L’Auberge St. Gabriel at Montreal Airport

img_20171109_131239_2981079403887.jpgA quick Google search reveals less than stellar reviews for this airport restaurant, which is the second location of the historic Saint Gabriel street Inn – North America’s oldest inn and Canada’s first legal drinking establishment.  Most of the critics from my thorough two second search were TripAdvisor reviewers who didn’t like the prices and didn’t think the food was as great as it looked.

Being used to Vancouver prices, I wasn’t offended by the cost, and thoroughly enjoyed my $23 9oz glass of rosé. But, I can see how that could be a turn off to people who aren’t used to paying a markup of more than double the price (the bottle at the winery is $20, in the restaurant is $55 😒).

If the prices don’t scare you, the ambiance is nice, the menu offers quality fine dining french fare, and the wine list is big enough to find something you’ll love.

It’s located past security at gate 52 at Montréal-Trudeau airport, and I think it’s a great place to stop for a glass of wine and a bite to eat while waiting for a flight.

In my glass is the Southbrook Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé 2015.  I had some time to kill, so I decided to learn about my wine – thanks Google! Southbrook winery in Niagara is the first biodynamic winery in Canada, and they make an orange wine (new obsession, since nothing rhymes with orange so it will never come with an obnoxious trending hashtag)! For now, however, and until orange is the new rosé, goodbye and #RoséForDays #RoséOkay. 

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