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EDIT: I took my parents to Taverne for their anniversary this year, and was just as impressed as the first time I dined there in 2008 (and again last year with a friend). All 3 visits have been impeccable from beginning to end.
I want to stress that I am on a student budget - I don't have millions to throw around, and I'm not usually to be found in very pricey restaurants. However, Taverne is WELL worth a little saving. Their ingredients are truly top-notch and I have never had a single thing to eat there that wasn't totally scrumptious, from the bread to the desserts.
The service is always warm and competent. The wine list is full of great picks, and the ambiance is so lively! This is absolutely my favourite resto in Montreal.
On the anniversary visit, my father was floored by the liver - something he was tempted to order but dubious about any restaurant preparation (expecting a leathery, sad strip). It far, far exceeded his expectations, served with sugar-cured bacon and delicious spinach and potatoes. He said it was better than any filet mignon he's had in recent years - high praise from a true carnivore. My mother had roast chicken, which doesn't sound exciting but was mouth-watering; same for my porcini pasta dish. Everything we ate was just stunning.
(2008 Review) I was taken to Taverne on the Square for my birthday last night - the experience was unforgettable.
My meal was perfect from beginning to end - it helped that we happened to know two of the staff, so we got some great recommendations.
I started with a bellini and a beautiful salad with warm goat's cheese & poached pears - outstanding! Light but bursting with flavour.
Continued with a pasta dish I'll be remembering for years; made with porcini stock which kicked the complexity of the dish up considerably from a simple mushroom pasta to something that could stand shoulder to shoulder with any meat dish.
Was graciously offered port & a birthday dessert (a decadent, melting, freshly baked cookie with ice cream; sinful!) complete with a candle.
Overall I felt completely spoiled and very welcome. The food far exceeded my expectations and the service was perfect (and not just because of the friends working there).
The atmosphere was lively and warm, and the prices reflected the quality of the ingredients (only the best) and the highly professional ambience. Don't go for a cheap meal; go for a treat and forget about the numbers! You will not be disappointed.
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