Montreal

After an enjoyable morning at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, I decided to tackle the Montreal subway system with my end goal being Brasserie T! for lunch.  By this point in the day it was raining pretty steadily so while lunch was within reasonable walking distance, I thought that it would be best to become acquainted with the Metro since I would be relying on it for the remainder of my afternoon itinerary.  The Metro is designed in a similar fashion to that of Washington, D.C. (where I grew up), so I found it to be very easy to navigate.  I boarded the train at Guy-Concordia and traveled 3 quick stops to Place-des-Arts.

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Brasserie T! was a bright and airy establishment with a great location within the Entertainment District.  The restaurant was bustling at lunch on a Thursday afternoon with many who appeared to be enjoying a mid-workday reprieve.  I was seated immediately towards the front of the narrow dining room, and wasted no time before glancing around at the tables around me, eyeing which dishes looked the most tempting.

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The soup du jour was a pumpkin bisque topped with toasted pumpkin seeds which I thought was apropos on a rather dreary Halloween, so I decided to start there and see where my appetite guided me.  Served in a traditional french onion soup bowl, the presentation was very nice and the decadent soup was even better.  The soup was rich and flavorful – just right for a rainy day, but it left me questioning what dish would be appropriate to follow.   After some deliberation (and more peering at my neighbors’ meals), I opted for lighter fare for my second course — salmon tartare with a bed of dressed greens.

Although adequately full after a multi-course lunch, I still had high hopes I would pass a bakery on the way to the Metro station.  What can I say – I was craving a chocolate macaron.  I came up empty-handed in terms of a bakery, but I enjoyed milling about the theater district before heading back to the train for my afternoon adventures at the botanical gardens.

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