2-1/2 restaurants report : Lawrence, Bottega and Park.
A trio of restaurants I've been recently, 2 at dinner time, one at lunch, (that's the 1/2)
Bottega (st-Zotique st) :
I'm not an expert on pizza, it's not something I eat often; and since I'm going to Italy soon, I decided to try it out (and I plan to try other pizza places in MTL before I leave).
The pizza was good, I selected the basic one (Romana); the crust was good, the sauce and the filling were tasty; no fault on that side. As an appetizer, they had fried stuffed Zucchini flowers, how can I pass that !!! stuffed with a light ricotta filling, battered with a "beignet" batter, very good, but I find using a lighter simpler batter gives better results! ( I made some for the first time the day after, and I think I found mine better, probably beginner's luck).
Wine by the glass were glasses of Primitivo, and aperitivo was a campari soda.
On a hot summer day; a very good evening and quite enjoyfull (if that is a word!)
The damage : +/- $100 (booze's the fault)
Lawrence (st-Laurent blvd) : I kind of like the place, it has a nice vibe, large windows on 2 sides make it airy (sp ??), especially in summer.
A quick look at the wine list for a pre-dinner drink, selected something, but saw they have a nice cocktail list, some classics revisited and some home-concocted mixes; since I'm Italy bound, I tried their version of a Spritz (Aperol, prosescco, ... ) nice and tangy.
As for food, I decided to go light, as Lawrence is "british" gastropub oriented (good thing as we do not have a lot of those in MTL)..
First course, a simple salad of dried duck and peas, and for main course, Fava beans stuffed Agnolotti with morels. Both were good and very seasonal.
The Damage : +/- $100 (booze's the fault)
Park (victoria st): My second time there, both at lunch time.
I don't usually go for more expensive (sit-down) lunch when I go out at lunch, but I decided to go to Park instead of take out sushi at Myamoto (next door on Victoria st.)
The local is nice, high ceilings, open kitchen, with fun photos on the walls.
They have a small menu at lunch time (bibimbap, bento box, sushi, noodles, ...)
Decided to try the "bento box" with an app. of sashimi (3 fish, same sauce).
The sashimi were very fresh ans good (nice portions).
The Bento box consisted of a grilled salmon sushi roll, a roasted salmon piece, some korean omelet and some smoked tofu.
It was very good (albeit quite large portions for lunch).
I have to try it at diner time (but not in my sleeping 'hood).
The Damage: +/- $40 (no booze), so quite expensive (compare to the $10 lunch special at Chalet BBQ).
Just a short note concerning alcool prices (for our out-of-province friends); since I often dine alone, getting wine by the glass is NOT the more economical way to go, ordering a bottle is usually cheaper.
Lawrence does a Spritz Aperol?!!? Not sure if I should tell the wife, we'll be there ALL the time. So few places have this in Montreal, in fact, I tought Nora Gray was one of the only few, but Lawrence is MUCH closer to where we live. I'm sure they would serve cocktails at brunch, right? :)
Yep!!! I nearly missed it, the cocktail list is on a different menu page!
I don't know how it compares to a "authentic" Venetian spritz, but it was nice.
Better hurry up, the SAQ is completely out of Aperol (they had ton of it a few weeks back, but probably all bought by restaurants and bars).
That's too bad about the SAQ stock, hopefully they'll get another shipment soon, but with the SAQ, who knows.
I guess we'll have a reason to return to lawrence, it's been while anyways. We have yet to try the brunch, and I don't see why they wouldn't serve cocktails if you're going to the noon or 2pm brunch...