Meat Market MontrealPosted By Jennifer Ho Aug 18 2011 · 0 comments · Dining Out
Meat Market is one of those places you always pass by and take note of but never actually venture inside for one reason or another. The name itself may cause a little controversy as some know the term “meat market” as slang for a place where men and women go to hook up (check this definition if you’ve never heard of it), but then again it could also just mean a place where meat is sold. In any case, yesterday was the big day – stopping by for dinner, we were surprised to find that we were one of the few clients there but maybe it was because it was a Wednesday night. There is a lovely terrace outside, a perfect conduit for enjoying the summer weather while eating some delicious food in Montreal.
We decided to order the two cocktails with the funniest names: Milk the Cow and Thunder Down Under. They were both very sweet, the first tasting more like chocolate mixed in with alcohol and the second strongly of pineapple. No problem for us – we both have a penchant for sweet things. For our starter, we shared The Davy Crockett which included smoked and dried bison and ostrich meat, liver pate, onion marmalade and mixed greens. I remember mentioning the salty taste to my friend, wondering where the accompanying bread or crackers were. No matter – we finished it off in no time anyway. For our mains, we ordered one Le Grand Bleu which had blue cheese with walnuts, bacon, green apple, mushrooom spread, lettuce, tomato and Japanese mayo as well as the Bella Donna which had proscuitto chips, provolone, chipotle ketchup, lettuce, tomato and harissa mayo. When our plates came both of our jaws dropped – the plates were huge! Not only was the burger itself large (especially the bun), the portion of fries and sweet potato fries and the salad were equally mammoth. The salad was slightly too oily, and the burger itself could have done with a little more sauce – I didn’t eat the last few bites because it got a little dry. We had trouble finishing everything but only mostly because there was so much.
At the end of our meal just before we paid, we were approached by our waiter who let us know that the kitchen had actually forgot to include the crackers with our starter – to compensate us, they gave us each a jar of Meat Market branded spices! Specifically the “Fajita Fiesta Dry Rub”. I thought that was particularly nice of them. Go here with your stomach growling and be prepared to leave with more in your belly than you bargained for. It helps that the prices are also very reasonable.
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