Labarake is a restaurant in Vieux-Rosemont located in the old Angus Shops firehouse. I was a bit skeptical driving through seemingly endless streets in residential zones, but when I finally arrived, it was a pleasant surprise! Labarake is right next to a Loblaws and there was plenty of parking around. The restaurant itself was beautiful with exposed brick walls and high ceilings. The weather was too cold for sitting outside, but there is a spacious terrasse that could be a perfect spot to sip on some cocktails during summer.
Surprisingly, Labarake have $1 oysters from 5pm on Sunday – Wednesday at the bar (this means you’ll have to sit at the bar to eat their oysters). Of course we ordered some! Malpeque oysters are quite common in the supermarkets but they are very delicious!
The cocktails are superb and quite strong actually. They are tasty at first and then the alcohol kicks in. My friend ordered Emmielle which is fruity and refreshing. And I picked Bloody Marin from the caesar section because it comes with an oyster. 🙂 There is a bloody caesar served with bacon called Bloody Carnivore. Hmmm maybe I’ll try that next time!
For the main dish, we ordered braised beef and duck. I personally prefer the braised beef because it’s tender and melts in the mouth. However, both dishes are a little bit plain and could use a bit more complexity in the taste.
Thanks to Labarake for a great tasting experience. It’s a beautiful location in a quiet neighborhood and could be great for special events or parties. I’d head back during the summer to try out their terrasse. 🙂
3165 Rue Rachel Est, Montréal, Québec H1W 1A3