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“Great experience”
Review of Bistro Apollo Concept - CLOSED

Bistro Apollo Concept
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: French, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie
Cross street: Beaubien
Transit: Metro Beaubien, autobus 18 Ouest
Description: Un nouveau concept, de nouveaux menus, Table d'hôte, Menu Dégustation à venir découvrir au Bistro tout en apportant son vin !
Reviewed March 16, 2012

Went with a group of colleagues and experienced the cooking class from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Staff were great. After preparing our food, we sat in the lounge area and had a bit of wine (its great when you can bring your own wine!) and waited for our meal to be presented to us. Everything was fresh and tasty and we know how much work went into each plate!!! Our compliements to the chef!

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Thank M&H_from_Montreal
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

Great menu ! 59 $ for 7 service including amazing foie gras... wow i loved it !

Thank vianeantis
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

I just realized in the wrong Apollo restaurant.

But I wanted to mention that this restaurant is top notch and the tasters menu for 59$ is an unbeatable option. Great execution, fabulous discoveries, and so affordable! We will definitely be back!

1  Thank dafeist
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

We went there on a wednesday night, and the experience was amazing! We took the menu "dégustation" for 60$. And you can bring your own wine. The servers were nice and we event spoke with the chef. The menu change every week. We enjoyed every bite! It was a 6 courses diner. We ate scallop, deer, foie gras, truffle, shrimp and more! I'm not going to describe too much of it, so you have the surprise! Even the vegetables were amazing!
I would definitely recommend this restaurant, I notice a lot of the good rated restaurant on trip advisor are located in the "vieux port", many good restaurants, but since it's in that location, it's a touristic spot, so you pay a little more in general. Apollo Bistro is on St-Laurent, further than most of the bars, but is easily accessible by the metro (Beaubien station).
i'm going back on my next trip to Montreal!
p.s. There are 2 apollo restaurant (same owner I think). we tried both, the one on University was great to, different concept, but pricier.

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1  Thank bluecrystal123
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

We visited this restaurant at least 12 times from it's opening as a table d'hôte place to its Tapas phase. We were always satisfied and it is a place we've recommend to many people coming to Montreal.

Apollo recently partnered with (chef?) Claude Le Bayon, we honestly don't know why, unless Apollo wants to put this place to its final rest. We both had the (59$) Tasting menu. Decent price for the food if the execution hadn’t been that mediocre.

Amuse: Grainy gazpacho with tomato skin still on. Salmon rilette with wasabi mayo that was more like pureed cooked salmon. And an Asparagus tartar with sesame oil that was actually good.

Appetizer: Vanilla foie gras with apple air and pineapple chutney. The apple air tasted well like air. Molecular cuisine can be a good thing when done the right way. Mastering the basic stuff should be mandatory before trying these things. It also needs to add value to a dish, not just showing off a technique without a purpose. The terrine was fade and the vanilla overpowered everything else. Pineapple chutney was ok, but again lacked of seasoning like the rest of the meal.

Fish course: Cod with a virgin sauce and Zucchini. Good sauce that unfortunately got over shadowed by the soggy and slimy skin of the fish. Pan fried=skin on. Poached= skin off. Basic again.

Meat course : Kangaroo. Meat was cooked right but had no taste. it was covered in a star anise glazed that tasted like the plastic box it came in. Frozen peas were sandy and hard and the carrot puree had been overly sweetened to the point you could tell it was carrot only by the color.

Pre-dessert: Cold mix berries soup. Sadly the only highlight of the meal. Nice spiced broth chilled to perfection.

Dessert: Chocolate cake passion fruit canoli and coconut anglaise.
The cake was dry and brittle, ganache was good but the phillo dough filled with passion fruit runny mousse was difficult to eat without making a mess. Coconut anglaise tasted like unsweetened coconut milk right out of the can with some lime zest in it. Insipid at best.
On a good note. The service was better than usual; the service staff could explain the menu pretty well.

In conclusion, the new partner seems overwhelmed with the type of food Apollo usually put's up. Too much focus on new flavours and molecular stuff. Then all the basic techniques are deficient and badly executed. We will not be back until the next line up change in the kitchen. It went from a city favourite to a must avoid.

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Thank SebnVero
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