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At #10 its La Salle à Manger

 

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Can a bistro be a bistro and still feel exciting? At Montreal’s La Salle à manger, the answer is an emphatic yes. The maître d’ wears a beard and trucker hat, the floor is hexagonal tile and the wall behind the bar is pressed tin. The feel is young and fresh and casual without being pretentiously so; how totally Montreal. The star is chef Samuel Pinard’s superb market-driven cooking: expertly seasoned duck tartare or gorgeous seared gnocchi with pickled Jerusalem artichokes, tart green apple, whipped potatoes and heady Comté cheese. A buttery, nutty, crunchy and addictive farotto is served in a thick broth made with mimolette cheese and salty-crunchy sea asparagus – try finding that at your usual resto. They’ll also happily roast a suckling pig for 12 if the need arises. Whereupon they will parade it, Lord of the Flies-style, around the room.

 

1302, av. du Mont-Royal E., Montréal, 514-522-0777, lasalleamanger.ca

 

(Courtesy of Enroute)

 

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I know the article from 2009. I do hope Enroute updates it soon.

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