We were really looking forward to trying Bouillon Bilk but our experience went wrong from the moment we arrived. The greeting at the entrance was cold as if they were doing us a favor granting us a table when we had reservations far in advance. We were seated at a high table towards the back of the restaurant that was so dimly lit we used an iPhone flashlight to read the menu. The candles were cheap Ikea type votives that did not help and were never relighted when they went out. The wine list is very pricey and when we asked if they had any wine from Canada - the waiter said basically there was nothing that was worthy of their food. So we started with a glass of French sparkling and were surprised that the glasses were filled barely above half way and the wine was not sufficiently chilled. Bread was served but there were no bread plates or any place to put the bread. On top of it, there was a single marble sized piece of butter for 3 people? At that point, even before the appetizers arrived we knew we had wasted an evening in Montreal. The lack of attention to these simple details was shocking for a restaurant of this caliber.
When the food arrived, appetizers were delicious but portions very small. Personally, we did not enjoy the presentation of the main plates which had a bit of everything tossed around the plate. It felt too pretentious to be enjoyed. We skipped dessert as we could not wait to leave.
This is a pricey joint. I might have understood the lack of attention to detail if it were less expensive but even so...there are much better places to dine in Montreal for half the price and double the enjoyment.
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