Friday, August 21, 2015

Mon Ami Louis: 4.2/5

The Louis Burger

Score: 4.2

$12 (sides a-la-carte)

Update: New menu includes fries or salad for $15

It didn’t take long for WOW Hospitality to get Mon Ami Louis up and running after the unique Esplanade Riel bridge location became available in the spring of 2015. The view from the cantilevered plaza halfway between St Boniface and The Forks is quite stunning. Boats navigate the Red River under the side stayed, asymmetric suspension bridge beneath you, and the 69 m pylon rises through the skeletal roof structure above.

Our group was set up at one long table along the windows - with a little exit isle in the middle in case one of our number needed to escape to try out the million dollar facilities. We arrived shortly before the lunch rush, which meant our multiple servers had time to show us around the restaurant. Faye was very enthusiastic, and after seeing me Instagraming, told me all about SnapChat and filmed a short vignette of us grinning at her phone. Our principle server, Megan, did a great job getting us settled in and Brandy helped serve drinks.

They only have one burger on the menu – The Louis Burger. Megan described it as a straightforward burger that was “all about the meat”. Mon Ami Louis creates their own signature BBQ sauce - the dominant flavour on the burger. The secret to the great tasting fries - they’re cooked in duck fat.

Chef Luc Jean – winner of the Winnipeg 2014 Gold Medal Plates – described how they bake their own buns. The fresh roll got rave reviews from our group and put Mon Ami Louis on a short list of Winnipeg restaurants that bake bread in-house. All the more impressive with the limited space they have. To work in Chef Luc Jean’s kitchen, you need to know how to dance.

The bun was amazing, moist on the outside and crispy inside. Love toasted buns. The meat was very flavourful with the right amount of seasoning. I would have enjoyed more sauce though. The chippers were crispy-great and the goat cheese dip was creamy, warm and tasty.” – Mireille

The poutine was perfect! Cheese curds and homemade fries.” – April

The burger was excellent with a serious thick crust. Its flavour was top notch, juicy and lightly seasoned. Lettuce and tomato with BBQ sauce were great accompaniments, however the tomato was hard in the middle. Nicely presented with side salad topped with croutons and beets.” – Karen

Loved the bun. BBQ sauce made the burger. Was overpowering, but a good overpowering flavour. Beautiful view!” – Stephanie

The flavour of the burger shined through without the need for condiments. BBQ sauce was tasty yet not overpowering the flavour of the meat.“ – Tim P
Presents great for a fairly plain burger. Sauce all over the place.” – Russ

I did not get BBQ sauce on my burger so I might have missed out on the flavour.“ – Cary

Sitting on top of the Red River, looking down on the tour boats, imagining the winter skating trail. Opening mouth WIDE to take my first drooling bite, special BBQ sauce dribbles down my trembling fingers, the aromas of spicy burger and special bun dough wafting up my nose. All my senses crashing in on ... burger. Mmmm.” – Les

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