Monsieur Resto + Bar
- North America
- Quartier international
Monsieur bar and restaurant is the brainchild of Kimberley Lallouz, an atypical restaurateur. Before Monsieur, Lallouz had already made her mark with Miss prêt à manger, a catering service.
Monsieur occupies a great space on de Bleury, just south of René-Lévesque, and advertises itself as a “Restaurant + Bar”. There may be a small bar counter at the end of the room, but the restaurant is really what stands out. The manager is very dynamic and puts a lot of thought into her menus and a lot of love into her dishes. She takes great care to ensure her dishes feature as many fresh and local products as possible, taking the culinary experience at this spot to a whole new level.
At lunchtime, for about twenty bucks, why not start with a velvety cream of carrot soup, delicately flavoured with a touch of ginger. Then, continue with a tasty pulled duck confit risotto, accompanied by oyster mushrooms and embellished with rosemary and fresh parmesan, or a juicy organic chicken thigh with lemon and thyme, served with garlic and pickled cabbage tagliatelle. For a few dollars more you can even go a little wild and opt for dessert—Monsieur’s carrot cake will do the job nicely.
A soaring soirée
For its dinner service, Monsieur offers a very interesting pallet and a few of the dishes really stand out. From the appetizer menu, the Quebec wild mushroom toast, a delicious Valbert fermier cheese toasted sandwich, with a poached egg and mushroom ketchup, makes its mark; as do the grilled octopus with split pea purée, pine nuts, tomato and cucumber brunoise, with caper, arugula and dill dressing; and the calamari served with eggplant chips and yoghurt and cucumber sauce.
In the Raw and Salads section, I urge you to try the artisanal burrata with prosciutto, oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, arugula, balsamic glaze and olive oil, or the superb dish called ‘Beets on beets on beets’, an artistic assortment of roasted and pickled red and yellow beets, in puree form and as chips, with goat’s cheese, pecans and fresh grapefruit.
For mains, Monsieur proposes ricotta gnocchi with local wild mushroom sauce, asparagus, cream, red wine and fresh parmesan to make all the nonne1 of the province quiver with delight, and a Quebec veal osso-buco, braised in tomatoes and served with creamy polenta and market vegetables—the kind of thing that’ll also have the nonni2 jumping for joy!
If you’re a big meat-eater, you’re not going to want to miss the fun dish called ‘Giant organic beef cheeseburger’. Jalapeno-infused beef patty, panko-crusted fried green tomato and cheese, fresh tomatoes, arugula and spicy mayonnaise, all served with fries and a salad. And you’ll be equally satisfied after trying the grilled Quebec AAA filet mignon, served with a brandy and mushroom demi-glace, sautéed spinach and cauliflower mash, topped with
The tendency towards locally sourced products is equally noticeable in Monsieur’s cheese section—black goat’s cheese aged two years and Chevalier triple cream brie (both from Monterégie), Valbert fermier from Lac-Saint-Jean aged four months, all served with quince paste, dry fruits and nuts. Then there’s the locally sourced charcuterie: beer Si pousse, Grison de la Bernoise and Quebec prosciutto. The focus on local produce is commendable and deserves to be mentioned.
If you’re looking for a more thumping night out, Monsieur sometimes organizes events featuring a turntablist (what a great word!). You get to enjoy your food and the general entertainment while the DJ churns out crowd-
pleasing beats, and, later, if you were very sinful in your food choices that evening, you can dance a little and work off a few of those extra calories.
Whether it’s during lunch or dinner, when the DJ isn’t playing, the room resonates with good vibes and flowing conversation simply due to the magic of what comes out of the kitchen. The business crowd in suits filling the tables at lunchtime seem happy to find themselves at this distinguished restaurant. And their companions seem equally content. And then later they all come flowing back for
dinner service to relive the immensely pleasurable experience provided by Monsieur. At this restaurant, the ambient joie de vivre stems from the dishes prepared by the bubbly chef. Her food undoubtedly contributes to the happiness of all those present, as much as for the Madames as for the Monsieurs.
Monsieur, 1102, rue de Bleury, 514 861-0000
Open for lunch from Monday to Friday and during evening from Tuesday to Saturday
1. mamies italiennes / Italian grandmas 2. papis italiens / Italian grandpas