***Sadly this Restaurant is Closed***
Ernest Hemingway is attributed with saying, “I drink to make other people more interesting” and the Divas couldn’t agree more! We received our special VIP invitation to SpiritHouse Montreal, complete with a wax seal. With locations in Toronto and Chicago, we were intrigued to try out this new cocktail bar in Old Montreal that served gourmet bar food. Our invitation told us to arrive thirsty and hungry and that we did!
SpiritHouse Montreal is located on St. Jacques West in Old Montreal, and has the distinct feature of being one of the only cocktails bar in the Old Port. When the Divas arrived we were escorted to plush leather seats beyond their expansive bar only to find fluffy little Rambo, blogger friend Tanya-Kay and other fellow bloggers.
We ordered our cocktails while waiting for the food to be passed around. The Cucumber Basil Smash and Curb Appeal were both served in tall highball glasses and both very refreshing. The Basil Smash was served with a slice of cucumber and a few leaves of basil to really infuse the flavour in the gin. The Curb Appeal was served with lime and a sprig of rosemary, again, to impart the herby flavour that matched well with the lime.
We also ordered the English Therapy after sampling our friends’ drink. Very floral, it was light and crisp and caraway seeds rested delicately on the foamy egg white. And since they are all about their cocktails, as a parting gift, SpiritHouse gave us a sample of their bottled Manhattan made with Canadian Pike Creek Canadian Whiskey. Sadly Senior Diva stole Diva #1’s bottle…
The sliders were delicious. At the event you had a choice between a burger patty or a spicy quinoa patty, we chose the nice little traditional hamburger. The patty was thicker than most sliders and the meat was tender. The toppings didn’t interfere with the taste of the meat, and the bread held everything together without getting soggy. It wasn’t messy at all, which is great because we don’t need any help creating a mess! We tried their beef sliders but on their menu they also have the option of fried chicken, smoked pork and cheesesteak sliders.
The poutine was next, served in colourful, individual cast iron pots. We sampled the original, though they have many variations including pulled pork, chorizo and duck confit. The Divas are not fanatical about poutine but the gravy on this one was rich, the fries still had some crispiness and the cheese squeaked. That’s all that was needed for a successful little snack!
We were delighted when the churros arrived, still hot, and served with two decadent dipping sauces. The churros themselves were crispy, light and not overly sweet. The dipping sauces were delicious, one with dark chocolate and tequila, tequila being a Diva downfall, and the other was bourbon caramel. When the churros were eaten, we continued to enjoy the bourbon caramel sauce with a spoon. The menu states rum caramel but our waitress had specified that it was bourbon caramel!
SpiritHouse is a nice addition to the Old Montreal cocktail scene. They also have tastings in their cellar which is very reminiscent of a speakeasy. The cocktails are delicious and the food was fun. If you’re looking for a place to relax and have a drink with friends, Spirit House Montreal will certainly have something to satisfy your craving with over 400 bottles of spirits to choose from!
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