I was lucky enough to dine at Lemeac Bistro in Montreal recently with friends. While I didn’t dine solo here, I certainly would in the future. Lemeac is located at 1045 rue Laurier Ouest in the Outremont area of Montreal. This is a lovely shopping street with lots of little boutiques.
We called ahead for a lunch reservation, though I’m not sure it was necessary, as the restaurant wasn’t terribly busy even at 1pm. The restaurant seats 100 inside and another 50 on its patio, which is heated in winter. It is upscale with white tablecloths, a contemporary decor, and a long bar with plenty of seating for solo diners, though I’m sure you could get a table if you so desired. We opted to sit in the dining room in order to enjoy the air conditioning, as it was a very hot day. Even in the dining room, there is more than enough sunlight streaming in through the large windows overlooking the boulevard.
Service was excellent, but the food was even more so. Prices are not cheap here, understandably. (I did mention the white tablecloths, right?) But it’s not outrageously expensive, either. The menu, which you can peruse here, is mouth-watering. The three of us opted to order off the brunch menu, and we were not disappointed. One friend ordered the Poached eggs, smoked salmon, and Spanish caviar on blinis (adorable little pancakes), while two of us had the Potato and Leek Tartelette, which came with a sunny side up egg on top, asparagus and a choice of goat cheese or emmenthal. My friend had the goat cheese, I had the emmenthal. The presentation of all three dishes was very attractive. The Tartelette was delicious. I’ve never tried emmenthal cheese before, and I’m not sure I could describe it even now that I have, but I liked it. One friend and I opted for iced cafe au laits, which had a nice, frothy crown.
While portion sizes aren’t as outrageously huge as they tend to be here in the U.S., they are substantial enough. None of us needed to order dessert. One of my friends pointed out the steak tartare that a man at a nearby table was eating. It must have been half a pound! That is a lot of raw meat.
If you are looking for a quality French dining experience at a reasonable price in Montreal, you would be doing yourself a favor to consider this restaurant. I understand their after 10 (pm) menu with reduced price is very popular. Bon appetit!