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shopgirl Feb 14, 2010 07:24 AM

Each year we try to find at least one new restaurant...preferably a BYO and in/around the plateau area. Last year on our visit to Montreal we tried Monsieur B. We liked it very much. Has anyone been there lately?
Please feel free to list your favorites or any new places you have tried or heard about.
Thank you to all Chowhounds!

  1. NickMontreal Feb 23, 2010 06:18 AM

    Review of an evening @ La Prunelle (We went after hearing some good reports from friends)

    Unfortunately – the evening was a bit of a let down. A shame because the space is very warm and welcoming, situated in a lovely part of the Plateau. The menu is good and well put together. It provided a good variety of options while managing to be simple and concise. However – the dishes came to our table just weren’t of the caliber we expected.

    For instance – we had an appetizer of escargots in a thick garlicky cream sauce which sounded great, even if a little unadventurous. It was nicely plated. Fun and whimsical, with the escargots tumbling out of an overturned ‘potato basket’. It just lacked flavour and was desperately underseasoned. It could have done with some major salting, and maybe even have been enriched with some butter and white wine. It became clear as the evening progressed that underseasoning was to be a consistent theme. (Even the butter that came with our bread was unsalted.). Perhaps the lowest point for me was my main course. I asked for a duck magret cooked medium rare which came so undercooked, almost completely raw throughout. It was also sliced in a bizzare manner.

    There were some good points. My partner’s rabbit haunch cooked in a Bleu Benedictin cream was pretty tasty, and our dessert of bread pudding with blueberries and warm maple syrup was great. Another strong point was the service. Our waitresses were attentive and friendly, and had no problem explaining the menu in great detail.

    This place could be great, no doubt about it. But our meal just wasn’t what we had hoped for.

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      Mr F Feb 23, 2010 11:29 AM

      "However – the dishes came to our table just weren’t of the caliber we expected."

      The specifics are different, but an appealing menu that doesn't quite deliver is how I'd sum up my two visits under the previous regime (or previous two? not sure about the comings and goings of ownership here...), most recently about three years ago.

      I wonder if the loveliness of the space and setting (especially in summer) allows this place to do a certain amount of coasting that isn't possible in less blessed locations.

      Also, gotta say I think unsalted butter on the table is a plus, not a minus. But YMMV.

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        kpaxonite Feb 25, 2010 02:29 PM

        ditto on the unsalted butter!

    2. NickMontreal Feb 16, 2010 07:46 AM

      Someone told me the other day that there's a wonderful BYO on Duluth on the WEST side of St Denis. Not le Petit Plateau though. Does anyone know what this might be because I haven't been able to find it!

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        carswell Feb 16, 2010 08:00 AM

        La Prunelle (327 Duluth East, corner Drolet), maybe? Was great when it opened then went downhill. Haven't been since Sonia Pinel took over the kitchen.

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          NickMontreal Feb 17, 2010 05:23 AM

          I think that might be the one. Cosy corner style resto serving down-home French food?

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            carswell Feb 18, 2010 09:59 AM

            On the southeast corner. Brick-clad building with large windows on the street. See for yourself: http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&so...

            The new menu looks a little less down-home, a little more contemporary with a definite uptick in fruit, sweet and "daring" flavour combinations (shrimp + crushed tomatoes with basil + vanilla coulis) that aren't usually my cup of tea.

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              kpaxonite Feb 19, 2010 03:02 PM

              la prunelle is northwest corner

              i enjoyed it last time a went which was a few years ago

      2. carswell Feb 14, 2010 07:44 AM

        Le Quartier Général on Gilford at Brébeuf. Haven't been but word on the street is almost universally positive. This'd be my pick.

        Le Poisson Rouge and Yoyo (now Humeur) have both changed hands. No news on either.

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          shopgirl Feb 14, 2010 10:23 AM

          Thanks, Carswell....I knew you'd know something new! Oh, I love Yoyo and was thinking of going back this summer...so I should look for Humeur.
          Thanks. I'll be looking for reviews on Le Quartier General.

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            sweettoothMTL Feb 18, 2010 09:13 AM

            Carswell, when you say the Poisson Rouge has changed hand, I'm assuming you're referring to Jeannine Ouellette's takeover of the restaurant, over a year ago? Or has it changed again? Never got a chance to try out Ouellette's Poisson, but I heard good things.

            1. re: sweettoothMTL
              carswell Feb 18, 2010 09:28 AM

              «I'm assuming you're referring to Jeannine Ouellette's takeover of the restaurant»

              Yes.

              «Never got a chance to try out Ouellette's Poisson.»

              Same here, though the menu is less fish-centric than before.

              Should also point out that, FWIW, Le Quartier Général gets four stars from Gildas Meneu in today's Voir. The review says the resto belongs to the owner of nearby Pégase. www.voir.ca/publishing/article.aspx?z...

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                sweettoothMTL Feb 18, 2010 10:38 AM

                Just saw that.

                The Mirror also liked Quartier Général, but not 4 starts, (or less since they grade on 4 stars): http://www.montrealmirror.com/2010/02...

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