REVIEW: Les Brausseurs Du Temp

Monday, November 28, 2011

170 Rue Montcalm
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Phone: +1 (819) 205-4999

Type of Restaurant: Gastro Pub / Micro Brewery
Attire: Business Casual
Prices: E- $12 M- $27 D- $8
$$$ pricey

Payment Options:
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Debit/Eftpos
Hours: Monday & Tuesday 11:30am to Midnight
              Wednesday 11:30am to 1:00am
              Thursday & Friday 11:30am to 2:00am              
              Saturday  3:00pm to 2:00am
              Sunday 3:00pm to Midnight
Reservations? Recommended.
Handicap Accessible? Yes. 
Vegetarian Friendly? Yes.
Vegan Friendly? No.
Gluten-Free? No.


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Quality of Food: 5/5
Service: 2/5
Originality: 5/5
Atmosphere: 5/5

Les Brasseurs Du Temps (or BDT as locals call it) was Sara's "MUST GO BEFORE YOU LEAVE" dining venue. BDT is located just over the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Quebec. It was just a short cab ride from the city and we were there.

BDT is an excellent microbrewery that creates not only delicious meals but amazing beers as well. Their philosophy is that fresh products are the key to a delicious meal. For this reason, they buy local products whenever possible in order to not only reduce transport, but also to participate in the local economy. It is this philosophy that ensures that whether it be your dish of choice or the beer accompanying it, you will always have the freshest and most flavoursome product.

Russ and I enjoying our "l'horlage" of beers
I must agree that that philosophy definitely reflects itself in the food (and drink) and isn't just a marketing gimmick. The three of us went for l'horloge (the clock, $18.50). The l'horloge is a selection of 3oz samplers featuring 12 of the microbreweries beers. Each beer organized on a circular tray marking each "hour". On their special beer menu, the order in which you should drink the beers as well as tasting notes are included. To be totally honest, I'm more of a wine guy than a beer guy. Usually going for a Guiness or whatever cider is on tap, depending on my mood. But this was a microbrewery, and happy I went for the l'horloge. As a result, I learned what I enjoy in beers-- the lighter, spicier, lower alcohol beers are more of my thing than the higher alcohol, sharper beers. My favourites on this particular l'horlage were Le Bouillon De La Chaudiere, which smelled of banana with a subtle ginger taste; and the Scie Trouillarde spelling like pumpkin pie with the taste of a chai tea (no milk).This was super fun, with each of us having our own favourites and doing our own swaps where we saw fit ;) 

As for the meal itself, I went for the house-made duck confit ($21). Duck confit is salt curing a piece of meat, which is then poached in its own fat at slow, low temperatures. I've always seen it prepared on the Food Network, but had never tried it before. At BDT it was served with white chocolate mashed potatoes, vegetables, and blueberry beet jelly. I have to admit, that it was the white chocolate mashed potatoes that drew me into choosing this dish. The duck confit was delicious, cooked perfectly nearly melting on my tongue with each bite. But the real winner on this plate was in fact the white chocolate mash potatoes. Sounds nasty, I know. But the creaminess of the mash potatoes with slight sweetness of the white chocolate made for a great combination-- honestly.

Haven't mentioned the service yet, there is a reason for that. We rarely seen our server. She took our orders fairly quickly, but then was gone until we called her over for our bills. Perhaps it was timidness on the part of our server as her english wasn't so strong, and our english was far worse. Either way, on this particular occasion the service wasn't the greatest but according to both Sara and Russ this wasn't always the case. 

Service aside, I HIGHLY recommend this place whether you are in Gatineau, or just across the river in Ottawa. Food was so unique, and the beer selection was impressive even for a not-so-often beer drinker.


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