***Sadly this Restaurant is Closed***
Every neighbourhood needs a go-to spot for drinks, whether it’s a casual 5 à 7 after work, pre-drinks before dinner, or one last round at the end of the night. Located on Roy Est, Watts Bar is the Plateau’s newest addition to the grid.
The Divas were invited to Watts’ official media launch to sample some of their cocktails and bites from their menu. We arrived and were handed a sample menu listing the cocktails and wines that were available. We made our way to the long, tiled bar and took up residence in front of their mixologist who was cranking out drink after drink.
We ordered two of the three sample cocktails, the Red snapper and the Floridita. The Red Snapper is a play on a Bloody Caesar with gin, Clamato, salsa verde, lemon and spices. It could have been spicier but it had a nice taste. The Floridita with rum, Luxardo Maraschino, grapefruit and lime was sour but with as sweet element from the cherry liqueur.
They set up the food on a back table for everyone to serve themselves. They laid out a small sampling from their regular menu to give us an idea of what to expect from Chef Herve Lamontage. The meatballs were moist and tasted like they were simmering in the sauce all day. We enjoyed them tremendously!
Arancini aren’t easy to make and unfortunately, the arancini at Watts Bar fell very short. They looked promising with a golden crust but that’s where the dream ended. They were stuffed with cheese but they were very bland, missing salt and flavour all together. They remained on our plates with only one little bite taken out of them.
They had a few pizzas to try and we sampled the margherita and prosciutto crudo pizza. The margherita is a classic, made simply with tomato sauce, fior di latte and basil. The crust was good, thin and crispy. But with many expert Italian pizzerias in Montreal, we wouldn’t be returning to Watts Bar for some pizza.
The atmosphere at Watts Bar is great, from the chalkboard menu of wines, to the neon signs that read oiseau de nuit, to the statue of Mother Mary by the DJ booth, the vibe is very chill and the music is great too. It’s definitely a great addition to the Plateau as a neighbourhood bar to grab a drink but we would think twice about eating a meal there, at least for now. Watts Bar is just that, a bar, so enjoy the drinks and the atmosphere.