Isn’t that a funny expression, gastro pub? As someone who speaks French, gastro pub makes me think of a bad case of the flu. However, what it really refers to is a pub with a more refined culinary offering, case in point, Le Pourvoyeur. In French, they call themselves a “Pub Festif et Gourmand”.
I recently went to a tennis match for the Rogers Cup, and the match was delayed by rain. So, we went looking for a restaurant to go pass some time with. I tried for Kitchen Gallery, but unfortunately, it was closed (strange on a Thursday night). So, my boyfriend and I ended up at Le Pourvoyeur instead.
The menu has a lot of pub items, so I had decided on two appetizers, the salmon gravlax (Gravlax De Truite Au Gin Québécois « Ungava » Et Sirop D’Érable) and the mini grilled cheese (Mini « Grilled-Cheeses » Au Fromage Du Québec). However, they were all out of gravlax, so I decided to fall back on a classic poutine instead.
I love poutine, it’s one of my guilty pleasures. You know, the kind that makes you think : who cares about being healthy…. this is worth it! However, when you throw caution and reason to the wind like that, you want it to be for a worthwhile poutine. They also had a poutine with duck confit in it, but having had some bad experiences where they throw in onions in this type of poutine (I understand this might be a good culinary mix, but I despise onions, so it just doesn’t work for me), I decided on the classic one. The fries were good, though a bit large and not as greasy as I like. The cheese curds were a little too big, I had to cut them into pieces to have the proper cheese to fries to gravy ratio throughout the meal. The gravy was nice, not jump in your face great, but a nice, respectable gravy. Overall, the poutine was good, but nothing to write home about.
However, the definite standout for this meal was my boyfriend’s choice, the fish plate (Assiette de poisson). He, unlike me, was reasonable and chose this dish. To me, on a menu full of more appetizing suggestions (ie Hambourgeois De Légumes Et Fromage De Chèvre Des Neiges, Côtes Levées De Porc Du Père Canu, Hambourgeois De Pulled Pork, Gros Chien Chaud, Choucroute Et Chips), the fish plate seemed very underwhelming. But I was very, very wrong.
Yes, you saw correctly, this was the fish creation that my boyfriend got. Fish plate, what an inadequate name, this was more than a mere fish plate, it was practically art! Delicately cooked, tender, white fish (I believe it was tilapia), served on top of a watermelon and strawberry gazpacho. It was amazing, I was looking at my poutine and comparing it to his plate and suddenly regretting my foolish act of greasiness.
So, all in all, I really liked this gastro pub, despite regretting my choice of meals. There was a really nice selection of white wine by the glass (I had the La Grenouille, France, Melon de Bourgogne and the Château des Matards, France, Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle) and of beer on tap. The food was good and did go that extra mile to hit the “gastro” note. And most of all, I liked the atmosphere, not too hipster, not too casual, just relaxed and busy on this rainy Thursday night.
Enjoy, bon apétit!
184 Jean-Talon Est, Montréal, QC H2R iS7