We recently returned to Montreal for our second visit and decided to have dinner at Bonaparte because we enjoyed it so much the first time. To our delight, the food was as good (maybe even better) than we remembered. We keep a journal during our travels and discovered that the tasting menu that we had on this visit to Bonaparte was essentially identical to the one that we had on our first visit. So, you may want to fault the restaurant for not being more creative; but, when the food is this good ... there is absolutely no reason for change. For me, one of the hallmarks of a great restaurant is when they serve a plate with multiple components and each is expertly prepared (despite differences in cooking times / techniques). That was the case with my Dover sole with the fish and each vegetable on the plate cooked to perfection. Clearly, the chef is a perfectionist and demands the highest levels of attention to detail from his team. While the dining room is elegant and the service is outstanding, I still find the atmosphere to be very friendly and casual and the prices to be fair. This will definitely be the first restaurant that I come back to on my next trip to Montreal !
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