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Steve

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  1. Steve

    Montreal

    Haven't been to Bottega lately. Haven't been to Liverpool House yet, after I was dissuaded by friends who have given me mixed views on their food, plus turned off by the tremendous overhype of the establishment.
  2. Brunoise restaurant on St. Andre street in Montreal will close for good after tonight's dinner service. To my knowledge there was no advance notice that this was happening(including not telling their customers), until it was revealed in today's Montreal Gazette by Lesley Chesterman in her weekly 'Critic's Notebook' column. According to co-owner Zach, they did not go bankrupt, & all their suppliers & staff members will be paid in full, but they never made much money on this restaurant venture. They will now concentrate their energies on running their second restaurant Brasserie Brunoise
  3. Steve

    Montreal

    In today's Montreal Gazette newspaper, their fine dining restaurant critic Lesley Chesterman reviews Toque! & gives it 4 stars(the highest rating possible), despite not liking too much several of their desserts. The Gazette fine dining reviews are out of 4 stars, not out of 5 stars as someone on eG Montreal posted today. This was already Lesley's third review of Toque! for the Montreal Gazette in less than 6 years(her first Toque! review was September 2001, & second was 3 years ago, when they moved to Old Montreal).
  4. Steve

    Montreal

    Get to Bottega soon. People outside of Montreal still probably hadn't heard of this place(although I noticed a current discussion at Chowhound Montreal on 'Best pizza in MTL' & Bottega is raved by two people) . It's already packed daily(line-ups are apparently common to get in), & once it gets national & maybe international press, it's only going to get more busier. I was so anxious to try their pizzas(from hearing the advance buzz on them), that I went to eat at Bottego the first or second night it opened. Their pizzas are in whole different level that anything I've tasted(great d
  5. Steve

    Montreal

    No, please do. I'm going this summer and I want to hear every single detail. Summer is a different story altogether, not just because it's not -150 outside, but because you have to get a seafood platter. We had: Cromesquis Salt cod fritters, crusted with somewhat spicy batter, served with a small jar of exceptionally eggy mayo "Crispy warm salad" - a large croquette filled with pig's feet on top of a stew with bits and pieces I'm not sure about, with some green leaves that were largely ignored Warm venison tongue (with tarragon sauce?) - I wouldn't be able to tell i
  6. Steve

    Montreal

    Lesley C posted on eGullet earlier this afternoon, that she was contacted by Patrice Demers(ex-Les Chevres pastry chef) last Friday. Patrice told her, that as of this week he's now the new executive chef & pastry chef of Laloux restaurant. While Danny St-Pierre formerly of Les Derriere les Fagots is now their chef de cuisine. Interesting news.
  7. Steve

    Montreal

    The price she quoted makes it sound like Chronique or Club C&P. Chronique just isn't very good, C&P is good but the upselling can be annoying. (I haven't been to Toque! so I can imagine that can be it too) (or maybe it was Anise ) Reread Lesley Chesterman's very recent review of Anise from Dec 2006. She "only" gave it 3 stars(out of 4). For that type of restaurant, 3 stars is a bit of a disappointment(Lesley had some big highs & some lows in the dishes she tried at Anise). Lesley never gives any restaurant less than one star(she made one exception, by giving one restau
  8. Steve

    Montreal

    Come to think of it, it wouldn't be Milos. If she reviewed Milos, it would be her third Milos review in less than 8 years. Just checked, Lesley had reviewed Lucca in Aug 2004(probably too early for her to review Lucca again). Most likely her bad meal was at Bronte(she first reviewed it in Oct 2003, 2 months after it opened).
  9. Steve

    Montreal

    Orik you are going to Montreal next week you said, why don't you check out the pizzas at Bottega(casual upscale establishment that specializes in pizza & the like)? It's the best pizza I have ever tasted in Montreal, & I dare say a world-class pizza. Just opened around 2-3 months ago, & it was just reviewed in yesterday's edition of the Hour newspaper http://www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx If you want another Montreal pizza option, try the pizzas at Prato Pizzeria(right next door to Schwartz's deli). Prato has the only coal-fired pizza oven in Canada, & they make a very good pizza.
  10. Steve

    Montreal

    My educated guess is that Lesley Chesterman's bad meal on Wednesday was either at Milos or Lucca(the casual Italian restaurant with upscale prices).
  11. Steve

    Montreal

    One thing that surprised me was the very large number of ethnic restaurants on Rue Jean Talon and vicinity - you would not think that any of them exist given the coverage of montreal food reviews. Yes Jean-Talon has a prevalence of ethnic eateries. These eateries are reviewed in the Montreal weekly papers & etc(eg. The Montreal Gazette casual dining critic Sarah Musgrave).
  12. Steve

    Montreal

    I agree with you here. And they're many new interesting Montreal restaurants opening in the casual & mid-level price area the last few years. BTW, last week Lesley Chesterman reviewed Cafe des Beaux Arts(located at the Museum of Fine Arts) & gave it a very harsh review(1.5 stars out of 4), although she liked their desserts & one starter. The chef at Cafe des Beaux Arts Richard Bastien is also the chef at Lemeac. Should add that Cafe des Beaux Arts is not a fine dining restaurant. That's a predictament for fine dining critic Lesley Chesterman has, as there're not enough pure fine di
  13. Steve

    Montreal

    It wouldn't be Le Club Chasse & Peche. She already reviewed this establishment less than 2 years ago(March 2005), & Le Club Chasse & Peche head chef Claude Pelletier is her favourite Montreal chef. Lesley even profiled Claude for a Canadian freebie magazine. La Chronique I just checked, Lesley last reviewed it June 2004 & gave it 4 stars(out of 4). Probably too soon for her to review again. Don't think it's Toque!(she has reviewed it since their move to the swanky location). Maybe it's Milos, she last reviewed it April 2003. Unfortunately for last 6 years or so, Lesley based he
  14. Steve

    Montreal

    In this case, the Anise restaurant announced it themselves, before anyone pick it up(unlike Les Chevres, where the first confirmation of its closing was posted on Chowhound Montreal). La Presse newspaper, has a story about it in today's newspaper. I wonder where Lesley Chesterman ate her bad 'lousy' meal last night(her write-up of it should be coming up the following week(Saturday Feb 10th)).
  15. Steve

    Montreal

    Restaurant critic Lesley Chesterman had just reviewed Les Chevres in May 2006, & gave it 3.5 stars(out of 4), & it was her highest rated restaurant in all of 2006. Until several days ago, she was the biggest defender of Les Chevres. Last weekend(Sat Jan 20th), she wrote about the demise Les Chevres in the Montreal Gazette, & only had praised for the three principals. Les Chevres pastry chef Patrice Demers was frequently quoted by Lesley in her food columns(she has a regular Saturday food column in the paper) the last few years. So she must of gotten some very disturbing inside info
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