Friday, December 7, 2012
in restaurant, spanish, griffintown, moderate, <$20
Disclaimer: This meal was comped.
It seems there is no end in sight to the Griffintown boom, both on the condo front and the restaurant/nightlife scene. The latest additions here are Grinder Viandes et Vins and Le Bureau Bar à Tapas, both of which opened this week. Tonight we were invited to attend the opening/media launch of the latter.
tagged media event
The 19th-century, ex-antique shop was redone with an eye for detail and an emphasis on recycling. Featured are several decor objects from that period, such as old desk lamps and brass fire extinguishers. The evening started out quietly for the media launch at 5PM but by 7PM, it got very busy as endless groups of yuppies kept flowing in for drinks at the bar or tapas and wine at the tables.
The menu consists of a list of affordable, (mostly) Mediterranean-influenced tapas priced between $4 and $6. This allows diners to sample and share several dishes without having to worry about their wallet. For drinks, you have the choice of an imported wine or one of twelve beers on tap.
Beef with Coarse Salt, Chimichurri Sauce
Shrimps, Garlic Herb Butter
tagged budget-friendly, focus on beer
Le Bureau will not have any trouble filling its tables with the thousands of condo-dwellers moving in nearby over the next few years. Also, their budget-friendly tapas concept is unique in this part of the city, and is certain to attract young professionals working downtown for 5-à-7s and possibly more. We'll keep an eye on it…
Price per person: $18.60