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Parigot, Le
330 Mont-Royal E. Mont-Royal métro. BYOB

RESERVATIONS: 845-6557. HOURS: 5:30 p.m. on, Tues.—Sat. 6 p.m. on, Sun. Closed Mon. NO- SMOKING SECTION: No. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: No. PRICES—TABLE D’HÔTE: $23.50. CREDIT CARDS: Visa, Mastercard.
We knew Le Parigot back when it had a liquor license. It had such a nice, unassuming, neighbourhood look, situated on the corner of Drolet and Mont Royal, that we would always dream of it becoming a BYOB, having nothing besides L’Entrepont in the immediate area. The food was good then, but it seems to us that the quality of the food has improved. Now that it's a BYOB, for whatever reason, what was once simple bistro fare now has pretentions to something better. For starters, try the chiffonnade de saumon fumé, and we like the feuilleté au bleu and the profiteroles au chèvre chaud, as well. There is often also foie gras de canard chaud on the menu for the hedonists among us.

Current dishes include the inspired confit de canard au caramel de coing et poivre rose (a caramelized coing plum and red peppercorn sauce), the ris de veau braises à la bière, and the very Parisian langue de veau à la confiture d'oignons et au beurre de câpres. They also do filet de sole meunière, and bavette chevaline avec sauce au poivre (horse meat is another Parisian favourite).

By the way, Le Parigot means "the Parisian" in Paris "argot," and the left-bank bistro atmosphere is very much in the air here: the French chansonnier music, nostalgic posters, paper tablecloths, and the peach and grey decor all hearken to a place and time in Paris we'd all like to rediscover. Le Parigot is the next best thing: does it surprise you that the chef just happens to be an ex-Parigot himself?

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