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  1. Aw too bad man ... I so wanted to like the place.
  2. The face of Zabar's passes away at 84. I felt a tremendous sense of nostalgia as I read about Murray Klein and his life and legacy at Zabar's. It brought me back to my childhood, when I would visit similar Jewish delicatessens in my hometown of Montreal like Waldman's and Warsaw's with my dear Bubbie. I knew of Klein and wish I could have kibbitzed with him over some smoked sable, our shoes covered in sawdust. Does anyone have any fond memories of Klein and Zabar's that they would care to share here?
  3. In addition to ownership of course, I assume some the Brunoise staff is at Brasserie Brunoise across from the Bell Centre. Personally I think the reason the "casual quality" restaurants in Montreal get so much pub - especially here in this forum - is that they represent the best of what the city has to offer right now. Or is that just the bias of those of us who frequent eGullet? Despite my love of Joe Beef, Liverpool House and Au Pied de Cochon, I disagree that Montreal is more and more about casual dining. Brontë, Le Club Chasse et Pêche and Nuances - to name a few of the best - are alive and well. And hotel restaurants like Renoir, Aix and yes, The Beaver Club, still have that air of sophistication about them, despite recent efforts to draw a wider range of clientele. Heck, a friend of mine had a business dinner in the wine cellar at Rib 'n' Reef last week and told me it was one of the best meals he ever had in the city ... a throwback experience with professional table-side service to boot. And they may be in Laval but Le Mitoyen and Derrière Les Fagots are two other examples of fine dining establishments that are more substance than style. But if you like style, Bice and Cavalli still pack them in too. I think all this casual restaurant trend talk is overblown. Do I think our best and most enjoyable restaurants are of this ilk at present? Yes. But Montreal has room for everyone. This forum represents a tiny minority of viewpoints. I still know a lot of people who want to dress up, hit the town and go to Moishe's or Queue de Cheval for a fat steak.
  4. Your post is cryptic and at best, hostile. I have had several stellar meals at Liverpool House over the past two months. In my opinion, it proves night in and night out to be the perfect foil to Joe Beef and as a regular patron at both, it has become obvious to me that neither has cannibalized the other. The quality and service at Joe Beef is better than ever and both restaurants are full whenever I sit at the bar or walk by - and as a Little Burgundy resident I do so frequently. Look ... Dave, Fred and Allison have done a terrific job revitalizing a once moribund strip of Notre-Dame with two unique, unpretentious restaurants that do nothing but serve great food in a casual, convivial environment. They and their staff work tirelessly, work long, hard hours and have an infectious love and enthusiasm for what they do. I've seldom seen a restaurant, let alone two, that inspire such loyalty among patrons. People simply love being there. If you're not one of them, don't go. Stay away and spare us the bile. It's obnoxious.
  5. N.B. The River Cafe in London is one of the best Italian restaurants in the world. Just because the food has an Italian bent does not mean the name has to have "La Trattoria" in the title ...
  6. Thank you everyone. We've reserved at an old fave, L'Express, for Sunday, and at Laloux for my son's 37th birthday dinner on Monday (he wanted to go to Au Pied de Cochon, but it isn't open according to their website). Apparently, there is a new offshoot of Pinxto. Has anyone been there? ← Why not go to Au Pied on Sun and L'Express on Mon?
  7. IMHO the best place for both quality food, fun vibe, good beer and a place to watch the Habs is Meatmarket. Especially on Tuesday nights.
  8. Tough Cookies: Tales of Obsession, Toil and Tenacity from Britain's Culinary Heavyweights by Simon Wright Red, White, and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass by Natalie MacLean I highly recommend both.
  9. I'm surprised Ru du Nam wasn't mentioned in this thread. The Notre-Dame/Charlevoix resto offers some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in the city. It's not Pho Bac cheap but it's as authentic as anything else. The space is ultra charming and just adjacent is a little shop full of Southeast Asian knick-knacks, dinnerware, tea sets etc. Really lovely. I ate there tonight for the first time in two years and it was just as good as ever. Hue beer, comforting ginger congee, papaya shrimp salad, tamarind shrimp, sauteed garlic beef, rice paper rouleaux assortment ... very good, healthful, tasty and satisfying.
  10. Excellent. BdL provided me with one of my most enjoyable dining experiences in the past six months ... I like it a lot.
  11. I don't think anybody's mentioned Tri on Laurier Est? So good. The best. And as crazy as it sounds, as a former West Islander, I very much enjoy the fare at WiSushi on des Sources in DDO. Too far for city dwellers though.
  12. Two different things. MB&Co. is the sandwich/coffee place on Stanley, PET airport and formerly Fairview shopping centre. MangeBoire is the place in Little Italy with terrible sushi.
  13. Haven't been yet but several people have raved to me about their pizzas ...
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