Les Trois Brasseur

September 15th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Any place that has beer cocktails is pretty fine by me. Add on a microbrewery, delicious food and atmosphere, and a stellar waitress, and I’m essentially in heaven.

Poutine. Nom nom nom.

While my friends and I were recently in Montreal, we saw a busy bar named “Les Trois Brasseur,” which, according to my French-speaking friend Kristin, means “The Three Brewers.”

This place was excellent. From the perky server (with an adorable Canadian accent) to the menu (tons of options, and a huge alcohol selection) to the seating (outdoor on a beautiful night), I was extremely pleased.

We started with an order of poutine- a traditional French-Canadian cuisine. It’s french fries topped with gravy and melted mozzarella cheese curds. Trois Brasseur makes some pretty stellar poutine.

As my main entree, I ordered a Flann, which is a thin pizza-like dohickey. it was covered with four cheeses and mushrooms. It was delicious. Slightly less hearty than a pizza, it was very large which compensated for the unheartiness.

Dessert flann. I'd marry it.

Our waitress took good care of us, considering it was a busy night. To accompany my drink I got a beer cocktail- one with an amber beer and a lemon twist. It wasn’t really my thing, but I could tell that it was good.

My friends ordered a delicious darker cherry cocktail, which was an excellent choice (I know having stolen more than several sips).

We finished our meals off with a dessert flann- featuring sliced bananas, chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream.

Heaven. So. Good. We also got a pitcher of sangria at this point. They make it strong.

Verdict: Amazing. If you’re ever in Montreal, try it. It’s good on every level, though perhaps a tad pricy for a college student. But- you’re in Montreal, you should be ready to spend a little money!

Perfecto!

The Price Rating: The Journalist- Kids who are doing alright- this is the middle of the road. They are good with money, but aren’t going to get rich in an industry of dying newspapers.

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A Propos Resto Café (Montreal)

September 7th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

The day's special, paired with a glass of red wine.

Montreal mixes the beautiful cultures of the French and Canadian to create what some call the Paris of North America. Close and welcoming enough for Americans and non-French Canadians, it is an excellent opportunity to pick up some French, sample some new cuisine and enjoy a province that moves at its own pace.

I recently ventured to Quebec via roadtrip with three of my best friends, and on the way we sampled some delicious local restaurants.

While in Old Montreal, a historic area of the city with cobblestone streets, we happened upon a small, local cafe with a cozy yet upbeat feel.

With a wait staff that felt more comfortable speaking French, we were excited for the challenge of sampling their cuisine.

We were seated near the front window, giving us an excellent opportunity to people-watch while we ate. The surroundings, as well, were also a gorgeous eyeful.

My friend Kristin and I tried that day’s special, a delicious bow-tie pasta with fresh green onions, chives, cheese, and lots of olive oil. The special also featured a delicious salad with fresh beet and a rich dressing. I had never tasted beet that was quite so fresh.

The pasta was done perfectly, and the olive oil gave it a nice, light taste.

My other two friends had the most authentic-looking paninis I have ever seen. With fresh bread and a few simple slices of meat and cheese, they looked and were (according to my friends) amazing.

Essentially the best chocolate cake I've ever had/will have.

However, nothing held a candle to the dessert we finished off with. L’Apero offers a chocolate cake that was worth the 16-hour drive. Featuring a rich frosting, fresh fruit, a strawberry and chocolate sauce drizzle, and sliced walnuts, it was the best cake I’ve ever eaten.

“The chocolate cake at Apero was presented by the chef with pride and glamour,” Kristin said. “He waited for us to compliment him and left behind the best possible finish to a beautiful, flavorful meal.”

My friend Ali agrees:

“This was by far the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted in my life. I would travel 16 hours again for another piece of that cake,” said Ali.

The restaurant sums up the city very well. While the cuisine was not entirely unknown, it was certainly a new experience, and the restaurant and wait staff were delightfully French.

Perfecto!

The Price Rating: The Cultural Studies Major- These grass-fed people-watchers love food that’s good for you, and with a major with no guaranteed paycheck, they don’t want to break the bank, though they’ll sometimes go a little high for something special.