October 31, 2011
Last week, we my sister, Soli and I finally made it to Gordon Ramsay’s Laurier BBQ. I have never tried the resto when it was just Laurier BBQ, sans Gordon Ramsay, so I can’t say if it’s improved or not…I can say, however, that’s it’s excellent!
I had been reading some reviews since it opened that were not always positive or glowing. However, I either have very different tastebuds, or the food has vastly improved, because all three of us were very impressed. There was only one thing disappointing: the jars of pickles on every table that were not cleared or emptied between clients, and because there was no pickle-fork in the jar, clients would just stick their fingers or their own forks in there, meaning when you finally get a pickle, it’s coated in the finger and mouth germs of 15 people ahead of you (at least). We made a complaint about this, and the waitress said, oh! There’s usually a pincher in there…but as we left the resto and walked by at least one dozen tables, there were no pinchers in any of the jars. Gross!!
Now that my complaint is done, on to the good news! The rest of the food! The photos are not the best, since I only had a cellphone. Soli started with a Caesar, which was actually one of the best that he’s claimed he’s tasted, and I agree, it was pretty amazing. It had a heavy dollop of horseradish in it (which I believe is a typical Montreal-Caesar thing), and have a nice, smokey, BBQ tang to it. Really flavourful!
I ordered the chicken breast meal, which came with coleslaw, gravy, fries and a bun. Soli go the ½ chicken meal, my sister ordered the chicken pot pie, and there was an order of the smoked meat mac and cheese for all to share.
The mac and cheese was nice, but nothing special. It was a very small dish of creamy noodles and a few chunks of smoked meat that were a little lost among the noodles and cheese. This would not be something I would order again.
The chicken, however, was just fantastic. It was juicy and meaty. You could tell this was a good-quality chicken, one who probably lived a decent life, because his taste showed it. The skin was light and crisp, and not too salty. The coleslaw was okay, but the gravy was heaven! Heavy on the rosemary, it was thick and comforting, and was perfect with the chicken. We adored the French fries, which were sooooo crisp, Soli is convinced they are brined first. I even loved the bun, which was sweet and moist. I only had a bite or two of the pot pie, but the gravy was good, and the top flaky and buttery.
The price in the end was great too – very affordable for the quality of the food. It’s a cozy resto, and I can imagine myself spending some cold winter nights in there.
Gordon Ramsay’s Laurier BBQ
381 Laurier Ouest