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L'AUBERGE SAINT- GABRIEL

I could give you guys a very long review of a less than stellar meal, but out of fairness I will be gentle.
The ambience and decor are terrific, but the menu was pedestrian and boring. There was a choice of six mains and one ( a rotisserie Guinea Fowl) was unavailable. We were 4 and it was difficult to find a really interesting dish. The service was distracted and very inattentive. Wines suggested by the Sommelier were great value and interesting.

The level of pretension is off the map. They seem to believe that they are at the centre of culinary sophistication. They have a meat locker with aged beef on display but the only beef dish on the menu was a beef wellington featuring approximately 2 ounces of filet.

We were 4 and service was so sketchy that I suggested not tipping at all. My tablemates were against the idea so I reluctantly left a tip. I regret that because how else can the message that service was inadequate be delivered.

All in all the food was about 25% over priced and served without any joy or love. Leave this place to the tourists and go to restaurants that care about their guests.

Burger bar versus Holstein's?

Thanks JW.
We have had the same experience there but are willing to try somewhere new.
Has anyone tried Holstein's?

Dec 29, 2010
onionbreath in Las Vegas

Burger bar versus Holstein's?

Which has the better burger?

Dec 29, 2010
onionbreath in Las Vegas

Jardins Sauvages

Any highlights?

Jardins Sauvages

Has anyone been to Francois Brouillard's resto in Saint-Roch lately ? Would like some feedback as to whether it's worth the trip. We are planning to go as a group before the mushroom fest (end of sept-).

Burrata

All you need is a huge perfectly ripe "coure di toro" tomato to cut through that richness, a bliss....

Burrata

over $30... Cant bring myself to do it.

Burrata

Anybody know where to buy fresh burrata in Montreal besides La Mer?

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

The paths up to the sugar bush are really ice covered so they are discouraging walking the property at this time.
Lots of pig, neatly resting in the walk in cooler, none on the hoof at this moment.
I would like to say that for a restaurant doing unique food in a new environment and open for 1 day, the experience was outstanding. Great teamwork, very welcoming staff and fun from beginning to end.

very welcoming staff

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

The maki were a mess. The idea was popularised by Wolfgang Puck in the 1990's. It was fresh ahi tuna, rolled in nori, dipped in tempura batter, flash fried and served with an uni sauce. It was very very good.
Now everyone does ripoffs.
The Cabane's version was overkill, filled with lobster, foie gras, rice and in the end there was nothing to distinguish the flavours.
Everything else, service, attitude, presentation, vibe was really great.

Beef Short Ribs in Montreal?

Boucherie Shalom, on Van Horne above Victoria has marbled, Kosher, flavourful short ribs. Around $28.00 a kilo, and worth it.
Cinq Saisons sells Angus, aged short ribs that are good.
The Korean stores usually cut the ribs into 1/4 inch thickness and sell them frozen. They are ok, but if you have had Korean barb'q, the ribs are never tender.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Here are a few photos from today's visit. My favorite was the pea soup with fois gras and gently smoked pork belly.
Least favorite was the maki.
Loved the maple cotton candy and this huge maple marshmallow cloud thing. Make sure to go hungry!

Must-eats for a Tokyo first-timer

For sushi go to the fish market. There are about 10 restaurant sushi bars where the fishmongers go to eat. No language skills needed, point and nod at what you like. Go to the ones with line-ups and wait. Be prepared to spend $100.00 for breakfast and you will be rewarded with a unique experience.

There are some restaurants with extremely focused specialities. I went to one place that was an 1880's dojo and served 1 dish, loach stew ( it's a fish). The noodle stands ( located around major train or subway stations) are amazing.

Department store food courts have wild selections of prepared foods for snacks. They also have big sake selections ( 2000-3000) choices, so do some research, try to find some sake guides written by John Gauntner. Sake is also sold at small independent retailers who may be the 10 th generation of their family to be in the business.

Aside from food and drink, do to the public bathhouses for a scrub.

Enjoy.

T

Sep 27, 2007
onionbreath in Japan

Ramadan Evening meal

Ended up at Kabsah, 1444 St. Mathieu.
Had dates, harira, salad, and large lamb and chicken platters with your choice of three different kinds of rice.
Very friendly service, very happy vibe and excellent value.

Ramadan Evening meal

I got this list courtesy of the ramadan food basket project.

http://www.zabihah.com/ls.php?id=58

Thanks everyone.

Ramadan Evening meal

We are looking for a North African or Pakistan resto that makes a traditional evening meal during Ramadan in Montreal.