First time in this little restaurant off the very busy St-Laurent. We were four people hoping to get a seat (they don't take reservations !). We sat at the bar at the start of our feast and finally got a table.
The cons: the decor is nice but the stools are cheap (sorry, but they are) and the seating is crowded and low. The tables are too small for people like us who like to order lots and share. The place is a little noisy, but I think is caters to the desired clientele. The service is uneven but the place was packed on a Monday night. Nothing that can't be fixed.
The pros: the variety of tartares and non-tartare food is quite good. We opted to start with the grilled octopus and some oysters which were prepared in front of us. Both were good (the octopus was good, but the accompanying beans and veggies were very good). The wine selection could be improved, but it's ok. We waited for a table so we then changed seats and we ordered both tasting menus (meat and fish) with all the different flavorings. Some were alright and some were fantastic (the combo of duck and truffle, spicy veal... yum). All tasted fresh and hand chopped. The sweet fries are divine (esp. the dipping sauce). We ordered two more repeats of our favorites. By this time, the service was very good and attentive (I would give it 3 1/2) and we were stuffed.
We did not have any room for dessert (although they looked good). Next time.
I would change a few things : they should take reservations, with their popularity, they should purchase better quality seating and a small rethink of the wine menu wouldn't hurt. I'm still giving it a good rating as the food was really good.
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