Three years in business is, as restaurants go, a good reason to celebrate. So if you are a plateau gastro pub with a solid reputation for food and quality cocktails, why not do something a little different. Since we are mid winter, why not add a splash of Italian summer, put up some umbrellas, make some Italian dishes, and pour some Negronis. And that’s just what Pub Bishop and Bagg did.
It was a Negroni filled evening! This classic cocktail is made up of 3 ingredients: gin, vermouth, and Campari. Now, this drink can be elevated by playing around with any of the 3 ingredients. Fortunately, Bishop and Bagg has a plentitude of these ingredients. With a multiple page listing of gin, bitters, and vermouth, you can modify your Negroni and get a different twist every time you order.
Upon being seated, we had the option of building our own Negronis, and dare we say we had some fun with ingredients.. On a later order, we asked the bar to get creative and play with the taste. One was focused on a particular vermouth to play on that taste and another was to go nuts and get something really adventurous. Fortunately, this is the right place to do it. We encourage you to go a little wild with your drink orders.
After trying out the drinks, we tried their Italian themed menu. Now, Bishop and Bagg normally doesn’t usually do Italian fare but their menu can often showcase dishes pulling inspiration from foods all over the world. We started with entrées of chopped liver on toast, followed by spicy meatballs.
After the entrées, we had a fresh salad with bread, tomato, and cheese drizzled with a truly memorable dressing. This dish quickly took us out of a cold Montreal winter and transported us to sunny Italy in the summer.
Next up was a hearty minestrone soup along with pasta stuffed with garlic and potatoes. Both dishes were guaranteed to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites.
Last came the dessert, which was a chestnut based flour cake. This is a rare dessert and does a great job of using chestnuts, an ingredient often associated with memories of roasting chestnuts during the holidays.
As anniversaries go, this was a memorable one and managed to warm up the coldest of Montreal winters.
Photos by Pub Bishop and Bagg and Bert Caluori.