A new little restaurant opened up on Prince Arthur at Clark (1 block west of St. Laurent) called Marché 27. It has been around for about a month or so, and I wandered in the other day to check it out.
The entire menu is written on the chalkboard walls around the restaurant, and includes a breakfast menu (which looks pretty good, although I haven't tried it out yet), a substantial drinks menu (with a few beers - although I have a feeling they are all from a bottle since I couldn't see any tap - wines starting at about $25 a bottle, a few rums, scotches and warmers ) and a tartare bar. They also have a few sides at about $2-3 such as pommes frites, an assortment of olives and pickles. Lastly, they had some paninis, salads and deserts in one of those refrigerated glass display cases to be checked out as you like.
Now before anyone gets worried about a tartare bar, please erase any images of the salad bar at pizza hut mixing with the butcher shop. It is all prepared to order in front of you (you order from your table, but the place is sufficiently small the you can see this being done from just about any table) and I certainly didn't see anything that would raise any questions about quality.
The bar part is pretty simple: You choose your protein: beef, duck, tuna, salmon or smoked salmon and then you choose the style: French, Italien, Thai, and one other which I can not remember right now. I went for the beef Italian style, and was definitely happy with my choice. The portions are not huge, but for $12 it was about what I expected.
My girlfriend was disappointed with her beet salad for a number of reasons. Number one was probably the texture, it wasn't exactly appetizing. It also lacked balance: it came with arugula, goat cheese, and a lemon vinnagarete but I have a feeling it needed more of all three so that it wasn't just beet.
Despite the disappointment with the salad, I am definitely planning on going back ,especially since I live pretty much around the corner. It was good food with great service at a reasonable price. What more can you ask?
was there for breakfast this morning - tasty tasty indeed!
PLT (Prosciutto, arugula, tomato) sandwich, with just the right touch of chili mayo, and my boyfriend had the 2 baked eggs ontop of ham & spinach, served with toast and a small serving of jam. espresso is a little unbalanced and on the acidic side. they serve mighty leaf tea (yum, earl gray!) as well.
love the atmosphere and the chalkboard painted walls for the recipes. sadly we were the only people there this lovely friday morning.
looking foward to going back for the tartare :)
Just got back from Marché 27. I can pile on as being well worthwhile - not high end by any stretch of the imagination - but nice, and what I liked most; different.
I had the standard Beef Tartare done french style, and my friend had Tuna done Japanese. Both were more than respectable. I had previously been there for a pork sandwich takeout, which was also quite tasty.
Given the choice in that neck of the woods, if you're getting bored with Euro Déli this place is worth a shot. While the design is completely different, I get the impression they are aiming for a similar type of "comfortable hipster" crowd. As they haven't quite achieved it, so far - the place is still quite charming.
Their beer selection is eclectic, their scotch selection is not standard issue either - I haven't quite gotten around to their wines, yet.
If I was going to find fault, I would say that their sign is too bright. Other than that, I'm jealous that I'm no longer in the neighborhood as much as I used to - I'd love to be a regular there (until, of course, the hipsters take over).