There is nothing more fabulous than a gorgeous rooftop bar that’s overlooking our sexy city. Pair that with a day party celebrating our friend’s birthday and you have yourself one hell of a good ol’ boozy time. The Renaissance Hotel, located on Robert Bourassa (formerly University Street) in downtown Montreal, opened just this year, is the perfect place to start drinking before moving on to your next adventure.
The décor is modern, the staff is attentive and we had one of our best summer days in 2016 with P’tit Soeur, Sweet Pea, JB, Chomedey’s Double D and our nearest and dearest friends from St-Lau. We started drinking in the early afternoon and were quite inebriated by the early evening. The atmosphere is relaxed at the Renaissance Hotel but we can get wild absolutely anywhere.
P’tit Soeur’s beau was the recipient of the surprise party that she planned, and since he had introduced all of us to this fabulous rooftop bar, it was the perfect spot. We knew to order the Aloe Vera cocktail which they don’t have as a pitcher but we insisted. Before the waiter was done pouring out the first, and second pitcher into our glasses, we were already ordering the next one. It was delicious and refreshing, a perfect summer cocktail.
Renaissance has a small menu with the perfect bar food if you’re feeling peckish. The cheese platter looked scrumptious but we opted for the deli meat platter with capicola, prosciutto, salami and a delicious duck paté that we loved with the caramelized onion compote that they provided. Old fashioned mustard, a bison terrine, cranberries, pecans and strawberries tied this platter together nicely. They brought us more crostinis, at our request, and after trying a few dishes we considered this our favourite dish at the Renaissance Hotel.
The sea bass ceviche was refreshingly tossed with mango, avocado, orange, tomato, cucumbers radishes, and coriander for a refreshing Mexican style feel. The mango and avocado were perfectly incorporated with the seabass ceviche which was not very potent as the other delicious ingredients dominated this dish. That being said this dish paired well with the aloe vera cocktails that were flowing.
The steak tartare was simple and a little on the small side, tossed with chives, shallots, parsley, and capers for that quintessential French bistro flair. Perhaps it would have been more filling if it was served with a green salad or French fries, nonetheless the Renaissance rooftop bar is less of a restaurant than a bar that serves food for those craving a bite.
As the day wore on and we got drunker, we considered jumping into their little pool for a refreshing dip. Diva #1 knew that she should have brought her bikini but in an attempt at keeping her civilized, Sweet Pea had warned her that it was not that sort of party so that she didn’t stuff a bikini in her purse. Perhaps it was for the better as no one was really swimming and Diva #1 would have just made a mess of the bar. But she knows for next time…
The menu was small and our table of about 20 boozy friends ordered most of it. The fried calamari had a thick breading that was well seasoned but different from the typical Mediterranean style calamari that we’re used to. We didn’t get to try it but our friends assured us that it was delicious and different. At this point we were too busy taking shots at the bar to commit to sitting down in one spot.
The Angus Beef Burger was the only main that we tried, the rest were appetizers that everyone was picking at. A thick Angus beef patty was dressed with Swiss cheese, bacon, hot peppers, and caramelized onions with a homemade BBQ sauce. Their burger was exactly as we expected, tasty and simple. The fries were crispy, and they came with a tangy spicy mayo top dip them in.
This small rooftop bar even has a top floor with a few lounge chairs for those who want to take in the sun directly, without a canopy to protect you from the elements. We would definitely return to the Renaissance Hotel for cocktails, and the deli and cheese platters, but it really isn’t a dinner spot. Our only complaint is that we wish that the bar stayed open later, we tried to go on a Friday night but they closed at midnight, so it’s a good spot to start your night and then move on elsewhere!
Our Rating: Splendid
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