Restaurant Biarritz MontrealPosted By Jennifer Ho Oct 08 2011 · 0 comments · Dining Out
Having opened its doors about two months ago, Restaurant Biarritz is a new restaurant venture headed by Stéphane Bouzaglou who has previously worked with celebrity chef Daniel Boulud (check out this post from Singapore for a review on his Bistro Moderne). The place is a cozy, tiny little thing that exudes friendliness and warmth, offering up a casual chic atmosphere to meet up with friends and family.
The menu is divided up into small, medium and large plates, giving you flexibility in your order depending on how hungry you are and how you want to order your tapas. Not only does the restaurant cater to different levels of food intake but also dabbles in a variety of international cuisines, giving diners lots of choice in terms of style and type of dishes that can be ordered. This is obvious as soon as you give the menu a quick glance – from wontons to vindaloo to quail, it is clear from the outset that Biarritz is going for a more well rounded kind of dining experience. We each ordered the $1 chicken and speck croquette to start off with. This was served hot and crispy on the outside with the warmer insides tucked firmly side, giving each bite a good portion of chicken and speck. I then got the risotto with clams and mint – so interesting. I actually really enjoyed this dish and will try to make it myself sometime. The mint was an unexpected and lovely way to change up your typical risotto and I loved it. This was followed by the confit pork belly with garlic and membrillo which was fatty and delicious. The other dishes that we ordered were swallowed up by my tablemates in no time – so fast that I could hardly get a bite in. They did all receive positive reviews though, so suffice it to say that the pork, shrimp and eggplant wontons, the lamb ribs vindaloo, the grilled shrimp with orange and moroccan olive salad, the grilled quail with leek and pistachio vinaigrette and the beef shortribs on polenta were all quite tasty.
Offering two desserts to finishing off the meal, we took two orders of the banana fondant with vanilla ice cream and one of the chocolate coffee mousse cake. The banana fondant looked and tasted great – I personally enjoyed that one much more than the second dessert as the coffee taste was a little overwhelming for me and for someone who habitually finishes every dish she orders, I unfortunately could not finish the cup.
Overall, the service was great! We had a good time here, and the food came out in a timely fashion.
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