Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Amigo


I had heard about this restaurant in Chinatown a while back and really wanted to try it. Actually I'd heard great things about their salt and pepper pork so obviously I was going there for that. 

If I hadn't known the address, I would not have found it: it's on the second floor of a now defunct grocery store (used to be my fave grocery store and now iz dead :( ). 


This place looks like nothin'. NOTHIN'! When I got there, there were three men practically sleeping, waiting for someone to come in. Plus, there's wall to wall dirty carpeting and what could possibly be a nice view of Chinatown is blocked by posters, air conditionner and many dusty plants.

I was told to choose my table and my rude looking waiter came to give me the menu, some tea and some water. I knew what I wanted to have so I ordered right away. Let me just tell you that for 5,95$, you get soup AND a huge plate. And by huge, I mean HUGE! 


My meal started off with some spicy soup. It was alright but as it usually is, it was a bit too... slimy for my taste. I did like the addition of the green onions. They added a nice freshness and needed crunch.


Look at that huge mother freaking plate!!! Fried pork (and I'll try anything fried... except for KFC), veggies, springroll and a ton of rice! I still cannot believe the price! The pork was tender and juicy, the onions and the peppers were a tad spicy which was very much welcomed and the eggroll was nice and simple. The sauce they gave to dip it in was a tad lemony so I put some on the rice too to give it more flavor. Only thing was that most pieces of pork were half fat...as we all know... there's a shiz load of fat in pork. 

The service was not as good as the food: it was 'family dinner' time so they were all busy eating. I almost had to yell to get more water. I felt bad so I was about to get up and pour myself a glass when my waiter actually turned around and brought me the whole pitcher.

And now, the scores!

Food: 7.5
Service: 5

I was not disapointed but better service would have been swell!

ps: they gave me 2 fortune cookies at the end... quite happy :)



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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Marmite su'l feu


I'd been meaning to check out the little food kiosks at marché Atwater for a while and today I had the opportunity to go and try one of them! I mean, I'd try all of them at once but my stomach ain't that big. I decided to get my lunch at Marmite su'l feu, this Ile de la Réunion spot. Man did I SO NOT regret my choice!

Reunionese peeps make amazing food with some chinese, indian and malagasy (Madagascar) influences. Um, hello! I think we should just call it Marie cuisine! Yes?

I was welcomed by the owner who is so darn tootin enthusiastic about his thang that it just makes you want to buy your lunch there! He explained to me what he had (it was 11h30 am... so not everything was ready) and what a first timer should def try...All in all a very good chef and his cook was very nice as well!


OK so this may look a tad unappealing but oh shiz was it good! They call it un bouchon! SO cute :) It's basically a little dumpling. It had this amazing citrusy punch of flavor which I then learned was combava, also more commonly called, according to Wikipedia, Kaffir limes (I say 'according to' because I'm not totally sure they're the same). That, mixed with some soya sauce and hot sauce was a damn good bite!! And for only 80¢ a pop, i'd eat a dozen very easily!


I then had the vegetarian sandwich with 'dakatine' and 'achards' (basically, dakatine is a brand of peanut butter and achards are somewhat pickled veggies). It was HUGE! And it was GOOD! The dakatine gave it that extra umph and creaminess and I gotta say that even if I had not ever eva eaten a sandwich with carrots or cauliflower in it... it was delicious and fit right in there! They also ask you if you want to 'make it hot' by adding some hot sauce. Of course I did that... duh! And it was greatness! Who knew a vegetable sandwich could taste so good? The bread was not too soggy, not too hard, just perfect! That's my kind of sandwich!!!

I know I brought my meal home but I gotta give em props for service! They were incredibly friendly and answered all my questions!

And now, the scores!

Service: 10
Food: 8.5

I'm FOSHO going back to try more of their dishes, especially their yummy looking curries!!! Plus, it's only a 5 minute bikeride from my place! Score!

ps: Marmite su'l feu also have a kiosk at Marché Maisonneuve, corner of Ontario and Amherst!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Dilallo


This resto is located right at the corner of Charlevoix and Notre-Dame and I remember biking by there from my house to my friend's house many years ago. Well, I decided to finally go in!

It is quite the small restaurant with around 40 seats. It has somewhat of a diner vibe, complete with old women at the counter.

I chose the cheesebuger with fries with 2 extras: fried onions and bacon.


Because who in their right mind would not take the option of having delicious bacon in their burger? And all this for under 10$! What what! Alright now: the fries were nice and crunchy, just the way they should be! The bun was kinda loose and flaky (it MAY have been made that way intentionally... but I am NOT ok with that) and made it hard to eat without it breaking apart. The meat itself lacked a bit in seasoning but the rest was great! The bacon? YUM! The fried onions? YUM! Basically, I was very happy with my choice of extras as they added lots-o-crunch to my burger and a lot of flavour! Oh and the bacon added some smokiness which I love!

