5935 Saint-Hubert. Rosemont métro. BYOB
RESERVATIONS: 495-9031. HOURS: 5p.m.10P.m., Mon.Thurs. 5p.m.12p.m., Fri.Sun. NO- SMOKING SECTION: Yes. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: No. PRICESTABLE DHÔTE: $5$16.25 (à la carte), no table dhôte. CREDIT CARDS: Visa
Located in the last residential block on Saint-Hubert south of the outdoor shopping mall strip, at the northern limits of the Plateau, Le Mangoustan is housed in an old greystone triplex with red awnings.
Once seated, only the abalone bas-reliefs and the happy patrons sampling Le Mangoustan's cuisine remind you that youre in a restaurant and not in someone's house (this IS a converted flat, after all). To your right, as you walk in (with the koto-like instrument on the wall), is what would have been the living room. Straight on, and you're in what used to be the house's dining room. To the right of the dining room would be the master bedroom, now magically transformed into another dining room.
Try the soupe au poulet et aux aigues de mer (chicken and seaweed soup), the rouleaux au sesame, the cailles roties, the fondue à la saigonnaise, or the poulet à la flamme (a ceramic pot surrounded by blue flames that contains woodsy flavoured chicken), or the crevettes et poulet a 1orientale avec nouilles croustillantes: they are all equally good.
The cooking is as eclectic as the surroundings, for the chef's Vietnamese menu also mingles elements of Cantonese, Japanese and Thai cuisine.