What can we say, it’s always nice to be invited out to dinner, especially to check out a new place or a new menu. Such was the case on a particularly rainy night in Mile End, when Diva #2, Day Jobs & the Nightlife and Sweet Pea were invited to eat at Un Autre Restaurant.
We sat at a table in front of their giant pizza oven and we snacked on mini taralli, made in house, while we sipped on our wine. We’d love to show you a photo of these but we devoured them too quickly. Sometimes we’re gluttonous like that!
Our dinner started with a few appetizers, including suppli alla Romana. We have been spoiled with some incredible suppli in Montreal, so our standards were set high. At Un Autre Restaurant, they reminded us more of arancini, as they were plumper than others that we had tried. The outer shell was crispy and the inside was filled with meat and cheese. They were served with a simple marinara sauce for dipping.
The first of the two salads was the fennel and orange salad was fresh and light. The fennel was crunchy and the orange gave it a nice burst of citrus flavour with every bite. It was lightly dressed and though the weather was dreary, this salad was bright and summery.
The second salad was a traditional caprese salad with strawberries. Again, another light and fresh salad. The light drizzle of olive oil and balsamic on the cheese was delicious and married well with the sweet strawberries. The fresh herbs also enhanced all the flavours and really brought about thoughts of summer.
Fried calamari is a common item on lots of menus and we’ve had plenty. Unfortunately, the fried calamari at Un Autre Restaurant wasn’t our favourite. Why? The simple reason is that the coating wasn’t crispy enough, and the squid itself was a bit chewy.
The smoked sausage with rapini was a good dish; the sausage was really grilled nicely. We love rapini and that bitter bite, but this dish needed a little bit more seasoning for our liking. The rapini was lacking a touch of salt.
Day Jobs & the Nightlife lit up when he saw the fish and chips hit the table; bless his little Newfie heart! Served with hand cut fries, coleslaw and homemade tartar sauce, the fish was moist and flaky, but the coating was not at all crunchy. The fries were delicious, sprinkled with a little bit of rosemary for an extra hint of flavour.
The smoked chicken was definitely the best dish, they prepare it in-house and it could easily rival any rotisserie chicken you’ve ever had. It was surprising to see that a restaurant serving primarily Italian food excel at rotisserie chicken. Who knew! The skin was crispy and their seasoning really enhanced the chicken skin. The meat was juicy and you could really taste the smoky flavour. It was an excellent dish.
Montreal is filled with some great pizza places and Un Autre Restaurant has thrown their hat into the mix. All their pizzas are named after streets in Montreal, which is a nice touch. We were explained that only once the pizza comes out of the oven, are the fresh ingredients tossed on. We had the St-Viateur pizza, the fresh toppings were cherry tomatoes, parmesan, prosciutto, Buffalo mozzarella and arugula. Our pizza was served at room temperature, this was done on purpose, which is different from what we’re used to but a novel approach considering the fresh ingredients topping our pie.
As a pre birthday celebration, we had a couple of sparklers for Day Jobs & the Nightlife to blow out for his birthday. We had fried dough, drizzled with Nutella and sliced strawberries. Diva #2 isn’t a fan of Nutella and she freely admits it. But the dough was light and everyone at the table seemed to enjoy the dish!
The Mile End is full of great options, no matter what you’re looking for. But if you really want to be surprised, hit up Un Autre Restaurant on Saint Viateur and try their delicious smoked chicken, you’ll love it! And after dinner, do like Diva #2 and cross the street to pick up some St. Viateur Bagel for a taste of Montreal!
Our Rating: As Expected
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