The Divas love their Thursday nights, however, on one particularl Thursday, a restaurant that we had reserved called us and asked if we’d like to cancel. We were one of their only reservations and they wanted to close the kitchen early… classy. Suffice it to say the Divas were not pleased or impressed. This kind of customer care might be the reason why the restaurant is already only open three days a week. And it’s safe to say we will be taking this restaurant off our wishlist!
Luckily our good friend Mr. Wonderful knows a few people (and loves us) so he did us a favour and got us a very last minute and unlikely reservation at Méchant Boeuf.
Located in Old Montreal on St. Paul West, Méchant Boeuf is the kind of place where, once you walk in, you know you’re going to have a good time. The DJ, surrounded by the red glow of the restaurant, was already mixing at his booth when Diva #2 arrived. Diva #1, Vegan Vixen and Bellatrix arrived shortly after … and a little tipsy. Diva #2 later pieced together their story and found out that they left Zeus to find parking after dropping them off in front of the restaurant. But if there’s anyone who can handle 5 women, it’s Zeus! And yes, Vegan Vixen came to Méchant Boeuf, willingly. Her penchant for restaurants named after meats continues to grow.
At Bellatrix’s request, we started our night with champagne. Though we had nothing in particular to celebrate, a bottle was brought from the neighbouring Hotel Nelligan as the restaurant did not have any more of the Chandon Blanc de Noirs, Callifornie. Champagne poured, toast made and we were ready to start our night.
Looking at the menu, Diva #2 already knew that certain dishes would be ordered for our appetizers without Diva #1 having to pull out the sad eyes (which no longer have an effect on Diva#2). It goes without saying that oysters were ordered, along with foie gras and tartare, just some of the Divas’ favourite things in life.
Vegan Vixen ordered the crab cakes. There were 2 plump cakes to an order and clearly made with real crab meat and barely any filler ingredients. The crab was fresh, there was a nice crunch to the outside and definitely something to consider ordering next time around.
Bellatrix ordered the warm spinach and artichoke dip. A bit peppery, it was very chunky, the artichoke pieces were quite generous. Not greasy like other artichoke dips, it was served with yellow, blue and red corn tortillas. It can definitely fill you up so be careful not to overdo it… we are the queens of overdoing it. It could, however, have been a bit cheesier for our liking.
Naturally, by this point, the champagne was finished and we were on to our first bottle of wine. It was a South African full bodied red with a super smooth finish. We were in trouble! The Divas love to drink but when we do we always go too far… and this was one of our nights. Wine was flowing and we just told our waiter to keep bringing another one after each bottle of wine was finished. Diva #1 even spilt half a glass of wine near Bellatrix at one point, and is still limping from her retaliation.
The oysters were next and served with the usual lemon wedge, red onion vinaigrette and a new condiment made with radishes which we really enjoyed. The last few times that we’ve ordered oysters, there has been a new topping to try and we love this idea. The oysters themselves were perfect – salty, fresh and delicious. And Vegan Vixen has taken a liking to sucking them down! Zeus loves to watch.
We also had the tartare trio which has bison, beef and salmon. Hands down, the bison tartare was the best of the bunch. The salmon was lacking a little flavour and maybe we’re a bit picky with this one because we’ve had it so many times but it was still light and tasty. The beef was great, a standard on most Montreal menus but nothing particularly stood out. The bison was the best one amongst the three. Flavorful, meaty and satisfying. You don’t see bison tartare on enough menus.
And the Divas are never without foie gras if it’s on a menu. And this has to be one of the best we’ve had. The two slices were served with mixed berries that really complimented the seared foie gras. It was also served with a jam of sorts. Now, Zeus has made it a habit of buying or procuring a part of our meal that he loves. This was the case with the jam condiment. Both he and Diva #2 spoke with the manager to ask exactly what it was made of (apricots, dried apples, cardamom etc) and he generously gave them a sample each. It’s safe to say, they were both very happy!
Bottle number two of wine accompanied our mains. At this point we were all very merry. Diva #1 had heard about the restaurant’s delicious roasted beer can chicken with homemade BBQ sauce, they need 30 minutes to prepare this dish that is apparently exquisite but there was so much to choose from on the menu that we never ended up ordering the chicken.
Vegan Vixen opted to play vegetarian for the night and ordered the salmon tartare main with fries. Vegan Vixen thought the tartare was delicious. It was light since there was no mayo used, she has issues with mayonnaise, and fresh though she would have preferred it served with regular fries as oppose to matchstick fries which she did not touch.
Bellatrix ordered the skinny burger with a side of fries. The burger was topped with Portobello mushrooms, bocconcini and arugula served on a flat bread bun. She enjoyed the fresh and surprisingly light combination of flavours. The reason it is called the skinny burger is because the bread is flat and thin. This is a nice touch because you can enjoy all of the ingredients without filling up on so much bread.
Zeus and Diva #1 were also craving meat and ordered the Méchant Burger, AAA beef with bacon, blue cheese and gruyere with caramelized onions made for a mean burger…no pun intended. Zeus, of course, opted to replace the fries with a poutine, he just loves his poutine. He is known for eating an entire meal and then craving poutine as a “snack” shortly after. Diva #1 loved this burger that was meaty and rich, a great combination of flavors.
Diva #2 ordered the onglet. It was served with vegetables (which were poached by Vegan Vixen) and red wine glazed cippolini onions. The meat was cooked a medium rare, as per Dvia #2’s request, and was very tender and juicy. The onions added a nice hint of sweet and the veggies were still crunchy. There’s nothing worse than mushy veggies (well … )! There was also the option to add grilled shrimp, grilled scallops or ½ grilled lobster to the dish.
Other AAA steak options include a New York Steak, rib steak or filet mignon with an option of homemade sauces: pepper, gorgonzola, foie gras or BBQ. You can also add sautéed mushrooms, homemade mashed potatoes with cheese or fingerling potatoes for an additional cost. Méchant Bœuf jazzes up the most simple steak dishes. Another blurry photo was taken due to our usual over indulgence of alcohol.
At this point, our Sensei dropped in to check on his favourite protégés and found some to be slightly tipsier than others. Never one to miss a beat, he ordered the cheesecake, the only dessert the table ordered. He said he’s had better as the back of the cheesecake was a tad too cold for his taste but, all in all, he was satisfied. We love it when he drops by and visits us, he pretends that he has had enough of us but he loves us like family!
The Divas and company left the restaurant and headed for their cars. Only the following day did Diva #2 find out that on the way to their cars, Diva #1, Vegan Vixen, Bellatrix and Zeus (somewhat of a prisoner at this point) ended up at Garde Manger and danced the night away … on the floor and the bar! A couple days later, Sweet Pea gave Diva #2 a look asking her how she could let this happen. All Diva #2 could say was that they told her “we’re going to the car”. Next time, Diva #2 will be sure to lend Zeus a helping hand and perhaps even join the girls in the debauchery! Zeus was excellent at rounding up the ladies and taking them home in the nick of time. Bellatrix was fighting with a group of Francophones over Quebecois politics, while Diva #1 and Vegan Vixen danced to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines on the bar… another classy night for the Divas.
Our Rating: Splendid
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