Service was good! This little boy, could not have been over 16, came to my table with water in no time and brought my food in a very timely fashion. Plus, he was very polite.

And now, the scores!

Food: 6,5
Service: 8

An OK burger joint but I think I'll try another one next time.


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Noodle Factory


*Flash review alert* (yes another one... but hey... I just wanted something simple to take out and eat at home so... )

After work today, I decided to go try one of the restos on my list. I call it THE list. A list of places in MTL and this one was located quite close to work, in Chinatown. I find it funny that the best Chinese restaurants in Chinatown have very Americanized names: Amigo (ok, that's Spanish but you get what I'm sayin'), Noodle Factory, Jade Garden... It is a little place with a great menu: dumplings, noodles, etc... I got a great welcome from ze dude at the counter and I asked him what I should have for my first time. He asked me if I felt like having noodles (hand made, no less!) and I said meh... not really. SO I ordered the Hunan. Hunan is known for its use of ginger, chili peppers and green onions.


Hunan
-kind of dumpling like
-pork, my fave
-peanut-y goodness
-great spices including ginger (me loves ginger)
-some green onions to add a certain je-ne-sais-quoi :)
-lots of yummy well seasoned sauce

And  now, the score!

Food: 8

I will definitely go there again! For 7,95$ inc taxes, I got about 10 of these lovelies and I'd gone to another resto on Ste-Cat a couple months back, and got half of that for the same price! Well hello there Noodle Factory!

ps: sorry about the quality of the pics.... I think my camera got shiz on it at work today. I shall clean it up :p

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Quoi de n'oeuf


*Flash review alert!*

I was meeting up with a friend for brunch a couple weeks ago, let's call her Nohé. We had decided on La Bistrote on Notre-Dame but it ended up being too far out of the way and she had little time. So, after visiting Le Kitchen and finding it too healthy (yep, apparently, that day there was such a thing!), Lili +Oli which hadn't yet received their sandwiches, and this soup place which was just ...too soupy...we decided on Quoi de n'oeuf!

This place is cozy: brick walls, big windows, paintings by local artists, menu sur ardoise...It had a great feel to it with families and couples... just plain nice!


And now, some food talk!


Eggs benedict with brie and mushrooms

-Silky hollandaise
-Squishy mushrooms :(
-Great tasting potatoes
-Melted brie=yum!


Crêpe sucrée/salée

-Good flavours
-Well seasoned
-Very stuffing!

Service was OK. We got our food pretty quickly but had to wave to the waitress to get more water.

And now, the scores!

Food: 7
Service: 6.5

All in all, a good breakfast spot! Plus, it's a 10 minute walk from my place! BONUS!


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Monday, May 5, 2014

Marché Djurdjura


I was doing my weekly Wellington Ave walk in search for a good tasting restaurant to eat at and after doing the whole avenue AND walking on Verdun ave for a bit, I returned to this tiny place ( or a hole as one might describe it) located pretty much at the beginning of the street.


Djurdjura is a little Algerian market complete with arabic products and a big meat counter. They make their own sausage and merguez (yes, I know merguez is sausage!) AND have a tiny 12 seat spot near the window for lunch. They are 'known' for their bbq chicken and their potatoes but I was looking for something smaller. And when I write 'known' I mean they know it's the best and the patrons know it's the best but not a lot of people are aware of it because as mentioned above, this place is rather unknown and a hole in the wall!

I got there and was warmly welcomed by the man behind the counter. He explained to me what was on the menu and I chose the Kefta, a sandwich with minced marinated merguez (paprika, garlic, parsley) accompanied with roasted peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo and harissa. All this for 3,95$ !!!! Well hello there! 


This was lunch! You should have seen the size of this sandwich! It was HUGE (and I don't want to hear a 'that what she said' joke!) !!! I later told the dude that he should hike up his prices and he simply told me that he wants people to come first and once they come back and back again, he'll think about it. Alright, so the bread was a tad dry but still soaked up some nice flavours and the meat could have been marinated a bit longer but as ze dude had told me, he only had time to marinate it for one hour or so because he had gotten the meat that very morning. The harissa was great and the mayo, although it looks like there was a shit load on the picture, was just present enough. The grilled peppers added just a touch of charred taste and the tomatoes added the freshness needed. All in all a great sandwich! I could almost compare it to a better version of a burger.

The service was great! That man was just so nice, he even gave free chicken to a client that came in and that obviously did not have enough money. Oh and the grocery store part is freaking cheap! I bought some noodles, some veggies and a pound of merguez (like 9 sausages for 5$!) for around 9$!!! Amaaaazing!

