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This is a small, simple French bistro serving two prix-fixe menus – the special and the  table d’hote. The special is a simple butter lettuce salad with walnuts, thin steak with mustard sauce, frites; the other menu will give you the same plus a soup and profiteroles for an extra $6.95, though I’ve never had room for all of that. My favourite dessert is the peche melba, which is a tall sundae goblet of buttery vanilla ice cream topped with canned peach halves, whipped cream, and toasted almond slivers. The traditional profiteroles are also good. Diners can look out the windows at passers-by in the bustling downtown area, or can look at themselves in the wall mirrors. We’ve never needed reservations.

2022 Rue Peel at Blvd. de Maisonneuve O.

metro: Peel

See my Sept. 2009 review here.

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Leméac is an exquisite brunch place – chic, popular, with sophisticated  food in just the right portions – with only the slightly snobby staff and high prices bringing it all down to earth. Two people eating a salmon salad, poached eggs over belinis, donuts, hot chocolate, and latte  = $60, including tip. Ouch. And yum. Therefore Leméac is a treat meant to be savored sparingly…or on someone else’s tab.

The perfectly dressed salad came with two long pieces of beautifully smoked salmon holding up the greens as a form. My belinis were more like two small pancakes, but the salmon, poached eggs, and dainty smears of sauce and caviar were delicious. The house-made donuts were warm and slightly crisp, and could have done with the house-made jam, which we decided we’d order it with the next time – jam was extra, after all. The Valrhona hot chocolate was just the right temperature – warm, not hot – and unsweetened; my husband also found his latte to be very good.

I’d recommend making reservations, as it does get busy, and dressing up a bit. I haven’t seen cufflinks in a while, but they weren’t out of place here. But part of the charm of Leméac is to see and be seen. If the other diners bore you, gaze out the large windows overlooking the  gentrified part of town.

I was going to check out ordering the house-made salmon mentioned on their website, but couldn’t figure out how to go about buying it. Does one ask the waiter? Or does it have to be ordered in advance? Perhaps we’ll find out during our next visit.

Metro: Laurier

1045, avenue Laurier Ouest and avenue Durocher

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This café feels more like a diner on the weekend, especially when it’s too cold to sit outside. Food is adequate and has all that one would expect from a café in the Plateau, service is very laidback, and the main reason that one comes here is the awesome vantage point for people watching on Rue Saint Denis. It also had a mention in one of Kathy Reichs’ Tempe Brennan books as the temporary work place of Andrew Ryan’s daughter.

metro: Sherbrooke

3635 Rue St. Denis at Rue Cherrier

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Quaint francophone café with plenty of outdoor seating with a view to see and be seen. Eggs Benedict (1/2 benedict, 1/2 Florentine) passable, but a little heavy.

3635 Rue St. Denis at Rue Cherrier

metro: Sherbrooke

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