I’m totally out of the loop in the night life scene of Old Port (or any night life in general). I never heard of Joverse until a recent invitation for a birthday celebration. It turns to a club after 11pm, a supper club.
Glancing at their online menu, prices seemed fairly reasonable for a restaurant located at the heart of Old Port. Yay to no overpriced meal! Or so I thought…
I was getting a series of flashbacks when I entered the premise – days where I loved the “happening” places. The settings and decors were typical. Nothing stood out.
The staffs were great, attentive. However, once 11pm hits, they started to remove tables and asked if we are staying at the table (obviously, that would cost more). If you are down for dancing and partying, this is perfect. But for someone like me that prefers to chill and talk, this is not the place to be.
I cringed when I saw the price of cocktails. I forgot how expensive cocktails are in Montreal. But the drinks of this place are even a bit higher –$14 on average. Freshly back from my Korea trip, I realized how Montreal restaurants delusionally overprice food.
While I understand that the concept is meant to be tapas (where you share the meals with others), it is ridiculous that they offer the whole menu at $225 and state that it could be shared with 4 to 6 people. I had the shrimp tacos and I could not possibly think of a way to share it with 6. Everyone would only have a tiny bite off from the 2 tacos – some would not even taste the shrimp. Not to mention, no side dish was included. Not even fries! The shrimp tacos were decent, but maybe stretching it for $14. Please eat beforehand.
Mr.Butter had the Joverse poutine, where there were goat cheese and pulled duck confit. I agree those are expensive ingredients, but at $16, I expect a bigger portion.
Yes, this is a tapa restaurant, but the price does not reflect that, only the portion does. Unless you are ready to pay a $50 bill on not so gourmet food or have a small appetite, I would highly suggest eating a bit before coming.
Mr.Butter and I were leisurely strolling on Dundas and we kept seeing people passing by with a matcha ice cream dessert in their hands. I want! Not sure if I actually said that out loud. On a second thought, I am quite sure I did. The search did not take long as I noticed a line forming in front of an unsuspicious boutique.
The area is small. Only a handful of seats is available. Every time I passed by, there was always a line. When we actually decided to wait in line, we were in luck – the line just became shorter! But beware. There is one line to order and another line to pick-up your order.
It was about 10pm when we passed our order and many of their items were sold out. So if you really want something specific, be sure to come during the day.
Just a little background of Tsujiri to justify their long waiting line. Tsujiri is a 155 year-old tea brand all the way from Japan! That is quite spectacular! To survive this long, their matcha must be the best grade!
This expectation is not wrong. Their ice cream did not skimp on matcha (reason why it costs 8$ for the sundae). If you like very milky and sweet matcha flavor, you will not like this. Any real fan of matcha would love this. The mochis in the sundae were great! Glutinous!
Would I want this every week? Maybe not because I cannot afford a 8$ sundae every time. But as a matcha lover, just maybe I’ll splurge.
After a marathon, the best way to recovery is getting some carbs and electrolytes from ramen. Did I run a marathon? No, Mr.Butter did! (He did amazingly!) Sansotei Ramen was closed on Sunday, so we eyed for the next ramen shop – Kenzo Ramen. (I just learned that Kenzo Ramen has many locations – this one is located on Dundas.)
This mustard yellow painted restaurant cannot be missed while walking on Dundas. I quickly looked at it and saw “Japanese curry”. Japanese curry is not the typical curry. Its taste leans towards sweetness than the typical curry where it has more cumin and turmeric.
I never understood the hype behind Portuguese chicken, especially when I tried Romados (not that impressed, but I blame my commute, where I had decided to bring it all the way to the South Shore before consumption) and found nothing special.
My sis was back for a visit, and obviously she needed her poutine fix. I wanted to bring her somewhere new, but with decent poutine. Mr.Butter suggested Ma Poule Mouillee. I was reluctant and confused. I asked for poutine, not some freaking chicken! So I searched online and learned that they served one solid poutine! I have to see this!
So the journey of oversize meals begin…