Trip Down Memory Lane :: Restaurant L’Express, Montreal

Hi everyone,

It’s been a little over a year since my road trip to Montreal with my best friend. Feeling a bit nostalgic for those days when I only need to play hooky get assignments done early just so I can enjoy a foodie weekend with the bestie.

Express bistro bar

After a lovely (and picturesque!) Saturday morning spent at Pikolo Espresso Bar and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the Impressionist exhibition, we headed over to Restaurant l’Express to indulge on some delicious French cuisine.

Express bistro dining room

As our maitre d’ led us through the buzzy restaurant to our seats, I was struck by the aesthetics of the interior design. While black and white tiles filled the floor,  vintage black and white photographs of the restaurant and staff occupied the red walls. With the restaurant bustling with with locals and carrying the same je ne sais quoi aura as the brasseries in Paris, I was instantly reminded of my first trip to Europe a few years back.

Express bistro roasted quail

Knowing we still had a couple of food hot spots to hit up in the afternoon, we agreed on eating a relatively light meal. While my friend ordered the delectable roasted quail leg with wild rice, I opted for a sautéed duck confit salad. Now, I usually don’t order salads when I eat out because I think I make a pretty darn good one at home. However, when my eyes met with the words duck confit on the menu, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. And boy, was I glad I ordered it. The flavours of the duck combined with the sautéed French peas paired deliciously with the raw spinach and radish. With the juice from the meat seeping right into the greens, the salad made for the perfect lunch.

Express bistro duck confit salad

After such a satisfying meal, I decided right then and there that this was not the last time I’ll be visiting Restaurant l’Express. With fresh sea bass, shrimp risotto and the intriguing bone marrow we saw another table order still left on the menu, there is still much delicious dishes yet for me to sample. For families who are looking for a place to catch up on the weekend to couples who want to get a taste of Paris without paying for a plane ticket, I would recommend this French bistro to anyone.

Express bistro exterior


Location :: Montreal, Canada

Thanks for reading!

Till next time,

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Restaurant l’Express (map here)
3927 St Denis Street
Montreal, Quebec City
H2W 2M4 ‎
t: 514.845.5333

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MORNING GEM :: Pikolo Espresso Bar

Hi everyone,

What’s better than starting the day right with a nice cup of coffee.

pikolo espresso bar :: tse parfait

To be honest, we sisters are more tea kind of gals, but that doesn’t stop us from having a delicious cup of soy latte from time to time. =)

pikolo menu :: tse parfait

Taking a mini trip to Montreal for the weekend, I was determined to find a cute café. You know, a neighbourhoud gem where the locals go to get their morning jolt. So lucky for us, Pikolo Espresso Bar was in our neighbourhood and only a couple of minutes away!

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We loved the ambience right when we stepped in. The coffee and baked goods aroma literally filled the café along with the sounds of soft chattering amongst the locals. Even though it is a relatively small café, it never once made us feel claustrophobic. With high tables and chairs on one side of the wall, a second level seating area, and bar table by the window, the use of space was used efficiently.

various muffins :: tse parfait

What I loved most about this place was their delicious store baked goods, especially their muffins. Not only are the flavours unique, but they also lean towards the nutritious side, being the health nut I am. What I would do to be able to just take a bite from each muffin!

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In the end, we decided on two: a cranberry quinoa muffin and a pecan squash muffin. Both were not too heavy and not too sweet. Perfect for those who prefer a lighter meal in the morning.squash x pecan muffin :: tseparfait

Paired this lovely muffin with my usual soy latte. Silky smooth. Just the way I like latte x muffin :: tseparfait

So grateful to be able to capture this moment of good friends meeting up in front of a coffee shop. There’s always something special about a local espresso bar! =)

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Thanks for reading!

Till next time,

Pikolo Espresso Bar (map)
3418 Park Avenue
Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2H7
t: 514.508.6800