Which means: prepare for lots of upcoming food posts. First on our to-do list? Le Bon Vivant, a newcomer on Notre-Dame St and already a neighborhood favorite.
The place is open for every single meal of the day, including those very late-night eats, although I find it particularly well suited for casual yet sophisticated 5 à 7. LBV enchants with its atmosphere, locally brewed beers, market ingredients and true Montrealers staff.
We ordered our glasses of vino ($7-$13), appetizers to share, and fired the updates away.
J was in the middle of anecdote #923 when the fried cauliflower and kalbi short ribs came out. WOW.
The cauliflower ($7), mixed with Brussels sprouts, grilled halloumi, and drops of zaatar yogurt, was delicious. The vegetables, cut down into crunchy chucks and florets, were happily crunchy. The cheese, savory and slightly rubbery, had a delightful creamy ending. Yes, I gave J a death stare for eating the last piece of it.
The open kitchen practically forces you to take a good long look at everyone else’s orders. After being mesmerized by the sixth plate of burgers rolling out onto the counter, I had to try one myself. Never mind the three-meals-a-day rule, I was soon the proud owner of a smoochy tower of katsu chicken, kimchi, and sriracha blue cheese sauce ($11). Ha!
All in all, LDB is great place for a catch-up over wine and nibbles (small and big).
2705 Notre Dame Ouest
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