Montreal’s Ice House Revisited

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Great Montreal Restaurants: Ice House Revisited

As you may or may not already know from Sal’s previous post on Ice House, this is the latest endeavour from the team behind Kitchenette. The name Ice House comes from the term they use to describe open-air restaurants in Texas. Most often these are abandoned ice houses that are taken over and turned into what is basically BBQ heaven.

Ice House Montreal grainy shot of beer clamato ingredients

Ice House Montreal grainy shot of beer clamato ingredients

Clearly, all the hubub and exposure we get from cooking shows on television these days is an inspiration only a few channel surfs away…seeing cuisines, recipes and dishes we may not have otherwise been privy to are in just about every city. I believe this rise in food culture and the oh-so-hated term “foodies” has opened peoples’ minds to exploring new foods and cuisines from all over the place, including the southern USA.

Ice House Montreal beer clamato concotion

Ice House Montreal beer clamato concotion

The revisit happened on a cold February night where a buddy of mine and I decided to go “scoff” or “chow down” after a full day of gaming…that’s right…we geeked and then we ate…

Ice House Montreal pulled pork taco

Ice House Montreal pulled pork taco

We started with their beer, clamato juice, home made tabasco and worcestershire sauce concoction (pronounced “wooster” as a friend of mine explained this weekend – he spent a few years in London, apparently that’s how it’s pronounced – which is fine by me since it’s a hell of a lot easier that wor-chester-shire-shore-sure-…trailing off ’cause I can’t really pronounce it).

ice house montreal fries lobster burrito

ice house montreal fries lobster burrito

Ice House Montreal lobster burrito

Ice House Montreal lobster burrito

We basically dove into our pitcher of beer with an order of pulled pork tacos, including pork rinds, and another order of beef tacos which basically melted in your mouth. We followed this up by sharing a lobster burrito. For $18 per burrito you would imagine there to be more sustenance in terms of the actual lobster…I mean you know there’s lobster in there somewhere but really you’re like Mr. Owl trying to get the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop (the world may never know indeed). This was also accompanied by an order of fries, and by accompanied I mean fries are ordered separately…and it’s not exactly a generous portion…luckily we were sufficiently full from our pitcher of beer and clamato juice and our two orders of tacos + lobster burrito. For dessert we had the tollhouse cookies, which seem to be dusted with salt…oh man these are good! I don’t want to know how much butter, fat, shortening is in these things but they are incredible!

We didn’t end up gorging ourselves but we ate well nonetheless, however for about $60-70 it’s still a little on the pricy side considering you’re a in a shack eating from paper plates.

Ice House Montreal melt in your mouth tollhouse cookies

Ice House Montreal melt in your mouth tollhouse cookies

Don’t get me wrong, I do recommend this restaurant if you’re looking for a solid…SOLID meal… but be prepared to dish out.

Rating: still 9/10

Overall food quality is very good and the prompt service helps as well, however I still feel the lobster burrito could do with some more lobster. I understand food costing but come on. If I’m going to pay $18 for a burrito, there had better be more than 2oz of lobster in there…

ICE HOUSE
1 Roy E.
(514) 439-6691

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