La Société | Classic downtown French bistro
You’re walking through the sometimes (always) painful St-Catherine human traffic (& construction) only to be able to hit up stores you can only find downtown and of course, you need a break! You want to relax, eat and enjoy a well-deserved break. You don’t necessarily want to leave the area (you are still deciding on that last pair of jeans you tried on) but downtown Montreal isn’t necessarily known for its restaurants. Well, I am happy to share with you a little gem of a place right on the infamous de la Montagne street (next to Montreal’s Ogilvy). Classic, classic, classic – you are not going to get tired of this place. You walk in and immediately feel like you have left the grungy downtown life. Surrounded by a décor that allures to an upscale old French bistro, you feel energized and relaxed at the same time. Finally, a sweet spot to put your feet up.
Cocktails. You look at the signature cocktail list and are not bored. The first one on the list is called BUSHFIRE. It gets your attention and the ingredients are lit. Smoked Maple Syrup, Lime, Triple Sec, Tequilla and Smoked Salt. No surprise here that Patrick Huard orders it every time. Of course I tried it and it was deliciously satisfying to my taste buds and just the kick I needed. Moulin Rouge – a parallel to the iconic Paris spot was also a delicious treat. Pink Prosecco, gin and strawberries served in a champagne coupe – loved it.
French food. Drinks are paired with an edgy classic tartar which was satisfying in a traditional but undeniable way. Chef Gilles Tolen is definitely ready for the tartar festival happening in Montreal from September 15th to 25th. As cliché as it sounds, I felt like we were in another city. Maybe it was the fact that the beautiful hotel Loews is attached to the resto and there are just enough out of towners to keep your people watching game on point.
Service. Did I mention oysters? These delicacies are 1$ on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5pm to 8pm (but David the manager says he will extend the time sometimes). La joie de vivre in him is evident and he also noted how the kitchen is open very late (midnight or 1 AM every day). From beginning to end – our service was impeccable which is exactly what La Société wants to offer its clients. They also host live Jazz events on occasion, also a great excuse to venture here. For all the details on this wonderful place click here.