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Julieta Cuisine Latine

Has anyone tried this recent addition to Montreal's latin restaurants? I think it opened around Nov 2011. I didn't find a website, but they do have a facebook page with plenty of fabulous looking pictures.

Julieta Cuisine Latine
67 Rue Beaubien Est
Montreal, QC H2S 1R1
514 507 5517

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    1. re: kpzoo

      There is a very good review in Voir as well as the other positive ones posted.

      http://voir.ca/voir-la-vie/gastronomi...

      Looks rather refined as well as tiny and cute (it is the former Itacate location). Keeping eyes peeled for it to go BYOW!

      1. re: lagatta

        Well, I was too, but reading the Voir review I got the feeling they might have changed their mind and forgone the BYO option. Towards the end, the review says: ''La liste des vins est minimaliste, mais on nous le promet, ça va s’étoffer!'' If the restaurant is saying they'll improve the wine list, doesn't look like they are waiting on their BYO license. Just an impression, I may very well be wrong.

          1. re: sweettoothMTL

            I was there last night. They carry 4 whites, 4 reds, and Red Stripe Beer. Thumbs up (not me personally but from others) for the Fumé Blanc and the Argentinian Malbec.

      2. Had dinner there, last night. We loved it. The food is prepared with a lot of care, the flavours are bright and the presentations are lovely. We were so intrigued by the apps, that we ended up ordering four of them plus both soups on the menu and shared everything. Standouts were the chupe Peruano, the cachapa with huitlacoche and the scallops. The only dish that didn't really do it for us was the bavette arepa. The meat tasted great and the arepa was fine, but it just lacked a little something to counterpoint the meatiness of the filling. Dessert was an arroz con dos leches with a beet reduction and topped with a lulo(I think) sorbet. It wasn't too sweet and had a nice tang – A lovely way to end the meal.

        I think this place is really worth a try. There's some real hard work and talent going into the dishes. And once they get their BYOB license, it will be one of the better deals in town.

        And what a coinkidink! Reviewed in today's Gazoo: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

        1. We ate there last night and I have to echo SnackHappy about the talent going into the dishes we ordered. We had the salmon ceviche and the cachapa as appetizers. Have to say the ceviché was outstanding. Just the right amount of acidity and sauce. We followed that with a spicy soup of shrimp and coconut milk. The heat and the coconut were perfectly balanced. Last but not least was a vegetarian quisotto that the chef improvised for us from another item on the menu. Quinoa used as a risotto base was something new for me, but a very creative and sucessful base for sauted veggies she combined with arugala to finish the dish.

          To me, this is a place that deserves to be noticed and we will definately be heading back in the near future.

          1. Had a great brunch at Julieta, yesterday. The menu went from a selection of arepas to full plates including huevos rancheros, cachapas with ham and cheese and a big plate of eggs, blood pudding, papas bravas and corn salsa called the Andino.

            The plates were not only beautiful, they were also delicious. All four of our group were very happy with their meals and the prices were very reasonable.

            I strongly urge chowhounds to go check this place out. Juleta should be a lot busier than it is. It's high quality food at very decent prices. There's no reason it shouldn't be full every night of the week.

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            1. re: SnackHappy

              Went for brunch today and had a great experience. The food was hot, fresh and the portion was generous. Service is very friendly and informative. Spotless restaurant, good music. I loved it and will return with friends for dinner!

            2. Went a couple of weeks back. We really really liked it. Same as others the cerviche was amazing. Hostess/owner had a great sense of humor to. I will def go back.

                1. Went again last night for another perfect meal. For apps we had the cachapa with shrimp and huitlacoche and the salmon ceviche. The cachapa was just as great as before and the ceviche was very well balanced and tasty. Mains were seared duck breast over shitakes, radish and a plantain puree. Flavours were perfect. It was a very satisfying dish. The only thing it lacked was a bit of garnish to make it more visually appealing. The other main was red snapper filets served skin side up with a coconut milk sauce and and side of quinoa. Very good quality fish. It was both beautiful and delicious. Sorry I don't have more details about the dishes. I wasn't taking notes.

