Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ma tante quiche


Ma Tante Quiche is now one of my fave breakfast spots! Whenever someone's in town, where do we go? Ma Tante Quiche. I go kayaking with a friend, where do we go after? Ma Tante Quiche. They know me now. I mean, I go there to buy a quiche or two but I mostly go for their 'everything homemade' breakfast! YUM!

This lovely establishment is run by a couple of lesbians in their 50's (ish) and employs people that are so damn nice, like my friend E would say, you'd want to drop kick them in the face. But not really. They sell a bunch of great homemade stuff. And it's ALWAYS good.

That day, I went with my best girl, we'll call her Sylvia, for a nice hungover breakfast. I think it's a given that half the people eating breakfast anywhere are hungover. Right? RIGHT? Anyhoot, the ambiance is nice and chill and the music went with that setting. Quite enjoyable indeed!

Since I'm mostly a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast: I always have the biggest breakfast offered on the menu. In this case, I had the 'Assiette Ma Tante Quiche' which is basically braised ham (in local beer--Brasseurs de MTL!), beans, cretons (hello!), baby potatoes with mushrooms in mushroom stock, homemade sausage, smoked bacon, an egg (or two), and some fruits.


Ok, so, fruits. So, I love fruit, blablabla, but they basically are an afterthought when I eat my 'déjeuner de la construction'. But hey this fruit 'cup' deserves an A: fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries? What what? Three of the most expensive fruits we can find in our supermarkets? Well hello foodcost! :p Nah, I'm sure they make up for it elsewhere; these are two smart ladies!


Aight, let's get down to it! The egg. OK, so eggs usually are just... eggs. But this was a GOOD egg. You know what I mean? I believe it may have been cooked in a bit of maple syrup which obviously makes it taste whhhhay better than other eggs! The ham that is cooked in beer for many-a-hours basically just melts in your mouth. It just MELTS in your MOUTH! The flavours explode and you are in ham heaven. And yes, there is such a thing! The bacon is smoked so obviously all the yummy bacony flavours come out and again, bacon heaven! The potatoes are just lovely! What a great idea to cook them with mushroom and add mushroom stock! Not too salty, just great! The sausage is also home made but it was a tad tough to eat and the beans, even if they were perfect the time before, seemed a bit fermented which was not so great. The cretons just melt in your god damn mouth. I'm a HUGE fan of cretons and these are well worth the trip!

Service was good. OK, not as good as many other restaurants but here, they seem so chill that YOU are chill, ya know? We got water quickly, food not THAT quickly and she didn't check if we liked it which, in my book, they should do.

And now, the scores!!!

Food: 8
Service: 7

I LOVE this place and anyone and everyone that lives remotely close should visit it at least once!!!

ps: and the price is right too! I believe it costs around 12$ for this plate!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Muvbox


I'd been wanting to try Muvbox for freaking years and since I live closer now AND I always bike by, I decided to head there with my ex English teacher this week. Also because I've been craving lobster since freaking May. Ah, lobster.

Alright, so, quickly the concept of Muvbox is that it is in a container that, after moving some panels and shiz, becomes a restaurant. BAM!

We got there on a really REALLY, way too cold for summer, evening and there was NO ONE there. We were welcomed by a bunch of youngsters that were obviously having quite the partay inside and enjoying the fact that there were no customers. We ordered and quickly got our food because, well, we were the only ones there!


Ah, lobster roll! How I love thee! So, we ordered two lobster rolls, a bottle of water and chips, all for 30 something bucks. Ouch! I was oh-so-disapointed to see that the chips, which I thought were going to be homemade like most places where you get dem lobster rolls, were actually Miss Vickies. A tiny bag for 2,50$! Dsamn. But on to the roll. It had a very good quantity of lobster including claws and shiz. Oh ya, I said clawSSS. It was covered in somewhat of a thick mayo based sauce with celery pieces, which we all know is part of a wonderful lobster roll. The lobster was cooked perfectly: tender and not chewy at all. It was basically heaven in my mouth. Heaven I say! The only thing that was disapointing according to J, and I agree, was that there was no butter on the bread.

The service was OK. I mean, they were partying it up when we got there and they continued their partay while we were sitting a couple meters from them. Meh. But it WAS quick!

And now, the scores!

Food: 7
Service: 5

A lobster roll a day keeps the doctor away... isn't that the saying? 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mémé Tartine


*Flash review alert*

I had to go on Wellington to buy something and decided to go a bit north onto Verdun Street. I had passed by there a couple times and had noticed this little bakery that looked really cute and quaint from the outside.

I was welcomed more or less warmly by what seemed to be the boss and a trainee. The fact that the trainee didn't know how to do ANYTHING (like put the sandwich on the sandwich press, or the salad on the plate) became a bit annoying.

There was some music playing on the radio: DANCE music. Dance music, really? I think they could have chosen something more à propos (whoa, I sounded fancy right there!)!

They had 4 different kinds of sandwiches so I decided on the ham, tomato, bacon and cheddar one with bbq sauce.


