Review: Olive et Gourmando ~ Deliciousness In Old Montreal
Unless I’m reviewing a specific hotel, resort or cruise line, I don’t usually dedicate an entire post to a specific eateries or restaurants, however I’ve decided that if I come across a restaurant that makes such an impression that I can’t stop thinking about it and crave my next visit then I will share it with you all.
I’ve been thinking about Olive et Gourmando since I last dined there in February and the desire to go back gets stronger every time I think about it. Yes, my friends it is THAT good!
I had read excellent reviews about this little restaurant in Old Montreal and while staying in the city with my son and my sister, we decided to check it out. Located on Rue Saint Paul Ouest, this little spot is packed on the weekends. We arrived at 11 a.m. and waited about 45 minutes for a table. You can say that I was absolutely determined to see what all the fuss was about.
Even through all of the chaos and the shoulder to shoulder waiting space, the hostess kept her cool and was pleasant and charming in both English and French (if you’ve ever been to Quebec, you know that quite frequently that is not the case). The restaurant interior was quaint, cozy and rustic. Flaky croissants, jumbo cookies and delectable pastries enticed as we waited.
When it was time for us to be seated, we were informed that the ordering protocol was slightly different than your regular restaurant. There are no menus brought to you, you have to go in the back to the deli section, look over the chalkboard menu, place your order and go back to your table to wait.
We did so and ended up ordering “Viva Las Vegan” (roasted marinated tofu, dill pickles, hummus with caramelized onions, fresh tomatoes, crushed olives, and arugula, served on a homemade organic grilled bread, “The Goat Cheese Panini” with caramelized onions and goat cheese and the “Housemade Ricotta + Rapini” which is essentially a plate of homemade ricotta served with rapini, currants, pine nuts, parmesan and roasted garlic oil, served with toast.
The food was out of this world. The bread was chewy and crunchy, like you would find in a top notch bakery. The ricotta was slightly salty and the combination of the toppings was a match made in heaven. Unbelievably good!
On our way out we bought butter croissants, almond croissants and a chocolatine. Also amazing!
If you are ever in Montreal, be sure to stop in as the food is well worth the wait! The vibe is very relaxed and family-friendly and I guarantee no one will go home hungry.