The Montréal foodie scene is buzzing with the new arrival of an Apportez Votre Vin (Bring Your Own Wine) Restaurant called Le Quartier Général.
Nestled on Gilford Street in the heart of the trendy Plateau, Le Quartier Général is a welcoming French bistro where the locals are rushing for great food, ambiance and conversation.
On Friday night, my friend Laura and I headed for dinner at this new restaurant, before rocking out at the Hawksley Workman concert. It was a lovely evening of contemporary French cuisine, followed by smutty, cabaret rock. Who could ask for more?
With our wine uncorked and the menu elaborated/explained, the waiter quickly returned with our fresh baguette and salads, which were accompanied with these delectable fried capers that added a bit of attitude to the mixed greens.
We then shared a few entrées (appetizers) including the curried scallops, a crab cake and the venison tartare. My personal favorite was the crab cake, which was sizeable and fried perfectly – not ‘too-greasy,’ an unfortunate status that your average crab cake can risk. Meanwhile, Laura appreciated the tenderness of the scallops.
For the main course, I had the Magret de Canard, which involved lightly braised slices of locally raised duck on a fluffy bed of whipped peas. Laura opted for the Entrecôte de Boeuf, a thick cut steak served with julienned French fries in a succulent puddle of bouillon. Presentation and taste were top notch for both of our dishes.
We finished by sharing a piece of chocolate cake and a seriously decadent crème brûlée. And at this point, I’d like to remind you that there are few things as wonderful in the world as cracking into a crème brûlée while sipping an allongé (long espresso) after a divine meal.
And as far as divine meals go, Le Quartier Général is safe bet for celestial epicurean experiences.
INSIDER INFO: A friend of mine, who lives within a stringy cheese distance of the Le Quartier Général, told me that the restaurant is always packed. I phoned on the Thursday afternoon for a Friday night reservation, and nabbed the last table for the 6 pm sitting. So reservations are a must!
Le Quartier Général
Apportez Votre Vin | Bring Your Own Wine
Two Sittings: 6pm and 9pm
1251 Gilford Street (corner Brebeuf)
Four course dinner for two: $80 plus tax and tip