Advance reservations are a must for this happening casual eatery located in a vintage storefront in Montreal's re-blossoming Griffintown neighborhood. While waiting to be seated, I caught a glimpse of the oyster barman opening shells and diligently checking each one for freshness. I was seated right in front of him at the sit-down bar—had I reserved earlier, I could have had a chance at one of the tightly-spaced tables nicely set with tablecloths and china. The décor resembles a vintage tavern or seaside boat house with wood floors, pub chairs and coat hooks. Excellent fresh-market produce sets the tone for each night's menu of enhanced comfort foods and contemporary Italian and French-influenced dishes, scribbled on a chalkboard wall menu. Choose from such items as fresh fish, lobster, snow crab, oysters, schnitzel, pasta or prime rib steak (not to mention some great wines and a divine seafood-garnished bloody Caesar). The restaurant's memorable look, feel and tastes are inspired by experienced Montreal chefs David McMillan and Frederic Morin.