BYOB French or market Resto with dégustation menu (4 or 5 courses) <50$
Happy New Year to all!
Do u have any good recs for a BYOB French or market cuisine that serves a 4 or 5 course meal? Preferably in montreal: plateau-mile end-downtown-little Italy or surrounding
The degustation menu would consist of
1-soup or salad
3-trou normand (optional)
Something that would would cost less than 50$ a person
Excluding the following places that we've been to
Le poisson rouge
A l'os (although more expensive)
I would definitely recommend Monsieur B! I organised a Christmas party there - the set menu included soup or salad, entree, main course and dessert, as well as coffee and tea, for $48 - tax and tip included! I am not sure if that was only a Christmas special, but have a look at their menu and see what you could put together. No one in our group had been before, but everyone was impressed, especially with the quality price ratio and many commented that they would return.
The only issue is that it is not a large restaurant and it can get quite noisy, but as a large-ish group we would have contributed to that! I am sure it would be better on a slightly quieter night!
I've been to French Connection.
It's a sister restaurant to Bleu Raisin, so if you (dis)like one you'll probably (dis)like the other, as they share most of the same virtues and flaws.
For $49, you get a 6-course tasting menu but in a different format than in your original post: four small courses (including a soup but no salad), your choice of main course (from a menu of 5 dishes), choice of desserts or cheese.
- very good terroir meats, cheeses
- some very good dishes (bavette was particularly tasty)
- good presentation, nothing too fancy
- friendly, efficient, attentive service
- good (but not super high-end) glassware and plenty of decanters available
- as at its sister resto, vegetables seem an afterthought compared to meats
- some dishes not especially interesting and/or unnecessarily elaborate
- high ceiling, corner location with 3 outside walls = big, cold room
Plus or minus, depending on the person:
- for those who care about decor, it feels somewhat haphazard or unfinished (more Mile End hipster chic than Plateau yuppie chic, e.g. there are at least three different types of chair in the room; the ceiling looks like a floor...)
- pacing is either pleasantly relaxed or infuriatingly slow, take your pick (we were there on a quiet night, so this may factor in). We actually loved not being rushed, and never felt that there was an excessive wait for anything -- by far the longest gap was between main course and dessert
Overall you can expect more or less standard bistro fare with some creative flourishes pulled off with varying levels of success. I will be going again at some point, but will not be surprised if the reviews come up mixed.
I guess it depends on expectations: if you consider a $49 six-course dinner a fairly casual, neighbourhood-bistro type of deal, you'll probably be reasonably satisfied. If you're expecting something groundbreaking, not so much.
re: Mr F
I will try FC in a few months when they've established themselves
Side note: I have not tried blue raisin but was not tempted by the fact that I tried l'Atelier (sister resto I heard) and it was way overpriced for what u get especially in terms of portions
Thanks for the review! U tempted me
Ok here is my review of our night at Le Square
All in all a generous 3.5 stars on 5
We had the 39,90$ TH which included soup or salad, one app,one main and one dessert but no coffee or tea
For a little extra some of us ordered onion soup. good but not great...missing depth of flavor...it was mozzarella instead of Swiss (weird for a French resto)
I had velouté of mushroom...lacked lots of seasoning
The soupe du jour was also bland (potage of carrot potato and zucchini)
The tartare of tuna was good but over salted (I think soya sauce)
The chèvre chaud wrapped in phillo with a little salad was very good but salad was bland
The smoked salmon was good
The tagliatelle au fois GRAS and Parma ham (prosciutto style) in a carbonara sauce was also very bland...the sauce tasted like cream only
The duck magret was very tender and tasty
The cabillaud with tagliatelle was very good except for the slight rubbery texture or somewhat chewy tagliatelle....as though it was dried out,,,a little bland in taste although sauce was beurre blanc.
Filet of beef was apparently a little overdone
The beef tartare was apparently very good (they do ask u to taste it before they serve it to you.
The pain perdu with caramel a la fleur de sel was amazing!!!!!
The apple pie with ice cream was also very good
I was told that the Creme brûlée was good, so was the fruit gratin and the verrine with sabayon
Service was very nice although some long intermission between apps and main course.
Very bistro-ish in the sense of noise
One bathroom for ladies AND gents (although fairly clean considering)
Decor is....don't know if there is one really
We had a good time because of wine and the company and ambiance but not sure that I crave or will crave any particular meal other than maybe the pain perdu
Let me know if u agree or not