Les 3 Brasseurs
I recently read in another online forum that a French-based restaurant chain called Les 3 Brasseurs ("The 3 Brewers") will be opening a location in Toronto soon. Currently they have many locations in France and four in Montreal. It will be located on the east side of Yonge St. just south of Dundas Square, in a storefront that is currently undergoing reno between the Hard Rock Cafe and Popeye's Chicken. The company website promises a late 2007 opening, but I read fall 2008.
Looking at the menu for their existing locations, it seems like an interesting mix of typical sports bar food, bistro food, and some intriguing unpasteurized microbrews. Has anyone been to any of these locations? Is this something I should be looking forward to, or just pedestrian tourist fare?
I was in Montreal a few weeks back and had a few meals there. The place reminds me of Milestones. Nothing spectacular or exgtraordinarily memorable. There was a smoked meat pizza that lacked flavour, the "poutine" was made with frozen fries and tasteless gravy and a number of things that aren't really worth mentioning.
The beers were pretty good and they sold pints with schnapps/liqueurs etc.
What jamsy might be referring to as pizza is what 3 Brasseurs call a Flamm - their version of Flammekueche (aka tarte flambee), which is traditional in Alsace-Lorraine, the home of the original brasseries. It's similar to a thin crust pizza in concept, but it is made with fresh cheese and/or creme fraiche rather than tomato sauce. While smoked meat is not a traditional French topping, a flamm is not meant to be pizza. Someone expecting a typical pizza flavour might find a creme fraiche-based Flamm to be lacking flavour. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarte_fl...
Had the flight of beer (5 tastings) in October at the Old Montreal location. I liked one out of five, but I'm not a fully-educated beer hound yet. We were trying not to eat cause we had reservations at Le Club Chasse et Peche shortly after, which was worth the wait!
However, 3 Bs did have a good pub atmosphere and ours will be a hit with tourists and locals alike. Time will tell about the food quality and whether or not locals stick to the likes of Beerbistro.
Last year we had lunch a couple of times at Les 3 Brasseurs in Rheims.
The food was way better than most pub fare.
Great variety to choose from.
Loved the place.
Also noted on their placemats that they were located in Montreal,as well.
Some of the brewing tubes were transparent, and all were in the eating area.
Great fun to watch.
If the standard here is even close to that in France, it will be a very popular restaurant.