Montreal’s downtown Crescent St. is where you’ll find a tasty concentration of fine restaurant and bars. Places like the Winston Churchill Pub and Thursday’s were my main hangouts as a Concordia University student in the 80s and remain just as popular now.
I was looking for somewhere new to enjoy my last lunch before travelling home that afternoon, when I found L’Atelier D’Argentine. They have two locations, one in Old Montreal and their more bar lounge location on Crescent Street.
Their prix-fixe lunch menu offerings and space on the street side patio prompted me to get a table.The best place to start a meal is always the cocktail menu, isn’t it? Well, yes. The drinks list has sangria, draught beers and many house wines to choose from. The Mojito, my go to summer beverage is available traditional or as you see here, with raspberry and in season fruit. Frosty, fruity, and a nice size to enjoy as you watch the walk by traffic of tourists.
Their “Menu del dia” is $16.00 is a choice of one starter and one main or salad. My server was very patient and explained the menu. His starter suggestion, the Gazpacho Portero made with fire roasted tomatoes. A zesty, comforting soup served with toasted baguette. I’m not a big fan of cold soups, but the right size portion and flavour have me convinced to try them more often.
Simple and refreshing, the salmon salad is served on a citrussy bed greens, corn and tomatoes. Not too fancy, but the portion size is satisfying and light.
Not one to pass up dessert, I finish with the pear poached in white wine accented with mascarpone and a hint of blue cheese. The sharpness of the blue cheese brings out the natural sweetness of the pear. The clean taste is followed by the smooth creaminess of the mascarpone and vanilla syrup.
The dinner menu ranges from tapas to main courses, with beef and vegetarian selections to satisfy. Lunch at $16.00 is exceptional value. Service is on point. Listening to their interactions with customers, I notice their patience and menu knowledge is above average.
Check out their location in Old Montreal and tell me about your experience. Bon appetit!