Sometimes, last minute plans pan out better than when you plan something in advance. This notion also applies to hijacked plans. This is exactly what happened when P’tit Soeur invited Diva#1 and Sweet Pea to a night out with her girls. Sweet Pea reminded her dear sister that it was actually her birthday weekend and perhaps she would like to celebrate it… Always compliant and thoughtful, P’tit Soeur graciously allowed Sweet Pea to invite a few friends and call it her birthday celebration. Diva #2 and dear Sensei were tossed into the fun and what was once a girls night became Sweet Pea’s birthday dinner at Brasserie Lucille’s.
We had a great time when we went to Lucille’s Oyster Dive in NDG back in 2013, and when we heard that the same guys were opening up a brasserie with the same oyster-loving concept, we were eager to try it out. The first thing we noticed when we walked in was the rowdy noise level and the mixed crowd; it is Westmount after all!
The Divas, Rambo, Sweet Pea, P’tit Soeur, and her friends all squeezed into a booth. Even our dear Sensei showed up, he is often the only man at a table full of women, as was the case at Brasserie Lucille’s. Like a sheik with his harem, except none of us are sleeping with him!
We started off with their over-the- top Bloody Caesar, which was adorned with an oyster, a shrimp, celery stalk and a crab leg. The Divas split the goodies and cracked open the crab leg and dug out the sweet meat. The rim of the Bloody Caesar was full of coarse steak spice and it was spicy, just the way we like it!
The oysters were salty and served with fresh grated horseradish, red onion mignonette and lemon wedges. Sometimes simple is the best! Sensei spoiled us rotten by getting us the oysters; he truly knows how to please the ladies. If you would like to go on a date with this robust donkey-like man do not hesitate to email us at [email protected] and we’ll get you in touch with him!
We ordered several appetizers and started with the crab cakes. Thinner than the usual crab cakes most restaurants serve, there was no doubt that they were made entirely of crab meat and barely any filler, just enough to hold them together. They were delicate and sweet and the Joe Stone sauce was a nice accompaniment to the pricey dish. The Joe Stone sauce was a nod to Joe’s Stone Crab in Florida, a famous crab shack that’s known for their crab cakes and other seafood.
The tuna tartare was a deep red colour and sat on a layer of creamy avocado, a pairing that always pleases the palate. The wasabi wasn’t overpowering which was nice and the tempura flakes were a crunchy bite to the soft texture of the ripe avocado and fresh tuna. The tartare was served with crispy rice crackers to keep with the Asian theme of the appetizer. We had loved the salmon tartare at Lucille’s Oyster Dive and we were quite happy to see them perfect this tartare as well.
A lot of people always order the moules et frites at French bistros but steamed clams, when done right, are a lot tastier. The steamed clams at Brasserie Lucille’s were flavoured with plenty of slivers of paper-thin garlic and white wine; this made for an exceptional broth. We asked for more grilled country bread to enjoy all the broth, and in our haste we started drinking the broth with a spoon, it was that good! This was by far our favourite appetizer!
As you are well aware, the Divas are of Greek and Italian descent, therefore, we are a little sceptical when it comes to ordering octopus. Unfortunately, we’ve been left disappointed many times. Sensei threw caution to the wind and decided to order the grilled octopus and when we tried it, we loved it! We so rarely listen to him and we are very glad that we did. It was very flavourful and tender, including the ends of the tentacles which are usually dry and tasteless. It was served on a generous Greek salad with fresh greens, and it can be ordered as a half portion or a whole.
The lobster rolls at Lucille’s never disappoint! The main dish comes with two lobster rolls and their addictive fries. The rolls are filled beyond capacity, with enough sweet lobster meat to fill another two! Lobster rolls are often stuffed with fillers like celery and too much mayo, but this is not the case at Brasserie Lucille’s. The lobster meat is tossed with a touch of mayonnaise, celery and herbs in a toasted bun – this is the perfect main for sharing since there are two to an order. The lobster rolls were fresh and satisfying!
They offered three different desserts and each was brought to the table in a jar. This still seems to be the trend but we wish they would bring back plates and ramekins! We tried a bite of the chocolate mousse which had three different layers of chocolate, white, milk and dark. It was cool, smooth and was light like pudding. It also came with a shot of Sambuca for the birthday girl!
Brasserie Lucille’s is a great spot and it differs from its big sister in NDG with a longer menu, and it takes reservations. Trust us you’ll need them as Brasserie Lucille’s is always packed! The food is delicious and fresh and the restaurant is a great addition to the Westmount borough. Though we didn’t order any of their steaks, they have an amazing glass room filled with aged cuts ready for you to order. Lucille’s Oyster Dive has the same glass room and we adored their rib steak. We are positive that Brasserie Lucille’s has similar cuts and tastes. They truly take the concept of surf n’ turf to the next level!
Our Rating: Splendid
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