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Provisions open evenings with liquor license, But ....

Anyone know what happened to this place? This now a very vague note on their windows saying that due to circumstances beyond their control the restaurant is closed. Mysterious.....

Nov 29, 2010
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for fresh okra

Super C on Notre Dame near the Atwater market usually has. And I recently saw some at a grocery store in the Plateau (the former is pretty cheap, the latter was ridiculously expensive). It's more common than you might think but how "fresh" it is will probably depend on how long it was spent sitting on a truck. Certainly won't be up to par to anything down south.

There is also frozen okra avail in some food shops which be cheap way to experiment before ponying up money on fresher ingredients.

Nov 29, 2010
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

TUCK SHOP ON NOTRE-DAME STREET

Tried this one for the first time over the weekend and it's a bit of a mixed bag. The food was very good but the service was definitely a bit all over the place.

First, the food. My friend and I started had the soup of the day (mulligatawany) and the jerk hen respectively. Both were outstanding. The soup was very nice for a cold evening, and the jerk hen was perfection -- tender, a very nice amount of heat and beautifully cooked.

The mains were good, though not outstanding. I had the organic salmon, served asian style with shrimp dumplings. The broth and salmon were great, very good. The dumplings were less exciting and seemed overdone, slightly hard instead of soft and pillowy, and the amount of shrimp inside was small. My friend had the steak frites and it was very good, but nothing you couldn't find anywhere else and the sear seemed to be done at too high a temperature leaving the outside slightly burnt.

The desserts were just ok. Apple pie and pecan pie and they were nothing special (and by the time they arrived, lukewarm at best).

The service was definitely lacking. Long waits between courses and we were only visited once during the meal (a way too long 2 hours) to ask how things were. During dessert, we got our coffees and then waited about ten to fiteen more minutes for our dessert only to find one them was wrong (at the table beside us, one of the diners during their appetizers accidentally got a used spoon, complete with dried food on it, for their soup. They were not impressed.)

Timing overall seemed to be an issue, particularly as the night got busier. You got the impression they needed at least one more waiter/waitress to even things out. Our busboy, oddly enough, was fantastic. We asked him to pack the remainder of our mains to go and he was overjoyed to do it, very friendly and personable. They should seriously consider making him a waiter.

The overall consensus upon leaving was that for its location -- middle of nowhere St. Henri -- it hasn't quite earned its spot as a destination restaurant. It's very good, but if were spending the same money, there are a number of other restaurants that we'd go to first. That said, we will definitely give it another try and the service issue may just be growing pains but Tuck Shop is not quite ready to be among the top restos in Montreal, but it's a good start. More attentive service and some much better desserts would definitely help.

Nov 21, 2010
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Healthy Delivery Options

Due to the nature of my job I find myself having to order in dinner more often than not, and I'm looking for tasty, healthy, moderately priced options deliverable in the Plateau.

Would love to hear any suggestions you might have. Thanks!

Nov 08, 2010
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cast iron question!

Thanks everyone for your help! I looked up the maker of the pan and it was only seasoned with oil (no other waxes etc) before it was shipped out so I should be fine. Looks I'll re-season it and cook away today!

Oct 24, 2009
jagbbq in Cookware

Cast iron question!

So the other day I accidentally left my cast iron skillet on a hot element with nothing in it. I realized it a little too late and now I have a circle at the bottom that is ash/white where it was seated on the element.

Is my skillet damaged? Can I still use it? Any help would be great.

Thanks!

Oct 23, 2009
jagbbq in Cookware

Indian in Montreal

No need to travel all the way up to Jean-Talon for great Indian.

Gandhi on St. Paul Ouest in Old Montreal is one of the best Indian restaurants in the Old Port or in the city. Their curries are both flavorful and hot, beautiful restaurant (recently expanded), excellent service and good prices. Highly recommended.

Sep 08, 2009
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant Openings - 2009

My gf and I went to Pizzeria Geppetto and were sorely disappointed. I know they've just opened, but they are plagued by some serious problems both on the food and service end of things. First the food: it doesn't bode well that the best dish of the night was the bruschetta (very fresh, but could've done without the parmesan which seemed like a bit of overkill). We decided to share a pancetta pizza and while it was a good-sized pie, coming from what seems to be a decent wood fired oven, it was one of the blandest pizzas we've had in a while. If there was sauce on there it had no presence at all: so spice, no kick, no freshness, nothing.

