***Sadly this Restaurant is Closed***
The Divas fell in love at the opening of Harlow, Old Montreal’s newest restaurant. A throwback to the old Hollywood glitz and glam of the 1930s, Harlow has a very cool vibe, with jazz music wafting in the air. It is definitely the kind of place that the Divas love.
Located on Place Jacques Cartier, Harlow has four distinct areas: the bar, the dining room with blush pink velvet seating, an upstairs lounge which overlooks the bar and a terrace which will open in the spring.
We were offered complimentary cocktails made up of gin, berries and Moet and garnished with fresh mixed berries. The drink was refreshing, unfortunately, the service at the bar was a little slow, but we’ll chalk that up to a very packed opening night event!
We loved the nuggets of deep fried cheese, served with a marinara dipping sauce. The breading was crunchy, the cheese slightly melted and salty. Delicious! The lobster bisque was a favourite. Made with a red pepper and tomato base, the lobster flavour was light and the thick tomato bisque was not overly acidic. Another cheesy canapé were puffs of pastry filled with some creamy cheese and tomato confit which added a nice contrast to the bite. Served on a plate of arugula, the presentation was lovely!
We sampled two types of sliders. The first was a pulled pork slider with a crunchy purple cabbage slaw which cut the tanginess of the pork. The bun held together nicely and it was packed full of meat. The second burger was a thick, moist beef burger covered in melted cheese and lots of caramelized onions on a poppy seed bun.
Lamb chop lollipops were also served, cooked pink in the middle and draped in a thick coating of mint pesto. The lamb was tender and the mint was the perfect, familiar pairing. This was a lovely canapé, upscale and reminiscent of that Hollywood glam that Harlow was echoing.
A jazz band was playing old jazz tunes and remixed versions of current hits as canapés were being passed around. The shrimp wontons were served with a soya sauce based sauce; they were filled to bursting with shrimp and vegetables. Everything was very fresh! The wontons themselves were also very crispy to contrast the interior.
Continuing with more shrimp, large popcorn shrimp on a stick were passed around. Bigger than the usual popcorn shrimp, they were juicy and had a thin crisp coating. They were drizzled with a savoury honey for that little bit of extra flavour.
As we sat down with another cocktail, we were brought a plate of popcorn, very apropos to the overall theme of Hollywood. Drizzled with a tangy sauce that we couldn’t quite figure out, it was the perfect snack to munch on as we gossiped and plotted and planned our next adventure.
We fell in love with the atmosphere, loved the vibe and were intrigued by the canapés. We’ll definitely come back to Harlow to enjoy a proper sit down dinner and get the full experience. As Old Hollywood comes together with Old Montreal, the guys behind Time Supper Club, Stevie B and Brahms Yaiche, are hoping Harlow will carve a place on the Old Montreal restaurant scene.
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