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“Nice place to try and compare different fish.”
Review of Andiamo-Montreal - CLOSED

Andiamo-Montreal
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Cross street: Rene Levesque
Transit: Square Victoria Metro station walk up Cote du Beaver Hall to 1083 Cote du Beaver Hall
Description: A fresh, colored and tasty cuisine.From Spain to Italy, Mediterranean products are famous for their health qualities; olive oil, lemons, fresh pastas, sun bathed tomatoes ...To grilled steaks, braised so-so buck and fish cooked on the plantar are some of our delicacies.The real comfort food comes from the Mediterranean.In the Mediterranean, pleasure of the food always starts with great company!
Montreal, Canada
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice place to try and compare different fish.”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Andiamo's outstanding feature is the fish bar, so this is what we tried. We liked the opportunity to try different fish at once, something that you will unlikely do at home. The list of fish and seafood varies as per market availability, but they do have classics (salmon, red snapper) and mediterranean fish whenever possible (mackerel, sardine, dorade). At the first pass we had a piece from eight different fish, plus shrimp and calamari, all cooked the same way, grilled on oil. Side dishes of Ratatouille and risotto, plus some sauces to make your own seasoning. This is an interesting experience because you can compare and enjoy the different textures and tastes. I will be more daring at my next visits to the fish market.

This is a european-style place. Do not expect a Michelin-star experience, because this is not what they claim or try to be. The atmosphere is nice, bistro-like, not too noisy. You can talk at moderate levels and be heard. The service is good enough, not invasive. We did not feel pressed to finish our meal.

We gave it a try because of a Tuango deal, which made the bill quite acceptable. I'll surely return with my wife. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fish but is shy to try something different.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Vienna, VA USA
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89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Modern Italian with a seafood showcase”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

We called on a not-very-busy Wednesday evening. Though a reservation would not be necessary, the manager took our name and said he would expect us. Our family of four arrived to be seated right away in a long dining room furnished in white. As we reviewed our menus the waiter brought an amuse bouche of a small shot of a cold spicy soup and bit of paté on a sliver of toast.

The menu is reasonably extensive with table d'hôte options for all main courses, although that option includes only the appetizer and not a dessert. We asked about wines by the glass and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the options. I had an appetizer of prosciutto with bruschetta. The prosciutto was two pieces served rolled up, not usually the best presentation. It was good but not the best I've had, not the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness I expected. My daughter had a delightful timbale of cold shrimp in a nest of julienned celery root. The shrimp had been marinated and were infused with a very flattering herbal flavor.

My son and I both ordered the house feature, a seafood bar. You select your choices of several fish, including blue marlin, salmon, Spanish mackerel, Mediterranean sea bass, and others, plus mussels, clams, squid, and shrimp. The fish are grilled, which means they are cooked simply with no marinade, sauce, or seasoning. They are served with sauce Bearnaise and buerre blanc, as well as sides of ratatouille and risotto. The fish all seemed fresh though for me the variety did not make up for the bland preparation. The only real disappointment was the marlin, which was cooked very rare but tough throughout. I had never had marlin so don't know how to compare it but I would not choose it again.

My daughter's lamb cannelloni was the real standout, tender and cooked with a creamy sauce.

The service also offered bits of showmanship such as a lemon on the table punctured by the server and fitted with a spout--you just can't get fresher lemon juice.

Dessert was a variety of creations such as chocolate panna cotta and apricots with cinnamon mousse, served in tiny glasses, as well as pistachio crème brûlée.

We enjoyed the experience though it was one of the more expensive meals we I had in our week in Montreal. For four appetizers, four main courses including two fish bars, four desserts, and two glasses of wine, the total before tax and tip was 172 CAD (and don't forget to budget for the area's high tax). After tax and tip we racked up 232 CAD, a bit pricey for a family with two teenagers.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Jeff_and_family
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Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“There's fresher fish at the market”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We went using a Tuango offer, and overall the experience wasn't worth the money. On paper it did seem really good, but there was nothing special about the fish. The first batch was overcooked in its entirety, and the second batch was better but we were already full. It is a small atmosphere that looked charming at first but many inconveniences ensued. The servers even recommended us a tip value, instead of recommending a favourite dish. Maybe it doesn't treat Tuango memebers with that much respect.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank geno3396
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Montreal, Canada
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The very best seafood and service”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We just love the fish and seafood bar at Andiamo! The very freshest of fish and seafood constantly perfectly prepared and throughout excellent service. Definitely one of the best deasl in town!

Visited July 2013
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Thank Claire W
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Was really looking forward to meal at this restaurant. Service was extremely slow, all of the fish was overcooked - surprising as this is their specialty.

Would not recommend to others - way overpriced for what you get.

Only one washroom was available - restaurant atmosphere was nothing special.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Carol Anne B
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