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The big story this week, of course, was Marie-Claude Lortie's rough write-up of La Table des Jardins Sauvages. More on that here.

Lesley Chesterman loves Mile-Ex hot spot Manitoba. Three stars and kudos to chef Chris Parasiuk: "Located in an industrial stretch of St-Zotique, this funky two-month-old establishment has already garnered quite a following. And though I tend to use the word funky rather liberally in this column, in this case, it really fits. Owners Elisabeth Cardin and Simon Cantin (a partner in a design firm, La Firme) have pulled together one unique space." [Gazette]

Off piece of lamb aside, Jean-Philippe Tastet is charmed by the understated Le Grain de sel: "Suivirent dans une atmosphère réjouie trois plats qui contribuèrent au bonheur ambiant : une belle assiette de raviolis aux champignons sauvages avec juste ce qu'il faut de sauce au xérès et de parmesan ; un boudin artisanal, accompagné de betteraves rôties et d'une purée de pommes de terre au cheddar fort que Monsieur Jean-Pierre accepta de nous faire goûter, même s'il nous fallut insister, et un plat assez rarement présenté au restaurant : du coeur de boeuf Wagyu grillé. Le chef le présente avec une polenta crémeuse, une touche de moutarde et quelques pleurotes érigés rôtis." [Le Devoir]

La Bête à Pain is worth a detour, writes Sarah Musgrave: "Brunch is a different beast, and it's worth a weekend visit to check out La Bête à Pain's approach to a meal that has become increasingly aspirational around town. The combined forces of [chef-owner Marc-André] Royal's two businesses are represented: something of the soigné cuisine of Le St-Urbain and something of the skill of the attached pastry facilities." [Gazette]

Surprise, surprise. Thierry Daraize (behind the paywall) is the first critic on the scene at the second Accords restaurant from Tout le monde en parle host Guy A. Lepage and partners Chantal Fontaine and Jean-Pierre Des Rosiers. "Une belle harmonie !" writes the Journal de Montréal critic: "Le restaurant Accords, dans le vieux Montréal, a un petit frère au coin de Saint-Laurent et Sainte-Catherine. Dans le secteur, hormis quelques exceptions, je pense particulièrement au Bouillon Bilk, il n'y a pas grand-chose à se mettre sous la dent, si je puis dire. L'Accords bistro est donc une belle surprise pour les chalands, les touristes ou les amateurs de spectacles qui veulent se sustenter." [Journal de Montréal]

CultMTL has a taste of Saint-Henri newcomer Henri Saint-Henri. The restaurant's take on poutine hits the spot: "At Henri, the Québécois staple boasts a serious overhaul and is served with gooey smoked cheddar cheese cubes, mushrooms and a bisque foam. The depth of flavour delivers a major punch and the potatoes, well, they deserve big-time praise. Thick-cut and cooked to melt-in-your-mouth perfection, they had me seriously considering a second helping." [CultMTL]

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