Restaurant type: Bistro, French, live music, 5@7, lunch menu
Prices: $2.50-$33 5@7 menu, $6-$18 entrées, $12-$40 mains, $42 table d’hôte, wine bottles starting at $40
Date: Tuesday November 20th 2018
Table of: 2
My favorite dishes: grilled lamb chops + mini lamb burgers + cheese and charcuterie platters
A few weeks ago, Alex and I had the pleasure of checking out Modavie’s 5@7s as their guests. We took advantage of the invitation and went on Tuesday November 20th, in order to celebrate our one year engagement anniversary (is that even a thing?) and our 3 year anniversary.
Modavie is located in Old Montreal, right on the corner of Saint-Paul street and Boul. St-Laurent. They offer live music every single night of the week, with multiple performances on weekends. They also have multiple dining rooms (if my memory serves me well, there’s 4 of them!) over two floors and a long stretch of real estate. Each room kind of has its own vibe (some can be rented out privately) with the main room being more of a traditional bistro with a lot of dark wood, the upper floor being a large open space and the second dining room being more of a modern bistro with a lot of white marble. The entire restaurant can accommodate up to 300 people, so if you were ever looking for a huge and different venue layout style, Modavie could be for you!
Because we came for Modavie’s 5@7s, we got to order from it and chose the following items:
Cheese platter: brie Fleurmier, blue Benedictin, gruyère Louis D’Or & Calumet Bergeron
- Charcuteries platter: saucisson gendarme, homemade lamb and porc rosemary terrine, homemade pork rillettes, dry blue cheese saucisson
- Platter of bites: beef tartare (emulsified mayonnaise, Worcestershire, parsley), salmon tartare (lime, coriander, tobiko), mini lamb burgers (pulled BBQ lamb, caramelized onions, goat cheese, arugula, smoked paprika mayonnaise) & grilled rosemary lamb chops
Platter of desserts: tiramisu & cheese cake
- Chardonnay, Jean-Claude Boisset, Pouilly-Fuissé
- Causse Marines, Les Greilles 2016
We had a wonderful time at Modavie, filled with delicious food, new and intriguing wines, excellent service and some live music. I have to say, the grilled rosemary lamb chops we had were probably the best I’ve ever had (sorry mom). Modavie actually specializes in lamb, so if you’re a lamb fan, you’ve got to try out Modavie! The chops were super juicy, grilled to perfection and had that delicious rosemary taste to them. Had I known, I would have ordered a dozen of these bad boys! (They are, by the way, available as a main dish on their regular menu). I also really enjoyed the mini lamb burger, which was moist, juicy and bursting full of delicious flavours. You had that nice taste of pulled BBQ lamb, mixed with the sweetness of the caramelized onions, the goat cheese and the slight bitterness of the arugula; a wonderful combination (this burger is available as as normal sized burger on their regular menu).
Of course, we also very much enjoyed the cheese and charcuterie platters; so much food! You wouldn’t think it by just looking at those two platters, but we were quite full from just eating them. I particularly enjoyed the lamb and pork rosemary terrine, which was very aromatic and garlicky (I love garlic). In terms of cheeses, I’m a big fan of hard, slightly “dry” and aged cheeses, so I found the Louis D’Or gruyère excellent. I also really liked the brie Fleurmier, which was smooth, creamy, rich and not too powerful.
In terms of desserts, we were surprised with a platter of tiramisu and cheese cake. Unfortunately, I do not eat cheese cake. The tiramisu however was very good; chocolatey, sweet and light as a feather. For the wines, the sommelier chose both and it was nice to make some new discoveries. However, I’m not a huge fan of Chardonnay, but I did find this one to be tolerable (there’s just this oaky and kind of greasy taste with Chardonnay that I don’t like). As for the Causse Marines wine, it was very different and unusual. Like I said, cool to have made this discovery and to have tried it, but definitely not a wine I would purchase for myself nor re-order.
Overall, we had a great evening at Modavie, where we got to try a bunch of different and delicious sharing platters, discover some new wines and enjoy some great live music. We even got a private tour from the man himself, Lorenzo! If you love listening to some live music while enjoying a meal, then Modavie is the place for you!
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*This restaurant post does not contain my usual restaurant review criteria of restaurants, as this is a sponsored post where I was invited to the restaurant as a guest.
*All photos and comments are mine