-Good thang they added a little salad for that price (7,95$ + taxes)
-Salad tasted like nothing except for the slightly tasty vinaigrette
-Moist bread=good
-Cheese not even melted (and they put it in a press!)
-Tomatoes were a bit meh
-Only tasted the barely-there BBQ sauce near the end

All in all, not a completely bad sandwich but not a great one.

Service was alright: they put my meal on a nice little plate, the dude at the counter was more or else helpful but I didn't get any water.

And now, the scores!

Food: 5.5
Service: 6

I probably won't go back. Their croissants are really overpriced and apparently, their sandwiches are not much better...

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sawmill Bay Shellfish Co.


I'm not really an oyster kinda girl. Well, no, that's not true. I didn't think I was one until last Thursday. I mean, I had eaten them perhaps three times before and the last time, they were covered up with so much crap that you couldn't even taste the actual oyster. 

I got invited by my step-cousin to the Apéro quatre à HUITRE (hahaha, good one guys!) that was to be taking place at La Fabrique Annexe. Oysters from Sawmill Bay Co., based in Read Island, between the coast and Vancouver Island, were to be the stars!

I got there after work with my guest, we'll call him J. It's always nice to get invited to try new products and for me, to discover new thangs! Anyhoot, we got there and immediately went to my bros' cousin, Sim. He explained in detail how they harvest (is that the right word?) their oysters and why some oysters are different than others, etc...It was great to see someone so passionate and driven!

One specific type of oyster was the star that night and it was the Read Island oyster!


We were told that this was one of the creamiest oyster around and it suuuuure was! Dsamn, it was almost like putting pure cream in my mouth. Almost :p They are also smaller than other (but, I'm guessing, bigger than some) oysters. Apparently (I am no oyster expert!), the bigger oysters have a tad less flavour. Anyhoot, the brininess was present but not too much and they just tasted dsamn dideligood! It was basically heaven in my mouth! The only thing that was a tad displeasing was that, the shell not being as resistent as others, there were pieces of it around the actual oyster. I do not like biting on that, especially with my brittle teeth! OUCH! But OH, the creaminess! :)

J was saying how he preferred Atlantic oysters better than Pacific ones but I'd like to think that by the end of the evening, he would have said that he was 'in between'!


We had the choice of either having a little plate OR a BIG arse plate. Hello! Big plate for us please! We shared with my bro's friends who were also there, which was really nice! Man, we devoured 'dem' oysters!

Hotsup and pinneapple
Scotch Bonnet

Mignonette
We had an array of sauces and thangs we could put on our oysters! Hotsup was kind of a hot ketchup which went really nicely and brightened up the oysters, the pinneapple 'jam' which was a tad too sweet but I could definitely put on toast or what have you, the scotch bonnet sauce which was dsamn spicy but oh so good (surprisingly, the mix with the pinneapple one was greatness!) and the usual mignonette (red wine vinegar and shallots) which added to the natural brininess of the oyster! Ha, at some point, there was a competition of who could eat the most Scotch Bonnet sauce by itself. Some guy won but I swear I could have!!! If I'd only gotten there earlier :p

The place itself, La Fabrique Annexe (made for partays or meetings, or what have yous) was really nice and cozy! Quite small but with a nice terrasse outside where we spent most of the evening! A great place to chill, eat oysters and do some wonderful people watching! Plus, the dj, who was incedentally also the sauce maker and Sim's cousin (Aunt Thelma's) played wondeful tunes that included the Fugees and some more popular ones + 90's music, hello!. Mmmmmmwonderful! Me= loves Fugees! I almost felt like getting up and dancing! Almost.

Sooooo, with our entry 'price' came a free wine or beer glass. I obviously chose wine as I'm one of those people who despises beer. They had a couple natural wines to choose from and we first chose La Folle Blanche which was marvellous and dry and went really well with the oysters. Jer tried another one a bit later called La Bohème and he said it was too sweet. I'm just going to say this: we had around 8 glasses (5$ each! whaaaaat?) of wine each and La Folle Blanche remained the one to beat!

Let's talk about the service! Well, it was great! We actually were warmly welcomed by Sim's sister whom I had never met so that was very cool! Plus, there was this girl running around cleaning the tables and taking the empty plates so that you could just go get more. Lovely.

Alright! Now, the scores!

And I really DO mean SCORES cause there are a lot of em!

Hotsup: 7.5
Pinneapple: 4,5
Scotch Bonnet: 9
Mignonette: 7
Wine: 8.5
Oysters: an average of 7.5 (darn pieces!)
Service: 9,5! Wonderful and friendly!

Sawmill Bay Shellfish Co. actually delivers to many restaurants in Toronto and MTL!!! I would love to go to a restaurant in the Montreal area that serves these oysters!!! Come on, restauranteurs, dsooooo it!

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 :)



Amigo on Urbanspoon

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!

Marmite su'l feu on Urbanspoon

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

Noodle Factory on Urbanspoon

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!


Quoi de n'oeuf on Urbanspoon

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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