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First Date Series: BU

Posted by Tara / February 13, 2012

BUThe First Date Series takes a look at restaurants in Montreal where you might want to go -- or might not want to go -- on a first date. Upon a recommendation some time ago (thanks Greg!), I finally dragged a date to BU, and decided it's a top first date destination.

There's nothing worse than being stranded on an excruciating first date with no escape plan on the horizon. Mile End wine bar BU solves this problem -- You can take a date to BU and order a glass of wine, share one Italian tapas-style dish, and call it quits right then and there. Or, if you haven't been fully turned off in the first 25 minutes, carry on, and see if they can hold your enthusiasm for the duration of another glass and a few more bites to eat.

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First Date Series: Phayathai

Posted by Tara / January 16, 2012

20120115_phayathai.jpgThe First Date Series takes a look at restaurants in Montreal where you might want to go -- or might not want to go -- on a first date. If you're not heading down to Old Montreal for Happening Gourmand, and you, or your date, is in the mood for Thai, you might want to try Phayathai.

After a brief hiatus from the dating world, I found myself on a double date at Phayathai on Laurier. There's no shortage of Thai food on this street - Phayathai is roughly a block away from two other more-than-decent Thai restaurants. Apparently good things do come in threes.



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First Date Series: Restaurant Misto

Posted by Tara / October 2, 2011

Misto restaurantThe First Date Series takes a look at restaurants in Montreal where you might want to go -- or might not want to go -- on a first date. When you don't want to take first date risks as far as food is concerned, Italian cuisine is usually a safe bet - and that's precisely what's on the menu at Misto.

Misto serves up Italian, but it's a far cry from a quaint family-style trattoria where candles light the tables and soft melodies play in the background. A slick, buzzing resto on Mount Royal, Misto specialises in pasta, focaccia, and calzones. The place is casual but sleek in that plateau-kind-of-way, and every time I've been here it's been packed. Not every trattoria screams amore, but then again neither does every first date.

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First Date Series: Cafe Prague

Posted by Tara / September 6, 2011

Cafe prague chlebickyThe First Date Series takes a look at restaurants in Montreal where you might want to go -- or might not want to go -- on a first date. A daytime date calls for a different type of place than a soirée, and Cafe Prague is not a bad locale to get to know someone in the afternoon.

Outremont's newly opened Cafe Prague is small and cute, and there's almost a cubist-inspired feel to the place. Photographs of Prague line the walls, cowhide print tiles cover the bathroom floor, and a cuckoo clock goes crazy every hour.




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First Date Series: La Louisiane

Posted by Tara / August 25, 2011

La Louisiane outsideThe First Date Series takes a look at restaurants in Montreal where you might want to go -- or might not want to go -- on a first date. If spicy foods really are aphrodisiacs, Cajun cuisine can be an appealing first date option. La Louisiane is a lively little place on Sherbrooke in NDG serving just that - Creole, Cajun and New Orleans-inspired eats.

La Louisiane always seems to be bustling. On my date here last week, the floor-to-ceiling windows were open, and we could hear jazz and blues, interspersed with some Dylan, from the sidewalk. It just seemed like a happening kind of place. The terrasse was jam packed, people were eating inside, and all the seats at the bar were taken - It was busy, but not crowded.

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First Date Series: Cafe Sarajevo

Posted by Tara / August 10, 2011

20110810_Cafe Sarajevo board.jpgThe First Date Series takes a look at restaurants in Montreal where you might want to go -- or might not want to go -- on a first date. Some might remember Cafe Sarajevo from its previous location on Clark Street, where it was a happening place known for its traditional Balkan atmosphere, gypsy-inspired live music and authentic food.

That exotic gem closed its doors five yeas ago, later reopening on St. Laurent just above Beaubien. Although I'll go anywhere for a good meal, this sparse, strangely-almost-industrial strip of the Main, north of Mile End just below Little Italy's arches, is not my ideal first date locale.

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