And now, the scores!

Food: 7,5
Service: 10

I'll definitely go back and try something else and perhaps buy more of that amazing merguez to bring home! What great discovery! 


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Monday, April 28, 2014

Chez Alexandre

*Flash review alert*

It was a wonderful April day, a couple weeks back, and we were celebrating the fact that two of my great friends were finally LEGALLY married :p So, after having signed the papers, we all walked to Chez Alexandre on Peel. Would not have been my first (or last) choice because, having worked right above it for years, I knew it was going to be expensive.

And it was. See, I believe people go there to get noticed and that's pretty much it. 

We had some drinks (that were great) and then I ordered the fish n' chips table d'hôte. I kind of wanted to compare them with Comptoir 21. Oh man, so did NOT compare!


Salmon Tartare

-Good spices
-Bread WAY too hard (would not want to break yet another tooth!)
-Pieces a bit too big in my opinion



-Fries definitely not homemade
-Fish was dry
-Breading was a bit soggy
-Why the piece of lettuce?


Meringue fluff with crème anglaise and dulce de leche

-Like air
-Cream way too eggy

Service was very quick and efficient. As soon as our drinks were empty, they'd come and ask us if we wanted more. Food also came very quickly which was most appreciated as we were starving!

And now, the scores!

Food: 5.5
Service: 8.5

Never going back if I can help it. As I said, it was for a joyous occasion and we did have lots-o-fun but for the price, this place is not worth it.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Blackstrap BBQ


*Flash review alert*

Blackstrap BBQ is a great little place that is relatively new, located in the heart of Wellington Street in Verdun. As y'all know, I've been walking up there (you know, weekly walk and all...oh boy am I pathetic!) and discovering new restaurants for lunch time. 

I'd been there once before and had enjoyed it and my friend Cam who I went for a walk with today had never been so I was like hells to the yes, we are going! We got there at around 12h30... so prime lunch time, therefore the tiny place of around 30 seats was full! Iz ok! We waited maybe 5 or 6 minutes before ordering (you order at the counter and then you wait for your name) and then waited another 5 or 6 minutes before getting our food. And, cool thing, they serve the food in metal containers so no breaking of dishes!


The kitchen was right in front of us so we got to see the action up front. I LOVE it when you can see the kitchen. I mean, I don't like working in that type of kitchen but you know...

Last time I went to Blackstrap BBQ, we ate like big ass pigs (huh, maybe that's where I got my big ass...) so this time, I wanted to kind of limit it to ONE thing, you know, in an effort to have a smaller ass.


Chili

-Pulled beef
-Great taste
-Marinated onions a great addition
-Great brioche-like sweet bread
-A bit too much liquid in there


Brisket sandwich

-Meat a tad dry
-Great bread (made at a local shop called Léché)
-Adding either the sweet or hot Blackstrap BBQ sauce (greatness by the way) makes it great
-Coleslaw not acidic enough¸

Pretty much everything is made in house which is wonderful! They have a smoker at the back and when they are outta meat, WE are outta meat :(

And now, the score!

Food: 7

Great place and I will FOSHO be going back on my weekly treck to Wellington!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

L'atelier d'Argentine


I got invited to try out the new brunch menu of L'Atelier d'Argentine that started at the beginning of April. I LOVE getting invited because it means two things: you get served like you're a superstar AND it's free! Well, I mean, free but I always leave a good 20-25% tip to make up for it.

L'Atelier d'Argentine is a pretty freaking huge restaurant with two rooms: one that is more dinner-y and one more brunch-lunch-y. The first one has darker tones and the latter has more light coming in. This restaurant has a great view of the Old Port, located just a hop and a skip from de La Commune. And the atmosphere is just so nice with people talking and, hum hum, drinking over brunch!

Bloody Mary bar!
We were welcomed very warmly by the hostess and it was nice to see that when she saw who I was (well, wellll), she had a huge smile on her face and took our jackets. We were seated and at first I gotta say I was a bit disapointed in the fact that the maïtre d' was around but didn't come and say hi. Well, I'm just a little winy princess, aren't I? Fak. He came to say hi like 5 minutes later and he was very nice and charming and said he remembered where I was sitting when I was invited last time. He also said that everything was on the house; food AND drinks. Did you say drinks? Ah yes, ah yes he dsid :p


I started off with a nice mimosa :) I mean, what,s a real breakfast without a mimosa? It was just what a mimosa should be: sparkly orange goodness. It could have been a tad colder though. Note: you can have an infinite amount of mimosas for 26$/person!! What the what now?


