Flew back west last evening after spending almost a week in Montreal.
What a terrific dining city! Oh my "groaning" liver and Mastercard Account! [smile]
Shortly upon arriving at my hotel I inquired of one of the folks at the front desk where I should go to eat. Dining solo I wanted something where I could sit up at the bar or something similar.
He suggested L'Express and I strolled up Saint-Denis and sat up at their bar. Had a delicious bowl of fish soup followed by just about the best steak tartare I have have had in a long, long time. Friendly service. Excellent start to the visit.
I followed that up another evening with dinner at Au Pied de Cochon. What a hoot! Rollicking' friendly atmosphere. I felt like a regular. Good solid beet and chevre salad to start and then a huge portion of nice pink duck breast with wild mushrooms. Finished it off with a "popper" of deep fried foie gras that I was "coached" to eat in one bite. Warm, silky molten foie. Attentive, charming service from Eugenia and the rest of the staff who "put up" with my miserable efforts at speaking French.
Had a delicious lunch at Cafe Ferreira. The olive oil that accompanied the bread was delicious in and of itself. My grilled octopus served over a spicy bed of chick peas was tender and tasty. The grilled halibut that followed was melt in one's mouth and moist. So nice to get a piece of grilled fish done this well.
Finished off the week with a visit to Le Club Chasse et Peche. One word, superb! The seared foie gras accompanied with a small ramekin of creme brule-like custard was a great way to start. My bison was delicious as were all the bottles of wine that followed. Friendly unobtrusive professional service in a terrific atmosphere.
I am looking forward to my next visit.