Sunday, February 27, 2011

DNA: "AND" - TAKE TWO


We attended a Montreal High Lights Festival event last night at DNA restaurant called "AND" - Take Two. We reserved a table for 2 a week ago not knowing exactly what the menu would be. We only knew two things : on this night chef Derek Dammann and sommelier Alex Cruz would be switching roles reversing the acronym of "DNA" to "AND", and that the meal was to be inspired by "women chefs from 1980's Quebec".

Sunday, February 20, 2011

LE BOUCAN


We first heard about Le Boucan on a FoodNetwork Canada episode of David Adjey's show "The Opener". "The Opener" is a series hosted by chef and restaurant consultant David Adjey, which showcases first time restauranteurs experience the trials and tribulations of opening their first restaurants. After watching the episode we knew we'd have to go try this new Montreal BBQ restaurant for ourselves, it was just a matter of when.

We finally got around to eating at Le Boucan this weekend, and we're  ready to render our verdict. We arrived to a packed house of about 30 or 35 seats on a Saturday night and were welcomed by a friendly guy in a plaid shirt and blue jeans. The walls are accented with reclaimed barn wood, the mood is lively, and the music is fun and eclectic from Rod Stewart to the Beastie Boys.

Friday, February 18, 2011

KAZU


A lot of friends we have spoken to recently have been asking us "Did you guys try Kazu yet?". So, we decided to go give what had been explained to us as a mixture between a pub and a japanese tapas bar a try. In a neighborhood better known for catering to the likes and dislikes of the local student clientele we were blown away by this bright light in an otherwise pretty dark culinary corner of our city. We arrived at about 6:30 PM and although it was raining, there was a line out the door and down the block. Initially we considered going somewhere else for dinner since waiting in line for a restaurant that refuses to accept reservations is generally not our idea of a good time. However, we had come to try this highly recommended hole in the wall, and would be lying if all these people waiting in the rain didn't evoke the idea that just maybe.... it might be worth the hassle. The rain stopped, and we chose to wait it out.