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La Brunoise, La Chronique - Fabulous!!

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La Brunoise, La Chronique - Fabulous!!

Food On the Brain | Jul 4, 2004 05:57 PM

Thanks to all of you for your wonderful suggestions before our trip! We had a fabulous time!

Arrived around 6 pm on Monday past on Via 1 (thanks to a friend with a 50% off coupon!), checked into the Marriott Chateau Champlain a block away, cabbed it to La Brunoise for dinner at 8 and were REALLY impressed. They couldn't find our reservation, but were able to accommodate us without a fuss. The amuse bouche was delightful (a wonderful salmon tartare)! My hubby was still talking about it on the train home yesterday. Service was wonderful, and the food fabulous! Oh, and I have to mention the sesame seed bread! AMAZING! Then, there was the bill - WOW! talk about a great deal! A decent (not amazing, but good) bottle of wine and 2 excellent 4 course dinners (including the amuse bouche), and tips for well under $200 Cdn! I fully agree that La Brunoise is extremely good value for the money!

The following day (Tuesday) we had reservations at Rosalie for dinner before Diana Krall, but changed to Tsirco, because it was closer. I think that may have been a mistake. The food at Tsirco was good - the foie gras perhaps a bit stingy, but everything else very good. My hubby LOVED the shrimp cocktail - huge shrimp with a sweet and spicy sauce. The wine menu was extensive and had numerous Barolos and Amarones on it, which appealed to us. Unfortunately, after asking that they wait a bit to serve the entrees (apps were served within 1/2 hour of arriving - hadn't even finished our scotches!), they served the entrees within 1 hour of arrival, then our server did not pay any attention to us for 45 minutes! Hubby almost had his hand slapped by another server, because our server had not poured any more wine, so my hubby decided to do so. This was very unfortunate - they could have sold us another $60 in dessert, ports, and coffees. Too bad, so sad. The server finally asked whether we wanted to see the dessert menus 50 minutes after first serving the entrees (and never checking to see how they were), then took another 15 minutes to get back to us to see whether we were interested in anything. I informed her that we had no more time. She returned with the bill "a bientot", but simply dropped it on the table without a look or a word. I suspect it was her first shift, but still......

Rosalie was for lunch one day. The frites were yummy - saw them go by and asked for a side order! However, be forewarned - they were $8.00 for the order!! I think we should have been able to take away the chrome container!! :-) The dinner menu looked great, but we only had lunch, and it cost only slightly less than La Brunoise for dinner! It was good, nice atmosphere (we sat on the patio), friendly staff, good food. An all round good experience.

We were so disappointed at not being able to get into Au Pied de Cochon on Friday night. They only had "bar" seats available at 9 and 10 pm. We had not planned our week well for a couple of reasons. So, we ended up at La Chronique for dinner instead. Mmmmmm - great wine menu, fabulous food. The scotch selection was extensive, and the foie gras was amazing. We each ordered the $65 prix fixe (with upgrades for the foie gras!) for app, entree, cheese course, and dessert, and then had wine to match each course. The sommelier was wonderful. She brought us choices for each course, and was eager to help us to each find the right match. She was right each time (go figure!!) and was quite excited when my hubby chose the 1954 Armagnac with his dessert instead of the MUCH less expensive cognac that she also brought out. This meal, pre-tip, was $6 less than Tsirco and well worth twice as much as Tsirco!!

With the Jazz Fest going on, we had our share of hotdogs and "frites", but were thrilled to have had these other amazing meals interspersed. I can hardly wait to go back to Montreal when we don't have another activity to focus on, so we can eat our way through the city!

Thanks again to all your suggestions! Au Pied de Cochon is on our list for next time, and we will DEFINITELY return to La Brunoise and La Chronique. Sounds like Toque would also be worth trying.

Cheers!!

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