I just had to share my recent experience at this little known BBQ place in NDG. Now this BBQ bears no resemblance to the ubiquitous St. Hubert BBQ that Quebecers are so wild on. In fact, upon moving to Quebec 20 years ago I failed to understand(and still do)how the spit-roasted chicken at St. Hubert and the savory sauce served in accompanyment, is even considered to be BBQ at all! But I digress...
Mesquite is a smallish spot located on Decarie Bvd. just north of Sherbrooke. Much of the menu reflects the same offerings of another favorite spot in the area, La Louisiane. The highlight of the menu, however, is their authentically smoked BBQ'd meats. The ribs are outstanding, the meat is fall-off-the- bone tender, and the smoke flavour is just the right intensity. The BBQ sauce has a pleasant sweetness that is a nice couterbalance to the smokiness of the ribs, although I personally found there to be a little too much clove in the sauce. Get the sauce served on the side so you can control the amounts. The brisket was also wonderful; tender, juicy, no knife required. I was disappointed with the pulled pork however. It is served tossed in the same sauce as the ribs... altogether too sweet for the pork to my taste. The pulled pork was crying out for a vinegar sauce. I might bring my own next time.
The decor was bright and casual and featured some lively art work from local artists, just the right atmosphere for the menu offerings. There is a fairly large terrasse in the process of being constructed.
The service was among the best I have ever received, and this includes several five diamond and Michelin 3 star restaurants in my past. The service was appropriately casual, but intuitive in a way that one generally doesn't see in a casual spot, especially a rib joint! One great example was that one member of our party was late in joining us, so we wanted to order for her, while in consultation with her by cell phone. Seeing that I was having difficulty relating the details of the menu over the phone, our server offered to take over, and proceeded to expertly sell their best offerings to our delighted friend on the other end of the line. The kitchen then held our main course until our friend had arrived, and then without a word from us, appeared with all eight entrees, hot and ready to devour. Bravo!
Count me in as a new regular at Mesquite!
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