Monday, April 20, 2009

Meat Market

I went to the Meat Market last Saturday, in my continuing quest for the best burgers in Montreal. I would say they are in the top three, which is great news to me.

I had the Swiss Miss hamburger: bacon, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, pesto mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato. I was a little scared when I received my plate, because the burger looked huge! But it turns out that the bun is oversized compared to the filings. The beef patty tasted really good and was cooked perfectly; the toppings were a perfect match. The burgers also came with fries and a mixed-green salad. The salad was good and had a tasty dressing. The fries were what really caught my attention, though: a wonderful mix of sweet potato and potato skinny fries. I loved the whole dish!

The meat brochettes are quite good, too. Actually, the menu was very interesting, and had I not been there specifically for burgers, I would have had a hard time choosing only one thing to eat. You might be interested to know that there are several vegetarian options that looked quite good, so don’t be fooled by the restaurant’s name. The Meat Market also serves (and sells) their own spice mixes, which include Buddha salt – a delicious mix of salt, coriander and fennel seeds, cloves and nutmeg.

The restaurant itself has a very urban feel and is quite busy on most nights, so reservations are recommended. Service was friendly, fast and efficient. We were given an olive tapenade with chips while we waited for our mains, which was an appreciated gesture. The only downside: the chairs seemed a little narrow because of the way the arms of the chairs met the thighs of the person sitting in it. But that certainly won’t keep me from going back!

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