Disclaimer: This meal was comped.
Few stretches in town have seen an explosion in restaurants equaling Notre-Dame Street West's portion cutting across Griffintown and Little Burgundy. From the list-topping Joe Beef, Le Vin Papillon and Foxy to the trendy Grinder, Bird Bar and Makro; the household names abound.
Less heralded eateries survive in the shadow of these marquee establishments, managing to stay afloat despite the competition surrounding them. Case in point, Le Bureau Bar à tapas recently celebrated its sixth year in business by inviting a few influencers to sample its offering and announce a series of upcoming weekly events: think jazz + martini Tuesdays and wine tasting Fridays.
tagged: MEDIA EVENT
Cold weather calls for cozy, convivial settings; something Le Bureau provides with its warm, vintage décor and dim, sepia mood. The dining room was quite busy for a Tuesday night, with groups of both young and middle-aged diners sipping a drink while enjoying a bite.
The evening's tasting gave us the rundown of Le Bureau's Spanish – Pan-Mediterranean really – menu. As expected, food is served in small portions in terracotta plates placed in the middle of the table for everyone to dig into.
Commonplace oysters were followed by a handful of tasty hot tapas and a forgettable seafood risotto. We also had the opportunity to sample the intricate cocktail list; a flute of gin with prosecco and lemon juice stole the show with its torched rosemary garnish.
While the food tonight didn't blow me away – but then again, when's the last time Spanish food knocked you off your feet? – Le Bureau does score points for its neighborly feel, crowd-pleasing offering and reasonable prices.
Finally, this tapas bar's six-year anniversary marks an important milestone for both itself and yours truly. As it happens, Le Bureau's opening in 2012 was my first media event as a blogger; which is why this writeup has a soft spot in my heart.
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.