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Oregon wine bar: party and eat very well in Laval

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Oregon Wine Bar is a restaurant-bar where you can party, eat well, and drink good wine on the North Shore!

“The idea was to offer a restaurant, bar and wine bar where you could savour delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere without having to go downtown,” says Etienne Gratton Bourret, co-owner.

Oregon Wine Bar is the project of six guys from Laval: Jérome Pinard, Renaud Thérien, Pascal Lefrançois, Simon Boudreault, Antoine Landry and Etienne. The five left to work and live in Montreal, “but I think we wanted to get back to our roots. We find that the Sainte-Rose side of the city is booming and we love the fact that we are close to Boisbriand, Rosemère, Ste-Thérère. It’s cool to think that we can offer a neighbourhood restaurant that’s accessible to people in and around the area.”

Oregon wine bar opened its doors in December 2016. The name Oregon only came about by coincidence: when it came time to come up with a name, in the midst of building the space, the sommelier was going on a trip to Oregon and the name appealed. “We liked the idea of having a city name, and we liked Oregon. It sounds good in both languages, it’s simple, and it piques curiosity. We like the laid back vibe in the American west.”

If from the outside, the establishment looks like nothing, once inside, one can only be pleasantly surprised. The space of a little more than sixty seats is entirely open and the plants hanging everywhere bring life to the place. The decor was developed by the six owners; “it was a lot of trial and error and a lot of help from friends.” The result is successful: with its large bar and long communal tables, the space is friendly and lends itself well to partying.

As for the menu, Liam Beckett develops the recipes. Beckett was formerly at Impasto and Laloux, as well as a multiple Michelin-starred restaurant in Europe. Items often change depending on what’s available at local markets: the proteins stay, but the accompaniments go with the seasons. Dishes range from $8 to $28 – the “starter” dishes offer delicate portions and the main courses generous portions. The house also offers two homemade desserts between $7 and $11 each.

The wine list was developed by Simon Boudreault. Ninety percent of the wines are private imports, but all the bottles are favourites of the owners and the sommelier. There are many bubbly options, some rosés and orange wines, many whites and reds, as well as a few magnums. As for cocktails, Étienne and Renaud are in charge of the bar and develop the recipes. They also offer a few signature cocktails and some classic cocktails. Oregon Wine Bar works cocktails with champagne, gins and also offers mixes with green and yellow chartreuse.

“We’re really happy to be able to offer this menu and this type of wine list on the North Shore. We work hard to offer a quality product for the North Shore and the customers seem to be grateful.” We like everything about this place: their friendliness, the good wines, the vibrant atmosphere and the tasty menu offered on the North Shore! A must try if you live in the area.


Photography by Alison Slattery





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