it was our last night in QC and we had eaten out for the past 4 days. We didn't have an appetite for anything in particular but L'Echaude was conveniently located near our hotel and the night before, the restaurant was packed. We decided to give it a try. Alas, we didn't make reservations and the only available options was the outdoor seating and the bar. We chose the bar. L'Echaude bills as itself as a neighborhood bistro, serving the neighborhood for 20 years. It lives up to a good neigborhood bistro. The ambience is warm, with mirrors lining the restaurant walls and soft lighting. The restaurant runs so smoothly, the waiters and servers constantly busy and on their feet. The best part of this place is that you feel the genuine rapport among the waitstaff (particularly from our vantage point). They cajole one another, tease, and just have a good time all while serving the food. At times, we filled our own wine glasses (we were seated at the bar) but the food lived up to a bistro standard. (most of the plates returning to the kitchen were polished clean). The steak frites was cooked as ordered and the fries were not greasy. The special fish of the day, halibut arrived with a side order of fresh vegetables (very good). And the dessert, creme brulee topped with blueberries was also reliably good. The house wine, 1/2 litre for $14 complemented the dinner perfectly. LEchaude doesn't pretend to be what it isnt' - come for an enjoyable meal and you won't leave disappointed. p.s. we tend to prefer smaller restaurants and this particular place looks a lot larger from the outside. Also, the room is far more inviting once you step inside than it appears.