The perfect mix of a restaurant and a drinking spot, Hotel Herman on Boulevard Saint-Laurent in Mile End is ideal for either a three-course feast or a quick glass with a side of nibbles. The kitchen specializes in sophisticated, fresh dishes like Venison tartare served with cabbage and clams, or smoked eel with onion and chicharone. The perfect accompaniment is a bottle (or three) or their new imports, or some of their classic cocktails, sipped around their square bar. The staff is generous with advice and attention, and will let you taste wines before ordering them (still a rare habit in this town).
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Hotel Herman's warm mushroom salad
This salad and so many of Hotel Herman's dishes make it one of the best restaurants in Montreal these days. Read my full review here: http://willtravelforfood.com/2012/08/09/hotel-herman-montreal-restaurant/