28 2015 Sep

Le Quartier Général

MontrealTagged bistro, bring your own wine, byob, food, french, quebecois

One of the things I look forward in Montreal is all the French food. Or should I say, the Québécois flare it has. Although I can’t quite put my finger on what makes it Québécois, I can tell it’s both different and good. Damn good. This was my experience at Le Quartier Général, a restaurant in the Plateau. Nestled in a French neighborhood, this quaint but hard-to-get-reservations establishment puts together some fantastic dishes.

The restaurant has three service windows, 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm. We were only able to get the 9pm seating which was fine by my Pacific Time eating hours. Arriving 30 minutes early our table still had patrons so we took a walk around the block. Nice way to spruce up your appetite. Once we got back, the table was ready. It’s almost as if people were ushered out for the next seating. I mean two hours was more than enough time to finish your meal even if it’s bring your own wine. Oh wait, I didn’t mention that? And that there’s no corkage fee? Yes, it’s true. This is another reason why it’s so popular.

We ordered appetizers and our main dishes with the addition of $14.00CAD to add soup/salad and a dessert. I have to say, this wasn’t your typical French bistro. The portions were quite large. If you choose the $14 compliment, you can do without appetizers. But if you were me and wanted to eat everything, sure, order away. And I did. The food and atmosphere for this place was perfect for a feast. Finishing under two hours, we left very happy and a bit toasty from the wine. This was a great way to start my trip here in Montreal.

Le Quartier Général
1251 Rue Gilford
Montreal, QC H2J 1R3
+1 (514) 658-1839

Verdict: Swing by here and go for what I regret not trying, the rabbit.

The Menu

The menu was not at our table, it was up on the wall. They list their daily offerings and lucky for me, my dinner group were locals who could read French. Though, the waiter was kind enough to translate in English. But not all translate exactly to English.

Salade @Le Quartier Général

We started off with a nice garden salad for the evening. This was the extent of our healthy eating.

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Crème de Maïs et Navet @Le Quartier Général

Corn and turnip cream soup with a helping of cream. Yep, those greens better go a long way.

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Foie Gras Pate @Le Quartier Général

I have to admit, I thought we were getting a full on piece. Silly me, this makes sense. It's an appetizer and how else would you spread deliciousness onto your toast.


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Joue de Porc @Le Quartier Général

Pork cheek on cucumber salad. Don't let the picture fool you. It's a bite size piece that will give you an idea on the quality of proteins you will soon have.


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Tartare Du Soir @Le Quartier Général

Raw beef salad with bread crisps. Tasty but wished I could have been wowed by this dish.


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Porcelet Gaspor @Le Quartier Général

Oh, I love how the French prepares suckling pig. It's so tender and juicy. And they way they crisp the skin was perfection. Definitely so happy to be eating in Montreal.


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Canard de Marieville @Le Quartier Général

Medium rare duck served with carrot puree, cauliflower, and fried onions. I wish I could have shown you the nice char they got on the skin. It was simply divine. And look at those generous cuts. I did not go home hungry.


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Marquise Chocolat @Le Quartier Général

As I mentioned before, I was pretty full at the end of dinner. We all shared one course of dessert. Yeah, we were THAT stuffed. This lovely chocolate delight would have been a great closer with coffee. If only I had room in my belly.

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The OxPosted September 28, 2015 By the hungry ox

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