Le Bistro Montage is a prime eatery in SE Portland that serves up Cajun deliciousness in record time.
My son (a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu of Portland) and I slid in for a meal and to meet the owner. Scot Abplanalp is a regular guy with an amazing restaurant, who hasn’t allowed his success to go to his head. As with the best of local business owners, the customer is number one and Scot makes sure that his patrons feel it. Really a nice guy!
Our main waiter, Ben, started us out with a two mini-loafs of fresh bread and warm butter. Cocktails followed. Montage’s drink selection is enormous and the names and descriptions are very amusing.
Within a few minutes, we were treated to two exceptional appetizers: The deep fried frog legs and the seared gator tail (that’s real alligator, folks!). Each was served with cocktail sauce and black bread. Both dishes were tender and flavorful.
From there, we tried the Cajun Caesar Salad. It isn’t often you can say much about a salad, but this was top-notch and, once again, very flavorful.
Looking around the large dining room decorated with some really interesting artwork (Scot explained that much of it was done by his employees), the atmosphere is casual and fun. I noticed there was quite a crowd for a week night and everyone was seated and waited on quickly. Very impressive.
Next, my son had the blackened catfish filet, served with Remoulade and red beans and rice. I had their Weekly Special which consisted of BBQ pork ribs with black eyed pea and bacon salad, jalapeno cheddar grits and a small mixed green salad. Of course, we exchanged bites.
The catfish was flaky and lovely, the ribs juicy. Another wonderful couple of dishes.
I HAD to try the Cajun Jalapeño Cheddar Bacon Macaroni and Cheese. It was perfectly done, had just the right Cajun tang, and I savored every bite!
We shared the Crawfish Etouffe which is tail meat in a spicy tomato roux, served over rice with a tall side of cornbread. We both really enjoyed it.
We finished off our feast with the Mississippi Mud Pie. Chocolate cookie, ice cream, whipped cream, more chocolate….oh my!
With such large portions, you’re sure to have left-overs as we did. Although the wait staff will return your take-homes in aluminum foil shaped creativity into various animals, I would recommend asking for standard boxes. The tin creatures are fun to look at but not real functional.
As I said, the service was fast and friendly and we both felt as if we were the only two in the entire restaurant. We weren’t, of course. There were many other happy customers eating and dining right around us.
We loved to find out that Le Bistro Montage also serves breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. We glanced over the breakfast menu and look forward to stopping in on the weekend.
Montage is a terrific place bring anyone you want to impress with amazing Cajun cuisine and the best of customer service.
Overall, we had a really wonderful time and we’ll definitely be back again.
Le Bistro Montage is located under the Morrison Bridge at 301 SE Morrison St. You can find them online at http://www.montageportland.com/
Now, tell me what you think of Montage? How was the service? Food? Surrounding? Any problems? Anything that stand out to you?
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