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Au Bistro Gourmet

  • 13th Apr, 2005 at 4:55 PM

Allison, Damian, and I decided to celebrate the fact that we are all housed for the coming year. So last night, I went with them to one of their favourite restaurants close to where they currently live.

Au Bistro Gourmet is a cozy restaurant with few seats and clean, European appointments. We sat down at our table and Damian immediately ordered a plate of chips. These came soon after along with mayonaisse and ketchup. Thin shoestring strips of potato deep fried until crisp and fluffy. Paradise!

I looked around after we had ordered our meals and noticed that most people were far more dressed up than we were. Ah well, the staff were not condescending at all about our dress and we did demonstrate otherwise proper decorum and restraint.

Our appetizers arrived and we found them rather nice. Damian got a soup, which had a nice legume texture and was dressed with balsamic vinegar. Allison and I tucked into a salmon mousse, which was far more moist than I expected. Perhaps they steamed it. One thing I noted was that they did a lot of pretentious garnishes. Designs squeezed onto the soup and cylindrical towers of food with herbs sticking out like towers. It's sort of weird.

For mains, Damian and Allison both got the racks of lamb, which were begging to be dug into, if only they had received steak knives with the plates. I patiently waited while staring into the glistening goodness of my steak tartare. Cutlery was soon procured and we ate with gusto.

All our meals seemed well-cooked and decently prepared. Our waiter was very mild-mannered and apologised for his multiple slips in attentiveness. That did bother me a bit, but the fact that he was so polite made me want to forgive him. The meal itself was rather expensive but I found it well-prepared. I plan to try the salmon tartare next time, which I hope will be equally as satisfying.


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cpirate
13th Apr, 2005 20:54 (UTC)
"All our meals seemed well-cooked" -- except for yours, of course :)
angorian
13th Apr, 2005 21:15 (UTC)
charmingly imperfect
I tend to think of Au Bistro Gourmet as "charmingly imperfect". They have a bizarre tendency towards verticality in their presentation and they usually make one or two minor service slips. But they are always so polite about rectifying any errors (which have always been minor) that I forgive freely. Usually, it is as last night when they were busy and they forgot to bring our San Pellegrino and then forgot to bring steak knives. The flavour, however, makes up for any temporary lack of cutlery. The rack of lamb was perfectly cooked and so delicious. And those frites ... mmmmm. My favourite frites in Montreal. Let's hope that Au Bistro Gourmet 2 on St-Denis proves to be as good.
peaceful_dragon
13th Apr, 2005 22:41 (UTC)
You've done it... Now I have to try the restaurant!
taxlady
14th Apr, 2005 01:31 (UTC)
For mains, Damian and Allison both got the racks of lamb, which were begging to be dug into, if only they had received steak knives with the plates. I patiently waited while staring into the glistening goodness of my steak tartare. You needed a steak knife for steak tartare?
sfllaw
14th Apr, 2005 15:26 (UTC)
No. My friends needed steak knives before I could start eating.

I do see the ambiguity though.
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