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Lovely, Lonely Eats on St. Denis

Posted by Chip / March 9, 2007

20070308_justinesign.jpgI happened upon Justine, bistro à vin, while out with my accomplice one scenic wintery evening on rue St. Denis. We were looking to try something new in the area and decided to give it a go at this French bistro.

We were at first drawn to the restaurant’s attractive signage and then – peering through the sunken window – the cozy looking atmosphere inside. Secondly, the menu du jour looked appetizing enough and moderately priced. Finally, we were drawn in by guilt. Guilt of being spotted and smiled at by the host through the glass door; and secondary guilt because the restaurant was empty. Feeling like we may be doing a service to the lonely host, we entered and sat at the table of our choice.

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As it turned out, the only questionable part of the whole night was the sight of the empty seats and tables surrounding us (not such a bad thing except you feel like you have an exclusive staff and four-star chef waiting to serve you – and only you). In fact, I came close to asking why we were dining alone in the charming resto, but by the time I worked up the nerve another couple had come in and was seated at a table across from us. The atmosphere, nonetheless, is comfy. There’s really no other word for it. Candle-lit tables and stone walls highlighted a room set to seat 20 to 25 diners.

20070308_steakplate.jpgJustine is a bistro à vin indeed. Many, if not most of the wines listed on the chalk board running the length of the room were unique in that you can’t get them at the SAQ. They are in fact imported by the restaurant specially to complement menu items and differing tastes. Now I’m no wine expert…what are they called? Wineophiles?...so I gladly accepted the recommendations of the server for my entrée of filet mignon. Those of you who have more of a nose for wine would surely enjoy tasting a few with different courses.

20070308_fishplate.jpgThe most impressive part of the night was easily the food. The menu items are few, but do change daily and certainly deciding between six delicious sounding dishes isn’t as easy as it sounds. Unfortunately, for all vegans out there, on this night you probably wouldn’t have entered the restaurant. Most dishes featured some form of meat or fish product and entrées were in the $15 dollar range, which in this town isn’t bad for tasty French bistro offerings. If you don’t like meat, there’s always free crusty bread and plenty of wine to keep your taste buds occupied.

Justine, Bistro a vin
4517 rue St. Denis

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Discussion

11 Comments

Kate M. / March 9, 2007 at 06:18 pm
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You might note that "entrée" as used in Montreal refers to a starter and not a main course.

(Also, while I'm wearing the usage hat: you write "Feeling like we may be doing a service to the lonely host" but you meant "... we might be" because "may" refers to the present, not the past.)
chip / March 11, 2007 at 08:54 pm
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yep. you got me. entrees are starters. my bad.

I'll confer with my english teacher next time i get a post up. thanks for the tip.
sookie / March 14, 2007 at 05:12 pm
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I would've stopped for the signage too. I'm a sucker for fresh design.
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