Friday, June 24, 2005
A Night On the Town: Montreal
Montreal's nightlife is very similar to nightlife in European cities.
Especially Crescent street is a favorite of mine. The list of bars, clubs, and
restaurants there is quite extensive. Of course the downside of going
to Montreal for business is that one does not have time to enjoy the town much.
But on this trip, we were staying for a few days, and we managed to break away
for an evening.
We started out with a trip to a Brazilian stake house. I can not recall the
name, but it doesn't really matter since it was mediocre at best. If you are in
the mood for a Brazilian stake house, look for Fogo de Chao, which is among the best
Churrascarias I have found in the US. The one we went to had ok meat, but the
side dishes were disappointing, and they had no salad bar or anything that would
appeal to anyone who doesn't like meat very much. Plus, the meat was only ok,
and they didn't bring around all that much. They did however have a Samba
dancer. She had obviously seen better days (quite a number of them, as it
appeared), but it still added some fun and excitement. Cool.
After dinner, we proceeded on to Crescent street and went to Jacques
Villeneuve's Newtown club. (In case you
don't know, Jacques is a Formula One driver who even was world champion back in
97 when he was in better shape). It is a modern hip place, but it was a bit dead
that night (Monday night). We had a few drinks and some people who joined us
there had some food, which apparently was pretty good (I didn't try it myself).
I think it's the kind of place that is much better when it's rockin'. We ended
up moving on to some other bars on Crescent, which were more lively.
The next evening, we didn't have enough time to go to any bars, but we did
end up eating at Zen (at the
Hotel Omni Mont-Royal), a sit-down Chinese restaurant. I had been there
two years before, and I wanted to go back, voting down the Treehouse, which was
Ellen's favorite. At Zen, you pay 32 Canadian Dollars for all you can eat family
style food. You simply order as many individual dishes as you want, and
everything is then shared amongst the people at the table. The food we had all
tasted excellent and we only managed to eat about half of what we ordered. I did
however feel a bit nauseous afterwards. I think I just am not used to eating
fried food and Chinese can often be pretty rich. A few hours later I found
myself wishing we would have gone to the Treehouse instead, even though I'd go
back to Zen as well.
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