Saturday, April 23, 2011

KITCHENETTE


Kitchenette is on the east side of Rene Levesque across the way from the Molson Brewery and the CBC building. It's a family run bistro that serves fun and eclectic food with a bit of a Houston, Texas flare - that's where the chef Nick Hodge is from. We arrive at about 8 o'clock and the dining room is about half full, no one is greeting guests at the door so we approach the bar. We're seated at what seems to be the only table in the restaurant with low leather lounge chairs - the table equivalent of a designer's "accent wall" we imagine. The stressed-wood floors are beautiful and the table lamps hung upside down on the ceiling as lighting is really cool. Our waiter arrives and presents us with menu's, his descriptions of menu items that we have questions about are helpful and spot-on. We order a few beers and make our final decisions.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

OSTERIA VENTI


There has been a lot of anticipation on the internet lately surrounding Michele Forgione's new Italian restaurant Osteria Venti in Old Montreal. It is every chef's dream come true, the day when they open their first Chef/Owner operated restaurant, a chance to do things their way, no exceptions. This past Friday was opening night and reservations were gobbled up without delay. We were however able to get a reservation on their second night open, despite the fact that their reservation book seems to be filling up quicker than a Paul McCartney concert.

Monday, April 11, 2011

LE JOLIFOU


The concept at Le Jolifou has recently been completely overhauled for Chef David Ferguson's version of Montreal's own little BBQ roadhouse, with a bit of an upscale twist.  We arrive to a lively dining room on a Saturday night. The room is buzzing with conversation and the Canadiens final regular season game is playing on a small flat screen over the bar and a large one over the kitchen's counter where diners may be accommodated sitting around the open concept kitchen. We're greeted without delay by friendly staff, seated and presented with menus. The room is full of bright red chairs and punchy red accents, the table tops are covered in brown paper, a nice selection of wines by the glass are written in neon colored paint marker on a mural sized mirror.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

CABANE À SUCRE AU PIED DE COCHON


We were lucky enough to have been sort of "in the right place at the right time" the inaugural year of Au Pied De Cochon's sugar shack and got ourselves a reservation. It was, to say the least, a very memorable meal. On our way home that night there was serious conversation about whether to find a hotel to stop at rather than try to drive back to Montreal on such a full stomach. We were for lack of a better word, "drunk" on food. The next year we missed the boat and completely forgot to call or e-mail for a reservation, by the time we remembered we were far too late. We promised ourselves that in 2011 it wouldn't happen again. So back in October 2010 we e-mailed requesting a reservation for 2 to be sure we weren't late to the party, to our dismay we never heard back. Then, 5 months later our foodie prayers were answered. Our version of a small miracle occurs when we get a random call from an area code 450 phone number on a saturday evening, its Cabane À Sucre Au Pied De Cochon letting us know that we were the next call back on the reserve waiting list in case others had cancelled. We were offered a Friday 8:30 PM reservation and we gladly accepted it in a heartbeat.