As for the service, they are clearly operating which far too little staff. When we were there it was 9 o'clock and the restaurant was, at best, three-quarters full, but they had only two waitresses handling both terrasse and the tables inside. It took over an hour for the pie to come to the table and never once did we get asked if we were enjoying out meal or if we needed another drink. By the end of the meal, we had decided to bail on dessert and just get out of there. On our way out, we heard another patron complaining "Did they forget about us?"

Pizzeria Geppetto are lucky in that they are opening in a growing strip of bars/restos, but they won't last long with this level of food and service.

Jun 20, 2009
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Montreal bday dinner with "conservative eating" friends

Even though the menu changes daily, Joe Beef will always have some variety of chicken, steak or fish on the menu that will satisfy conservative appetites. You might want to try Liverpool as well.

Apr 14, 2009
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Buns: The burger joint!

Gave this a whirl on Sunday and really have nothing but good things to say. The setup is simple to the point of being minimalist, but you simply order your burger, wait a couple of minutes and there you go. For $5 (with drink) you really can't go wrong. They are simple, filling and really, really tasty. The potato fryer was down so we couldn't try those, and if anything a side of decent potato cut fries would've sealed the deal. I hope as the year goes on, they have a broader array of hot sauces or condiments but other than that, it's definitely a place I'll stop by if I'm in the neighborhood and feeling peckish.

Mar 24, 2009
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Liverpool House - disappointment

Hey chemfemme, have you been to Joe Beef previously? Yes, the portions are huge but since I've been to both Joe Beef and Liverpool House and I pretty much plan for the fact that I am going to be given a boatload of food. It sounds like you enjoyed the food, but there was just too much. Did you ask to take any of it home? I've taken the scallops and pulled pork home before and they are quite easy to reheat and enjoy (just a touch of olive oil on a pan in medium heat just enough time to warm them scallops through). Both LH and JB seem to take pride in their portions (which compared to some places where you pay premium prices and receive a fancy lot of nothing on your plate is great) and will gladly pack any leftovers to bring home.

I'm generally a pretty small eater, but whenever I go to either LH or JB I plan on eating (I eat lots of small stuff during the day, but stay away from a big lunch). I would give them another try but keeping the portions in mind. Try sharing an appetizer or dessert with your partner (something I usually do) while each having your own main. I find that usually solves the portion size problem. Or perhaps try a later reservation (ie. 8:30 or 9) so you have time to space out the meal as well.

Good luck!

Feb 14, 2009
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Eccentric Montreal - Finding the Strange & Unusual

If you're looking for a good, old school greasy eats, the Green Spot Diner in Little Burgundy is probably about as eccentric as it gets. Local and unpredictable, but the steamies are worth it. Make sure to get a booth as the jukeboxes still work!

Feb 01, 2009
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Happening gourmand

Went tonight with five friends to Verses as part of the Happening Gourmand festival. None of us had ever been to the restaurant before so we figured it would be a good way to give it a whirl, but unfortunately I don't think any of us will be back.

First, after we had sat down and perused the evening's menu for an absurdly longtime, the waiter finally showed up only to announce that one of the entrees was not available, there was no replacement and then asked if we were ready to order. Of course, half our table were going to select the entree so we had to go back and reconsider our options. Finally, when the waiter returned to take our orders, he took everyone's order but forget there were six of us at the table and if I hadn't had said anything, he probably would've left without taking my order.

The service was not only slow, it was inconsistent and our table probably went through about five different servers at various times throughout the meal, with the waiter taking the order and servers not knowing who ordered what (which led to a lot of plate shuffling). The food itself was both inadequately described and below average. The starter of gnocchi in venison sauce with shredded pork wasn't bad, but the main of guinea fowl was really a stew served in a onion soup or small pot pie dish (no mention of any of this on the menu). The actual meat was bland and the chestnuts mentioned in the description were nowhere to found. The salmon was a solid dish, but ultimately nothing very special. The wait for the dessert was unbearably long. The coffees arrived long before the dishes, and when they came they were not impressive. The creme brulees were cold, leading us to suspect they were just taken out of the fridge, torched and brought to the table. The plum puddings were passable and the chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream was merely ok, leaving a Duncan Hines kind of taste as you reached the bottom.

