L’Express Montreal is one for those Parisian French restaurants. Since my wife ditched me as she was at the Food Bloggers of Canada conferencem I was on the hunt for the most traditional french cuisine I can find. I came across this French bistro called L’Express Montreal, and what stood out for me is I can have all my sinful french favorites in this traditional bistro.
I walked down a trendy street of Rue-Saint Denis after getting off the Sherbrooke Station. After a brief walk I realized I have passed the entrance of the restaurant. I walked back and when I opened the door, I realized that I should’ve booked a reservation. I find it hard to request for a table. Table for one please.
My first impression is how old times mannerisms are kept here. A lady patron that walked in before me gave the front of house manager a kiss on the cheek; one on each side, and then he proceeded to take her jacket to hang. I was lucky enough to get the very last corner seat at the bar (as hopeful patrons without reservations are told to wait at least 45 minutes.) Phew!
I sat down and before ordering they serve bread and butter. Since I already made up my mind I selected the following.
Boiled Egg with Mayonnaise (oeuf dur mayonnaise) 4.70: No thrills, a classic french snack starting with a boiled egg, covered in a coat of rich mayonnaise with strong hint of dill.
Bone Marrow with Coarse Salt (os à moelle gros sel) 14.85: My goodness, for 15 bucks you get three generous servings of bone marrow. You are not going to break the spoon here trying to scrape for marrow. Guaranteed that you will get a rich portion every single time. The marrow is rich and heavy. It is more of a texture indulgence than taste.
To accompany this, they serve unlimited gherkins straight from the jar as a side snack to cut the richness. Sea salt and mustard to enhance the flavor. The wife is going to kill me!
Warm Goat Cheese Salad (chèvre chaud) 13.35: How can you be in Montreal and not try their cheese. Warm goat cheese on brioche with a light green salad.
Chicken Liver Pate with Pistachios (Mousse de Foues de Volaille aux Pistaches) 14.75: To finally put you to sleep. We are writing this riding the subway back to the hotel, is this rich pate! Don’t let the small size fool you. They are not holding back. Imagine spreading this over the top rich chicken liver pate on your bread over and over… and over again. The Pistachios is a classic accompaniment as it adds a different texture to the spread. I think I gained 10 lbs from this alone! But it was so worth it!
Overall, this is for someone that wants to experience traditional french bistro dishes. I would bet that they haven’t changed a thing in this restaurant since the opening. And that is not a bad thing. Not at all!
Mon 8:00 am – 3:00 am
Tue 8:00 am – 3:00 am
Wed 8:00 am – 3:00 am
Thu 8:00 am – 3:00 am
Fri 8:00 am – 3:00 am
Sat 10:00 am – 3:00 am
Sun 10:00 am – 2:00 am
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4
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Au Comptior in Kitsilano seems to be all the craze lately. Brunch avec Paree style is a must. Choose to start with a cafe au lait and a pain au chocolate to slowly start your day like there’s nothing on the agenda.
Whether Au Comptior is the ‘real deal’ of an authentic Parisian cafe is debatable. Depending the time of day you may find the garcon de cafe to be either warm, friendly and attentive or borderline rude. You ask for hot sauce and you may hear ‘this is a French restaurant, we don’t have hot sauce’!
The interior is Instagram worthy with the deepest blue leather seats, long bar seats, distressed tiles and a rotating glass display nudging you with exquisite desserts. But little round tables are crowded and slightly uncomfortable especially when you have a party of four trying to share plates.
But let’s talk food. Le Brunch in particular. Food here is well portioned and rich. “How do French women stay skinny?” comes to mind. I remember reading, if you are thinking of order dessert after a full meal with wine. Your dessert should just be your glass of wine.
Anyways, we ordered and shared the following.
MANCHONS DE CANARD FRITS 10: half-dozen crispy fried duck wings. Lightly breaded duck confit wings are tender and fall off the bones.
ASSIETTE DE CHARCUTERIE 18: house and artisan cured meats and pate served with bread and gerkhins
ASSIETTE DE FROMAGES 7: three cheeses with a variety of creamy blue, brie and a sharp cheddar aged from France.
CONFIT DE CANARD EN SALADE ET SON OEUF POCHÉ 16: Shredded duck confit, potato, asparagus, frisée, poached eggs, hazelnut vinaigrette.
