Walking in off the street quartier generale feels like what my dinning room would be like around thanks giving, only bigger and full of strangers.
The fireplace and dim but not to dim lighting give it a warm feeling. It is a BYO so be prepared to have them offset liquor sales with paying full price for your meal.
Like many other restaurants of late it has the chalkboard menu but fortunately a well verse waiter came to explain every option and there are multiple chalkboards to avoid you hovering over other tables feeling something like the family dog.
What’s Really Good:
Now everything is very French and we didn’t ask for any translations so we can’t tell you if they can accommodate an unilingual but everything sounds amazing. You’ll have trouble narrowing down your choices so going in groups may be the best choice. We were two and a third may have been the way to go.
For the record we ordered duck tartare, bavette d’agneau, filet boeuf and a surf & turf which comprised of duck and lobster. Not to mention the soup, salad and desserts which compliment the Table d’hôte.
Duck tartare was a perfect portion size, fresh and very flavorful. Coupled with mushrooms it’s a MUST try. The bavette is fresh and well cooked but isn’t killer and can be skipped. The entrees also came out very promptly, a pleasantry many restaurants ignore much like te bread which was wonderfully fresh. Nothin in life is worse than hard bread and hard butter.
Pardon our french but the duck and lobster is the f**king shit! The onion puree that accompanies it steals te show. I nearly forgot to share the lobster claw it’s THAT GOOD.
We ordered the filet de boeuf rare. Its nice to get what you asked for and not med rare. The potatoes are fried in bacon grease which ma give you a heart attack but you’ll die smilling.
Dessert time, marquise au chocolat and creme brulé.
Marquise has a fruit topping and an almond floor that reminiscent of a deluxe coffee crisp wafer. Its incredibly rich and will put an end to that diet you’re working on but you only live once so go for it. Its a great sharing desert but don’t be ashamed when you want it back for the last bite.
The crême brulé is great but most french restaurants will nail that dish so we’ll advise you to take a risk and try something else.
Good luck and let us know what you think!
You’ll want to know
Their menu is written in french and the wait staff will likely address you in french, don’t be alarmed they’re quite friendly. They’re open late and will take last minute reservations so don’t settle for a sloppy poutine just because its 10pm and hunger struck. Lastly, like I mentioned above, its a BYO so don’t forget to make a run to the liquor store first. There are two SAQ’s on Mt. Royal, one open til 10pm seven days a week.