August 11, 2014

Montreal: Bouillon Bilk Restaurant Review

With no apparent sign sticking out on the street, it's an easy restaurant to miss on the busy St. Laurent street. Bouillon Bilk falls under the "New Canadian" restaurant category, but I don't really care what it's called as long as it's good.

We got in and had seats at the back corner of the restaurant. They had to play with the air conditioning throughout the night since for some people the place was too hot and too cold for others (low ceiling vents meant that the A/C draft made it cold for people sitting near them like us). We were seated in the corner near a vent, but instead of being cold, it was quite warm since they hardly (never?) even turned on the A/C very often that evening.

It's not a French restaurant, but for some reason I thought it was...Maybe it was the name of the restaurant that threw me off. In any case, the food was pretty much what I expected. Small bite size portions of food, but tasty and nicely presented. If you have a large appetite, you'd probably end up still feeling hungry after you walk out.

Bouillon Bilk Food Photos

Sign which is right next to the doors.

Some kind of fish, I already forgot what kind of fish it was...Oh wait it was Halibut. It didn't last long.

Lobster as an appetizer, gone in a couple of bites.

Octopus main was cooked perfectly. Wish there was more.

Scallops also looked good.

July 15, 2014

Montreal: Kanda Oriental Fusion - Chinese Restaurant Edition

Well it's true, I didn't believe it at first, but there's actually a Chinese restaurant under the Kanda Sushi restaurant on Decarie/Jean Talon. The top half of the restaurant is pretty standard stuff to those already familiar with all-you-can-eat sushi places. The bottom half of the restaurant is an afterthought, just hidden away down in the basement (literally). This review is only for the Chinese section of Kanda, down in the basement.

We got there around 9pm on a Sunday, and there were still a few tables with people. The menu looks pretty standard, and being hungry we went with a some familiar plates that were "safe". Not in the mood to experiment that night.

Food wasn't served super fast, but that's OK with me, as long as it's reasonable and the food is good. And yes the food was good. Surprisingly, good actually. I've had these dishes at other restaurants before, and all three plates were as good as any I've tried before, and all in one sitting. I don't know if it's always been this good before, but I'm looking to try it again and see if they can deliver a consistent experience.

Kanda Chinese Restaurant Photos

And as usual here are the pictures I took, along with my best guesses at what I am actually eating. If it tastes good and doesn't make me sick...I'm generally OK with it.

Fried seafood mix (squid, fish, shrimp, scallops)

Green beans with bits of minced meat

Minced pork (?), I want to try this again

Kanda Oriental Fusion on Urbanspoon

June 23, 2014

Montreal: Bier Markt (No Beer) Review

This seems to be a Toronto restaurant chain that has expanded into Montreal. We got a seat easily on a weekday night. Beers are their specialty, with lots of beers to choose from around the world. So if you are a beer fan you should be happy to browse through pages of different beers.

Of course I didn't drink any beer, but did try a few of their appetizers, which weren't too bad overall. The chicken wings were different in that they seemed to be partially deboned(?) so that your fingers would not be covered in sauce. Dessert however was disappointing...Waffle smores may sound pretty good in theory, but it was just too dry to eat more than one piece. It really should be served with ice cream.

Bier Markt Photos

Bier Markt Interior


Smoked Meat Poutine

Spicy Wings

Smore Waffle, too dry for my taste...Could use some ice cream

Bier Markt Montréal on Urbanspoon

June 02, 2014

Montreal: Restaurant Kazu Review (2014 Update)

It's about three years since my last trip to Kazu. It still seems as popular as ever with lineups when we arrived, and lineups when we left. The smart thing to do is to wait about 15 minutes before they open and be the one of the first to get seated.

Don't Be Late

A quick tip: Make sure everyone is present at the restaurant or else they won't let you take a seat. I was literally just across the street putting money in the parking meter and they wouldn't let our group have a table. Doesn't sound like an issue, but the tiny restaurant was being filled to capacity with every passing second. Luckily we got the last seat in house.

Kazu Food Photos

A typical Kazu line up

May 04, 2014

Montreal: Car Dealerships Open on Weekends

People can buy houses or a condo on a weekend easily, but it's not the same for a new car in Montreal. Want to buy an Audi, BMW, Lexus, Acura, or Mercedes-Benz this weekend? Well, from what I've seen so far, you can't since most Montreal car dealerships are closed for weekends.

No car for you!