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Monkland, Le
5555 Monkland. Villa-Maria métro. Bus 103 W

Tel. 486-5768. Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every day, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Bar open to 1 a.m. $50 for two before wine, taxes and service. Table d'hôte: $8.50—$10 (noon), $14—$19.50 (evening).
This former tavern has managed to keep a patina of its glory days as a middle-aged white trash male watering hole. The original floor and old tavern chairs are now occupied by local Notre-Dame-de-Grâce residents of both sexes and a greater propensity for transplanted Californian food than for commercial Québec draught. True to Californian tradition, chef Steven Leslie can cook up a steak on mesquite or cherry wood. The pastas, salads and fries also have a good rep. Several whiskies and martinis avallable. A bar that, in the late afternoon, may rermnd you of a Cheers episode. Totally friendly service. Rounds ordered in both official languages. The décor works.

Sample menu: Caesar salad, spinach salad with goat cheese, grilled vegetable mediterranean sandwiches, New York steak sandwich with pepper sauce and home fries, grilled brie with mixed greens and pears, Suzy shrimps, marinated lamb tartar served on ratatouille with cumin, squash and ricotta-stuffed medallions on smoked tomato sauce, crème caramel, cheesecake.

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