August 2, 2012 in Restaurants
Mediocre and overpriced-considering-the-quality downtown Montreal restaurants, you’ve been schooled. No longer do we have to avoid you by walking down to the Old Port or by taking a cab up to the Plateau (because honestly, no one wants to walk up a hill in this humid weather). We can just head to F Bar.
From the beginning, much was expected from Ferreira Café’s little sister restaurant. After all, Ferreira’s known for its delicious Portuguese seafood – it’s usually quite flawless. A more casual restaurant could have gone either way – really good or really bad. Well, it’s been open for a while and I can honestly say that F Bar doesn’t disappoint. Want air conditioning? Cool. Want to sit outside on the long terrasse? Done. At F Bar, you can choose your own adventure. Not only that, but the service is friendly and the food is delicious. Do we have a downtown favorite? We just might…
My friend and I have similar penchants when it comes to food, so we actually ordered exactly the same dishes. First, the octopus appetizer. It was great. Slightly charred and super fresh, it was place atop of a chickpea, mint and pepper purée. Not a new concept, but one that was executed well.
Next, we both ordered the scallop main. It was hands down the best scallop dish I’ve had in Montreal. Not only that, but it was big! The scallops were fresh and plump, grilled to perfection. Not undercooked, not overcooked, but actually perfect – considering scallops come in different sizes, it’s not an obvious feat. They were accompanied by cauliflower and a fluffy cauliflower-potato mash, in an amazing mystery sauce. Each ingredient added to the deliciousness of the dish, all while complementing each other. I would have this main a hundred times over.
Finally, we ordered the coconut milk rice pudding and the natas for dessert. The rice pudding was light and fluffy, adorned with pineapple and passionfruit-basil sorbet. Sweet and sour. Yum. As for the natas – these mini Portuguese custard tarts are sold all over Montreal. Although it’s not something we’re missing, a nata that’s not too eggy, not too doughy and not too sweet is hard to find. You get where I’m going – F Bar did a stellar job with this dessert too. Their natas had a flaky crust, a fluffy light custard and cinnamon on top. And they were warm. HELLO.
Needless to say, this place is good. Really good. Go.