This is a VERY popular restaurant in a vintage nineteenth century house that once belonged to a well known local politician. The restaurant is located a little off the beaten path on Ile-Bizard in the west end of Montreal. It is family owned and specializes in dishes prepared from local ingredients of the day, so that the "menu de jour" on the chalkboard is constantly changing and unpredictable.
Nevertheless, there are some favourites that are constantly on the "a la carte" menu. On this occasion, we started with a single crab cake ($14) which had a whole crab claw sitting on top of it, and two scallops ($15), both dishes were very tasty and excellent. Included in the price of the main course was the "soup de jour" which this time was a tasty cream of celery and cauliflower soup. For the main course, we chose the filet mignon ($41.50) as well as the rack of lamb ($41.50). Both dishes were done perfectly and the meat was very tender and melted in the mouth. We were pleased with the generous portions given.
It's a small place with only about 38 places, well decorated, with large padded armchairs such that you really believe you are dining in someone's house.
The only detraction was the length of time to be served. Service was extremely casual and the whole dining experience lasted 3-hours. For the 38 odd diners, there were only two people serving, but I suspect the bottleneck was really in the kitchen. But the food was worth the wait and we will certainly be back. You just have to learn to nurse the wine and not finish it before the food arrives!
Reservations are a definite must as the restaurant is fully booked for weeks in advance. WELL DONE!
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