The 411 Normally, on a nice day when you feel like doing brunch in the old port, you would to McGill street and have your pick of a variety of spots. But sometimes you want something a little different, something you may not have tried before. This is where Les Accords on Notre Dame street comes to the rescue.
At 1st glance Like right out of a fairy tale, the entrance to the courtyard is a wrought iron gate cut into stone and enters a courtyard nestled between two buildings and is amazing to see on a sunny day. The terrace seats a good amount of people and the interior is quite spacious and will be needed when the weather gets colder.
Food I should note this review is from last summer since they don’t offer brunch during the winter. The menu has not changed much as per their site so this should be representative. The menu is quite short and is little more lunch focused than breakfast themed; although, the dishes we had were interesting in terms of their stellar taste, presentation and all around creativity. On average you will spend $15 plus on a menu item. Coffee is not included and there are no free refills. The menu breakdown is as follows:
We started with a milkshake ($5) served in a tall narrow beer glass. This was one of the most unique milkshakes I have ever had. I would go as far to say it was a fancy milk shake which, to be honest, I never knew existed until now. The consistency was close to a normal milkshake but slightly different and even though it was vanilla flavoured, it had a nutmeg taste to it which did not overpower it. To this date, I still can’t pull apart all the ingredients in here but if someone can, by all means, please share.
So with a nice milkshake to start us off we moved onto the main dishes. I opted for the French toast ($17) which had a green tea sorbet, strawberries, a sweet sugary sauce as a base with a bird’s nest in it. The creativity of this dish was matched by its great taste. The green tea sorbet was incredible and the sweet syrup-like substance at the base of my dish was ideal for dipping the large pieces of French toast which was so large it could have been a pain perdu.
The cassolette ($17) had duck sausage in it. This may not be a traditional cassolette but it was incredible. It had all the right taste with the right ingredients with the duck, grapes and the small potatoes. This dish, although small, was large in flavour and scored major points in the taste department. The only down side was the size in that it would have been nice to have it be a larger portion.
Lastly, the smoked salmon ($16) came with a poached egg and tomato topped with hollandaise sauce on top of grilled bread. Normally I would have avoided a smoked salmon dish but I am so glad my friend ordered it because this was an incredibly tasty and moist dish. The hollandaise sauce was perfectly paired with the ingredients and it was rather filling. This may have actually been one of the tastiest dishes of the lot and all 3 scored high in that department.
Service Our service was excellent and dare I even say “proper.” Our waiter’s description of the dishes was excellent and his suggestions were bang on.
Vegetarian More than half of the dishes were vegetarian friendly so you have some choice and if you are ok with fish you get even a few more options.
Wrap up Les Accords really impressed us. We did not know what to expect but were blown away. The menu is clearly more lunch focused but you do get some familiar dishes like French Toast (but a French toast you will never see anywhere else). Although the price can be a little more than at other places, do keep in mind that you are in the Old Port where prices are a little higher and the taste and creativity of these dishes is well worth it, not to mention a beautiful terrace to enjoy your meal.
| 212 Rue Notre-Dame West
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