Vin Papillon MontrealPosted By Alex Chinien Oct 23 2014 · 0 comments · Dining Out, St Henri
Vin Papillon is the third restaurant from the venerable Montreal chef duo Dave McMillan and Fred Morin. Sitting just a few doors down from Liverpool House on Notre Dame, Vin Papillon is a cozy restaurant with a decent sized patio and a distinctive menu. Very much unlike Joe Beef and Liverpool House, the vegetable heavy Vin Papillon menu goes for subtlety and small portions.
Like the other two restaurants the Vin Papillon market based menu changes frequently – we went twice in two weeks with at least three to four changes to the menu in between. The wine list is extensive and focused on French and Italian wines. We tried the Crémant (sparking wine with a smoother creamy taste) by the glass as well as a Riesling.
We tried celery root, herring, foccacia, guinea fowl, chicken wings and pumpkin tart. The guinea fowl was prepared in a very German style with crispy skin served with hot mustard and a mountain of sauerkraut. The chicken wings were cooked in a escargot reduction with a GENEROUS amount of garlic. The first time we visited the chicken wings were served in an aromatic fennel broth that made it our favorite dish of the night.
Vin Papillon does not take reservations and the seating is cut in half in the winter time without the patio – best chance to get a table without waiting is to show up between 6:00 and 6:30pm. Vin Papillon serves excellent market fresh dishes and is a great counterpoint to its sister restaurants.