I decided to give the French BYOW Le Pégase on 1831 rue Gilford (just east of Papineau) a try. It was very close to a friend’s new apartment; she had heard some good word of mouth about it and Internet sources were generally positive. It turned out to be a great choice. It is quite small about 30 chairs at most; there are two servings one at 6 and one at 9. We made advanced reservations but there were a two tables free on our Canada Day visit. There is a very small terrace in the back, but the weather was too uncertain for us to risk that.
To start with, the little tartinade of tomatoes and olives was an excellent way to start nibbling and some very thinly sliced bread was available so as not to fill up too much; there was heavier bread too. My companion ordered a wonderful cauliflower, apple and curry potage; I tried it and it was wonderfully fragrant. Her appetizer of escargot in caramelized apple and bleu cheese sauce was maybe the highlight of the evening. My warm goat cheese in puff pastry with spinach and walnut sauce was less memorable. Her main course of venison in blueberry and port sauce she pronounced highly interesting and satisfactory and very ample in its portion. My pork in mango and citrus chutney sauce was good if not as astonishing. We both enjoyed the excellent scalloped potatoes in Parmesan white sauce. My companion greedily ate every morsel of her “death by chocolate”; my cheese cake in blackberry source was so ordinary as to be disappointing. Average espresso. The bill with taxes and before tip was under $70 for the two of us, if I recall correctly.
The décor was pleasantly quiet and agreeable. People were dressed very informally. Service was very good. The wine glasses were quite good for general purpose glasses. I brought with me a half bottle of Chablis and a bottle of rather rich California Pinot Noir.
A definite repeat for both of us. This was my first BYOW so I can’t compare it with other places on the Plateau.