You may have noticed a dearth in lunchtime reviews on this medium. Having worked on restaurant-challenged Nuns' Island for the last seven years, a worthy midday outing was near impossible. That is all about to change as my employer recently relocated to the once-troubled, gentrifying neighborhood of Pointe-Saint-Charles.
While not exactly a restaurant haven either, the proximity to Little Burgundy and Griffintown right across the Lachine canal opens up a sea of possibilities. Today's excursion targeted urban microbrewery Brasseur de Montréal; because – you know – BEER!
The brasserie-cum-restaurant's setting fits nicely against Griffintown's light-industrial backdrop. The interior comprises a main bar area followed by a sun-drenched, greenhouse-like annexation. Judging from our two visits in recent weeks, this is one popular lunchtime destination as every table got nabbed shortly after noon.
With a beer list flaunting over fifteen different brews all made on site, Brasseur does not feel so "micro" of an operation after all. Traditional, seasonal and specialty ales draw inspiration from styles as varied as Quebecois and American to English, Scottish, Belgian and Oriental. A wheat Hefeweizen was cloudy and fruity, while a Docker IPA proved strong and citrusy with medium bitterness; good stuff!
The nosh menu also spans the Atlantic divide with North American and European specialties; poutine, smoked meat, chili, fish ‘n' chips, choucroute and others (almost) all incorporate beer in their preparation.
A copious fillet of beer-battered blue cod sat atop a pile of poutine-style fries. The fish was tasty but its coating was too thick and dense.
The filling tasted great – not overly sweet with low acidity – yet again the crust was not as flaky and golden as I would have desired.
tagged: FOCUS ON BEER
On both occasions so far my party has been tended to by a cheeky, outspoken waiter that is bound to steal the show. Between his mannerisms and bluntness regarding which dishes you should avoid, he is bound to be better company than your companion(s)! Theatrics aside, he is quite capable, knowledgeable and efficient.
tagged: LIFE OF THE PARTY
In terms of suds, there is no questioning the craftsmanship and diversity on display at Brasseur de Montréal. As for food, the bistro-style menu is a commendable departure from your typical "grill" fare found at most pubs. That being said, the offering is not without its share of flaws; making this Griffintown brewery much more of a beer nerd destination than a foodie's.
tagged: PLAN B.
Price per person: $21
Montreal restaurant and bar reviews brought to you by two regular guys who like to eat and drink. We will go anywhere and we will say it like it is.