On Tuesday, January 28th,
I met my niece and her spouse at this lovely spot in Ste. Agathe. Upon
arrival, I was already impressed by the attractive building, lovely
windows, and an awning over the stairway which had a comfortable banister
for icy days.
When entering, the double
doors protect patrons from the outside cold air. Inside, the furniture,
the décor are all welcoming. A real “Feel Good” place! The tables and
chairs are varied in shape but all old country style, nothing with harsh
lines, cold black or shiny metal. A wooden bench welcomes patrons, and
the counter dividing between the service and the dining areas is made of
thick natural wood. The walls are painted in what seems to be French
Vanilla a combination of off-white and very light maple yellow.
big wooden bowls on small tables, ceramic jugs, baskets on shelves, and
paintings on the walls. The table groupings are varied two, four or six
chairs per table. Most of the dining area is well lit, though the table
by the front window is the brightest and so are the few tables in the
sun-room area. The service is very friendly and prompt. We were led to
the table - menus placed in front of us, and water glasses filled. The
menus are original, typed pages placed in a clipboard with three pages
listing plates and the fourth with a wine list.
arrived along with a basket with sliced baguette. We opted for the
featured Lamb Burger designed for the period of the snow festival of Ste.
Agathe. When the burger plates arrived, we lost one guest who after
taking one bite, uttered "Oh my God" and proceeded to ravage her food,
totally absorbed in it. The other guest requested no bread and got the
best dish, since they added an asparagus and two pieces of mushroom which
she enjoyed tremendously. I enjoyed the regular plate.
We all did a
pilgrimage to the desert show-case! I chose the Lemon Meringue tart, and
the others took the apple crumble and the chocolate-melt. We passed the
plates around and the judgment was “Lemon Tart tops!” though the others
were quite good too. To conclude one took Café au Lait, very nicely
served, the other an aromatic herbal tea of chamomile, mixed with other
flowers and fruit (a brand we never saw before), and I chose the regular
coffee which was quite good. All in all, a very pleasant experience -
to be repeated again for sure! And the prices are right too!
This is definitely one of the best eateries available to us up north. My
guests from Ottawa were lamenting that they have nothing like this in
hours: Tue., & Wed., 10 am to 6 pm. Thur., Fri., Sat., 10 am to 10 pm.
(Sunday: reservation only, minimum 15). Closed Mondays! It would be a
good idea to reserve your table. Maison 1890, 114 rue St. Vincent,
Ste-Agathe-des-Monts. 819 324-1890. email@example.com.
Lamburger without bread
Lamburger in a bun
Lemon maringue tart
Choice of deserts
Italian pasta displayed in the sunroom -
available for sale
a view into the sunroom
Charming sunroon seating
The front room - each table has a different
style or shape. One table place right by the window.
the counter and behind it...