March 14, 2012 – Looking for a lively place for an exceptional dinner where you can mix with Montrealers and partake in a typical Plateau-area dining scene? Chez Victoire on bustling Mont-Royal Avenue is just the spot. What makes this bistro a success are the talents of its inventive young chef, Alexandre Gosselin (who has manned the stoves at some of Montréal’s most popular restaurants: Ô Chalet, Le Local, Bar & Boeuf) and charming sommelière Sindie Goineau. Together, they offer creative combinations of dishes and wines (over 20 types are available by the glass) – an array of pleasures for every palate and pocketbook.
With so many tempting choices, a good bet is to opt for the tasting menu and allow Sindie to take care of your wine pairings. Meticulously presented dishes such as veal sweetbreads and scallops, or butternut squash agnolotti, will keep your taste buds popping. For smaller appetites or as a starter, try one of the highly recommended boards of select homemade charcuteries, trays of oysters or a fresh beef tartare. Enjoy your meal tête-à-tête at a table for two, with a group of friends seated at the long, central communal table, or solo at the vast bar while rubbing elbows with the regulars.
Step into Chez Victoire après 10 p.m. and not only will you find the place still in full swing, but you can also enjoy the late-night menu, a steal at $20 for either an appetizer and main, or a main and dessert. Budget or not, “Victory” is yours!