                  I'm still surprised there aren't more people going to this place. The food is wonderful, the staff is super friendly and the value is amazing. If I lived in the neighbourhood, I would be at Julieta all the time.

                  1. I had a lovely meal with friends at Julieta Cuisine Latine a few weeks back. Everyone enjoyed the food and the experience.

                    My favourite dish was the corn soup - creamy and delectable, with small grilled squares of a mild white fresh cheese and crunchy fried onions adding contrasting textural elements. I also enjoyed the dorade (I think that was the fish - forgot to write it down) with quinoa pilaff (pic below). The "pudding tiède" dessert was the only minor disappointment - but maybe because I was expecting something completely different. (It was also pretty tiny.)

                    The brunch menu - now served on Saturday as well as Sunday - looks fantastic and I plan to try it out.

                    I found the place cozy and unpretentious, and the server genuinely friendly and helpful. There were only two other parties in the place the whole time we were there, so I would encourage anyone who's been thinking of checking them out to go ahead and do it!

                    Also pictured: onglet, magret de canard, tiradito, cachapa. Some of the menu offerings when we were there were slightly different than what was listed on the website.

                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                    1. re: kpzoo

                      Ate there 3 weeks ago. Very nice! Peruvian chupe with shrimps was awesome! Beef (Onglet) was tender and tasty. Not a huge portion- just right amount. Desserts (I tried both desserts from the menu. Loved them!) were great. Uruguay wine, suggested by the hostess was very nice too. The only disappointment was coffee. A charming, welcoming place. Highly recommended.

                    2. We had another wonderful dinner there tonight. Chupe, tortilla soup, salmon ceviche, Galician-style octopus, foie gras cachapa, braised beef cheek and red snapper with shrimp were all perfect and absolutely delicious. Service was friendly and attentive.

                      And yet there were only five people in the restaurant on a Friday night. Why isn't this place taking off? It's one of the best mid-range places in town and it's offering something that's very hard to find elsewhere. It should doing much better. I hope we don't lose this one.

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                      1. re: SnackHappy

                        We had a brunch there! Both omelettes were delicious! Coffee was good, service was great. Will definitely go there again!
                        Keep in mind that place "Julieta" is a perfect place to eat for ppl with gluten intolerance. Well, pretty much the whole brunch menu, but one dish, is free of gluten.

                        1. re: SnackHappy

                          Only reason I see is that new latino cuisine is not very popular or that people don't know anything about it... It's the same with Madre and Raza, which both became BYOW this year, indicating that they are probably not doing really well.

                          Hope it works out for them though... cause they're all good restaurants.

                          1. re: Glaff

                            True. They need to find some way to advertise themselves better.
                            Julieta has a good location, I have my brunch there on the way to the JT-market.

                          2. re: SnackHappy

                            Why aren't the Nuevo Latino places taking off?

                            1. the average person who goes to dine out is not a foodie

                            2. the average diner associates Latin cuisine (Central/South America) with tacos and nachos. This is unfortunately not a phenomenon unique to Montreal and you can also have fun with this game in the RoC and the US.

                            3. the average dining population in Montreal grew up with a flavor profile tuned towards fat, salt, potato and brown.

                            4. the average dining population is averse to trying new things. Especially true with the current economic climate, but generally due to "wanting to have a nice time". When combined with the first three points, there is immediate gravitation towards the safe and familiar.

                            5. the population of the frequent restaurant-goers is broken down into two subpopulations - those which are in constant search of the next new thing (short attention spans, very migratory) and those who are looking for interesting dining and flavor experiences

                            You are in the much smaller second subpopulation in point 5.

                            NOTEL points 1, 3, 4 and 5 can also be applied to other cuisines which should be doing well but aren't.