Griffintown is one of my favorite areas. It’s populated by some amazing restaurants and pubs like Joe Beef, Liverpool House, Jane, Burgundy Lion, and Tuck shop. If you travel a couple blocks east, you’ll find behind large glass windows, a quaint 27-seat French bistro called Bistro Duo D. The warm wood floors, open kitchen, and soft lighting creates an inviting atmosphere. We sat near the window and gazed at the construction outside, but imagined what the up and coming area actually looks like, minus all the pylons, and barricades. The name Duo D reflects the two owners. The “D” because their names are Philippe Déry (chef) and Catherine Dubar (front of the house), and “Duo” because they are a team of two, and of course both their last names start with “D”. Makes sense.
We started our meal with a little amuse-bouche of steak tartare. Great flavor, and texture. There was just enough Dijon mustard in there to complement the flavor of the meat, and the chives were a great little addition. We were told by Chef Déry at the end of our meal that the steak tartare was made from the little bits of meat left after he trimmed and butchered the steaks listed as a main dish. Nice to see minimal waste here!
Our appetizers included garlic escargots, house-smoked salmon, and foie gras au torchon. I soaked my bread in the garlic sauce that once housed the delicious snails until there was nothing left. The salmon tasted so fresh, you would swear it came right off the boat that day. Throw that on a crostini with a chive and celery cream with minced red onion and call it day. And how can you go wrong with foie gras. It was deliciously smooth, and the strawberry marmalade cut the richness very well.
The mains included steak frites and chicken in a foie gras sauce. The steak came with a round of roasted red pepper butter melting on top, and hand cut fries were carefully stacked next to it. Cooked to perfection, the steak melted in my mouth. I never wanted it to end. The chicken was moist, and the sauce was rich. You can really taste everything on the plate. Very well done here.
The meal ended with a deliciously sweet orange glazed pain perdu with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. It disappeared in about 2 minutes. Plate clean.
Bistro Duo D is a perfect fit to the Griffintown restaurant scene. I felt very special when I was eating there. It’s a little hard to put my finger on it why I felt this way, but I have a feeling it has something to do with the small yet comfortable dining room. Philippe Déry and Catherine Dubar should be praised for running such a great restaurant. Make your reservations soon…you’re gonna need one!
Bistro Duo D: 1380, Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC H3C 1K8; 514-657-7144