As part of Happening Gourmande, I reserved a table with friends at Suite 701 located a block outside Place d’armes metro in the Old Port area.
Every year we usually try at least one restaurant but I stopped going recently since I felt a lot of the menus just had steak/burgers and creme brulee/mousse as desserts. I was somewhat intrigued by Suite 701‘s menu so we decided to try it out.
The cold snap was still in full blast so I frosted my way over to the trendy resto/lounge. High ceilings, low-lit with accents of white and purple in the restaurant, you can tell that this was more of a loungey scene.
The wine list/alcohol menu was fairly extensive, a bit on the higher price of things (minimum price for cocktails was $12) and according to my friends, sorta watered-down/not a lot of alcohol content. I was intrigued by the Poire Royale cocktail (a Grey Gooze pear vodka cocktail) but at $18 I was not willing to risk being disappointed.
Capitane d’armes cocktail – not a lot of alcohol!
Most of the table started with the Bison Carpaccio with apple chutney and homemade chips, while I and a friend tried the Smoked Bacon Parmentier and vegetarian poutine respectively. I didn’t know that mine was a soup so I was sort of disappointed and most of the table agreed that the Carpaccio was a bit too salty (I didn’t mind it though). The homemade chips were tiny though and looked like shavings on top.
Bison Carpaccio – The yellow things on top are either the Padano shavings or homemade chips.
Garnished with spinach and cheddar
The soup was warm and tasty, though I was hoping it was going to be more substantial. Oh well, should’ve asked. My friend enjoyed his vegetarian poutine but he was too far to snap a photo 🙂
S had ordered the beef medallion with Swiss chard, shiitake, dried fruits, mashed parsnips and porto sauce and sausage, while I went with the beer-marinated chicken supreme, potato pancake and garlic flower, sauteed beets and truffle jus.
Beef medallion, Swiss chard, shiitake, dried fruits, mashed parsnip, porto sauce and sausage
Beer marinated chicken supreme, potato pancake with garlic flower, sautéed beets, truffle jus
The medallion was more on the rarer side which was great because when we had ordered, the waitress had said they could only make the medallions medium (why?). S seemed to enjoy it enough but the portion left him hungry.
My dish was a bit more disappointing. The chicken was tender but there wasn’t a lot of flavour in the meat itself. The sauce helped that. The potato pancake was soggy and a ltitle gross, my friend agreed, and had too strong a lemon taste to it (think dish soap). I thought it was supposed to be garlicky? Maybe I understood wrong. It was a very mediocre dish. I’m glad I chose this though since I originally wanted to try the cream of fish stew but I definitely would’ve been hungry after seeing my friend’s portions.
Dinner wrapped up with some chocolate mousse with bits of I think red velvet cake in it. Not bad, but not too original I think.
Chocolate Mousse with bits of cake inside it
Last year I had lamb and financier cake and it was much better than this year’s meal. We left sorta hungry after and the bill came up to $70 for the two of us with one cocktail. I guess it’s not bad but you’d expect to leave full at least. If it wasn’t for the company I don’t think the meal would’ve been pleasant. Service was alright, a bit understaffed probably though. It’s definitely more of a lounge than a resto and I can’t recommend going here besides for drinks for work or something. Or meeting people/young professionals?
701, Côte de la Place d’Armes
Montreal, QC H2Y 2X6