July 23, 2012 Comments (0) Views: 4493 Montreal Diary


Lawrence Chef Mark Cohen

Another spot that came highly recommended by many of my Montreal food-loving friends, including Joe Beef’s David McMillan no less, was the understated Lawrence, at St. Laurier and Avenue Fairmont, up near the Dieu de Ciel! Brewpub in the Mile End district.

I had met Lawrence’s utterly charming Sommelier Etheliya Hananova at a small wine tasting earlier in the week and promised to swing by, and so when I heard that Steve and Jordan from Beau’s Brewery were going to be driving up to Montreal from Vankleek Hill to join us for dinner, guess where my first suggestion was?

Our dinner was simply exemplary; the flavours precise, with all of the the dishes were perfectly balanced, nuanced, and executed with style without being too prissy.

The wine list is short, smart, and succinct, just the way it should be in an establishment like this, with some damn amazing bottles tempting me so very badly. Add to this some magnificent FOH wizardry courtesy of Ms. Hananova and one has the makings of the perfect dinner in Montreal. I’ll certainly be back.

A couple of days later Chef Mark Cohen was kind enough to sit down with me for a few moments before service…



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  • Lawrence Exterior by night
  • Sommelier Etheliya Hananova attends to your every need
  • Lawrence Chef Mark Cohen
  • The evening's menu at Lawrence
  • Jen with Jordan Bamforth and Steve Beauchesne (who drove up from Beau's to join us for dinner)
  • Chef Mark Cohen working the room
  • Burleigh Brothers (PEI) and Thatch Island (MA) Oysters
  • Jen enjoying her oysters
  • Sweetcorn and Bacon Soup with Shrimp Fritters
  • Swordfish, Samphire, Mussels, and Zucchini
  • Lamb's Heart, Peas, Mint, Bacon, and Kohlrabi
  • Sommelier Etheliya Hananova presents an splendid selection of after dinner drinks
  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pudding, Battenburg Cake with Strawberry Ice Cream, Ginger and Rhubarb Ice Cream Cake, Frozen Nougat and Raspberries
  • And a perfect coffee to round off the evening...

Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he wishes that he had remembered to take a pic of his Veal Tail.

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