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Restaurant openings

carswell | Apr 29, 2007 10:39 AM

The flip side to the Restaurant Closures thread.

Two to report:

The windows of the late, lamented Les Chèvres are papered over. A sign says Le Joli Moulin, specializing in steaks and seafood, will be opening soon. It also says *Depuis 1971*. Say what? Google shows a resto of the same name on Sherbrooke East on the far side of the Olympic Village.

The formerly shuttered kitchen at Benelo (2145 Crescent, discussed under the Best Coffee thread), has been taken over by a young and enthusiastic chef from France, who's just coming off a stint at Aubèrge St-Gabriel and has worked with Eric Gonzalez (formerly of Cube, now at XO in the St. James Hotel). On Wednesday of last week, though he was apologetic about his offer ("I've only been here for three days; come back in a week or two"), it all looked good to me. Several types of pasta, vegetable, legume and fruit salads; pannini; small quiches; crème caramel. My quiche with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, onion and black olives was lovely -- the crust superb -- and the accompanying lettuce salad was impeccable. A take-home dish of pasta in béchamel with mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese was tasty and perfectly executed if predictably a little bland. In any case, a spot to keep an eye on. The chef says he'll be offering catering services too.

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