Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2016 - Montreal Day 2

We woke up a bit later today and headed to La Maison Kam Fung for dim sum. We actually got here at around 11:00am, which is earlier than most of our regular dim sum meet ups at home. It was cool to see that they have push carts here. It did seem more expensive though. The slip actually has a running total based on what size you order which was neat (it is normally a guessing game until you ask for the bill). We paid in cash and was told that it would be tax free/included depending on how you view it. No issues with the restaurant.

Dim sum!
Went to Notre Dame Basilica next. This church cost $5 admission for a very colourful looking church. Make sure to visit the area in the back for something more normal and less sensory overload. Have a look at the pictures to decide if you want to pay to visit or not. Most pictures give you a good idea of what to expect inside based on my visit.

Notre Dame Basilica exterior
Notre Dame Basilica 
Notre Dame Basilica 
Notre Dame Basilica
After a bit of a discussion on the plan for the rest of the day, we decided to go back to the hotel to get the car and we drove to the Saint Joseph Oratory. $5 for parking, no price for admission unless you want to visit the museum which is another $5. The Oratory is REALLY big, but in my opinion, very plain. At least by comparison to Notre Dame. It also seemed more modernly designed and decorated. Make sure to try to visit the areas off to the side. We missed going back to the Gardens, but on the right (which is south), there is a nice lookout terrace area with a large parking lot.

Saint Joseph Oratory 
Saint Joseph Oratory 
Saint Joseph Oratory 
Saint Joseph Oratory
A short walk away is Duc de Lorraine which is a French pastry shop. We came because they were supposed to have $1 croissants since it is croissant day, however, they were sold out by the time we got there but we stayed for a quick snack.

Duc le Lorraine 
We drove back to the hotel and hung out a bit before heading for pre-dinner and dinner. Saiko Izakaya was for pre-dinner and they served quality dishes of things that I feel like we sometimes get at all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants. The place was nice, service was good (first time I experienced the waitress give out soya sauce plates and fill them a bit for you). I don't know if it is necessary to go, but I didn't have any dislikes about the place.

Saiko Izakaya 
Saiko Izakaya 
Saiko Izakaya 
Saiko Izakaya 
Saiko Izakaya
Next we walked to Liverpool house was for dinner. We ordered the spaghetti with lobster, the steak, horse tartare, and a dozen oysters. Without an appreciation or understanding of seafood, I didn't quite get/appreciate the oysters or the spaghetti with lobster dishes that we got, however, everyone else seemed to love them. I thought the steak was really good. Horse was interesting because it was a tougher meat, nothing else that I could say about it. Best meal of the trip! Service was really good here. Never had an empty cup of water for long, all cutlery was replaced between courses. Good suggestions when we asked our server, nice place. My issue is that the music is fairly loud at the bar-half of the restaurant. I think the other side might be quieter. We did come in with a reservation, however the earliest we got was 9:30pm, so plan ahead for this one if you want to visit.

Liverpool House - Oysters 
Liverpool House - croquettes 
Liverpool House - horse tartare 
Liverpool House - steak 
Liverpool House - lobster spaghetti
We took an Uber to the local arcade spot, Amusement 2000 Plus. This was my first Uber experience, it seemed pretty seemless and I can see why people like it. You order a car based on proximity to you, you get an estimated cost and appropriate arrival time, they come, and they go, since you don't have to tell them where to go, it is already connected to their phone. Once you arrive, you leave! No need to worry about cash or tips. Overall, I enjoyed the experience.

Amusement 2000 Plus
We were at the arcade for maybe an hour. It was fairly small, reminded me of Playdium but more cramped. We had a good time, played some really old games since it doesn't seem like we really have arcade machines here anymore. You do need tokens here, so you can be stuck with a few extra if you don't plan accordingly. Nothing seemed expensive here which was nice.

Went back to the hotel and hung out a bit more before calling it a night. By the end, I think everyone was pretty tired since we don't normally hang out until so late. Tomorrow, we have breakfast, drop off Mario at the local airport, and head back to Toronto.