It’s a need that I feel often – a few times a week, actually. Five times last week, three of which were satisfied. You know what I’m talking about – you’ve felt it before. And no, this time I’m not talking about that need. It’s the overwhelming “I want tartare” feeling.
Of course, tartare is healthy – it’s full of Omega 3 fatty acids that totally fill you up, make your skin smooth and your hair shiny. Most importantly, tartare is beyond delicious. A good tartare is incredibly fresh, combines ingredients that enhance the taste of the fish or meat rather than overwhelm it, and is served with exceptionally thin bread toasts that serve as a perfect perch. There really is no better summer dinner alternative – both you (and your jeans) will feel satisfied, but not overwhelmed.
Some of the best tartars in Montreal (a full “best of” list is coming soon) are at Marché 27. Various meats and fish can be paired different vinaigrettes – my favorite is the salmon tartare with Thai dressing made of cilantro, Thai basil, lemongrass oil, lime and shallots. It’s so deliciously fresh and soft, and of course, it comes with those delicious thin bread toasts that supply a wonderfully contrasting texture and let the tartare shine. Another good choice (pictured below) is the red tuna with Fresca vinaigrette, made of cucumber, jalapeños, dill, shallots, and lime. Nice and light.
Marché 27 is great on any day of the week. It’s small, modern, comfortable and without pretention – a spot in which you can linger or grab a relatively quick bite. When you’re on lower St-Laurent, forgo the icky chewy feta of “Greek” restaurants on Prince Arthur and the “Italian food” at Buona Notte. Get a tartare at Marché 27; class and comfort included.
Food (tartare) 9/10, Atmosphere (nice&comfy) 8.5/10, Pretty people 8/10, Music (background) 8/10, Service 7/10.