New England Meets Montreal
There are precious few places outside the Atlantic Northeast to indulge in a proper New England-style lobster roll – think toasted, buttery buns packed with tender, mayo-tossed lobster that are a dime a dozen down the shorelines of states like Maine and Massachusetts, but which sadly are elsewhere impossible to track down. A similar travesty is the task faced when in search of Canadian poutine beyond Quebec’s borders. Just such a needle in the haystack is Los Angeles’ littlefork, from chef Jason Travi (Fraiche) and restaurateur David Reiss (Brig, A-Frame), which since January has been serving both hard-to-find regional delicacies to local delight.
While the modern seaside bistro decor of simple wooden booths and bar, blue and white colour palette, and slatted wall patio keeps the atmosphere convivial, the food does all the necessary talking. From the sea there’s chilled oysters with cider mignonette, Portuguese mussels with beer and chick peas, Applewood-smoked brook trout, and of course the signature lobster roll served with homemade salt and vinegar chips. From the land, beef brisket comes with three kinds of mustard, and Montreal steak frites is served with spiced butter and maple onion rings. Don’t forget to try the smoke meats poutine, done to perfection with curds and gravy, and note the cocktails are not to be missed either – we particularly love the Saskatchewan Summer with rye, cardamom, honey, fernet, and forbidden bitters. To the Northeast!