Les Enfants Terribles: dining with a view, at the top of Place Ville-Marie

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Strip loin steak & carbonara spaghetti with chorizo and calamari (2017)

On Tuesday November 21st 2017, Alex took me for dinner to Les Enfants Terribles at the top of Place Ville-Marie, as part of a week long celebration leading up to our 2 years anniversary ❤

Restaurant: Les Enfants Terribles (Place Ville-Marie)
Date: Tuesday November 21st 2017
Table for: 2

I had been wanting to come to Les Enfants Terribles ever since it opened earlier this year, to see the views over Montreal. However, since its basically winter now, the restaurant was all closed up (to keep the cold out) but you can still see the city, as all the walls are huge windows.

We arrived around 6:30pm, to find basically a full house and a loud crowd. The noise level went down drastically around 7pm, when the groups at the bar left (our table was in the bar section). We started off with some drinks, some really strong cocktail for Alex and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc for myself and then proceeded to order the food.

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Salmon tartare (2017)
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French onion soup (2017)

As starters, I got the French onion soup and Alex got a salmon tartare. The soup was very good; nice and cheesy, salty and with thin pieces of onions. Alex’s salmon tartare was also good and even though it was made of both fresh and smoked salmon (I dislike smoked salmon) you couldn’t tell there was any; it tasted very good. The seasoning on the tartare was well done and I liked the spicy sauce that came with it, it gave a nice kick to the tartare.

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Strip loin steak & carbonara spaghetti with chorizo and calamari (2017)
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Carbonara spaghetti with chorizo and calamari (2017)

For mains, I got the chorizo and calamari carbonara spaghetti. Overall the dish was good, but lacked in a couple areas. The sauce was very good, light and creamy as a carbonara should be, but not very cheesy. I also liked that the calamari added a bit of a fish/seafood flavour to the sauce. However, the chorizo I would have grilled or something, because this was basically store bought sliced chorizo tossed in with the rest of the ingredients.

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Strip loin steak, served with a fresh herbs salad, béarnaise sauce and winter vegetables (2017)

Alex ordered the strip loin steak, served with a fresh herbs salad, béarnaise sauce and winter vegetables. I really like Alex’s dish; all the ingredients went very well together. The herbs added a nice touch of flavour to the meat, the vegetables were grilled/roasted to perfection and the sauce brought everything together nicely. The only concern I had with this dish is that the steak was served pre-cut in slices, which I found a bit odd. Since Alex ordered his steak medium-well done I guess it didn’t really matter, but I would have ordered mine rare so I wouldn’t have wanted my steak pre-cut into slices, unless it was guaranteed to me that each piece was indeed rare inside.

We didn’t end up having any dessert, as we were both quite full from the meal and then anyways, Alex proposed to me and we had celebratory drinks instead 🙂

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Photo creds: Leila Manseur (2017)
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Photo creds: Leila Manseur (2017)
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Photo creds: Leila Manseur (2017)
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Photo creds: Leila Manseur (2017)
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Photo creds: Leila Manseur (2017)

Overall we had a great time and meal at Les Enfants Terribles. The food was pretty good for the most part and I would eat here again. However, I found the prices very expensive for what we got (in terms of what we ordered, the quality and the quantity); its clear that prices are hiked up because of the location of the restaurant. As well, I would definitely prefer to return in the summer, to better enjoy the views of the city.

I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I started using last year on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back? For me, the quality of the food, the price and the question “would I go back?” are the most important points for me.

So, here is my review of Les Enfants Terribles (PVM):

Food: 7.5/10
Price: $$$$
Would I go back?: I will definitely come back in the summer, to take advantage of their terrasse and the views!

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Salmon tartare & French onion soup (2017)

UP NEXT: ma critique de restaurant pour EtOH Brasserie ! (Microbrasserie à Villeray servant des bières artisanales et de petits plats)

*All photos and opinions are mine

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