LA PORTE GRECQUE
- 4600 Boulevard des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux (514) 683-4482
I’m honestly quite astounded that I allowed such a lengthy amount of time to pass before I revisited my beloved La Porte Grecque. I was initially introduced to this authentic Grecian wonder last summer for a friend’s birthday, and have been utterly smitten ever since. I blissfully dined there once shortly afterwards, and sadly not again until another opportunity arose a few nights ago. A close friend fortunately decided to host his birthday dinner there, and I was ecstatic at the thought of finally being reunited with my absolute favorite Greek restaurant.
The restaurant is actually a beautiful historical stone cottage renovated into 3 large dining rooms. The ground floor is reserved for smaller groups and couples, while the upstairs offers a more intimate setting for private events like the one I attended. The entire restaurant is dimly lit, cozy and pleasantly decorated with vine-leaf lined interior terraces.
For our appetizers, we began with the Kria Pikilia (an assortment of cold appetizers) and it was a pretty basic start to any Greek meal. The Taramasalata (a pink paste/dip made from fish roe) & Pureed eggplants were definitely the most delicious aspect of the platter.
Next we had the Zesti Pikilia (Deep fried zucchini, eggplants and artichoke heart croquettes). This is really such a treat and unlike anything of the sort that I’ve tried before. The outside is crisp while the inside is so juicy and almost meat-like in consistency. It’s served with a tasty, otherworldly butter-lemon sauce…Fantastic!!
I was greatly anticipating the arrival of my next platter - The Fried Calamari. It’s unquestionably The Greatest Calamari I’ve ever had in my life. I have the tendency to ensure everyone around me tries anything I list under my “Greatest Ever” category, and all of them agreed with my verdict. Perfectly battered (fresh, light & crispy) served with that famous butter-lemon sauce… absolutely marvelous.
For my main, I ordered the Filet Mignon Trio Platter (filet mignon medallions, scallops wrapped in bacon & butterfly garlic shrimp). The bacon wrapped scallops are always such a highlight! The filet mignon was perfectly tender and flavorful as expected. I certainly have no complaints about this meal! The service was prompt and our waiter ensured everything was always satisfactory.
The reason why La Porte Grecque is one of my favorite restaurants is simply because the food and service is CONSISTENT. They always use fresh, high-quality ingredients to deliver those bold, remarkable flavors that Mediterranean cuisine is famous for.
BONUS FACTOR – It’s a bring your own wine!!
My Rating: 9/10