This restaurant is either the second or third one on your left as you walk up Place Jacques Cartier from Rue de la Commune, the main waterfront street in Old Montreal. Like other restaurants in the area, it is mainly a sidewalk café, though there is also indoor seating. It offers full-course meals, including a table d’hote menu, but you can also get lighter fare or just a glass of beer or wine. Prices are average for the area ($$-$$$); dress is casual.
My husband and I ate there twice, once for dinner and once for lunch. For dinner we had lamb shanks on the table d’hote menu, which included soup or salad and a dessert as well as the main course. The food was excellent, but we were glad that we were not in a hurry because the whole meal took almost two hours to arrive. The slow service may have been because the restaurant was unusually busy (a nearby Cirque de Soleil performance had just let out), because it was faster when we had lunch there a couple of days later. At that time we had salmon entrees, also very good; the salmon was not overcooked, as it often is in restaurants. We also had desserts, pecan pie for my husband and ice-cream cake for me, very good as well.
One warning: watch your step as you’re going to your table or leaving it. The floorboards are old and uneven, presenting a distinct trip hazard; one even almost caught one of the waitresses. At least in some parts of the restaurant, the boards convey a lot of vibration, too; the waitresses, by no means heavy or clumsy young women, shook the floor like elephants as they walked by. I just hoped that the floor would not collapse under them—or me.
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