I'd been going to La Sirene restaurants around Montreal Island for more than 15 years, but had never come to this flagship. Very nicely appointed but not stuffy. We enjoyed the fact that the clientele was nicely dressed up for a Saturday night, not overly so but enough to make it a bit festive. Very friendly and personal services - from the maitre d' to the owner to the wait staff. The restaurant is Lebanese owned and themed so there is plenty of ethnic flavour.
The concept here is a great one - the restaurant is adjacent to the fish market. You get a piece of paper at the table with your table number and one or more members of the dining party go next door and pick out the actual seafood to be grilled or fired, from filets to whole fish to scampi and shrimp. I recommend ordering smaller fish fired as you can basically eat the whole crunchy thing.
Appetizers are wonderful - from the typical baba ganouj and hummus to grilled octopus, a terrific eggplant salad with smokey grilled eggplant mashed with fresh scallions and tomatoes,as well as very nice salmon tartare, sometimes served with mango, tomato, olive oil and thyme, sometimes with capers. The Middle Eastern salads are very fresh and well flavoured.
The grilled and fried fish entrees are outstanding, served simply with toasted pita and a rich tahini sauce. Try the brown rice with vermicelli and fried onions. I mentioned that my grilled halibut filet might be a tad overcooked (although still excellent) - I had a new filet perfectly grilled at the table in minutes. That's service.
One of the best desserts I've ever had was the crepe stuffed with ricotta, tabbed with chopped pistachio nuts and ladled with a rose water syrup.
I recommend this fine restaurant with a long tradition of excellent service to anyone who comes to Montreal.
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