We’ve been meaning to go to Bistro La Société for quite some time. Located in Downtown Montreal in the Loews Vogue Hotel, this restaurant and bar is separated into two areas. One is the more formal dining room and the other, which we sat in, has a more casual bar menu. The interior looks like an old Boys Club in 1920s Paris. It was part French bistro and part old world charm. In a rare girls’ night, Diva #1, Sweet Pea, Peaches, Katina Chardonnay and Chomedey’s Double D (another soul from Laval) found themselves in the mood for oysters and wine.
Poor Sweet Pea was the only non-Greek, but she held her own and struck us when we started talking in Greek. But what makes Sweet Pea the absolute best? Well when Diva #1 and Chomedey’s Double D were discussing a love of oysters all week long, Sweet Pea was getting to work at Montreall.com, she created a list of oyster specials for every day of the week, click HERE for that very important list. She’s wonderful like that, and since La Société had a 1$ oyster special on Tuesdays, as of 5pm, we decided to try them out.
To enjoy the Tuesday special you had to sit at the bar area of the hotel restaurant. We’ve been disappointed with 1$ oysters before, sometimes they’re small and tasteless, or shucked badly. This was not the case at La Société, the oysters were meaty and fabulous. We ordered four dozen and if Diva #1 had had her way, we would have had another two dozen. They were that good!
The bar menu at La Société is separate from the dining room menu with more bistro-like options. We opted for the beef tartare because we love raw meat. You could order 80g as an appetizer, but we chose to share the main of 120g with fries or salad. The beef tartare was made in that classic French style with a raw egg yolk in the middle. The beef tartare was as expected, nothing particularly stood out but it was what you would expect from a Parisian bistro. We opted for the fries which were crispy and tasty, perfect when dipped in the mayonnaise that was provided.
We also ordered the full portion of the salmon tartare. Again it was prepared in a traditional French bistro style. With plenty of fresh parsley and an egg yolk in the center of the raw salmon, it was as expected, tasty but again, nothing particularly stood out. Other Parisian bistro items on the menu include the traditional steak frites, a croque monsieur or madame, French onion soup, etc. Bistro La Société’s bar menu is exactly what you would expect from a bistro in Paris.
And since we were still feeling peckish we tossed in a lobster roll. You can order the half lobster or a whole lobster in a housemade bun. A little bit of mayonnaise, with dill and pickles, the lobster roll was stuffed to the brim. We’re happy that the lobster roll wasn’t drowning in mayonnaise, but it needed something extra to jazz it up. We chose to have it with both salad and fries. The salad was with arugula and frisé, it was lightly dressed, and a great side dish with the sweet lobster.
This was the point in the evening where we were getting a little tipsy. We were on our third bottle of wine, the aphrodisiacs had stimulated us and we were in full aggressive female mode. The hunt was on! Topics ranged from good sex to bad sex, fuck friends to boyfriends, lust to love, and recent conquests and the many disappointments. Katina Chardonnay went to the washroom at one point and she ran back telling us that though the washroom was at the other side of the restaurant, she could hear everything rather clearly. We certainly educated the adjoining tables, our conversation could only be summed up as life as Mediterranean girls in their mid to late 20s. Rated R of course…
And because we like to pretend that we’re classy we opted for the Quebec cheese platter instead of something sweet for dessert. A brie, the traditional Bleu D’Elizabeth and a firmer third cheese with a solitary blue vein was placed before us. Not the most original cheese platter, the portion was certainly plentiful. It came with sliced pears and walnuts that were ready to be shelled and enjoyed. Bistro La Société also serves brunch and they have a terrace in the summer. It’s a pretty little spot in the Loews Vogue Hotel and their dollar oysters are definitely worth a Tuesday visit!
Our Rating: As Expected
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