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Restaurant Carte Blanche Restaurant Review: The Carte Blanche menu celebrates European-inspired cuisine in a fine setting for it---an interior that radiates a retro feel punctuated with a nice touch of humor. Design elements of thinly painted 1970s-style pastel stripes of pink, green, black and red are repeated along the main wall, as well as behind a solid steel bar. A simple chalkboard at the far end of the compact restaurant lists the menu of the day. In the summer, a retractable metallic garage door is opened, resulting in a typical lounge-like Montreal terrace feel. Restaurant owners Sylvie and chef André Loiseau came from Europe after a stint working on cruise ships. The intimate ambience they've created on land is set to the music of Leonard Cohen and Frank Sinatra and meant to be enjoyed along with dishes such as the wild mushroom-laced Canadian lobster bisque. If you prefer, order a whole Canadian lobster, out of its shell, served with fine citrusy accents and seasonal vegetables, all in a lush sauce. Grilled filet of beef topped with foie gras, truffle shavings and a sauce of tawny port illustrates just how rich rich can be. Desserts are crafted in-house. Among the classics is a lovely tarte Tatin.