The Divas had plans to spend Saturday afternoon checking out the Montreal food truck scene with Vegan Vixen, Sweet Pea, Bellatrix, P’tit Frère & co. Unfortunately, the weather refused to cooperate so we had to scramble to find last minute reservations. It is generally difficult to find reservations on a Saturday night., but for 8 people it is nearly impossible. Though not the simplest of tasks, we’re never easily deterred and when you’re a Diva, things tend to work out for you!
After numerous calls and a somewhat desperate plea via Twitter, Deville Dinerbar came through for us big time. It’s times like this we absolutely love our Diva life! And to top things off, we got a reservation on the coveted terrace, something a girl made sure to point out when she approached us, eyes wide, and said “they never reserve on the terrace, how did you get that?”
The downtown restaurant, located on Stanley, is a mix – a throwback to old-school diners with the neon lights and lunch counter but with an updated décor and menu. Seated and ready to start our night, we chose drinks from their inventive cocktail list – the Oprah Pomegranate Martini, the Robert’s Fizz, the Spiked Lee Brooklyn Iced Tea, Black Cherry Lemonade and the drinks kept coming. And this included two fishbowls, the daiquiri with a Bacardi Breezer shared by Diva #1 and Sweet Pea, and the margarita with a Corona which Diva #2 and Vegan Vixen shared. It sounds like we were drinking a lot but we were oddly moderately sober.
Before our dinner even started, a bird left a treat on Vegan Vixen’s hand. Her look of vehement disdain for the bird was definitely a Kodak moment. We were so happy with our coveted terrace seating, Sweet Pea and Diva #1 were leaving on vacation and happy to be out with their friends, and we were pleased to have a reason to go out and celebrate, not that we need one.
We ordered tons of appetizers because it is just more fun to share everything. Sweet Pea was excited to have the sexy waiter that she had seen on a previous visit, and the group wouldn’t stop teasing her. We started with the deep fried pickles. Crunchy, delicious and definitely addictive, they were served with a slightly spicy ketchup. This was a great appetizer and if deep frying pickles is wrong then we don’t want to be right! Diva #1 has a deep love of pickles that Diva #2 constantly shakes her head at. Who doesn’t love a good pickle?
Up next, the ahi tuna tacos were definitely fresh and seared perfectly. A little messy to eat with the hard shell crumbling but the overall dish was a crowd pleaser and the Asian slaw added a bit of crunch against the supple fish. The wasabi lime aioli was not too spicy and a refreshing addition to the tacos.
We also had the “Seoul Food” lettuce tacos which our waiter recommended. Sweet Pea was kind enough to build them for everyone at the table and they really were good. The lettuce wrap was a welcomed light alternative and held the ingredients nicely, which were well-seasoned. The veggies were crisp, the pulled pork tender but we would have liked a bit more kimchi for spice. The Divas had not tried lettuce wrapped tacos before.
The salt and pepper calamari was ordered by P’tit Frère and his buddies and they were gentlemanly enough to share with the girls (and wise enough!). They generally fear being beaten by us, as they should. The calamari was still tender and not chewy and they had a nice crunchy coating on the outside. The aji rojo sauce it was served with was also very nice and a nice twist to the traditional Italian marinara sauce and Greek tzatziki.
The boys also ordered the chorizo and cheese cigarillos. These were fabulous! Wrapped to look like cigarillos they were spicy because of the chorizo but then oh so cheesy. They came with a delicious chunky dipping sauce that had onions and greens in it. They were deep fried bites of heaven.
Hands down, the favourite appetizer was the mac and cheese wontons. Just pure bliss really. The outside was crunchy and inside, the mac and cheese was perfectly melted. It was served with a marinara sauce that was good but in our opinion, wasn’t necessary. The Divas fell in love with this one and when Bellatrix joined us, late as always, we right away ordered a second helping of it. Yes, we are gluttons, but when something is that good, how can you not indulge!
All the while, Diva #1 had been picking at everyone’s maraschino cherries from their drinks and deigned to complain when they were all finished. Diva #2’s night of humanitarianism started when she pulled the waiter to the side and asked for a small bowl of cherries. She always takes care of Diva #1 and her requests!
Now take note boys, both Sweet Pea and Vegan Vixen demonstrated that they can both tie a knot with the cherry stem using only their tongue! As for the Divas, we have other talents, perhaps more original ones 😉
Diva #1 had tried the Southern fried buttermilk chicken crispers on a previous visit and was eager to have them again. The chicken is deep fried on a Belgian waffle and drizzled with a buttery maple syrup sauce. We devoured it, sadly a little too quickly because Diva #2 didn’t get a bite. Needless to say, it is a great excuse to go back, we wouldn’t want her missing out! The crispy mac and cheese stuffed wontons and the Southern fried buttermilk chicken crispers encompassed comfort food at its finest and were our favourite starters at Deville.
