When in Montreal there are so many choices between Find Dining, Street Food, Latin Quarter and of course Poutine. Through the streets filled with old buildings overflowing with character of Old Montreal it’s hard not to fall in love with such an amazing city. But how one falls in love cannot be merely measured with buildings, it is the smell and taste of its food that embeds memories… provides an emotional comfort zone.
We arrived at this city feeling somewhat like an idiot we decided to dine at Au Pied du Cochon featured on Anthony Bourdain’s Quebec episode of No Reservation. How could we be so careless not to have made reservations. How could we be so careless to leave our stomachs empty of calories and fat from duck, poutine au foie gras, due de foie gras and Pied de cochon, or PDC farci au foie gras? Such oversight left us wandering the streets of Rue McGill hand in hand until we arrived at Bar & Boeuf Bistro Gourmand. The name repeated itself as we passed by. I suddenly remember that a colleague recommended this place during one of my conference meetings.
Bar & Boeuf is a trendy, upscale fine dining restaurant at the heart of the financial district. Two floors of casual elegence and chic environment. We shared a table downstairs and began studying the menu. Menu’s are seasonal and changes from time to time. Be sure to update yourself at their website.
BEEF TARTARE 14: Grilled croutons, niçoise and served with an oyster? Wow. I’ve seen quail eggs but never before oysters. This is nice and of course even better when paired with wasabi pea puree – fancy and quite light.
EUROPEAN BASS 26: Cauliflower puree with a perfectly seared fish. This was a safe dish. I’m not sure why we didn’t order the Veal since it is served with foie gras sauce. This would’ve been a nice replacement to Au Pied du Cochon… actually scratch that. How could it replace it?
SUCKLING PIG 23: Slices of cochon with iced parsnips, sweet potatoes, and tunips. Suckling and juicy.
We came here early before the crowds gathered. The service was friendly and prompt. We departed quickly to roam Vieux-Montreal for a romantic stroll towards Notre Dame down Rue Saint Paul O.
Bar & Boeuf Montreal
Cuisine: Bistro, Fusion, Wine Bar
Tue 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm