A few of us made an impromptu visit to the Metropolitain Brasserie on Tuesday night. In the market area on other business, we thought we’d check out Metropolitain’s Hill Hour (they are located really close to Parliament Hill, hence the name). Hill Hour is from 4-7pm from Monday to Friday and they have a select menu that features $1 Oysters and Chilled Jumbo Shrimp along with other specialty items from their menu. We arrived at about 6:30 and were able to get a table without any problem – maybe because of the unwelcome blizzard going on outside. The interior décor was traditional French Brasserie furnished with burgundy leather banquettes, polished brass and mahogany wood accents throughout. We noticed that it was a little dark in the restaurant and it was actually hard to read the menus (nothing our iPhone flashlights didn’t fix). The restaurant was also pretty loud so if you are looking for something quiet this might not be the best spot. The tables around the bar area are pretty close together so things are cozy between tables. One of the highlights for me was the mocktail I ordered. I wanted something different from pop or juice so I asked our waiter for a mocktail suggestion. I told him the flavours that I liked and he promptly returned with one made of pineapple, strawberry, lime and club soda. It came in a martini glass with a wedge of orange and a mini straw which was a nice touch. I highly encourage more restaurants to add mocktails to your menu (if you haven’t already). I don’t mind paying a few extra dollars for something fun, fresh, and tasty, while my cohorts enjoy their wine...
A group of six we ordered:
- 20 Chilled Jumbo Shrimp
- The Métropolitain Plate (Quebec cheeses, house rillettes, duck prosciutto, spiced almonds, pickled vegetables and quail egg $25)
- Steamed Mussels and Frites (White Wine and Garlic Cream $16) -not pictured
- Fried Calamari ($13)
- Hill Hour Poutine (shoestring fries, Quebec cheese curds and gravy $11)
- Onion Soup Gratineé ($11) -not pictured
- Coquille St. Jacques (seared scallops, mashed potatoes, wilted spinach, Mornay sauce, melted Gruyère & toasted Panko bread crumbs $25)
- Crème Bruleé ($9)
We were on the hunt for some appetizers and sharing plates and all-in-all we were happy with our selections. The shoe string fries seemed never-ending and they were perfectly crispy - great on their own in poutine. The bread is fantastic; it’s fresh and soft and perfect on its own or paired with the cheeses or duck prosciutto from our Metropolitain Plate. The duck prosciutto was amazing -- we wished there was more on the board. The Coquille St. Jacques was a rich and luxurious dish with plenty of scallops; a classic that was very well prepared and a perfect counterpoint to the wintry weather outside. We didn’t really have room for dessert, but two of us couldn’t resist when we saw Crème Brulée on the dessert menu. It was one of the larger portions that I’ve seen and its top layer was spot on.
MORE ABOUT THE RESTAURANT
Name: Metropolitain Brasserie
Address: 700 Sussex Drive (Corner of Sussex and Rideau)
Reservations: Yes (Online or Call)
Parking: Parking lots in the area