L’Express is Montréal’s best French bistro minus the sidewalk gallery for people watching. I always remember my first visit. My host, an habitué, asked me to join him there for lunch. He warned that I might have a little trouble finding my destination as there is no overhead sign, just the black-and-white checkerboard on the sidewalk. This checkerboard motif continues on to the inside. The space is comfortable and warmly lit. The atmosphere is alive.

There is no overhead sign, just the black-and-white checkerboard on the sidewalk. This checkerboard motif continues on to the inside.

The Menu

My first meal was memorable.   To start, I had the “mousse à la volaille”  with pistachios. It was unlike any chicken liver paté that I had ever eaten. It was thicker than but as smooth as clotted Cornish or Devon cream. I love pistachios and they were the perfect compliment. The main was French style ravioli in a rich veal stock or “fond de veau”. To finish, I had to order their famous “île flottante” or floating island. Soft meringue in a rich custard all encased in a generous cage of crunchy caramel. 

I have been back many times. Other dishes enjoyed include the celery remoulade, beet salad, calf liver with tarragon, salmon, and chicken roasted with lemon and sage. I have sworn off bad french fries as they should be a worthwhile indulgence. At L’Express, the fries are worth the calories. The lemon and chocolate tarts are fantastic as is the “baba au rhum”. The baba is so boozy that it is almost an after-dinner drink. 


The wine list features old world wines with a smattering of new world selections. This suits me fine as I prefer the more subtle nature of French and Italian vintages that pair well with food. Prices vary from a $24 bottle to $325 for a Hermitage 1998 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave. 

Visit Montréal’s Best French Bistro

Let yourself be transported to Paris!  Dinner for two with a good bottle of wine will cost approximately $160 for two, pre-tax and pre-tip. The île flottante is big enough for two so a little money can be saved on dessert, However, you should splurge and do like the French! Start with a “coupe de champagne”.

Covid Service

L’Expressoffers a take-out service  that is available Wednesday to Saturday. Click on the link to get details. Scroll down to the grocery items and ask about available wines. 


3927 rue St-Denis, Montréal, QC        514-845-0673

Lisbon – A City on the Rise?

March 7, 2023

Lisbon’s seven hills and waterfront make it visually spectacular. The second oldest capital in Europe, the city has energy. Busy streets and squares, full restaurants, and vibrant night life – the city pulsates. And, the population seems young. All signs of a city on the rise? Earthquake A 1755 earthquake destroyed 85% of the city […]

Cities and Towns, The Affordable Housing Problem

February 8, 2023

People living on the street have come to symbolize the global housing crisis but they are only the tip of the iceberg. While the examples of Finland and Houston demonstrate a focussed plan pursued diligently can resolve the housing situation for the chronically homeless, addressing the affordable housing problem is much more complex.  Defining Affordability […]

I Love to Dance

January 29, 2023

I love to dance. This is not something new for me. I can’t remember when I didn’t like to move to the music. My first memories of watching others dance come from my childhood in Cape Breton where I would watch the adults square dance. Then, there were the step dancers who would often accompany […]

Cities and Towns 8, A City is About People

January 19, 2023

Kings Cross, once a thriving industrial and transport centre in London, was effectively closed  off  to the public by the end of the 20th century.   Then in 1996, the decision was made to move the British terminus for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link from Waterloo to St-Pancras. The landowner saw a re-development opportunity for […]

NEOM - the Wall

Cities and Towns 7, Cities and Towns Evolve

January 8, 2023

I have postulated that cities and towns evolve. That towns and villages first grow in areas where the basics to support life were plentiful. Typically, that means good agricultural land and good access to water. Other valuable considerations include safety, and resilience. The bonus – access to trade routes.  Walt Disney and the Fully Formed […]

Christmas Poem 2022

December 22, 2022

A Visit from Saint Nicholas A Poem by Jonathan Potter – December 2022 ‘Twas the first mask-free Christmas, when all through the stores  The vaccinated children were spewing their spores;The shoppers were eagerly starting to riotAs the introverts longed for some quarantine quiet. The public healthcare workers were tracing the pathOf the flu and RSV, […]