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Boris Bistro, Lemeac, Brunoise, APDC, Olive & Gourmando, La Table Tourigny (long!)

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Boris Bistro, Lemeac, Brunoise, APDC, Olive & Gourmando, La Table Tourigny (long!)

K | Jul 27, 2004 12:12 PM

Whew! Good thing we walked nearly everywhere, or I would have packed on a serious amount of weight!

Boris Bistro: Just as I had read here, it has a very lovely terrace, but just OK food. Great drinks to start, we had seconds on the lychee martini! Started with a goat cheese tart and the chicken liver mousse. The tart was a soft goat cheese (bland, tasted more like cream cheese) and was OK, but I didn't like the flavor of the goat cheese. The mousse had a rich liver taste, but was plopped on the plate with a few pieces of bread; lacked presentation. Had the veal blanquette and the merguez for mains. Veal was very, very tender and was served with two large roasted carrots and a plate of plain grains (I recall it was couscous, but I didn't write it down). Overall, the food didn't seem to match the atmosphere of the restaurant. The plated food looked like how I serve a meal at home! No complex flavors, either However, I would return here for drinks outside, most certainly.

Lemeac - Sat outside on the terrace with rain threatening, but never appearing. It was a Monday evening, and we were there early, but the restaurant filled quickly. Started with a raw milk cheddar and vegetable tart, which was warm and delicious. The cheddar had a sharpish edge, just the right amount of bite. Also started with the warm foie gras, which I did not eat, but of which the husband clearly approved. Mains were a salmon pot au feu and salmon tartare (starter ordered as a main). I'd never ordered pot au feu before, so I cannot compare it, but this was a light dish, entirely appropriate to a cool summer evening. Served in small tureen, with tender salmon surrounded by potatoes and vegetables. We also ordered french fries for the toddler, which were crisp, moist and served with mayo. Happily, dipping each fry in the pot of mayo entertained him while we ate! Had to skip coffee and dessert, since the small one was becoming restless. Lemeac does not have a high chair, but they do have a booster seat. The terrasse here is particularly nice as the bushes offer some privacy from the bustle of the street.

Brunoise - Had a very early reservation here on a Tuesday evening, we were the first table there. I had made the reservation with Zach, who was there that evening and graciously seated us in a table next to the window, with room to park the stroller out of the way. The small one accomodated us that evening by sleeping in his stroller throughout the entire meal, right through dessert! I had been very worried about this dinner, because we really wanted to go here, but I dreaded being on the receiving end of the evil eye from other diners if he became a bit antsy. Blue crab and asparagus starter, the sliced beef filet and the magret over swiss chard with shiitake tatin for mains. The duck was absolutely delicious, so buttery and melt-in-your mouth. The dessert was most memorable to me, the panna cotta with basil oil. The flavors worked together so well, the sweetness of the panna cotta with the slight tangy/sweet of basil, I could eat this every week! Husband ordered another dessert, with a vinaigre ice cream, which was good, but not as good as the panna cotta. The atmosphere of the restaurant was relaxed and mellow, good for conversation. We can't wait to go here again!

APDC - This restaurant has been discussed here over and over, so I'll keep it short. The place was packed early on a Wednesday night. Tomato tart starter was very good despite that it's not peak tomato season yet. Buttery, flaky crust on the tart. Mains were magret with champignons sauvage and a foie gras maki. I can't comment on the magret because the small one was activated by the hustle and bustle around him and I spent the whole time chasing him up and down the sidewalk outside the restaurant. Husband's foie gras maki was interesting. Served sushi-style in rolls, and some with a fried batter coating on the outside. I don't think it was entirely a success, since he left some on his plate, which he never does! I wonder if anyone else has tried this? Fries were crispy, hot and delicious as usual. For those with small children, they do have high chairs here.

Olive & Gourmando - Here for a quick lunch. They were very, very busy, but we had a table after only a short wait. Really delicious Cuban sandwich with a slightly spicy sauce. It was a rushed lunch, and I'd like to visit again at a less busy time.

La Table Tourigny - Not in Montreal, but about on hour or so outside, on the road from Magog to Georgeville (274 ?) So sublime, one of the best meals I've ever had. The resto is in a small house with a garden in front. The main dining room is yellow, with a wood floor and a view to the garden in front and woods in the back. Rustic and pretty. We had an early reservation and again the small one slept throughout the entire meal. The menu contains two choices of prix fixe, and there was also a special. Started with an amuse bouche of smoked duck, foie gras, wild asparagus and honey butter. I have never had wild asparagus before, but the taste was memorable. So light it almost wasn't there, but with a grassy essence. Followed by a wild mushroom soup with truffle oil and cappucino foam. The soup was hearty, and the wild mushrooms are from the forest behind the house. Mains were the rack of lamb special and the rabbit from the regular menu. At this point in the meal, I lost myself in the food and stopped writing scribbled notes (in crayon!) about the food. But, my oh my, what a meal. Dessert choices were a cheese plate and a pear dessert, so we chose one of each. The pear was caramelized, crispy on the edges and sweet, warm and moist inside. Cheese plate contained four (or five) different cheeses, I recall some were local and I wrote them down, but misplaced the paper. It is BYO, and we brought two half bottles from the Magog SAQ. The service was impeccable; there was one server for the room but he was attentive to all tables and did not blink an eye when we walked in with the small one. The only slight blot on the meal was that the table water has an unpleasant, clay-like taste (someone on another food board had mentioned this), so it may be preferable to order bottled.

Bits -- We went again to Maison Magowan in Georgville for dinner another night. The food is still so-so, but the lakeside setting is so lovely, particularly for a sunset dinner.

Well, I think that about wraps it up. I really appreciate everyone here who gave so much advice, and we followed it! My other thought is, don't feel compelled to stick to burger and fries or pizza joints if you have small children - we brought ours to every restaurant above and nearly all had either high chairs or booster seats, and were very, very welcoming. Go early, right when the restaurant opens, and just be ready to walk them outside for a bit if they get antsy.

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