If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know by now that Montreal is full of great restaurants. But with the recession impacting our spending, these great restaurants are not always an option, budget-wise. Here’s an idea: why not try them for lunch, when prices are more affordable?
Here are the some of downtown Montreal’s top restaurants that offer full flavour for a fraction of the price at lunch time:
This beautiful restaurant will sweep you away to Greece. Amazing décor meets the best of gourmet Greek cuisine. I recommend the lamb shank and rabbit. Though pricey for dinner, they offer soup or salad, mezze, main dish, dessert and coffee for the unbeatable price of $19 over the noon hour.
1445 Drummond Street
Montreal, QC H3G 1W3
With its $22 set lunch menu, you can’t go wrong with Newtown, located on slick Crescent street. With two new chefs heading up the kitchen, the quality of the food is exceptional. And if you hurry up, you can even try “Vert,” the famous dessert I mentioned in a previous post about Newtown Restaurant
1476 Crescent Street
Montreal QC, H3G 2B6
Nested inside the Hôtel Crystal, this deluxe brasserie offers a set lunch for $25. In its chic dinning room, surrounded buy the usual business crowd, you’ll get to choose between 4 appetizers and 7 main courses. The menu also includes a granité iced dessert and coffee or tea. And if that’s not enough indulging for you, check out their amazing wine list and its comfortable terrace (perfect for cigar aficionados). I actually did a full review of La Coupole restaurant not too long ago, in case you want more information.
1325 René-Levesque Blvd. West
Montreal, QC H3G 0A4
La Coupole restaurant
Once located in Plateau Mont-Royal, La Montée has moved downtown and its loyal customers have followed. The owner describes the style of the kitchen as cuisine d’idées (“a kitchen with ideas”) and likes to feature local produce. I recently indulged in a roasted pork chop with mushroom ragoût and green lentils. Savoury and delicious! The new venue also has an outdoor patio. At lunch, you can get an appetizer and main dish for less than $20. Also worth noting is that they’re open all afternoon, so even if you miss lunch, you can always stop by for a little pick-me-up of oysters.
1424 Bishop Street
Montreal, QC H3G 2E6
(Goat cheese salad at Beaver Hall)
Montreal’s famous Europea restaurant has a little brother named is Beaver Hall, a typical French bistro. The same chef leads both kitchens, much to the delight Francophile foodies. Mussels marinière, warm goat cheese salad, steak and fries… The portions are generous and the service is fast. Expect to spend between $14 and $25 for an appetizer and main dish. You can even order the selected wine pairing to go with your dish, perfect if you are not a wine expert. And if you love foie gras, you can indulge in this sinful treat for a fraction of what you would pay at Europea – and in my opinion, it’s almost as good.
1073 Cote du Beaver Hall
Montreal QC, H2Z 1S5
Beaver hall restaurant