Montréal Eats: L’Express

This is one of the most well-known French bistros in town.  Decor is a traditional French bistro with the ornate bar and the black and white checkered floor.  The service was polite and efficient.  The food is hit or miss for me.  I think it’s a good spot if you’re looking for a Paris bistro type place, but keep in mind that there are many other great bistros in Montreal.  Reservatins are highly recommended as this place is almost always fully packed.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$

Os à moille – gros sel
It was good but this was really really rich.  You get a lot of bone marrow from each piece of bone.  The coarse salt seemed a bit too overpowering.  I didn’t quite enjoy this famous appetizer.

Sauté de canard confit avec salade
It was quite delicious, but it didn’t blow me away.  I thought the salad was a bit too greasy and the duck was on the dry side.

Risotto aux crevette
Please be aware that there’s lobster in the sauce, which was not clearly stated on the menu.

Cailles rôties et riz sauvage
I was pleasantly surprised that the quails were very juicy and moist.

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Restaurant l’Express
3927 Rue Saint-Denis
Montreal, QC H2W 2M3, Canada
(514) 845-5333

Montréal Eats: Le Boeuf Gourmand

We had a groupon but still felt very ripped off after the meal.  Service was horrible.  Everything was very slow and there was only one waitress (well there was a younger waitress towards the end of the meal but she was only allowed to refill water and couldn’t take any orders 😯 ).  We actually witnessed two tables leaving in rage after a very long period of waiting.  Food was extremely overprice and the quality wasn’t any better than buying a good quality steak from a butcher store.

My ratings:
Price range: $$-$$$$

La salade cabri (Cabri salad)
5 toasts de baguette, frottés à l ail garni de fromage de chêvre gratiné, le tout servi sur une chiffonade de salade verte, de rondelles de tomates, relevée d’une vinaigrette balsamique
(5 slices of toasted baguette bread, rubbed with garlic, topped with goat cheese served on a bed of green salad garnished with tomato rings and shelled walnuts, enhanced with balsamic vinegar)
Burnt toast and the portion was very small (considering the price was around $13)L’assiétte océane (Ocean dish)
Un savoureuz mélange de crevettes grillées, flambées sur lit de salade agrémenté d’une sauce coktail
(a savoury blend of grilled shimp flambé on a bed of salad and tomatoes served with cocktail sauce
Shrimp was very tiny, and the potion size was very small (considering the price was around $14)
Le Tartare de boeuf-Un régal pour les amateurs de viandes crues!
250grs sélectionnés dans un contre filet AAA.  Haché à la commande, servi avec tous ses condiments vous laisserez aller vos humeurs en confectionnant vous-même votre tartare au gré de votre palais servi avec une salade et des pommes de terre frite maison à volonté.
(A delight for raw meat lovers! 7oz chosen from sirloin.  Chopped when ordered, served with all of its condiments.)
L’Entrecôte frites
300grs de pièce de boeuf dans le contre filet, cuit sur la braise: un vrai délice!
(10.6oz of beef ribs from sirloin, braised: a real delight!  Served with fresh homemade french fries.)
Les Accompagenements:
La sauce aux 4 poivres (4 peppers sauce)
mitonnée aux petits oignons dans un fond brun
Didn’t expect a lot for 10oz but it was really very thin and the quality wasn’t that special.
La Crème Brûlée la vraie!
Crème aromatisée au cointreau, caramélisée
Not very well made, seemed overcooked
Les Profiterolles
choux pâtissier fourré de glace à la vanille, nappé d’un chocolat chaud et d’amandes grillées
Very hard and stale, not quite what I expect for a profiterole

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Le Boeuf Gourmand
3666 rue st denis,
Montréal, QC H2X 3L7, Canada
+1 514-849-8910

Québec City Eats: Restaurant Le Marie-Clarisse

Le Marie-Clarisse specializes in seafood.  It is located in a house with stone walls over 340 years old and in prime location in lower town.  The menu changes daily.  It has a nice ambience.  Table d’hôte four-course meal is between $38 – $50+.  The servers were very friendly and informative.  The food was good but much overpriced.  I’m sure there are many better options in the surrounding area.

My ratings: ❤❤❤
Price range: $$$-$$$$$

Calmar poêle à la façon du chef et salade grecque
(Pan seared calamari Greek salad and Asian sauce)

Terrine de gibiers et confits oignons, carottes
(Venison terrine, onion and carrot jams)

Trio de poissons fumés sur nid de céleri rave
(Three ways smoked fish on celery root salad)

Moules au cari et coco sur salade du bas du fleuve
(Mussels with curry and coconut sauce on seaweed salad)

Flétan d’Atlantique, sauce vin blanc et poivrons
(Atlantic halibut, white wine and sweet pepper sauce)

Marmite du pêcheur à la façon Marie-Clarisse et sauce rouille
(Marie Clarisse bouillabaisse rouille sauce)

Pâtes du jour selon l’inspiration
(Pasta of the day: Seafood linguini)

Tarte au sucre, Gâteau au fromage, Tarte au citron, Tarte aux pommes
(Sugar pie, Cheese cake, Lemon pie, Apple pie)


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Restaurant Le Marie-Clarisse

12, rue du Petit-Champlain, Québec, QC G1K 4H4
(418) 692-0857 ‎

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