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January 7, 2007
The is a classic old school French bistro that is famous in Montreal. We felt like we were in Paris. The waiters were all men and they spoke French (which is true for all places) and the menu had hand-written specials. Tabletops are covered with white paper on top of white tablecloths. Waiters bring you a pretty big olf-fashioned jar of sweet pickles (cornichons) swimming in pickle juice to snack on.There is a long bar on one side and the dining room converges into it. Ally enjoyed the pumpkin soup as a first course, and for the main course, she had duck with mashed potatoes. I had the raviolis with mushrooms. Chocolate cake for Ally's dessert was a nice complement to my apple tart with vanilla ice cream.
L'Express is a very solid and delicious bistro that is a quite memorable Montreal experience. Also, very reasonable prices. They are open practically all day from 8am to 3am.
From journal A Romantic Weekend in Montreal
February 18, 2002
My companion started with a monk fish soup, delicatly suspended in a white wine and tomato broth. However, I was in need of serious traditional French comfort food, so I chose bone marrow served with crusty toast points. It may be an acquired taste, but that marrow is dug out of the bones and spead on the toast like a beefy butter. Next was the ultimate chicken soup, chicken pot au feu. Juicy pieces of dark chicken meat swimming in its own broth and surrounded by tender root vegetables. Since it was Chirstmas tim, I wanted to try something that was created just for the holidays, so to finish my meal I ordered a special Christmas cheese, Vacherin Mont d'Or, a creamy fromage served with walnuts and croutons. My dining companion chose the showy floating island. A mound of meringue crowned in spun sugar bathes in creme anglais, the dessert is deceptively light on the tongue but happily hits like a brick after several bites.
From journal Winter Holiday in Montreal