The Gallivanting Gourmand
Greg Duncan
Greg Duncan
is a freelance writer based in the Montreal region. He is particularly keen about good food. In his day job, Greg is the executive director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association.

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Posted 09.13.02


A Barbie with a social conscience

If huge servings and humongous burgers and steaks are to your liking, then Barbie's on Bouchard in Dorval is the place for you.

A Thursday night visit saw me wishing I had discovered this place sooner. Owners Jimmy and George this year mark their tenth anniversary. They are celebrating in style.

The menu is as large as the servings, and diners will find something to suit all tastes. From California clubs with chicken and Swiss cheese to surf and turf and a lot in between.

Shrimps and Atlantic Scampi saddle up to brochettes of chicken and filet mignon. All come with a Caesar or a house salad. A traditional Greek salad is offered as well.

Daily specials include filet of sole and brochettes and there are monthly specials like salmon or shrimps. Large sides of rice and a stuffed baked potato fill each plate to overflowing.

On Sundays, kids eat for free in the evenings and on Tuesday nights wings are only 25 cents. Wednesdays are reserved for sizzling fajitas.

Good red-brand steaks are offered all week long and the 16 oz. rib is a juicy and tender, man-sized cut. This place is popular with the lunch crowd and patrons can take in a sports event on the big screens as they munch.

A good variety of import and domestic beer along with a healthy wine list helps wash it all down. IBC root beer is a staple here and diners are greeted at the table with a basket of popcorn to nibble as they choose from the large menu.

Pizza-getti? They've got it.

Our visit saw an order of filet mignon and scampi for me and a rib steak for my partner. Both were ordered medium- rare and arrived cooked just right. A shared order of escargots allowed us to admire all the nostalgia that adorns the walls.

Old license plates and vintage memorabilia give Barbie's a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Good high-backed booths set the mood. We watched giant burgers and pitchers of beer go by and swore to order the same next visit.

We were impressed with the great value here -- prices are that good. In fact, if you make use of a coupon currently being offered, you will only pay $1.99 for a second meal of equal or lesser value. This means a couple can dine for fewer than twenty bucks. I can't think of another place where the choice of dishes is so varied.

A large terrace is popular and the restaurant can cater to groups. Seafood lovers will not be disappointed and smoked meat aficionados will be happy. Dessert and coffee fans will be more than satisfied with the offerings. We shared a very large and scrumptious chocolate mousse cake that was big enough for four.

Barbie's also gives back to the community and has raised some $10,000 this year for the missing children network, topping last year's fundraiser of $ 8000. I like to see businesses that are involved in local efforts and Barbie's is obviously a generous contributor. The restaurant and its owners should be congratulated for their established ten-year commitment to good food, good prices, and local conscience.

Barbie's is located at 15, boulevard Bouchard in Dorval. 514 631-2233.