I started things off with a gin martini, a very good way to judge the quality of a place, it was fine, not Zetter standard but ok. What was great were the 3 bottles of Cháteauneuf Du Pape we shared.
My starter was right up my street, and I really struggled to pick between their signature dish (below) and their chef's starter of the day which was scallops. I've decided the way to approach eating in Montreal these first couple of months, is to ask the Canadians what I should be eating. Usually I pretty much know what to order before I even set foot in a place and am afraid to receive bad advise, here I'm a bit lost, despite doing a lot of research but I am giving people the benefit of the doubt.
This wasn't a particularly memorable meal, but I've already returned for lunch, they do a good set menu. Salad as a starter is a thing on set lunch menus it seems, which always seems like a bit of a cop out to me. Their soups are nice though. It's almost Terrasse season and they have a nice outside area once it's warm, this is a vital selling point when there is snow on the ground for half the year.
700 Rue William
p.s tartare is a huge deal here, literally everywhere, on every menu in several forms. I'm avoiding it because, for some reason, I find this extremely annoying.