The dream team behind this buzzing new restaurant, otherwise known for their success at Club Chasse et Peche, Bice and Bu, have turned this discrete space - tucked into the bottom floor of an old townhome facing Jeanne Mance Park - into a happening culinary gem seemingly overnight. With low ceilings and dark, moody tones anchoring the decor, you'll be witness to the graphic contrast of shiny metallic sheets lining the walls and overhead beams, as well as back-lit aquatic murals by Canadian artist Genevieve Cadeaux.
Not suprisingly, executive chef Claude Pelletier and Yasu Okazaki (formerly of Bice) make the dining options equally notable. We dined here two weeks after it opened, and the cooking was already tight and seamless in presentation. I started with the scallop, avocado, orange, asperagus and beet salad, (which, I would say, rivals the slaw at Susur Lee's), and followed with the pork shank, scallop and creamy polenta, which was divine. Lastly, my boyfriend and I shared the Bison filet and a side of onion rings. Everything was mouth-watering, and the wine pairings recommended by seasoned Sommelier Patrick St. Vincent made the experience at this promising new restaurant all the more enjoyable.
| 219 Ave du Mont Royal Ouest | Montreal, QC, H2T 2Y6 |
One minor thing of note: the acoustics (at least when we dined here in late February) were not the best. Just be warned that you may be shouting across the table at your dining partner; and that you should dine early in the evening (or amply late) in the event of a sore throat!