Going to brunch with friends is always exciting. Not only because of the pleasure to see them, but also because we always try to make it a culinary experience. So, this time, we went to Montmartre, a French restaurant located in Chelsea, after our friend Gary read an article in NY Magazine that said that they had the best burger in town. Now, that's a statement and I could not wait to go there.
If you never went to Paris, know that Montmartre is one of the famous areas there. Located on a hill, and topped by the Sacré Coeur basilica, it was the place where many artists like Salvador Dalí, Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, had studios. Today, you can still see painters, but I admit that it is becoming mostly a touristy place, losing a bit of its charm.
So, the restaurant, that had been opened for more than one and a half year by Gabriel Stulman, is an ode to French cuisine...minus the burger..., but not only. There, Chef Tien Ho crafted a menu on its own, interpreting dishes with a French flair. For instance, the chicken and waffles becomes the poulet and pain perdu; and then the burger.
Yes, it is not you regular burger, but more like a sandwich version of it, the bun being replaced by two slices of bread, grilled similar to a grilled cheese, and a béarnaise cheese, that is a fusion between béarnaise sauce and a cheese sauce, smothering the patty made of dry aged beef.
It looked very appetizing. The first bite was just bread as the shape of the patty did not espouse the shape of the bread.
The meat, perfectly cooked medium was juicy. However, it was no match to the one at 5 Napkin Burger, being less tasty.
The béarnaise cheese was a nice twist though and there was a good amount of it.
Served with the burger were fries that were delicious: skin on, they were lightly salted and a bit crispy.
Jodi ordered the omelette:
Served with toast and some baby lettuce, it was filled with lots of oyster mushrooms, leeks and goat cheese. That was a very good omelette, not only because of the delicious filling, but also because the eggs were perfectly cooked, soft and not dry.
For dessert, they proposed us the clémentine pot de crème that was succulent.
Nice presentation with the bowl matching the color of the clémentine. I liked it: they added some macadamia nuts for crunch and I really liked the fact that it was not too sweet, was fresh, making it the perfect Summer dessert.
For beverages, I, of course, got an espresso (yes, it is a double...):
And a fresh squeezed orange juice that was just ok, tasting a bit watered down.
Even if I do not think that the burger is not the best in New York City, I really liked the brunch at Montmartre. The service was very good and welcoming and the garden in the back is definitely a big asset.
I would not mind going back there, maybe for dinner in fact.
Enjoy (I did)!
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