Has anyone had a chance to try out Normand Laprise's new casual resto - Brasserie T? Any reviews?
I've seen small reviews of Brasserie T here, but cannot find it (still haven't get my coffee this morning).
They seem ok, as far as the steak-frite goes.
I don't know if they (Brasserie T & the Ferreira café spin-off) have their liquor license yet, they probably rush-opened for the festivals seasons.
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My wife and I had dinner there last week, the 2nd night it was open. We had the asparagus side dish as an appetizer, which came with a mayonnaise-y sauce on the side in a little pitcher. Very nice. For my main, I had the steak frites. The steak was good enough for the price ($20), but did not live up to the advance billing I got from our waiter, who said it was the best he'd ever tasted. The frites were similarly good, but nothing out of this world. My wife had the bacon and vegetables, which disappointed her because the "vegetables'' were more asparagus. I know, she should have asked when ordering, but you'd think the otherwise very efficient waiter might have mentioned it. The portion of bacon -- one very thick slice -- was not really enough to make a full meal, but it was extraordinarily delicious (My wife, who qualifies as fat-phobic, gave me the fatty half, which I devoured happily; but I did have to give her enough of my steak and frites to make up for her rather small main course). Deserts were undoubtedly the highlight. The frozen nougat -- served in the same type of small glass jar with metal screwtop lid the ketchup for the frites came in -- was filled with fruit (dates, mabye?) and, if I recall, some nuts, and was just wonderful. Ditto for the scoops of sorbet and ice cream we tried. I'd definitely go back for desert -- and to see if they serve anything else with that bacon.
Great Little Euro box, floating wood floor, aluminum windows and walls... very chick. We took our daughter there for her 18th birthday and 20 of her "closest" friends. They gave us two longs tables at the rear and it turned out to be a wonderful evening. We sampled les crudités with the aoili. very nice, Les rilliettes de Canard were very good but I was very disappointed by the ribs. Kids mostly had the pricey $20bux burges but seemed to have enjoyed them. My wife took the slow cook dill salmon which was to die for. The french fries were also excellent. The service was efficient.
The price for the party was more than reasonable as it turned out that with all the booze and shots the NOW legal kids had, we ended up sending HALF our intended budget!
A regular told me to try the fresh oysters and the cote de boeuf for TWO. I am going back Friday for lunch and will advise.
I'm a bit disappointed with my experience. I must say I had high expectations about that place and couldn't wait to try it out. I ordered the Montreal sausage, since Normand Laprise said he'd like to make it a symbol of Montreal. Well, the one that I was served was pretty much on the raw side. I would expect that after 2 months, the cook would know the drill. The waiter was very nice though and tried to make up for it the best he could (by offering a couple of cookies?!). My partner had the ribs and they were good, but not fall-of-the-bone. Anyways, I'll still give this place another try sometime.