Brasserie T!: Wine and Dine in the Thick of Montreal's Arts & Culture Hub
Brasserie T! is possibly THE most strategically located restaurant, bistro or French brasserie in Montreal, one with a picture perfect terrasse made for sipping Pinot Noir while catching the latest free outdoor Jazz Festival show.
It's also the perfect, and I mean perfect spot to grab a little something to eat before or after a performance at Place des Arts or to complement an afternoon at the Musée d'art contemporain. Both are only seconds away on foot. And if you spent the day following my downtown Montreal shopping mall itinerary, well, guess where you'll end up.
We Get It. The Location Is Great. But What About the Food?
The location is great. So great, I wouldn't blame you for wondering if it's a tourist trap. I did until I ate there.
Owned and opened by the folks behind one of Canada's top fine dining restaurants, Brasserie T! is a Parisian style brasserie proposing a more affordable alternative to its prestigious sibling, Toqué, and it pulls it off without... sacrificing on fresh ingredients and clever, epicurean pairings.
Think a menu equal or slightly superior to bistro fare. As a regular paying patron, I didn't even bother containing my moans over the seared foie gras, served that day with yellow ground cherries, blueberries, a crumbly crust and drizzles of maple syrup. Their tartares—steak, salmon—are solid, their fries are good, the charcuterie is ace... look, I could go on. If there's a weak point in Brasserie T's haute comfort menu, I haven't tasted it yet. But if I DO spot one, trust me, I'll be the first one to let you know if Brasserie T's hundreds of reviewers don't beat me to the proverbial punch.
Brasserie T! Dress Code and Crowd
Smart casual is definitely the way to go here since the vibe, while down to earth, is nonetheless elegant. But don't sweat it if you're in cutoffs because you weren't planning to sit down somewhere nice that day. It's not a stuffy place. Urban and sleek, yes. But not haughty nor judgmental. Just BE elegant and you'll be fine. The crowd is multi-generational, especially during Montreal's summer festival season, with an accent on 30+, probably due to the price range. Let's just say you won't find happy hour beer pitchers. But you will find choice bubbly.
Prices at Brasserie T! run the gamut. They can be mid range and they can reach high end. It depends what you order. If coming in for a simple glass of wine and say some charcuterie or a plate of tartare with fries, then expect to pay roughly $30 per person plus taxes and tip. You could even cheap it down with just a simple order of fries and a glass of vino for roughly $20 plus taxes and tip. But if you want a three course meal and a couple of glasses of wine, then factor in an easy $80 per head or more.
Brasserie T! Business Hours
Open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Brasserie T! Contact Info
Note that menu items, prices and hours of operation are subject to change without notice.
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