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TOWNE HALL - West Island Review

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LIONESS Jun 3, 2007 02:53 PM

Just wanted to post a review on the new bistro that just opened in the Mega Sources mall in Pointe Claire (right behind 40 Westt).

The decor is beautiful. Dark wood with cream chairs and banquettes, high ceilings with massive chandeliers. The kitchen is an open concept so you can see the chefs milling around back there.

As hubby and I entered, we were greeted not by one, but by three hostesses! There seemed to also be around 12 waiters waiting around (no pun intended!). Our waiter was very nice and courteous although may have hovered a little too much, constantly watching our faces for ANY reaction (good or bad) and coming over to check if all was right.

Ok, lets get to the meal. I had an appetizer of foie gras on croutons with a wine reduction. It was good but I've had better.. I don't know if it was the quality of the foie gras or the cooking process, but it just didn't taste as silky as others I've had.

My husband had the antipasto plate which consisted of cantaloupe melon sliced, some Prosciutto and some Parmesan shavings. Not bad although he said that he's had more flavorful Prosciutto in other restaurants. As well, the plating was not very attractive (they could have enhanced the look like this http://buttabuns.wordpress.com/2007/0...

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I then had the duck in a berry reduction sauce atop mashed potatoes and served with rapini. While the duck was perfectly cooked, the berries from the sauce were a tad too bitter for my liking.

My husband had a "fillet mignon melody" which consisted of 3 4oz fillet mignons, one with Gorgonzola atop, one with a brandy or cognac reduction sauce and the other with a small round of foie gras. It also came with either fries or rapini. He chose fries. For $36 I would have assumed that both could have come with it. He enjoyed the dish preferring the Gorgonzola and reduction sauce fillet mignons over the foie gras.

The wine list was not extensive but seemed reasonably priced, as the lowest was $40 for a Bordeaux. We decided to have wine by the glass at $8 a glass.

With wine and tip, our total came to $156.

Not a bad deal. Overall we left with a good impression although they simply cannot compete with Le Gourmand in Pointe Claire Village.

By the way, the owners are the same ones from 40 Westt.