Quality Hotel Midtown
6445 boul Decarie
Montreal, QC H3W 3E1
Phone: (514) 739-3800
Fax: (514) 739-5616
Chez Papa Ernie is a home-style restaurant serving Kosher food and attracting a decidedly Jewish clientele. The restaurant is located on a residential row of houses, and you are welcomed by the painting of a penguin dressed in a tuxedo welcoming guests. The restaurant is decorated by quirky paintings by local artist Chaim Teitelbaum. The restaurant claims to have the world's best burgers, and they are excellent, served with small rounded fries and beans. In addition to Papa Ernie's Classic Burger, others include knockwurst, salami, chicken, and even teriyaki pineapple burgers. The menu includes steaks and even Michigan hot dogs.
One of the city's foremost sushi restaurants, this place has suffered from mixed reviews over the past few years; but it remains a very pleasant and popular place to eat in Côte-des-Neiges. Specialties include Shishamo, or grilled sea smelt, and a few other Japanese standards (tempura vegetables, for instance) in addition to the full roster of sushi. The adventurous might try the Sushi Pizza. Diners here tend to take their time, and the staff are more than willing to accommodate; it is a soothing, sedate neighborhood fixture.
Monkland Tavern is a bright, friendly Italian/Californian bistro that specializes in pasta: the butternut squash-stuffed ravioli is a typically imaginative, surprisingly decadent option. Appetizers include a delightful goat cheese salad and a delicious fried calamari, and those in search of a more substantial main course can choose from the steak-frites and other roasted meat and seafood dishes. Wines are predominantly Californian and include the Woodbridge Sauvignon Blanc. The friendly, unflappable waiters deftly wade their way through the throngs at the bar.
Known for its wide range of breakfast options and big lunch and dinner menus, this combination restaurant and bar in Montreal's West End is a favorite hangout for those wanting to be seen. Culinary influences are also wide-ranging: Cajun, Creole, Mexican and Thai among them. Given the culinary influences, you know that the menu will provide you with lots of choices, from breaded chicken to grilled shrimp. Service is leisurely.
If the spirit of Cajun and Creole cuisine suits you, rather than a badge of authenticity, then this comfortable little space on busy Sherbrooke Street West is the spot for you. Décor is simple and tables are tight together, making for a warm, friendly place that buzzes right along. Main dishes include deliciously-textured crab cakes and grilled Shrimp Étouffe. The desserts, including an addictive bread pudding, are massive.
The first sign of authenticity here is the number of local Koreans this restaurant attracts. A powerful, enchanting aroma beckons from the open kitchen; the neat, uncluttered decor completes the soothing overall effect. The menu includes eight house specials and main dishes ranging from standard chicken teriyaki to more exotic fare. There's also a Korean barbecue served with kimchi, the traditional pickled cabbage. Call for more information.
Vegetables from the daily market is what is served on your plate. Among the main courses are a range of masala, tandoori, curry and other specialty dishes, Étoile des Indes offers a bar where you can choose from wine and beer options, including typical Indian Cheetah and Cobra beers.
This large Indian restaurant does a booming lunchtime business, making reservations a must on Thursdays and Fridays. Lunch is strictly a buffet, which is reasonably priced and features dishes like Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Korma. The restaurant boasts more than 100 dishes on the buffet, featuring everything from basic salads to homemade specialties and traditional Indian desserts. There is also a vegetarian menu. For dinner, there is a choice between a buffet and regular menu. After six meals, the seventh is free.
Open since 1944, this restaurant offers the classic bacon-and-egg breakfast, while pancakes, French toast and more sumptuous breakfast fare are served all day. Presentation is classy, and although somewhat cramped, the setting is congenial, the service is prompt, and the coffee keeps on coming. This is something of a weekend breakfast institution in west end Montreal, where you can meet friends or linger over the morning paper undisturbed. A lunch menu includes five daily specials and highly recommended homemade pasta.
Shaika is an artist-run café which regularly hosts art exhibitions, magazine launches and concerts for young Montreal bands. The food is decidedly healthy, and the sandwiches are even named after the neighborhood streets. The Oxford includes bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers. The house favorite is The Harvard with turkey, cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato and onions; and the Melrose is made up of roasted peppers, goat-cheese and mixed greens. Furnishings here are simple, and the décor changes depending on the exhibiting artist.
If the Canadians didn't invent barbecued chicken, they may have perfected it. Consistently garnering honors for Montreal's best chicken, this ages-old establishment may look a little dubious from the outside, but the rustic faux-Swiss decor inside will win most people over. A typical meal (indeed, there are few other options) will feature coleslaw or homemade chicken soup, a quarter chicken leg or breast, a roll, the obligatory dipping sauce, and French fries or baked potato.
Claremont houses a popular Westmount eatery and hangout. Rotating art exhibitions add to the color of the place, while the iron garden-type chairs make for a rustic and informal feel. Bar-clients have their own set of stools, while dinner guests dine by candlelight. The restaurant serves separate lunch and dinner menus. The lunch menu includes thin-crust pizzas, steak, mussels or pastas. Dinner meals are slightly more refined with grilled swordfish, grain-fed chicken breast or lamb shank options. The eatery boasts a cocktail list that includes martinis with fresh juice, including The Chambord Royal, the Dirty Pompadour or the simple Pick-Me-Up.