Sometimes a neighborhood restaurant is so precious, we prefer to keep it our little secret.
But thanks to a Best New Restaurant award by enRoute magazine, the word is out about Bistro Bienville. This tiny corner-spot only seats 25 people ensuring maximum coziness. Using fresh ingredients found at local markets, its seasonal menu is made up of dishes we would make at home, if only we could.
We got started with the pot-au-feu ($14), following it up with tender venison bavette with steamed turnips and roasted parsnips ($15) and a lovely lemon cream meringue ($4) for dessert.
Bistro Bienville, 4650 de Mentana, Montreal, 514-509-1269, www.bistrobienville.com