“If I drink enough, I’ll even eat meat!” Uttered by none other than Vegan Vixen, the Divas and company knew that they were in for a fun night!
Opened in 2008, Les Enfants Terribles is located on Bernard in Outremont, an area that the Divas love frequenting. Diva #2 arrived first and waited in the small entryway until Diva #1, Vegan Vixen and Bellatrix arrived … tipsy!
The restaurant, which is always packed, is large and loud with the bar that wraps around in the center of the room. The terrace covers half the restaurant in the summer and uses heat lamps for the cooler nights.
After a short wait, the host ushered us to our table. Once seated at our table, drinks were quickly ordered as our waitress served us a bread roll each. We poured over the menu, trying to decide which appetizers to get. The Gin and tonic, Diva #2’s go-to drink, was refreshing, as expected and was served in a little vessel so you could pour in your own gin. Diva #1 continued her night with her usual dirty gin martini.
Our first appetizer was the beef tartare. We find it hard to resist ordering raw meat when we see it on a menu and this was no exception. However, we weren’t crazy about the dish. We found it to be overly vinegary and though we’ve had tartares dressed with vinaigrettes before, this was a bit too much. The soft-boiled egg on top was nice as the yolk was still runny. It was interesting to see mushrooms in a beef tartare, and we would have been impressed had the vinegar been less potent.
We also had the salmon tartare. Typical of what you would expect from tartare, nothing stood out though it was really good. The Divas love it when salmon tartare is served with coriander and avocado, a delicious combination and this was no exception.
The blood sausage was next and was very tasty and original. It had a nice sear on the outside creating a nice crust which contrasted the crumbly texture. The apples were refreshing as were the cubes of jelly and the maple added a nice hint of sweet. We don’t know why people are turned off when they see this, maybe the name scares them but if we can get Vegan Vixen to eat it, anyone can give it a try! This was by far their best appetizer.
One of our favourite appetizers was the king crab ravioli. Very original and flavourful, you could really taste the fresh crab and you don’t often see this filling in a ravioli. The sauce was original and the dish captivating.
By this time, Sweet Pea and the guys had arrived. Before our mains, Diva #2 felt it was time to order some shots (and did so throughout the rest of the night) and we’re sure that Zeus would be proud that he rubbed off on her a little bit!
The mains were a bit complicated. We were informed that they had no more duck, the special of the night and what Diva #1 had originally ordered, which was disappointing. Since Diva #1 was enjoying her drinks, it was up to Diva #2 to do fix things because Diva #1 wanted the shepherd’s pie. Diva #2 generously let Diva #1 have it so that we could try as many mains as we could.
Diva#2 ordered the Cornish hen, she truly has an affinity for little birds, but it didn’t really stand out. The skin was crispy and the meat moist. It sat on a piece of grilled romaine lettuce but we really don’t understand why restaurants offer grilled lettuce. The bacon foam was really nice. It added some much needed depth and extra flavour.
Perhaps the best thing we had that night was the shepherd’s pie, something Zeus had recommended. The presentation was beautiful. The mashed potatoes were creamy, the corn added sweetness, and the beef cheek was really tender. We keep telling people this is the best part on an animal! The only thing we missed was the truffle oil, it wasn’t prevalent enough
The braised short rib was good but a bit on the dry side for our liking. It was sitting on a bed of white beans which were fork tender. The mushrooms were good but not enough for us. Again, the dish didn’t stand out.
The Mac n Cheese can be ordered either as an appetizer or a main. Both Bellatrix and Vegan Vixen ordered the dish and they both sent it back! They said there wasn’t enough salt and the only cheese you could taste was cheddar, even though gouda and parmesan were listed.
To replace their meal, they ordered the salmon which came with quinoa salad. We don’t remember the chimichurri sauce standing out but the salmon itself was moist and delicious. We apologize for the photo as Vegan Vixen was trying to drown her guilt of eating a meat product earlier in the evening. Inebriated ladies (aka drunk girls) do not take clear photos
Bellatrix ordered the spaghetti pomodoro but we have to confess that we try not to order dishes that are out of place. That is to say, why order a simple, plain tomato pasta in a non-Italian restaurant; it makes it hard to judge such an Italian dish. Nevertheless, the filler menu item was ordered and it was decent. Add mozzarella di Bufala to anything and we will be impressed, regardless!
Diva #1 had eaten here on a previous occasion and had the lamb burger with warm goat cheese which was very good. In all, the appetizers were more impressive than the main meals, except the shepherd’s pie. There was nothing that blew us away and we feel like this place is best for drinks and appetizers and a fun atmosphere. We had drank a lot, were feeling frisky and had fun harassing the guys, but the food left something to be desired.
Our Rating: Meh!
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