a short course in gluttony

Mike asked about restaurants in Montreal, which is a topic that could quite honestly occupy a scholar of consumption for the better part of their career. Here, however, are some personal suggestions, all within walking or short-metro-ride distance of downtown:

  • Globe. Pricy, swanky, models-as-waitstaff, excellent food. We ate there a fair bit when we were living the high life at Zero Knowledge, even though there was never a time at which I really felt hip enough to visit. Rosalie is a similar place, run by the same guy, but has marginally less-awesome food and a decently-sized patio. The patio might be tricky to get a table on if the weather is nice, except that my sister works as a hostess there, so let me know, Hoye, if you want a little fraternal string-pulling done. (Rosalie also has The Torte in its dessert list, which was not the case any more at Globe when last I was there. Not to be missed, no matter how full you think you are.)

  • Milsa. Imagine a plane of hell created especially for vegetarians with small stomachs. A crew of enthusiastic Latin men will bring meat to your table, on swords, until you beg them to stop. The meat is very tasty, the sides are quite serviceable, the capirinhas are nicely made, and there is often a little show put on by some sort of dancing folk. I do not recommend combining this with a large lunch, or any sort of footrace.

  • Santropol. Great sandwiches, near the foot of the mountain. The service is often slow, but some take-out from there is a fantastic way to create an instant picnic. The sandwiches are large. Arlene may only want half of one, but I’m sure you can figure out what to do with the rest. The chili is also very good.

  • Lezvos. I found this place totally by accident when I was still commuting from Toronto to Montreal for ZKS, and fell utterly in love. It’s a little Greek seafood place with very reasonable prices, incredible food, and staff that make you feel like you were adopted. If you go, tell them that Shaver says hello, and that I’ll try to be back there soon!

There’s a great sushi place on Bishop just north of Rene-Levesque whose name I can’t recall to mind right now. I guess that’s not so helpful.

There are other places too, but I guess I should ask what sort of food/restaurant you’re looking for before I continue on my litany. We haven’t really even touched the whole French-Bistro scene, for example.

8 comments to “a short course in gluttony”

  1. entered 27 May 2004 @ 12:26 pm

    Not to be missed, no matter how full you think you are.

    Hoye, full? You must be joking.

  2. entered 27 May 2004 @ 12:30 pm

    There’s a great sushi place on Bishop just north of Rene-Levesque whose name I can’t recall to mind right now.

    I believe Tokiwa is the sushi restaurant in question.

  3. entered 27 May 2004 @ 12:30 pm

    What, like I don’t know what gluttony is about?

  4. entered 27 May 2004 @ 12:31 pm

    Yes, Tokiwa. Excellent, thank you.

  5. entered 27 May 2004 @ 12:36 pm

    I implied nothing, but I just watched Hoye put away a burger platter with a greek salad side, half an order of fajitas, and a small family’s worth of pickles last night.

    In his defense though, I did eat the lode-bearing pickle of the peck.

  6. Mike Hoye
    entered 28 May 2004 @ 3:32 pm

    Thanks to you and Phil both for the advice. I’ll make sure to take at least two of your recommendations to heart for our next trip.

    Before I forget: clicking your Trackbacks links makes my eyes itchy.

  7. entered 28 May 2004 @ 3:37 pm

    Coop, jesus – this was at lunch? You should have seen the dinner action going down at Chu Shing that evening. And that was after a huge lunch?

    Now I’m frightened.

  8. Mike Hoye
    entered 29 May 2004 @ 1:02 am

    Fear me.