changed since I've been last. Used to be more of a nose to tail style bistro, but the the menu is now shorter and more refined(also less meaty).

 

Larry's I've been to more recently. Nice food but more for a light meal. They are open all day and until pretty late. Both places have a good natural program.

 

Thanks!  The all-day until 1 AM thing sounds good, actually.

 

Anything I should be racing to?

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I went to l'express to have bone marrow and ile flottante but they said they were full till almost 2, even at the counter. However, I then tried bookenda, and it gave me at reservation at 1:15 (it was 12:50). But I thought that would be a shitty thing to do, so I cancelled it and now I'm at some other place called aupres de ma blonde where i will have fish and chips. I would have just gone to Schwartz's, which is my next stop anyway, but I'm starving, and I paid for parking until 2.

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so, we may be back in montreal in mid-october for three days. dinners already booked at damas on the saturday and at manitoba on the monday. i have reservations provisionally at lemeac and candide on the sunday. any strong recommendations vis a vis that choice? or is there a different place you'd recommend?

 

also interested in places where we could have lighter/less meaty or creamy lunches.

 

when the possibility of the trip had first arisen i'd made reservations at joe beef on the friday but it appears unlikely that we'll be able to arrive before very late on the friday night. if so, i'll have to let the reservation go. if anybody here would like to transfer it to their name (this would be the evening of oct 18) please let me know.

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The KA from Patrice is probably the best example of the cupcake sized variety that I've had. 

Yes, indeed.

 

And the financier I wolfed down wasn't bad either.

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A very nice weekend in Montreal, even with the snafu at Joe Beef, pointed out in that thread.

 

But prior we did stop in to LVP, consuming a few glasses of wine and a snack...

 

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Grilled haricots, with harissa yogurt, bread crumbs and mint. Delicious (and maybe we should have stayed here to eat). Haricots were on every menu, and deservedly so, especially after seeing these at both Atwater and Jean Talon...

 

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Saturday's dinner was a new restaurant from the Toqué group, Beau Mont, in the gentrifying Parc Extension neighborhood. We'd not eaten at Toqué, so this was high on my list. Located in a semi industrial office building, quite modern and spacious inside. We decided to sit at the sparsely populated bar, comfortable and with lots of room. Great service from a fabulous bartender, and we dove in.

 

Fine technical cooking, I guess to be expected from a Laprise run kitchen, focused on local ingredients, etc. etc.  Bluefin is around, as Ori noted on an earlier visit to Montreal, and here it was offered a few different ways. We went for the off-menu appetizer, cured and served with local artichokes and strawberry puree dotted around the plate...

 

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A Nordic-ish (well, maybe everything is Nordic-ish?) seared cucumber, hollowed out and filled with local Beurrasse cheese, topped with cured herring row, won me over. So much so that the picture sucks...

 

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Significant Eater opted for a really lovely pasta for her main course, while I, after reading about Sneakeater's dearth of salt-marsh lamb, opted for the salt-meadow lamb from Quebec (which may actually be where D'Artagnan sources their's from).  Lamb "steak" from the leg, with pureed coco beans...

 

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Champignons on the side for both of us.  Cheeses, dessert. A very nice meal all around. With a bottle of wine, a martini, 2 glasses of wine, $306 CA pre tip, so quite reasonable for food this good.

 

Sunday night's dinner at Lemeac was also a winner, if a little more crazy in the service department. Including a great smoked hareng, duck confit, more haricots, a pretty damn good crab cake, moules frites, and profiteroles. Everything fine, if not revelatory. A wee bit more drinking than the night before, but the bill was exactly the same.  I found their wine prices to be more on a par with the mark up we see here, except in Canadian dollars...so it doesn't feel quite as rough.

 

Light market lunches both days. Oh, and for me, there's this fun stuff too (when in Canada)...

 

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