When my two friends and I arrived in Montreal on Friday, it was starting to get late so we did a little recon on restaurants while we settled in and got our acts together. We didn't want to have to travel too far away from the hotel, so after a little Urbanspoon neighborhood searching, A stumbled upon Barroco, which had glowing reviews and was about a 10 minute walk - perfect!
After navigating the streets of Old Montreal we ended up in front of a perfect small stone building that looked like it should in an old English village. Upon entering we were greeted by the friendly host who said we were welcome to grab a drink at the bar while a table cleared up for our group.
After grabbing three chairs at the bar and looking around we knew we were in good hands. Between the plethora of ingredients available for drinks and watching the well-trained bartender (who was more like a magician!), we knew these were going to be some good drinks! Both A and M went with a vanilla flavored martini with a hollowed lime with a pool of 151 lit on fire. To say this was one of the most impressive presentations is an understatement. When a drink like this actually tastes good too, even better!
My drink, though not as impressive of a presentation, was great - the brown liquor flavors worked! My apologies for not knowing the names of either of these drinks, but needless to say, the entire menu is delicious and you would be safe ordering just about anything. The bartender was a real craftsmen.
While hanging out at the bar, we could not help but feel totally at home in the stone walled restaurant with the large beamed ceiling. There were so many decorative features throughout the restaurant that made you feel like you were in a country house of some rich relative (if you are lucky enough to have one of those!).
After enjoying our drinks we moved over to a large table tucked nicely in the corner and ordered a nice bottle of red wine to enjoy with our dinner. I am a red drinker and while there was an extensive wine list, I'm not going to lie: we went more on price (and what they had in stock) than anything else. After going through a couple of choices with our server we ended up with a nice French red - Domaine Ferrer Ribiere. While a bit tangy to begin with, once it was allowed to breath it got a lot smoother.
Once the wine was poured, our server brought over some nice bread and herbed butter. While the butter was chilled the bread plates were warmed so that the butter nicely melted once you placed it on the warmed plate. Who knows if it was supposed to melt or not, but either way it worked pretty well!
We decided to go straight to entrees - it was about 10:15 at this point and I was hungry! M went with the Mediterranean Sea Bream stuffed with ricotta, truffle, arugula and parmesan lobster bordelaise. Sea bream is a mild white fish that is very common in Europe. The flavors in this dish were great, however, not much ricotta. My guess is too much would have over powered the rest of the dish.
Having read so many rave reviews of the Beef Short Ribs, Abby and I could not resist. Lucky for us, they had the dish for 2 so we decided to share. However, when a dish that could have served a family of four arrived at our table, we probably could have split the serving for 1! In addition to our dishes we decided to split the wild mushrooms and the mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and olive oil.
Needles to say we had plenty of food for the three of us. I wish I was hungrier because the short ribs were delicious - fall-off-the-bone tender. The meat was braised in a veal stock and served with pancetta, a port wine reduction and thyme. This dish was the definition of comfort food - the short ribs really were the perfect dish for this cozy restaurant.
After finally finishing our food and drink and closing up the restaurant, we were brought over a small chest containing our check for the evening. It really was a fun way to receive it!
Barroco was the perfect way to begin our weekend in Montreal - warm and cozy with good food and drink. If you are heading to Montreal I would highly recommend heading to Barroco for a meal.
|Bar Set Up|
|Vanilla Flavored Cocktails|
|Lipstick Brown Liquor Drink|
|He is literally pouring water thru the fire to heat it!|
|I could live here!|
|Domaine Ferrer Ribiere|
|Mediterranean Sea Bream|
|Meal For many more than 3!|