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Review of recent visit to Montreal and Quebec City

sitruc999 | Feb 15, 201206:04 PM

I originally asked for advice regarding two restaurants in Montreal. I received several tips for other restaurants so I decided to post my "review" of visited restaurants.

First night in Montreal, our plane was late as we had 9:00 reservations at La Loux. I called at 9:15 to let them know we would be late. Got stopped by police not one block from hotel for turning right on a red (who knew it wasn't legal??? lol) After checking my DL, they let me go without the $150 ticket, but we were now very late for dinner. Loved the decor of the restaurant. Staff couldn't have been nicer about our being tardy. I had the Duck and Fois Gras that was perfect, but all the food was perfect (with another couple). Service was wonderful and friendly.

Second night was Quebec City. E Chaude- This was our 5th visit to our favorite restaurant. We have always loved the food and service. However, we had a most unfriendly waiter this time. We dined late, so it wasn't like they were swamped. The food couldn't have been better, but he not only wasn't friendly, but rushed us to order even though the special nor soup of the day had been mentioned. We had to drag it out of him.

Third night was forgettable.
Fourth night was fondu. Not much to say, but other couple chose.

FIfth night was L'Affaire Est Ketchup. We fell in love with this place. Very local. VERY small and VERY hot. In fact, my only complaint would be to open a window a crack or something. Everyone at our table was sweating.... lol I was amazed how they can put out such quality food from two home model stoves. Prices were reasonable and quality of food was top notch. The waiter was very good about translating for us and funny to boot.

Sixth night was La Patriache-this was our second visit. Loved the trio scheme for every main and dessert. I had the Symphony of Foie Gras and Wild Game Trio. The Foie Gras items were fabulous except the "fried egg". I think this was his attempt at molecular cooking. Wasn't loving it. The Game was wonderful. Tender, great flavors, etc. The dessert trios were great. Loved the spicy churros with caramel the most. Service was the best we had in the city. After we finished, he gave us a tour of the wine cellar, etc.

Seventh night was in Montreal. Had reservations at Garde Manger at the bar. I went with a lot of anticipation and wasn't dissapointed. I have read great and bad reviews of the place so here is mine. Originally sat at the bar. Too close to a speaker playing some bad old music. Eventually music got better though. A nice Montreal couple sat next to us and had a great visit. They ended the night with some flaming drink called a Russian Roulette. I notice the bar tender had one as well which was different. We had our apps. Lobster Poutine. Was fabulous. Others complain about lack of lobster, etc, but ours had plenty. Sauce had great flavors and cheese was hot and melted. Have had other poutine and they tend to use the "squeeky" variety of curds that never seem to melt.
I had the Green Goddess salad with fresh fried sardines. I LOVE fresh sardines and these melted in your mouth. My only complaint of the food all night was this salad. There was something that added way too much salt and I LOVE salt. It wasn't the fish either. Never figured it out. Wife had the tomato salad with fried cheddar and it was perfect. I had the braised veal cheeks on a waffel with foie Gras on top and it was to die for. What I loved about the place was the vibe of the staff and guests. The staff all danced and sang to the music as did many guests. As we finished our meal, the bartender served us the Russian Roulettes as the couple paid for us to try. Eventually two girls arrived at the bar and noticed we were enjoying the music. They came over and bought us shots of brandy and got us to dance to Barry White... I don't often say a restaurant is FUN, but this place was the complete package.

Hope this helps anyone planning a trip to Quebec. We adore this place and return over and over again.

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