Le Filet is a new venture by the owners of Montreal’s Club Chasse et Pêche. Located in the Plateau this new restaurant serves delicate small plates of fresh seafood meant for sharing. The tastes are wonderful and the place has a very buzzy atmosphere.
219 Mont Royal West
I heard of Le Filet through a post on Montreal for Insiders and knew I would want to try this one out right away. Club Chasse et Pêche is one of Montreal’s great restaurants, and a new restaurant from the same owners was full of promise. I reserved pretty far in advance (2 weeks) and am glad I did as the restaurant was packed.
First impressions were good. The restaurant is located in a bit of a weird location. It’s a new build on Mont-Royal pretty close to Parc which is not what I would call the most happening area of the Plateau. The signage is almost nil, so look for a concrete block building with people eating inside. Up close, the name is carved into the stone. Inside it’s a fairly small space but it is beautifully designed. It’s an open concept restaurant with the kitchen at the back. In fact it’s so open, I didn’t dare bring out the camera and attempted to take photos with my iPhone which didn’t really work out. So sorry about the lack of pretty much any pics.
The host was ever present and reassuring as soon as we stepped in. Our table was not ready, but he was very kind and kept us posted. We were asked if we wanted an English menu which was nice, but upon reflection I am sure that this was done for the out of town guest this restaurant is sure to attract. Regardless, thanks. My French is fine, but sometimes menus can be confusing even if it’s in your own language!
The menu itself is split into different sections roughly starting with soup, then raw and moving up to cooked food. We were recommended 2 plates a person. Each plate is roughly between an appetizer and a main dish. It was enough food, but if you were really hungry 3 would probably be better. Everything is available for sharing, but it was clear that a lot of the plates were meant to be shared by two people as many of the dishes had two of the same item on them (we were three). Even the soup can be shared, as mini bowls are brought out.
Our stand outs were the ravioli stuffed with squash, the cod, and the risotto. I read an article from Sweetspot.ca which recommended the octopus, but we found it had an odd spicy/burnt taste to it.
The food was beautiful, colourful, and different. We were excited by what we were being served, and the sharing aspect is always so nice. The staff were very capable and polite.
Prices are somewhat expensive, but not astronomical. We chose a $51 bottle of Pouilly Fume and chose 2 plates each for 3 of us. With tip the bill came to $65 per person.
Design: Beautiful. I had seen that some found it cold but I didn’t at all.
Food: Exciting and different. The tastes and the flavours were lovely, although some of the dishes stood out more than others.
Service: Friendly and welcoming. The host is great.
Good For: A night out with girlfriends, or a special occasion dinner.
Baby Friendly: Umm.. no. It’s fairly small and crowded.