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Montreal, Above and Below Ground

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A December 2006 trip to Montreal by lintrip

Quote: Canada is known for its natural wonders, apparent even in a big city like Montreal where the mountain rises behind the agglomeration of restaurants and commercial buildings. Yet Montreal is also a very dynamic, multicultural center with more ethnic restaurants than any other city in Quebec. Don't let chilly weather deter you—several restaurants are accessible from the underground metro system.

Montreal, Above and Below Ground

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Overview

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Montreal has always been a mosaic of sharp contrasts, from the time it was founded in the 1600s until today. Originally established as a religious settlement to promote the conversion of the Iroquois natives, it soon became a commercial center built on the fur trade. The cross on top of Mount Royal and the steeple-crested skyline bear witness to Montreal’s religious beginnings. One of the most unusual and intimate churches is the Bonsecours Chapel or Sailors' Church on Saint Paul Street in Old Montreal. It is equipped with a spectacular lookout from which priests could say Mass to the sailors in their ships. Model ships, gifts from grateful sailors who made safe journeys, hang from the ceiling.(close...Read More

Commensal (Le)

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Restaurant | "The Commensal"

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The Commensal: Fat-free feastingThis downtown restaurant is airy and uncluttered, with wall-length windows looking out onto some of Montreal’s best known buildings. Depending on where you sit, you may get a view of Victorian arches or chic shops. In any case, you will get a meal that meets the modern criteria for healthy living.The buffet style vegetarian restaurant proves that vegans can enjoy variety. A choice of two soups, such as Dahl or cream of carrot, is always available near the entrance. Next comes a selection of crunchy, creative salads, such as beet and apple, smooth chick pea and mint or protein-rich five-bean-salad. Top off your salad with a drizzle of home-made garlic, tamari, or raspbe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 15, 2006

Commensal (Le)
1204 McGill College Ave
Montreal, Quebec H3B 4J8
+1 514 871 1480

Taj (Le)

Restaurant | "Le Taj"

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The Taj is aptly named: from the silver menus and lacework of Oriental wall-tiles to the richly spiced food, it’s a dining experience fit for a raja. We began with a glass of Fontano Morello, a mellow red Italian wine. With a page of vegetarian dishes to choose from, it took a while to decide. A generous helping of turmeric made the golden alloo gobhi one of the most flavorful cauliflower curries I’ve ever tasted. My friends had a red tandoori chicken that was succulent and smokey without being too hot. The side dishes of basmati rice and Naan bread that accompany all main courses were both cooked to light and fluffy perfection. Once the meal was done, we sat back to watch an intense, pony-tailed ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2006

Taj (Le)
2077 Stanley St
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1R7
+1 514 845 9015

Crêperie Chez Suzette

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Restaurant

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This two-and-a-half story restaurant ensconced on cobble-stoned Saint Paul street is worth a stop for lunch when you’re museum-hopping. Several places on nearby Jacques Cartier Square close after 1pm and only reopen for supper. The Crêperie is open during the afternoon, seven days a week, and is conveniently situated almost equidistant between the famous Bonsecours Chapel and Notre Dame Basilica. The restaurant has a lot of potential, but doesn’t quite achieve top marks. The plain wooden tables and chairs have all the charm of a waiting room, but the upstairs dining room, the Campagnarde, is graced with large windows that offer a great view of the arches and stones of Montreal’s historic buildings....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2006

Crêperie Chez Suzette
3, rue St-Paul E.
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 874-1984

Urban Pet Boutique

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Attraction

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You probably knew that Montreal was one of Canada’s fashion capitals, but did you know that we’re also home to many designers of canine clothes? Urban Pet Boutique sells a wide assortment of booties, jackets, and bling-bling to keep your pooch posh and protected. Don’t turn your nose up yet if you have a cat. This is where I found some unusual cat toys and practical accessories to keep kitty’s space neat. Some of the items are more upscale and pricey, but you can also find useful items that are more modestly priced.You can even stop for a snack on the outdoor terrace or at the inside tables. You can have a coffee, and if you’re traveling with doggie, he’ll get biscuits. Homemade biscuits and birth...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2006

Urban Pet Boutique
122A Westminster
Montreal, Quebec H4A 1X9
(514) 488-9099