Verses occupies a beautiful space, but it is way too much pomp and circumstance. The plates are ostentatious for no reason, and the multitude of servers make a simple task more complicated than it needs to be. And I simply cannot comprehend slow service. It's possible to be both attentive, without being overbearing but at Verses it almost like the wait staff is doing you a favor by being around. Also, does this place have a hostess? When we walked in, I practically had to track someone down to get seated and when we left there was no one who asked how our meal was or anything. Verses misses the simple things, and messes the big things up too. A big disappointment all around.

Jan 31, 2009
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

l'express, only something else

There is no link between Burgundy Lion and McKiernan's. McKiernan's is part of the Joe Beef/Liverpool family but is primarily a lunch place (open for dinner Thursdays and Fridays, brunch on Saturdays). Joe Beef and Liverpool are good options for exactly what you are looking for. Great vibe, no pretense. Burgundy Lion is a good pub, but the food can be very hit and miss. It's best for after dinner, if you want to keep the party going and loosen up.

Dec 05, 2008
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Joe Beef,,,is it for real? or is it a joke!

I've been to McKiernan's three times and each time has been very, very good. On Saturday's, they are open for breakfast/brunch. I've tried their breakfast bruschetta and it was simply outstanding. A beautiful, large piece of pita like bread (doughier and bigger), with fresh tomatoes, quail eggs (if I remember correctly) and a couple other toppings that escape me now. Fantastic. They are open for dinner I believe Wed-Fri, and the one time I tried it, I went for the head cheese burger which was --- unique. It was actually quite good, but given what head cheese I'm not sure I'd give it another whirl. Finally, they are open for lunch Tues-Fri and the lunch I tried was absolutely unbelievable. My friend and I each shared halves of the crab club and meatloaf sandwich (it had another name which escapes me now). The crab club was out of this world. Fresh crab, bacon and avocado. The meatloaf was freshly made with their own BBQ sauce laid out and I believe it had avocado as well. Wonderful. The sandwiches are huge (I actually took some of the crab club home) and we were glad we didn't get starters because was no way we would've been able to eat the main!

McKiernan's is a lot more affordable price wise. Two could have a full meal, leave stuffed and with leftovers for $35-40. Ambience is very very casual and come winter, it will be interesting to see if any lines form as it only seats maybe 15-20 at most (the last time I was there, when I arrived there was barely anyone there so we sat out on the terasse, but when we left the entire resto was full, and the terasse half full).

Oct 07, 2008
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Joe Beef,,,is it for real? or is it a joke!

I feel I have to reply to some of the negative posts here. For me, fine dining is rare treat and something my gf and I really save up for. We live near to Joe Beef and have watched it grow over the past couple of years and say that it's not the owners focus is just wrong.

My last visit was a few weeks ago for my birthday. Knowing I like the ribs, my gf asked if they would be able to prepare them for me and they said they would do their best. We ended up having to change the date and at the time we didn't mention the rib request as we talked to someone different and didn't to trouble the staff. When we arrived, we looked over the menu and were ready to order when our waitress informed us that she had down that she had a rib request for our table! We were completely shocked and pleasantly surprised. We had a great meal, with very attentive service from our waitress that I just had to ask who it was (previously we had received excellent service from Vanya and have requested to sit in her section when possible on subsequent visits). Well, it turned out it was Allison herself. If you think they don't care, she was there that night serving tables.

The waitresses, yes are beautiful, but are very knowledgeable on dish preparation and wine pairings. It is a small roster of staff who are very familiar with the food and are there most nights. The decor is thankfully casual and unique and is not a detriment. And to the poster who is expecting salt and pepper on the table, clearly they have not dined in many fine restaurants.

The owners care deeply about LH, JB and McKiernans (which I recommend to everyone because $20 can net you a sizeable lunch that you will definitely bring some of home) and their customers. As anyone in the neighborhood will tell you, David is there pretty much everyday making sure things are running smoothly. It's unfortunate you had a bad experience at JB, it's bound to happen with any resto, but I urge you to give them another try. I'm glad I can attend a restaurant with their kind of standards and not feel I don't have wardrobe or status to walk in the doors. They provide fresh ingredients, expertly prepared without pretentious trappings.

Oct 01, 2008
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best Indian restaurants in Montreal?

Gandhi in the Old Port is fantastic. They actually know the meaning of "spice". Their vindaloos are appropriately fiery and flavorful and the menu across the board is well executed. Highly recommended.