Then, we both had the bloody Mary (inifinite amount for 19$/person)! What's o-so-cool is that there's the 'bloody Mary bar' where you can make your own with all these veggies and sauces and shiz! Just my type of thing! And oh, it was good!!!


Lea had somewhat of a fruit punch-y thang with rum. Hallo! It was really good and as per usual when you drink alcohol with fruit juice, it did not taste like alcohol therefore very dangerous!

So throughout the meal, I drank 2 mimosas (second drink was supposed to be a bloody Mary but the maitre d'  brought me another mimosa instead and when I told him I had asked for a bloody Mary, he said OK, well just keep that one too). 1 bloody Mary and half of Lea's fruit punch. Needless to say it was a happy brunch :)


I had meself the huevos fritos. I mean, come on, they had me at bacon! Basically, it was baaaacon, caramelized onions, eggs, purple potatoes (nice!) and sweet tasting toast. OH, and fruit. But, let's face it, when you have all of that, who cares about fruit? Ok well,bacon was yummy crispy goodness and so darn tootin' tasty! Oh goodness, thinking back, I want more, like NOW! The bread had a bit of sweetness to it which actually paired really well with the rest of the dish. The potatoes were great and well cooked but not TOO cooked (but lacked a bit of seasoning). The eggs were well seasoned: I hate it when I have to add seasoning to my eggs! The onions were just a great addition, with their sweet yet not so sweet taste! Basically, amazing.


Lea had the leeks and goat cheese quiche with a cherry tomato and arugula salad. Great also. I had a bite of the quiche and although it could have been warmer, it was still marvelous and pretty much melted in your mouth.

Ps: both our plates were only 12$ so it's really affordable and I like that too!


We were persuaded to eat a desert. Holy bejesus, I was so full on food and alcohol but hey! We had the dulce de leche crepe with milk semifreddo. Holy cow was that semifreddo great! It was gosh darn succulent! It melted in your mouth with all of its goodness! And the crepe too! It was very chic and only 9$! Does it seem like I'm astounded by their prices? Well, I AM!

Service was excellent, of course! The waiter was there to give us water, to ask if we had questions, to give us our food and our drinks (VERY important!). He was very professional and that's what I like in a waiter!

And now, the scores!

Food: 8.5
Service: 9

All in all, another great experience at L'Atelier d'Argentine!!! If you have 15 to 20$ to spend on an excellent brunch, PLEASE go there!!!

L'Atelier d'Argentine on Urbanspoon

Monday, April 14, 2014

Comptoir 21


My fun activity recently has been walking on Wellington and finding a nice, good tasting restaurant! And oh did I ever find that last week at Comptoir 21!

This is the third Comptoir 21 in Montreal and it's a great freaking thang that they opened one on Wellington, I tells ya! And it opened just recently! OH, and the last for digits of their phone number? FISH! What what!


This restaurant has a big 'U' shaped counter so that the waiter can be in the middle for easy serving. It's decorated very simply with a huge fish on the wall made by an artist in 2013 and some fishies on the wall. I personally don't think they are taking full advantage of the space they have, half of it not having any tables... I mean... there's an opportunity there to make more money people!


Alright, so the chairs are a tad uncomfortable... I couldn't rest my feet on anything so my legs were basically hanging. You know, being short and shtuff!

Anyhoot, I asked the waiter what I should order to get the 'real experience' and he said fish n' chips. So I took the 'small portion' (there's also a bigger portion but gosh darn it, I can't imagine what it could look like because my small one looked--and felt-- like a gigantic one!).


So, small portion of fish n' chips it was! It comes with homemade fries, homemade tartar sauce and homemade coleslaw. Let's start with the coleslaw! One of the best I've had: it had just the right amount of vinegar. The sauce was seriously like a burst of freaking goodness in my mouth! YUM! And it was just your basic relish and mayo but it tasted like so much more! The fries were crunchy but could have been crunchier. And now, the fish. Ah, the fish (cod). HOLY BEJESUS!!!!! Hands down, the best fried fish I've EVER had! Oh, I'm not even kidding! The batter became just crispy enough and the fish was so moist (lord, I hate that word!). Ah maaaaaaaaaaaaaan! I never have these but I can safely say this was my first fishgasm ;) I just wanted more! And the lemon added just the acidity needed. 


Service was great. Glass of water was always full and service was prompt. Plus, the waiter came to check if all was good. The only thing that bugged me was that when I told the waiter that this was the greatest fried fish I'd ever had, he said something like 'well duh, that's why we have three restaurants'. Geez, cocky much? 

And now, the scores!

Food: 9
Service: 8

Well, my legs were numb by the end of lunch but if you like fish n' chips, this is a MUST!

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