Les Trois Petits Bouchons

The Three Little Corks, getting their drink on!

In Montreal, somewhere between the haute cuisine and the tongue-to-tail eateries, there exists a breed of restaurants that are haute yet humble, creative yet traditional, fine yet friendly. Les Trois Petits Bouchons ( The Three Little Corks), located on St. Denis, is one such place. Literally an “underground” resto, this dimly lit nook  of a place gives off a cozy, feel good vibe. The exposed brick makes you feel like you stepped into the old world, the chalkboard menu shakes any pretenses you may have had about dining in Montreal and the food, stretching far outside of the comfort food box, is still comforting in its own, innovative way. All of the ingredients are fresh and the menu changes daily (something I am a huge fan of).

If there is one secret to this restaurant, it is hidden beneath the appetizer called “Dattes Surprise”: Tempura dates stuffed with goat cheese paired with a  tarragon and chickpea puree, wrapped in prosciutto. Let me stop right there and tell you I would never, EVER order dates. I don’t like them. But on this rare occasion, with the recommendation from a fellow foodie, I gave them a whirl. . .  and OH. MY.GOD.

"Dattes Surprise" aka party in your mouth

What a surprise, indeed. All of the flavours, sweet & salty, blend together to make this a memorable mouthful. It’s best if you wrap the dates and puree up, almost like a sushi roll, in the prosciutto. I heavily debated ordering a second “Dattes Surpris” before they brought out my main (glutton?).

The Wine selection was also incredible. Mainly concentrated on old world styles of wine, each was evidently chosen  with care by the owners. Many of the selections were from private vinters- indicating that Les Bouchons goes for quality, not quantity.

Beaujolais by Marc Lapierre

If you ever get the chance to stop in, even just for a quick bite at the bar, I can assure you that Les Bouchons will not disappoint. In a nutshell, it’s places like this that make me love Montreal.

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About Kate Lalumiere

After studying wine and spending years in the food service industry, Kate is nutshell's designated food and wine aficionado. Her posts take on the foodie-sphere one restaurant at a time, exposing some of the hottest spots to satiate the ol' buds ! Her favourite restaurants usually include: innovative menus, sustainable & local produce and unparalleled hospitality. Although Kate has a keen ear for food buzz in the National Capital, you'll also find her weighing in on fashion, music and anything that peaks her interest! ** Favourite Restaurant (Ottawa) : Supply & Demand • Wine of Choice: Every wine • Favourite Band: The National • Bad Habit: Being a backseat driver• Favourite Song: Wild Horses • Fashion Icon: Olivia Palermo • Favourite Movie: The Sandlot • Favourite TV Series: Gossip Girl (sue me!) • Sport: Football (to watch and play) • Team: Arizona Cardinals • Blackberry or Iphone: Iphone • Favourite Book: The Sun Also Rises, The Cat's Table, The Bell Jar, On the Road... • ** To ask Kate a question about food, wine or anything else contact her at : inanutshellca@gmail.com

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