Parisian brasserie Le Pois Penché strives to combine lustrous French cuisine, with moderate prices in a relaxed yet classy environment ideal for a celebration or lavish evening.

Le Pois Penché offers an excellent cocktail menu: selective enough to not be overwhelming, yet varied enough to appeal to any palette. The French martini has a unique flavour combination of vanilla infused pineapple juice and basil leaves, and the Old Fashioned is worth ordering for a traditional sip.

To start, the meal was a cheese platter comprised of three local cheeses decorated with fruits and nuts, a scallop ceviche with lime and coriander, and a burrata of heirloom tomatoes with basil and aged balsamic. Delicious and not overly-filling, each dish presented a delightful combination of well-balanced complimentary flavours, turning from sweetness and sourness while never lingering on one for too long.

Pacing the diner with a small pause while the main dishes were being prepared, we took a tour of the premises. Annexed to the restaurant are two collaborative bars with local Montreal talents; the LPP espresso bar aided by neighbouring Café Myriade, and the Raw Bar. Currently, the mobile oyster bar on the terrace offers a “5 à Huitres” promotion, where you can indulge in 12 oysters for 20$.

Beneath the establishment, a luxurious private room overlooks a wine cellar so extensive that browsing the list is a veritable geography lesson. True to their origins, LPP predominately offers a cornucopia of French wines, while still maintaining a healthy list of Italian bottles as well as other countries and regions.

Returning to the table on the terrace, the main courses had arrived. One plate of roasted halibut with vanilla butter, mango salsa and sweet mashed potatoes, and another of grilled bavette and shallots.

Bellies bursting, it didn’t take much convincing to suddenly find enough room for a richly glazed crème brûlée and a plate of profiteroles. Savoury and sweet, they managed to be decadent yet reasonable, and were a lush conclusion to the night.

While our supper began earlier in the evening, for the late night crowd, whose evening cravings turn to tartare and mussels rather than pizza and shawarma, a newly launched — and appropriately titled — “Late-Night Menu” beginning at 9pm offers a fixed 25$ plate with choice of appetizer and main dish.

Le Pois Penché sits a stone’s throw from nightlife of Crescent Street along de Maisonneuve and is a haven for young professionals. Their hearty yet well-portioned dishes will leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled.

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