Our mains were next and since we had ordered so many appetizers, we decided to share. With the help of our delicious-looking waiter, we settled on the Cambalache salad. It was ok, nothing spectacular and according to Vegan Vixen, as a “vegetarian”, she can make better salads. FYI vegetarians are not real people according to the Divas. It had a lot of elements going on and the vinaigrette was more creamy and sweet, than sour and salty. The steak on top was cooked very well and the chimichurri sauce was a nice touch. To be fair, after eating all of these phenomenal and unique appetizers, a salad as a main was a poor choice on our end.
We also ordered the lobster BLTA. This BLTA, arrived with the bacon on the side for our complex vegetarian. It was very good! The lobster was in the form of a salad rather than seasoned pieces and it was really nice, but the bread was a bit mushy. Had it been toasted, it would have held together better. The avocado was a nice touch but the menu mentioned purple mustard and we didn’t see or taste it. The thing with a lobster roll is that if it’s done right, it doesn’t need any extras, but adding avocado was a creamy and unique spin.
P’tit Frère and his buddies ordered the bacon weaved meatloaf that combined veal, pork and beef in a wrap stuffed with aged cheddar and then roasted in the oven. Mashed potatoes and truffled mushroom ragu were the sides of this dish and the dish was presented in a very put together manner. The sides were actually incorporated in the meatloaf that was full of flavour and rich sauce. This was an impressive main.
Everyone who has been to Deville’s recommends the burgers. They are known for their double patties which often deters women but intrigues men. One of the guys ordered the drive-in burger, two patties, cheddar cheese, red onions and pickle chips on a brioche bun. Though the Divas did not taste this burger, the guys were impressed, continued to ignore the ladies and dug in. The meat looked succulent and we would definitely return for a burger, but we would then have to order less starters… and we aren’t sure if we can control ourselves there.
The Divas and company were beyond full but that never stops us from indulging in a little dessert (and eye candy for Diva #1). The beignets are something that Deville is known for so naturally, we had to order them. They were served warm and piled high with icing sugar and two dipping sauces: caramel praline and a nutella mousse. A slight crunch on the outside, the inside was light and airy and wonderful. The caramel sauce wasn’t too sweet and the mousse tasted more like a smooth pudding. But after a big meal, we couldn’t possibly finish them.
Our second dessert was the apple pie ice cream sandwich which was really good! It’s hard to go wrong with that combination. The presentation itself is great as it’s stacked high, drizzled with caramel sauce and it was soon devoured by the ladies.
The food was done but the shameless flirting with our waiter continued. And while Diva #1 is usually on the ball, on this night, she was left speechless by a compliment, a feat that is not easy to achieve (just ask our Sensei). So Diva #2, the shyer of the Divas, stepped up for her fellow Diva and took charge. Diva #2 confidently walked back into the restaurant, tracked down everyone’s favourite Deville eye candy and after a few minutes of chatting, got his number for Diva #1! Needless to say that Diva #1 left for her vacation with something exciting to return for.
On a previous visit Diva #1 and Bellatrix had come to Deville’s with coworkers to grab a quick bite after a strenuous day of shopping. On this particular visit we started with the Greek kopanisti dip and chips. The dip was smooth and a blend of roasted red peppers and feta cheese. Usually a Greek food snob, after all she is a Greek, Diva #1 was quite intrigued, especially when coupled with their truffle parmesan potato chips, a twist to this more traditional dip.
Diva #1 and Bellatrix also enjoyed the baked mac and cheese with a corn bread crust. This was a side dish that is no comparison to the mac and cheese won tons but nonetheless a fabulous alternative for the less adventurous lover of mac and cheese. The shepherd’s pot pie was that particular’s night success, it was made up of braised short ribs, green peas, corn and mashed potato in a majestic puff pastry dome. Ever since coming to Deville’s for just a few bites, Diva #1 has wanted to return with #2 and is very happy that she did.
Deville Dinerbar is a great restaurant; the food is delicious, the décor is modern yet still hangs on to a little bit of nostalgia and the service is pretty top notch too! If you’re looking for a fun night out, check out Deville. You can be sure the Divas will be back, sitting on the terrace, sipping their drinks and enjoying the food, the view and the eye candy 😉
Our Rating: Always on Thursday
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