Over the past few years, the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district has become an exciting place on the culinary scene. Several restaurants that are really popular have opened, including the Chez Bouffe restaurant, which is located directly in front of the Denise Pelletier Theater on Sainte-Catherine Street.
Quite discreet when you pass by, you get in by a small entrance that leads you directly in front of the really welcoming bar, where a dozen of people can be seated. The brick wall behind the bar and the antique wooden beer fridge catches the attention, as well as the small lounge where vintage sofas are placed before you get to the dinning room, a few stairs higher.
Near the bar, a door gives access to a small terrace with a view of the park. Having been attracted by the coziness of the bar, we decided to sit there to spend the evening. The menu at Chez Bouffe changes regularly, depending on the seasonal products; but they are still keeping some classics like their bavette steak and their tartar. We started with some raspberry point oysters along with a classical mignonnette, it is important to note that their oysters are at 1$ during happy hour!
For wine lovers, you will find a nice variety of private imports that is selected by the sommelier of the place. The recommendation that we had was the sauvignon rose which is what we wanted and goes hand in hand with what we ordered.
Being located on an ardoise (chalkboard) at the back of the dining room, the menu is a little bit hard to read when your seats are not close to it, so we got the menu explained by the bartender and got some suggestion of the most popular meals. Although the menu is not always the same, there are several appetizers choices like varied seafood options, beef carpaccio, salmon gravlax, and tartar.
The foie gras poêlé on brioche bread surprised us much more than what we were expecting; the piece of foie gras was generous, melting and well seasoned. The crunchy pieces of bacon added an interesting texture to the dish.
The salmon gravlax, which followed the foie gras appetizer, was refreshing and light. Four thick slices were laid on a bed of mesclun and PARSEMÉ with capers; it was a perfect addition to the first appetizer.
Being a popular option in this restaurant, the beef bavette was one of our choices for the main course. Although classic, the plate had a great portion of steak in it, accompanied by homemade fries and season vegetables that filled our cravings for red meat.
For those who like to try some more adventurous meals, the veal brain ravioli was a pure delish! Strongly recommended by the bartender, this dish is just perfect. Served with a creamy sauce with large chunks of mushrooms, the raviolis were cooked to perfection and to top them off, a parmesan tile was carefully placed on top of the dish.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday to make you enjoy their market cuisine, Chez Bouffe offers weekly specials such as 2-for-1 on tartars on Wednesdays, a discount on the bavette on Thursdays, and a discount for the people who would like to enjoy a good meal before their show at the theater. For the "brunch lovers", let yourself be tempter by their gourmet brunches offered from Thursday to Sunday from 10am.