There are times when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and sit down with old friends over food and drinks. That is precisely what Diva #2 needed when dinner plans were made with The Firm and her childhood friend V.
It was pouring rain but inside Monsieur Resto + Bar on Bleury, the atmosphere was warm and cozy. We started with cocktails, the Moon Child and Kim’s Pim. A straightforward drink, the Moon Child was light and refreshing. Kim’s Pim was their take on the traditional British Pimm’s Cup, and was just as refreshing and summery. It made us miss summer all the more.
Monsieur resto + bar is known for their salmon tartare so it was a given that we would order it. And it was perfection. Topped with an avocado and mango salsa, it lends both a smooth and crunchy element to the velvety salmon. It is served with baguette crisps and a side salad mixed with cabbage and other vegetables that is then dressed with a garlic-based vinaigrette that was a little tangy. This dish can be ordered as an appetizer or a main.
There is only one bad thing that can be said about this next appetizer and it is the fact that it is not on the menu permanently! Made with in-season Quebec strawberries, spinach and our favourite cheese, burrata, it is the perfect showcase of seasonal and local products. The burrata added a creaminess to the pesto, the strawberries were sweet and tart, and the homemade fruit roll up was insanely delicious!
The gnocchi at Monsieur had a little bit of a twist, they were made with both potato and ricotta. Usually, it’s one or the other! And they used sweet potatoes to enhance the flavour. Our friend found the sauce a little too tangy for her liking but the gnocchi were cooked well, and the combination of brown butter and sage always makes for an excellent sauce.
The filet mignon was cooked as requested, medium rare. It shouldn’t ever be cooked more than medium rare, or you’ll ruin the piece of meat. But people are … stupid. The filet mignon was tender, flavourful and the mushroom and brandy sauce was a great combination of flavours and didn’t distract from the meat.
The risotto of the day was a seafood risotto with shrimp and scallops. We think they may have used mascarpone because the risotto was very creamy, with a touch of sweetness, rich and filling. The asparagus was cut into small pieces and added some crunch, the mushrooms added earthiness, and the spinach brightened it up. The shrimp were coral pink and plump, and the scallop had a little crust on the outside; they were truly succulent.
When your friendship spans over 20 years, conversation throughout the night went from silly things like adult colouring books, to more adult things like the latest house renovations. We lingered over our coffee and dessert, trying both the sorbet and carrot cake. The sorbet had two flavours, mango and blood orange, which is an unusual but delightful combination. It was very refreshing and would be perfect on a hot Montreal summer day. The carrot cake looked dense but was actually light, and the cream cheese frosting was minimal, which we like. Served with a few berries, it was a nice way to end our meal.
Monsieur resto + bar is a great little spot near the Quartier des Spectacles, it’s unfortunate that it doesn’t get much attention. The dishes are full of flavour, the service is friendly and the atmosphere is perfect for a fun girls night out. With buck a shuck on Friday nights after 6:30pm with a resident DJ spinning, we know that we will return to Monsieur resto + bar.
Our Rating: Splendid
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