***MISE À JOUR LE 19 FÉVRIER 2020 : Malheureusement je viens d’apprendre ce matin que le Bistro Pavillon a fermé ses portes indéfiniment***
Restaurant: Bistro Pavillon
Restaurant type: bistro, tapas (sharing plates), local ingredients, québécois
Prices: $9-$26 sharing plates, $2.50-$20 platters, wine bottles starting at $47
Date: Wednesday January 29th 2020
Table of: 2
My favorite dishes: crevettes Nordiques + squashes and buffala + risotto
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of trying Bistro Pavillon as their guest! Bistro Pavillon opened a little over a year ago and is centrally located in the heart of the Gay Village on St-Catherine East, just before avenue Papineau. Pavillon offers a fresh, seasonal and local Québec ingredients focused menu, like: Nordic shrimps, vegetables, cheeses and more. Everything is designed around sharing plates style dinner, which is great for people who like to try many different things and share them. They also have a passion for arts and culture, with beautiful paintings displayed throughout the restaurant. Here are the dishes and drinks we tried:
- Platter of fresh oysters, classic mignonette and lemon [half a dozen]
- Crevettes Nordiques du Québec : celeriac remoulade, tarragon mayo and green apples
- Squashes with Québec Maciocia buffala cheese, chervil butter and roasted pumpkin seeds
- Québec corn and cheese fritters, served with lime crema, pico de gallo and spicy avocado sauce
- Blanc de gris oyster mushrooms risotto with mushroom consommé, green peas and Alfred le fermier cheese
- Casserole of organic mussels in a sauce vierge with confit tomatoes, served with French fries
- Canon des fêtes: bubbles, Roméo gin and berry syrup
- Spicy Sour: Canadian Club whiskey, squash and chaï tea syrup, lemon and egg white
- Glass of 20000 Leguas, Meseta, Spain, 2017
- Glass of La Montagnette, Côtes du Rhône Village, France, 2018
We enjoyed a really good meal at Pavillon and had a great evening. The food was very good, the drinks were great, the ambiance was cozy and inviting, and the service was excellent. For me, there were three highlights for the dishes. The first was the plate of squashes and Quebec buffala mozzarella; sounds pretty basic, but it reminded me of a delicious decomposed grilled cheese. The squashes were nicely cooked and seasoned, the cheese was great and everything was topped with some buttery breadcrumbs, which gave it that grilled cheese taste. I really enjoyed the risotto too, which was a perfectly executed classic. The rice was perfectly cooked, the mushrooms delicious and the sauce binding everything together rich, creamy and smooth. Last but not least, the Nordic shrimps dish was excellent too and reminded me of a buttery, rich lobster and crab roll (minus the bread haha). It was very refreshing, nicely seasoned and tasty.
The oysters were very fresh and good too and the corn fritters extra crispy and full of delicious melted cheese. The mussels were nice, but I would have preferred them in a more flavourful sauce (I typically eat mine in a white wine and rich tomato sauce, full of garlic). Our drinks were exactly what we were looking for based on our personal preferences and the wines were great too. I don’t drink much orange wine so it was nice to try one this time around. Unfortunately, no desserts for us, as we were way too full from all of this food.
Bistro Pavillon is a great spot to check out for a 5@7 with friends, or an intimate date. They also have bottomless mimosas brunches on Sundays, at just $25/person (and they servce you quality bubbles, none of that Hungaria garbage), which is the perfect excuse to enjoy a boozy Sunday brunch!
*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