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Au Bistro Gourmet
2100 Saint-Mathieu Guy métro

Open Mon.-Fri. from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Licensed. Catering. Major credit cards. 846-1553. Reservation recommended.
Went to Au Bistro Gourmet for a Valentine's Day Anniversary celebration. The place was packed. How packed? This pckd! Barely room to swing a cat, even if we had brought ours. Hardly room to take off coats, which we had since the night was cold and blustery. Service was horrendous. We waited over 90 minutes for our meals. Would I go back? Yeah. The food was great. One of the best values in the city. Next time I'll bring a book.

There were two table d'hôte dinners available, nicely priced at about $23 and $28. Between the four of us we had just about everything—vegetable soup (excellent puree, strong on beets with a slather of cream—think borscht with a Ph.D. Duck comfit which seems to be how this place is known. My brother says he could have a couple of servings of that (it's the appetizer) and leave happily. Good sirloin steak with a Bordeaux sauce. Excellent mixed seafood dish with mussels, broiled shrimp and scallops. Good salads and perfectly roasted, crusted lamb chops. Desserts—one of each got us around the table—pear and custard on a brioche, chocolate of course in a couple of forms and an apple tart. Great coffee. "Allongé" requested— "We only serve it that way" came the reply.

Anyway, we need another dozen or two places like this. Lunch, BTW is under $10.

Reviewed by Barry Lazar

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