We booked a table via Open Table for a Friday early evening dinner last weekend for 6 - children and adults and had a lovely table inside. Montreal was bursting at the seams last weekend and Old Montreal, in particular, was hectic so it was nice to get a table where you didn't feel like you were sitting with the entire population of the city. There is an exterior patio to the restaurant which is nice, but I actually much preferred the interior which is really attractive and stylish and brick/iron style.
The restaurant itself is really lovely. It doesn't have any element of 'trying too hard' or touristy, but is smart and relaxed at the same time. They have got the ambience just right! It seems to cater to businessmen, regulars and locals just as much as tourists, which is always a plus! Our waiter was great and very accommodating. We had one lousy French speaker in the party (me) and I was trying to teach the children their basic dinner time French. Our waiter was very patient with them and was pleased to see them trying their best! He was a great combination of good with adults and children. He was attentive but didn't 'hang around' or rush us and that's always a great quality in a waiter .
By our table, at some point during the evening, a chef came out with an old-fashioned meat slicer and was busy slicing salamis, dried hams, etc. It wasn't for show, he was doing it as part of his daily work but it was lovely to see him prepare the food.
There was a large choice of local beers and a large wine menu. I had a couple of martinis just the way I wanted them - nice and COLD.... My husband had a couple of local beers and a glass of wine which he enjoyed. Try the local beers whilst you are there, no need to bother with the US or European-generics.
Of our party of six - 3 had pizza, one had a pasta dish, one had stuffed roast chicken and I had fish. The pizzas were delicious (yes, I did steal some of each!) - very fresh with tasty mozzarella and a great crust; the chicken was absolutely fantastic - with a great balance between the herbs used and the chicken. It was a very large piece of chicken on the bone and cooked perfectly. The pasta eater loved her dish (so much so that I didn't get chance to eat any) and my fish dish (though very small) was tasty. However, I felt there was too much emphasis on the asparagus as the vegetable which, for some reason, didn't work with the salsa that came with the fish.
Some in the party had dessert and I was told by one of them that the Tiramisu was wonderful but incredibly alcohol soaked.
Unfortunately there was something funky with the fish that I didn't know until I got back to the hotel and got quite sick and my tummy is still unwell at time of typing (4 days' later). I can't fault the restaurant per se because I know that fish can be compromised on occasion but it won't be apparent to the chefs at the time of preparation. Had I realized at time of eating, I would have certainly mentioned it. However, this just put a dampener on the entire night for me as it was our first night in Montreal. No,one else tried the fish and so they were all fine.
Bill came to $260 which was pricey, but despite the fish hiccup - I will definitely go again when we return to Montreal for our next visit. Next time I will definitely order the pizza though because it really was delish!
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