Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Montreal

Before boarding our short flight to Toronto, we visited the Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge.

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Lounge Entrance

The lounge had clearly marked signs, which was easy to spot.

The lounge is rather spacious and was relatively empty when we got there.

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Seating
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Seating

There are several different seating areas with relatively comfortable chairs, as well as a high top work table with outlets.

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Breakfast
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Breakfast
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Breakfast
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Breakfast

There were all types of breakfast foods laid out including muffins, bread, pastries, cereal, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, cheese, and fruit.

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Restroom
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Restroom

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The restroom is large and well maintained. They do have shower facilities, however I did not get a chance to take a peek since I was only in the lounge for a short period of time.

The Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge is a nice quiet place to relax before your flight. Food options are rather limited, but the lounge itself is clean and well kept.

L’Avenue du Plateau – Montreal

L’Avenue du Plateau is a popular breakfast place in Montreal and is primary known for two things: Humungous portions and their bathrooms.

I had read that this place is very popular and that people start lining up quickly, so we made sure to get there early as we had a flight to catch later in the day.

Upon entering, we were quickly seated. Decorations throughout the restaurant are quirky and eclectic. Some of the decorations include a huge can of maple syrup hanging from the ceiling, a mannequin, a bicycle mounted on the wall, and street art adorning the walls.

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French Toast

The French Toast with Caramelized Bananas, Nutella, Coconut and Rum Sauce will certainly get your diabetes on in a hurry. Six super thick slices of breaded is loaded with bananas, what seems like a jar of Nutella, coconut shavings all swimming in a pool of rum sauce. If that wasn’t enough, they give you a side of extra sauce to boot. The flavors went well together, but was a tad on the sweet side. My only complaint was that the French Toast was not as soggy as I like, which is the norm. I found that although I ask for French Toast super soggy, most places only comply about 1% of the time.

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Smoked Meat Benedict

The Montreal Smoked Meat Benedict replaces the traditional Canadian bacon with tender smoked meat. The result is a more meaty, and slightly saltier end product. That’s a winning combination in my book. The Hollandaise sauce was nicely prepared and the eggs perfectly poached. The potatoes were also good, but could have been crispier.

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Steak & Eggs Benedict

The Steak & Eggs Benedict was piled high with tender cuts of steak and meaty mushrooms covered in a black pepper heavy Hollandaise sauce. The result was another winning combination.

Each dish also comes with a side of huge cuts of fruits impaled on a skewer big enough to kill Dracula, unfortunately I seem to have deleted the picture.

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Bathroom
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Bathroom
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Bathroom
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Bathroom
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Bathroom
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Bathroom

The bathrooms are also a must visit even if you don’t have to use it. Just perusing the art is worthy enough for a visit.

For a fun and friendly atmosphere with good food and large portions, L’Avenue du Plateau is a must visit.

Les 400 Coups – Montreal

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Les 400 Coups

Les 400 Coups is doing their interpretation of Modern French cuisine with rave fanfare. The interior is a cozy, rustic though somewhat ornate, if that makes sense, looking spot.

We went with the tasting menu which is 5 courses for $75.

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Amuse Bouche

The meal started with an amuse bouche of a clam with a nice acidic mignonette. It certainly woke up the taste buds.

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Bread

Nice, thick, crusty bread was brought to the table with a nice portion of butter. The bread was the perfect contrast of crunchy crust with a nice chewy interior.

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Cucumber Salad

The next course was a cucumber salad with lavender, goat cheese and garlic croutons. The acidity of the dressing was toned down by the creaminess of the goat cheese. The cucumbers were nice and crisp.

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Linguine with Mussels

The next course was linguine with mussels and fried chicken skin. The mussels were nice and plump, but rather on the small side. The pasta was a nice al dente.

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Duck

The next course was duck with cherry and raw oats. The duck was a perfect medium rare and retained its juiciness and flavor. The cherries added a nice acidic punch, while the oats added a nice chewiness. The watermelon radishes added some textural contrast.

The next course was blood sorrel, dehydrated rhubarb, wild ginger and crushed pistachios. Pairing two tart ingredients with the blood sorrel and rhubarb, along with the medicinal flavor of ginger was kind of off putting to me. Unfortunately, it appears that I forgot to take a picture.

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Mango Sorbet

A mango sorbet with mango jelly, lemon curd, coconut meringue and Thai basil was next. The sorbet was fresh tasting, the mango jelly had a little bit of a chew to it. The meringue had a nice coconut bite, while the Thai basil helped to tone down the sweetness.

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Concord Grape Sorbet

The final course was concord grape sorbet with chocolate crisps, pecans and brown butter cream. The sorbet had a nice sweetness with a hint of acidity. The chocolate paired nicely with the sorbet. The brown butter had a soft boba texture with a hint of bitterness, and the pecans added a nice textural crunch.

Service was fine throughout the meal. The food was very good, however somewhat too far reaching at times. Portion size is somewhat small for the price, but quality ingredients and excellent cooking is displayed.

Schwartz’s Deli – Montreal

When in Montreal it’s almost mandatory that you track down some smoked meat. It would be like going to Texas and not having BBQ.

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Schwartz’s

Schwartz’s is a Jewish Delicatessen serving smoked meat among other things. The interior is simple with many wooden tables placed closely together. It appears that the restaurant is almost always packed. We only had to wait a few minutes before being seated however.

Since we had dinner reservations later that night, we decided to just eat lightly.

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Smoked Meat Sandwich

We had the smoked meat sandwich which was piled high with thick slices of fatty brisket. The sandwich is relatively simple with the only condiment being mustard. The meat has a definite “beefy” flavor with extra richness from the nice fat cap. The mustard helps to cut through some of the fattiness however.

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Poutine

It is also hard to go to Canada without having poutine. The French fries were nicely crisp, topped with squeaky cheese curds and smothered in gravy.

The meal at Schwartz’s Deli definitely hit the spot. I would like to try other smoked meat restaurants the next time I am in Montreal in order to see what else is out there.

Le Meridien Versailles – Montreal

The Le Meridien Versailles in Montreal is located approximately 18 miles away from the Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. We decided to take the Metro from the airport since we didn’t have too much luggage. It is fairly near the Guy-Concordia station.

The hotel is located in a very narrow building, both in width and depth. The lobby is very small.

Upon entering the hotel, the front desk is located to the left. Check-in was quick and efficient.

The room is decorated in light tones with dark tones noted in the curtains and headboard.

Upon entering the room, the bathroom is located to the right. The bathroom is fairly small, and tight.

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Bathroom
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Bathroom

There was a small single sink with a long counter which was helpful. There were Le Meridien branded bath products.

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Shower/tub Combo

There is a shower/tub combo.

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Coffee Maker

On the left side of the room sits the coffee maker, a complimentary bottle of water, and snacks for sale.

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Desk
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TV

The desk is located along the left side of the room, along with the TV.

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Lounge Chair

There is a lounging chair located right next to the desk.

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Beds

There were two queen beds which were comfortable.

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Night Stand

There was a small night stand in the corner with a disco ball light.

The room was fairly spacious, but it was hot inside of the room. Unfortunately, the lowest setting on the air conditioner is 16° Celsuis. The windows do open slightly however.

This was a perfectly nice stay for a long layover, however I do wish that the air conditioner would work at lower temperatures.