BURGER MAISON FRITES 16: house ground beef, onion jam, raclette. We were asked with we wanted to add foie gras for $6. We weren’t sure where the foie was added. Perhaps mixed in the patty or spread a top. Nonetheless, the burger had a juicy patty and pretty tasty.
ASSIETTE AU COMPTOIR 16: eggs cocotte, house-made sausage, bacon, country bread, potato rösti. This was perhaps our least favorite dish of the afternoon. There was nothing special to the eggs or the salty sausage.
I’m excited that Au Comptoir now opened in the Kitsilano neighborhood. West 4th isn’t saturated with French bistros and after a heavy brunch you can go shopping and walk it off.
Au Comptoir is opened by Maxime Bettili and Julien Aubin. The two had previoused cafes and brasseries in France. In Vancouver they had worked at some Vancouver favorite restaurants like Les Faux Bourgeois, Bistro Pastis, Jules Bistro, and The Acorn.
Cuisine: French, Bistro, Cafe, Parisian
Mon 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
2278 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N8
Crepe Montagne Whistler is an authentic French Creperie. Located by IGA in Whistler Village, this cafe is perfect for brunch on the heated patio. Service is friendly. Food can be slow depending on traffic and busyness. The atmosphere is casual and there are always long waits. Crepe Montage specializes in crepes, French toast, egg benedicts and omlettes. But given the name Crepe Montagne, how could you not order some sweet or savory crepes?
The savoury crepes are made with buckwheat. Sweet crepes are made with white flour. The portions are huge and it is quite filling. So it justifies for the price points avg $10-14.
We ordered a few breakfast crepes: Nordique (1 egg, cheese, tomatoes) and Bobsleigh (tomatoes, ham or Canadian back bacon and cheese). French Toast, Pesto Egg Benedict. Fresh pestro sauce with a lot of mushrooms, medium poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Served with hashbrowns and fresh fruits.
French Toast is fluffy and not too greasy. I like the sprinkle of confectioner sugar!
Sometimes there are Crepe Montage Whistler Groupon Deals during the afternoon. So be sure to check back. I highly recommend anyone spending a weekend getaway in Whistler to try this delicious French creperie! It is one of the best brunch restaurant in Whistler.
Crepe Montagne Whistler
Cuisine: French, Dessert, Breakfast
Mon 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Tue 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Wed 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Thu 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
4368 Main St, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
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Some of the sexiest places in Paris is their Pastisserie. While the Eiffel Tower is dreamy, and day dreaming an escape to the winding cobblestone street in one of the city’s oldest big white church hill crest at Basilica of Sacre-Coeur is romantic; or the being lost next to a Foreign Sexy Accent at the Musee du Louvre is charming – still musing over Pierre Herme modern confections, techniques and flavors is slightly more satisfying. L’Opera Patisserie Richmond tugs some of those emotions unbeknown in Richmond (of all places).
L’Opera Patisserie is tucked away on Minuro Blvd beside Hilton Hotel. Parking is in the back and it is in the most inconvenient location. I hate the fact of paying parking in Richmond alone, let alone fighting for a space amongst suitcases. The gorgeous gold foiled wallpaper, fireplace and chandeliers is romantic albeit very small. We took the window seat squished behind a group of Asian ladies of leisure. First day of my manicure and it is already chipped, I secretly wonder how these women keep it so pristine. The tomboy side of me will never understand. I will also never understand why people always consume dessert at the end of their meals. Why not indulge in some decadent and sinful cake first? Having cake is always a grand idea! Why not start the appetizer with cake? Where’s my fork?!
L’Opera – a blend of chocolate, citrus and vanilla. Tea is rich and not watered down.
Raspberry Charlotte – raspberry topped with a heavy cream filling infused with rose. The taste is subtle but it is very fragrant. Ladyfingers are soft with a light crunch. The tartness of the berries is perfect to balance some of the sweetness.
Cheesecake – this cheesecake is very light without the heaviness of cream cheese. The heavy proportion of whipped cream to cheese makes it dangerously easier to finish. But let’s not kid ourselves thinking we can skip that extra run between afternoon tea dinner.
Afternoon Tea set are $39 pp and requires advance reservations. L’Opera is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. I’m looking forward to my next Marie Antoinette moment over Banan Mille Feiulle.
L’Opera Patisserie Richmond
Cuisine: Bakery, French, Coffee/Tea, Afternoon Tea
Wed 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
153-5951 Minoru Blvd
Richmond, BC V6X4B1
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