Restaurant: Bord’Elle Boutique Bar & Eatery
Event: Tartarefest 2018
Restaurant type: fancy eats
Prices: 4$-17$ entrées, 23$-280$ plats principaux + 5@7 specials
Date: Thursday April 26th 2018
Table of: 5
My favorite dish: the salmon tartare
A couple weeks ago, I finally got to try Bord’Elle with some ex-coworkers, during Resto Mania’s annual tartarefest. But, we almost didn’t, because the whole booking experience is quite complicated. You send a booking request online, which is not a confirmation, only a request, and they then contact you by phone. However, if you happen to miss the singular phone call they make to you, you’ll have to call them back yourself and hope they actually answer the phone, as they have limited business hours. So, I finally managed to reach them and make a reservation for 5 people at 6pm on a Thursday; I was also told that we would have to vacate our table by 8pm, which I guess is now a standard in Montreal.
So we finally made it to D-day. Once we’d arrived, we were gently forced to use the coat check, which we were told was free and that tips were encouraged. Also fine I guess.
We were shown to our table, which one part is basically in the middle of the passageway, so I spent the entire evening shifting my chair so that people could get by and making sure to not take any cocktail showers (literally). I’d really like to know who designed the layout and did the meaurements, as this was not a good call, mais bon.
I chose the salmon tartare and a glass of rosé, from the 5@7 menu. Obviously, it was an excellent deal, given that the tartare was very good and fresh; I loved the seasoning on the salmon and the avocado salsa. However, I did find the avocados too acidic; there could have been less lemon and more salt. But overall, a delicious starter. (I also apologize for the horrible photo quality; Bord’Elle’s lighting is really bad for photos. I guess I should really invest in a light source…).
For the wine, it was unfortunately served to me room temperature, which is not ok for a rosé (especially considering one of my friends ordered the same wine and hers was very cold – you could see the condesation on her glass, versus mine which had none).
I also ordered half a dozen oysters, as they were only $1 each, but they were definitely not the best I’ve had. They were ok at best, but overall they didn’t seem very fresh and one I didn’t eat because it was definitely not fresh. Afterwards, that kind of killed my oyster appetite and I was unable to finish them (normally I can eat dozens). I told the waitress that they weren’t fresh and she still charged me for it (ok, its just a dollar a piece, but still, its about principle). Overall, it was a very disappointing oyster experience and I would not eat oysters at Bord’Elle again.
The only thing that saved the night for me, was the spectacular entertainment that Bord’Elle provides around 19h30. The lady, who must be some combination of gymnast and acrobat, put on a very beautiful, sexy and elegant show, atop a velour cloth hanging from the ceiling.
Overall, the company I was with, the performance and the salmon tartare are what made my night. Service was decent at best, oysters were shockingly bad and the overall attitude and ambiance made me feel like I was beneath the place. I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use 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?
So, here is my review of Bord’Elle Boutique Bar & Eatery:
Price: $ (tartarefest)
Would I go back?: Perhaps, but for drinks/a late night out with friends only
UP NEXT: my restaurant review of Qing Hua Dumplings (decent dumplings in Chinatown)
*All photos and opinions are mine