I wonder if the patrons of Laurier Gordon Ramsay expect the master himself to come sweeping through the restaurant... My sister and I went after the lunch rush on a Friday, and were greeted by friendly hostesses and a bright, convivial atmosphere. Yes, this restaurant has a long, storied history in the Plateau neighborhood. The renovations have transformed a once tired family diner into a casual yet sophisticated space. The jar of complimentary dill pickles just screams 'home'. The menu is varied and reasonable. We wanted to try a range of items, including dessert, but the portions were so generous, we had to save dessert for another trip. I opted for the French onion soup to start. Although the crock appeared small, it was packed with rich beefy stock, not too much bread, and just the right amount of cheese - soul satisfying on a nippy December day. We chose as mains the rotisserie chicken panini with dijonnaise, gruyere and arugula accompanied by homemade potato chips, as well as the tortiere with frise salad. The sandwich was juicy and satisfying, and the chips had a hint of spice. My tortiere, a very traditional take on the Quebecois classic, was personal-sized and aromatic with spice. The mac and cheese was passable. Great service (just the right level of attentiveness). Overall, well worth the trip. And as an aside, I have gone to his 3-star, and though a different level of cuisine altogether, a consistent approach to quality.
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