Jun 26, 2008
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

PUB BURGUNDY LION

I live in the neighbourhood and went twice over the weekend (they opened last Thursday) and I can't recommend it highly enough. The owners have really opened up the space and in addition to a wonderful terrase, they have a fairly large upstairs dining area as well. The decor is slightly upscale pub,, but the dress is definitely casual. The food I've tried so far has been very good. On Friday I stopped in, the kitchen had just closed, but I was with a large group and they allowed us to order from the appetizer menu and I tried the cod cakes. Very, very good. Light and delicious, and a generous portion. Saturday I tried the traditional fish and chips, and again, very good. Not too greasy, but good batter and very nice tender fish inside. The overall menu isn't very large, but features traditional English pub fare. They have quite a few beers on tap, and their house brew is very good. The service is a little slow, but I think they are adjusting to the huge demand they are already receiving and it will straighten out over the next couple of weeks. Friday night it was absolutely packed. Currently they are closed on Sundays, but one of the owners, Paul (an amazingly nice guy) said that may change due to the Euro cup/neighbourhood demand. This is a much needed addition to the St. Henri area and there is no doubt in mind it's going to do phenomenally well.

Oh yeah, prices are pretty reasonable. Two pints and fish & chips came to about $35 tax/tip in.

Jun 09, 2008
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

New pub on Notre Dame

I walked by this morning and it looks like it's very close opening. They also appear to have a terasse out in the back. This is great news as that area really needs a good bar. Also, I hope they have a big screen TV for the Euro Cup!

Jun 04, 2008
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Wine Bar in Montreal - recommendations

Thanks carswell! Actually, I'll take non-cocktail recommendations as well. The one person who may be wanting cocktails, may only be dropping in (she will just be back from Thailand) so if there aren't cocktails then it won't be a huge deal.

Apr 14, 2008
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Atwater Market Area Happenings

If you go up Notre Dame heading east and go under bridge by the IGA as you come up, on the right hand side, there is a new creole restaurant that looks great. I've been dying to drop in. Has anyone been there yet?

Also, there is Eko Sushi on Notre Dame just a couple of blocks west of Atwater. I enjoyed what I had there, but a friend of mind had a completely different experience. But it's nice to have a local sushi option that isn't Sushi Shop.

Apr 14, 2008
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Wine Bar in Montreal - recommendations

I'm looking for a nice, classy wine bar/lounge for a group of about 8 for my girlfriend's birthday in a couple of weeks. I would love to go to McKiernan's but it won't be big enough to accomodate my group on a busy Friday night.

Can anyone recommend a place with a good wine selection as well as cocktail options. And a place that isn't a adverse to making "virgin" cocktails (one of our group doesn't drink for health reasons). Also, any place that can take reservations would be great too.

Thanks!

Apr 14, 2008
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

McKiernan's

Yep, the owners of Joe Beef have expanded again and taken over the space of the old Bonny's. There are a bank of two person tables on the left (seating about 14) and a counter on the right. It's being billed as a luncheonette and wine bar and it looks very near to being open.

Excellent!

Feb 22, 2008
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Tartiflette in Montreal?

I just read a recent, mouthwatering article in the NY Times about tartiflette. Are there any restaurants in Montreal that serve it?

May 02, 2007
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

best roti and jerk chicken?

I'm Guyanese, and the only roti place in Montreal that has even come close to my mom's homemade rotis is Jardin De Cari on 21 Rue Saint-Viateur Ouest between St. Laurent and Clark. Make sure to order it Guyanese style with the bread separate from the curry (you eat it with your hands) and with pumpkin.

Apr 23, 2007
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Restaurant La Rose Blanche in Old Montreal

I had lunch there in the fall, and the food was solid French cuisine, but nothing mindblowing. Very good for the price and the atmosphere is quite nice.

Apr 19, 2007
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cacciatore Trattoria Restaurant

Hey BLM, that's the one. It was (?) a great restaurant but I guess it's now closed. Looks like I'll have to go to a plan B.

Thanks all.

Apr 19, 2007
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cacciatore Trattoria Restaurant

Does anyone know roughly how much starters and mains go for at Cacciatore Trattoria Restaurant at the corner of Laurier Ouest and St. Urbain?

Actually does anyone know if it still exists? I tried calling but the number I have no longer works for the restaurant....

Thanks,
Kevin

Apr 18, 2007
jagbbq in Quebec (inc. Montreal)