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Jul 15, 2009 06:25 AM


Has anyone eaten at Pintxo off of St. Denis in the last little while? There was a lot of buzz around this place a couple years ago and I was wondering if it was still good.

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  1. I've eaten here 3 times in the last couple of months, and each has been among the best experiences I've had out in Montreal. Food and service are excellent.

    1. i've been there a few months ago and i really enjoyed the experience too! I still prefer casa tapas though, their sangria kicks ass

      1. I went for the first time this winter and thoroughly enjoyed it. I remember some people in previous threads recommending that people just get pintxos opposed to the degustation, which is 4 pintxos and a main but I went with the latter and would do it again. The filet mignon with goat cheese was really nice and even though the pintxos are the chef's choice, they do inform you of what they will be. The night i was there, one of the pintxos was a salmon tartare. I asked if it was possible to have something else since I really don't like raw salmon and they changed it to a duck tartare.

        1. I had a great meal there in June. I had 7 pinxto's and it was a very filling meal.

          1. It is still excellent, I've had several wonderful meals there in the last little while. The food is wonderful, the wine list a lot of fun.

            However, it is not air-conditioned, so if you go on a hot night ( what luck, I seem to have gone on the only scorcher of a night this summer), dress very lightly.

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            1. re: moh

              Well, if it's hot, then, it a good "spanish" experience!!! (at leat that's the way I remember)

              1. re: moh

                Thanks everyone for the great responses.
                What are the prices like?
                How much should I expect to pay for 2 people?

                  1. re: Dusty08

                    If you like white wine, then you must absolutely get at least a glass of the Txacoli. It is a rare Spanish white, and it is fabulous with seafood. Also, the Godello was mind-blowing. Really wonderful white.

                    1. re: moh

                      Just for balance, if you like reds, I'm a big fan of the Lopez Cristobal Crianza :)

                      I haven't been to Pintxo lately, but I've eaten there quite a few times in the past. The tasting menu is good, but the chefs choice pintxos are pretty static and some come in smaller sizes (and pintxos are already small!)

                      I've tried all the pintxos on the menu except for the scrambled eggs with cod and, surprisingly, the mixed salad. A tasting menu of my favorites would feature the duo of fresh marinated crab and shrimp with pepper ($4), Basque cod fillet with pepper and fresh tomato sauce ($6), goat cheese ravioli with duck stew ($5) or beef cheek ($5), seared foie gras with lentils and sherry vinegar reduction ($6) and either the mushrooms stuffed with duck confit ($4) or sauteed wild mushrooms with escargot and parsley oil ($6). I don't particularly care for the marinated sardines, grilled (actually roasted - is that some sort of translation thing?) vegetables and white asparagus. I usually ordered 4-6 pintxos and my wife would order gazpacho, the duck ravioli and the filet mignon with goat cheese. Nice rolls (I think Au Pain Dore, but hearily warmed in the oven) to sop up extra sauce.

                      1. re: afoodyear

                        I also really like the Lopez Cristobal! But I have been on a white wine kick, and had you been there the night I went during our limited heat wave, you might have had problems enjoying a red too... It was stinking hot!

                        I also love the beef cheek dish, and the fois gras. I am a huge fan of the morcilla, a wonderful dish for those who are fans of blood pudding. Last time, I had a delicious scallop dish, the octopus and the fig stuffed with jamon serrano and queso mahon, all were excellent, but the fig was something really special.

                        1. re: moh

                          I think the only time I've had the fig was in the dead of winter, which is a horrible time to be eating figs :o

                          Did they have any off-menu pintxos during your visits? The last couple of times I went they consistently had a "special pintxo" of golden beet and smoked salmon. Kind of like how the "fish of the day" has always been Basque cod :)

                          1. re: afoodyear

                            No, I have never had any off-menu items... I didn't even know they offered them.

                            re: the fig, I suspect they use a reconstituted dried fig, it would be very hard to offer fresh figs all year long. If that is the case, then season wouldn't matter as much. I think the fig I had was previously dried, it had those crunchy seeds that are more prominent in dried figs. But I could be wrong... I'll get the fid again next time and concentrate, and see if I can tell...

                            1. re: moh

                              Huh. Maybe they switched because the fresh figs in winter were mediocre (and probably dreadfully expensive!)