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A frigid, -30 night (typical Montreal?) brought us to Bistro Cocagne on a recent Friday evening, in search of a warm atmosphere and delicious, nourishing food, and we were certainly not disappointed.

This intimate, attractive restaurant is located on St. Denis street, in the former location of renowned Montreal institution Toque. The space has been tranformed into a warm, elegant space with modern red walls, hard wood floors and accents, and soft lighting which creative an inviting mood, perfect for a romantic diner or an evening out with friends.

We chose the the $42 table d’hote menu which included an appetizer, main course and desert, all of which were delicious. As we often do, we both started with the same appetizer: Gnocchi de ricotta, escargots, purée de Sweet Mama, jus à la fleur d’ail. It was amazing – plenty of escargots, perfectly cooked gnocchi with just the right hint of cheese flavour, and a deliciously light sauce that was perfect for bread dipping.

For our entrees, I chose the special of the day which was seared scallops (6 medium sized ones, just the right amount for a satisfying portion), with bok choy, grilled mushrooms and a cauliflower mash. Outstanding. J ordered the Pièce d’agneau braisé, risotto de courge et épinard, jus de braisage, and it was equally good. The lamb was actually a very large portion (something I never complain about!) and extremely tender, while the risotto was cooked to perfection – not too mushy or heavy, and with a sauce that didn’t overpower the flavours.

For desert J had a dark chocolate creme brulee, and I had a daily special, which was a chocolate mousse with a light cake center and caramel sauce. Both were scrumptious.

The service was very friendly and attentive at the beginning of our meal, but became slow and ultimately a bit frustrating by the end of our evening, which was the only dark note in an otherwise perfect experience. Their sommelier suggested a fantastic white wine which we both enjoyed, and in general the staff was knowledgeable about the menu.

Overall I would highly recommend this restaurant. Fudgie likes a lot! 🙂

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I think I’ve found one of my new favorite restaurants in Montreal (existing ones include Lemeac, Chez Leveque, L’Express, and Gibby’s): Cuisine Dependence.

Located on the cusp of Mile End, on St. Laurent just below St. Joseph, this fantastic French restaurant has a cozy and inviting yet modern and sophisticated atmosphere, with outstanding service and some of the best tasting food I’ve had at a Montreal restaurant in years.

My boyfriend started with the scallops in Bouillabase with Rouille sauce, and it was fantastic. The scallops were fresh and tender, and the sauce complimented the flavours well but was light enough to not overpower. I started with their salmon tartar garnished with a cabbage and spinach remoulade, and it was also delicious.

The main courses were what really shone. Again my boyfriend stuck with seafood, opting for the Cod. I ordered the veal cheeks which were served with root vegetables and potato mash, and it was honestly one of the best meat dishes I’ve tasted in years – the veal was so tender I didn’t need a knife at all.

For dessert we both ordered the terrine de chocolat – a slab of dense chocolate mousse, garnished with creme anglaise and rich caramel sauce – the perfect finish to our meal.

Service was exceptionally friendly and attentive – we were offered several wines to sample before ordering, and the food was served at a leisurely but not too slow pace, so we could take our time with each course and enjoy our conversation. The final bill was a bit high, starters run from $8-$12, main courses are in the $25-$30 range and dessert with coffee was $13 each, so combined with a bottle of wine and and extra cocktail and tip, we were above $200 but felt the meal and experience was well worth it.My only suggestion would be that they develop a table d’hote menu, so that diners could experience their cuisine at a more affordable price.

All in all I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for the ideal spot for a romantic dinner, a special celebration, or just a treat for your taste buds.

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