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Montreal Dining & Accommodations

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This landmark Montreal restaurant deserves it vaunted position, earned since it opened in 1993. The ambiance is comfortable, not stuffy. Wait staff--led by Fabien Novert in the evenings--executre professional and well choreographed service. Chef Norman Laprise, however, is often nowhere to be found, at least not in the kitchen. The wine list is excellent. The food is good. 

Restaurant Keung Kee provided a surprisingly authentic and satisfying Chinese meal. A good sign upon first walking into the 2nd story dining room is its being filled with Chinese people dining. While the ambiance is far from upscale, the variety of Chinese dishes freshly prepared was a hallmark. The beef hot pot, bean curd skin rolls, and soft shell crab all surpassed expectations. Wine list is very limited. 
 
70 La Gauchetiere West, Montreal H2Z 1C1  Tel 514-393-1668

Au Pied de Cochon

Recommended Montreal, Quebec Hotels

 1425 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z3
(514) 285-5555
This stylish mid-sized hotel has newly rennovated rooms and a charming lobby and lobby bar. The location is excellent, particularly for shopping and dining. Restaurant Europea, for example, is one block away. The corner King rooms are particularly comfortable.
 
900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Montreal, QC H3B 4A5
(514) 861-3511
If you seek an extremely large but efficiently run hotel, this may be your choice.  Offering 982 rooms, of which 91 are suites, this modern downtown Montréal hotel's accommodations combine comfort and style, though obviously with little "boutique" charm. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth comprises 50,000 sq.ft. of meeting space, a skillfully integrated Health Club featuring state-of-the-art equipment and an indoor pool, as well as three distinctive venues to enjoy the city's finest culinary creations. Les Voyageurs Bar, Le Montréalais Bistrot-Bar and the award-winning Beaver Club are favored destinations offering an authentically local dining experience at our legendary Montreal hotel.
 

Joe Beef, Montreal Restaurant

2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6
(514) 935-6504

www.joebeef.ca

In 2011, the Montreal Gazette asked: "With no tablecloths, square plates or amuse-bouches, and a menu listed on a blackboard, could Joe Beef represent the new breed of four-star restaurant?" Restaurant critic Lesley Chesterman answered with a resounding "yes," and called the restaurant in the city's Little Burgundy neighbourhood "awesome."

A few years later, we have to agree.

Nothing we read prepared us for a dinner at Joe Beef. With just 3 nights on a Montreal trip, we hungered for memorable, exceptional experiences. The concierge at the Queen Elizabeth seemed genuinely surprised when we told him that we had called them same day and gotten a reservation, (though admittedly for seats at the bar). We were considering cancelling, as online reviews seemed hit and miss. Based on his enthusiastic response, we kept the reservation.

Joe Beef is intentional.

It is a dining experience that evolves, especially on the first visit. From the taxi ride just outside downtown Montreal into the "Little Burgundy" neighbourhood ,to the absence of printed menus or wine lists. Yet this is expensive-or at least not cheap-fine dining. Arriving with per-conceived ideas about what a fine dining restaurant should be will not serve you well-you will be disappointed, as many who write to TripAdvisor are.

The chef/proprietors clearly know what they are doing. Service is excellent, though of a matter of course, informal. The wine choices are astounding, particularly in the realm of French vintages. The portions are huge-go with an appetite.

Joe Beef means to challenge ideas about what a good restaurant is. Clearly the answer here is well conceived and well prepared food. There is a deliberate playfulness here, and perhaps a desire to poke French haute cuisine in the eye.

The foie gras take on KFC's "double down" is a great example. Fantastic!

The massive steak and the pork shoulder were just as good.

Highly recommended.

 

More Montreal food, dining, and hotel recommendations coming soon.

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