DORCHESTER CLUB MONTREAL
WHAT: Restaurant – Bar – Lounge (Radio Lounge takes over at 11:30PM for late-night festivities)
WHERE: 1121 rue Anderson (corner Rene-Levesque), H2Z 1M1
HOURS: Monday to Wednesday – 4:30PM-1:00AM, Thursday to Saturday – 4:30PM-3:00AM (kitchen opens at 6PM)
RESERVATIONS: (514) 507-5597
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Nestled between the Quartier Des Spectacles and Old Montreal in the Quartier Latin, Dorchester Club is a beautiful establishment branded as a place for the 30+ crowd. While I’m not sure how long they’ll be able to stay a 30+ place, they do have what it takes to be a great success.
I was pleasantly surprised by the look of Dorchester Club when I arrived for dinner. The first floor is on two levels with plenty of seating and a bar the stretches along the back wall. The centre piece is a giant egg-shaped crystal(?) chandelier that adds a very nice touch of class. You’ll sit your backside in beautiful and comfortable seats made of some sort of fabric that made me extra careful not to drop or spill anything. On the second floor you’ll find a more intimate dining area as well as a second bar (and the bathrooms) all from which you can check out what’s going on below. Overall, the decor is quite stunning!
As for the food, no complaints here! From the appetizers to the mains, no one at my table was disappointed. Although I was a little sad that they didn’t have the ‘Jerk-style’ chicken available, their ‘Frangelico-style’ chicken was a great substitute. We were also surprised at how affordable everything was, always a plus! Here’s what we tried:
- Tempura ‘Bouchées’ Calamari
- Tempura ‘Bouchées’ Scallops
- Duck Confit (delicious)
- Beef Tataki (loved this!)
- Salmon Tartare
- Beef Tartare (preferred this one over the salmon, if you must choose)
- Chicken ‘Frangelico-style’ (replaced ‘Jerk-style’ chicken, very good – nice and juicy)
- Flank Steak (Bavette de Boeuf – delicious and tender)
- Filet Mignon and Lobster Poutine (amazing, very filling!)
For the wine drinkers, we had a nice bottle of Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir (Languedoc-Roussillon) – would recommend. As usual, I’m not much of a dessert person. This time around I couldn’t even eat dessert if I wanted to, way too stuffed! They’ve also teamed up with Radio Lounge (formerly on St. Laurent) for guests looking for more of a party atmosphere after 11:30PM, DJ, bottle service, the whole thing. In the summer months they have nice terrace out front where you can sit back and enjoy a glass of champagne after work or dinner. This place will be popular with the business/ young professional crowd (among others).
As a newer restaurant, they had a few kinks which I don’t see as important enough to mention here. They can only improve (one would hope anyway) on what is already a great experience. Give them a shot and let us know how it went!