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Support group dines out
by Bonnie Sandler
Le Club de Village
4 Sommerville (corner Victora Ave)
Westmount, (514) 485-2502
Open Tuesday –Saturday evenings only
This restaurant has been a local favourite for a couple of decades. The decor is soft with quiet background music, a pleasure not to have to shout at one another. It was a quiet Tuesday evening but this would not be the case on weekends.
Aside from the listed six appetizers included with every meal, we were told of additional appetizers of the day. The salads were a perfect size to enjoy before the main course.
I enjoyed one of the special appetizers, an avocado salad, while some others ordered the caeser salad, both creamy and well seasoned.
Since we were seated at a long table for 10 we were not aware of everyone’s choices but noticed that appetizer plates were returned empty.
The small but interesting menu consists of 12 offerings, aside from the daily specials, and all include side dishes and regular coffee or tea. Prices for these meals range from $20.95 for the pasta to $32.95 for the rack of lamb provencal. One diner described her braised lamb chop meal as tender, very tasty and generous. Her neighbour commented that only bare bones were left on her plate leaving nothing to bring home for her pet. I opted for the fresh fish of the day, tilapia, and asked for the servers help in deciding on its preparation (there were 3 options). I chose the one with capers and lemon, topped with crispy croutons, an excellent choice, which again included mashed potatoes au gratin, cabbage au gratin, and mixed fresh vegetables.
A few of us shared a bottle of house red wine which we all enjoyed, and appreciated that it was served in a sealed bottle and not an open carafe. There was no problem splitting the cost of the wine among bills. Service was pleasant and accommodating. Meal sharing is not an option. Although we were all quite full we couldn’t resist ordering one dessert ($6.25) with 10 forks.  It was a hard choice, pear tartin or chocolate mousse cake. All desserts are made on the premises and available to be ordered in advance as whole cakes. We opted for the chocolate mousse cake and scraped the plate clean.
A couple of us had dined here before but for most it was a new experience. All agreed that this is a great restaurant and plan a return visit. One of our group members has already returned on a Saturday evening with her family. It was busy that evening but she reported that the food was as exceptional as on our dining out night.

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