Visiting over christmas. ISO Belgian, Spanish and Moroccan
...three things that seem to be hard to come by here in Toronto. I was hoping to find a great, reasonably priced tapas bar in Montreal (I love the Spanish grocery store on St. Laurent)
Would love a good moules-frites with a kriek or some cider (and real Liege waffles would be nice too)
Also looking for a great tagine. I've read about Salon Mogador, sounds good. Wondering if there are others or better ones around.
310 Rue Beaubien E, Montreal, QC H2S1R8, CA
For mussels, there are places like Biere et Compagnie on St-Denis or La Moulerie on Bernard in Outremont, that imo serves decent moules frites. Beer wise, la moulerie doesn't have a choice as large as Bierre et Compagnie.
But my favorite place for Moules Frites with a nice selection of beers (including Kriek) is Bistro des Bieres Belges in St-Hubert on the south shore of Montreal. Nice selection of mussels dishes, and alternatives in case you're with non moules frites eaters, great beer menu, and if i recall correctly, they do have waffles for desert.
Bistro Des Bieres Belges
2088 Rue Montcalm, Saint-Hubert, QC J4T2E2, CA
That bistro sounds awesome. Too bad they don't have a menu posted. I would have loved to see their prices. We have a restaurant here called the "Fat Belgian" but I've never been. Dinner there for a simple estaminet meal would probably run you about $100 or more for two.
I like the sound of their options though. Not all of us like mussels. I wonder if they have a good Stoufvlees or Carbonnade a la Flamande.
Our first time at this place was about two years ago as part of a group (about 12 people if I recall correctly). Although the food had been good, the service was not.
But we decided to give it another try yesterday.
It's a very cozy place with brick walls and lots of wood. The service was also friendly and warm, nothing compared to our experience there two years ago.
As an entree, I had the escargots gratiné, and my better half had the Caesar salad. As far as Caeser goes, he really enjoyed it. The escargots were good too, although I would have preferred a stronger cheese.
The main meal was fabulous. Me: Madascar mussels (cream, cognac & Madascar pepper) & fries, Him: rib steak & fries with a wine & cream sauce. My mussels were perfectly cooked, and absolutely delicious. His wine & cream sauce really made me want to try to reproduce it.
All in all, I am very happy to have given this place another try. Our waitress was friendly, knowledgeable and the food arrived at a good pace. The food was delicious and the menu also offers enough choice for the non-mussels lovers.
For tapas :
Restaurant El Pintxo
256 Rue Roy E, Montreal, QC H2W1M6, CA
Tapeo Bar A Tapas
511 Rue Villeray, Montreal, QC H2R1H5, CA
Bar Tapas Taza Flores
5375 Av Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V4G9, CA