Le Mam’zelle Pub Bistro
382 Rue Principale O,
Magog, QC J1X 2A9
Phone: (819) 769-8665
Cost: $ 46.28 (tax & tip included)
Chef Hats: 3.5
With the summer over and the weather well into fall, there is no reason that on a nice day we cannot squeeze in some more great days of good weather by day tripping to the out skirts of Montreal to spend a day in the country. We did just that a few weekends ago to sample some of the fall activities being offered in the Eastern Townships. As always we worked up quite an appetite and stopped for lunch in the town of Magog. While walking around shopping we decided to look for a place to eat. We stumbled across a pub which had a pretty interesting menu that we were in agreement with. It was pretty late in the afternoon, but they were open so we took a chance and walked in.
Mam’zelle Pub, meaning Miss in French was coined by one of the owner Roxanne, whose previous job as a waitress had patrons calling her mademoiselle to get her attention, the adage stuck and as she found herself out of work, decided on opening her own place and called it as thus.
The pub is a cozy, family run business which is owned by the Lemay clan, which comprises of two sisters Roxanne and Anick and their mother Diane Lemay, who is a third partner and investor. Anick Lemay as some may recognize the name is a popular French Canadian actress from local TV series and a Quebec movie called Frisson des Collines (2011), a story of a girl from Quebec who goes to Woodstock to see her idol Jimmy Hendrix.
Mam’Zelle is a friendly place, with its eclectic décor and photos of the Lemay clan on the walls. It is filled with different artworks and artifacts that were purchased here and there by the owners. The pub can be classified as rustic in aspect with the large deer head that dominates the room, the green tapestry walls and its recycled wood bar stools and tables. But the place has character and the food although labeled a pub, is also very bistro in feel and very gourmet with some of the food choices listed on the menu.
Foodies can enjoy the likes of Salmon & Beef Tartar, as well as crème brûlée au foie gras. Food items sound like typical pub food, but rest assured they are not created as such. Mam’zelle dishes are executed better than most typical pubs and are beautifully presented. Most dishes a very health conscious and super tasty. We were blown away by the presentation and amazed at the taste of the food. I considered it a real gem, hidden in the hills of the Eastern townships.
On this day we sampled the BLT at $ 10.00 which was not a sandwich but an entrée of tomato layered with melted Mozzarella and bacon on a bed of arugula and topped with micro greens.The entrée was simply delicious and totally healthy, perfect for those with gluten intolerances and an ingenious way of serving a BLT with a modern twist. The dish was refreshing, the tomato was cold, yet the cheese was warm and melted, the bacon gave it the perfect saltiness and crunch. At the base of the dish surrounding the layered tomato was a little arugula, large croutons and streams of balsamic vinegar complimenting the rest of the dish and turning it into a plus salad.
I sampled the Fish and Chips at $ 19.00, a decent price for two thick slabs of haddock dipped in a beer batter and served with a generous portion of frites with skins on, and a coleslaw made of avocado and mint , topped with micro greens and an accompaniment of tartar sauces.
The fish was tender and tasty and the coleslaw was nothing like I ever tasted before. It was so refreshing and appeasing to the senses. The fries could have been crisper but they were okay. We topped our meals with two iced teas at $ 3.00 each.
The pub was a quiet respite for being on the road and we really enjoyed our lunch here, the feeling was comforting and the service very “chalereux”.
Mam’zelle serves true comfort food and we have bookmarked it as a place to return to try other items on the menu.