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December 17, 2006
This two-and-a-half story restaurant ensconced on cobble-stoned Saint Paul street is worth a stop for lunch when you’re museum-hopping. Several places on nearby Jacques Cartier Square close after 1pm and only reopen for supper. The Crêperie is open during the afternoon, seven days a week, and is conveniently situated almost equidistant between the famous Bonsecours Chapel and Notre Dame Basilica. The restaurant has a lot of potential, but doesn’t quite achieve top marks. The plain wooden tables and chairs have all the charm of a waiting room, but the upstairs dining room, the Campagnarde, is graced with large windows that offer a great view of the arches and stones of Montreal’s historic buildings. The Parisienne room is equipped with a bar. You are best to stick with the namesake of the place – crepes. They come in at least a dozen varieties and are almost the size of a throw cushion with stuffing popping the seams.
The Montréalaise Crêpe, featuring ham and cheese in a light and smooth Bechamel sauce, is good but would be even nicer if the cheese were melted through evenly. The decadent Québecoise Crêpe is similar but comes with maple syrup on the side so you can adjust the sweetness to your liking. Fondues are advertised as another house specialty and come in two categories, meat and vegetables to dip in beef broth or fruit to dip in chocolate. The fondues serve two and are about $20. Other dishes are surprisingly small for the price. Many of the appetizers cost at least $10. A slightly larger than dessert-sized plate of smoked salmon with capers and a few slices of tired tomato worked out to $14 with a cup of tea. Fortunately, the tomatoes in the tomato and basil salad must have come from another garden because they had a little more juice. You can have refills on the bread rolls, which are good but just a tad too hard. There is a lunch menu of sandwich, salad or quiche at about $8 before tax, but once again, some of the portions are not very satisfying. There is also a kid’s menu with options for about $5 and a vegetarian selection of crepes (with cheese). Service for our group was rather slow, but very laidback and friendly. There is no parking, which is fairly common for Old Montreal, but the restaurant is within walking distance of Place d'Armes Metro.
From journal Montreal, Above and Below Ground
District of Columbia County, District of Columbia
April 22, 2006
From journal Weekend in Montréal