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My food experiences in Montreal (long-ish)

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My food experiences in Montreal (long-ish)

BrendaKatherine | Aug 27, 2005 01:27 PM

I first want to thank everyone on this board for helping me plan my trip to Montreal! I guess I’d call myself a burgeoning chowhound – relatively inexperienced in the gourmet (but making a run for it) but pretty experienced in tasting the glories of local specialties (greasy or not!)! So, I feel as though I should give back to the group by recounting my gluttonous vacation in gorey detail…

Our first stop was for steak and frites at L’Entrecote de Saint Jean on Peel Street. The table d’hote consists of a small side salad with walnuts, followed by what I believe was a cream of broccoli soup – simple and flavorsome. Next came a flank steak in a tasty, somewhat creamy sauce with frites moving in on the party. My steak was a bit underdone on one side (I really shouldn’t complain because I did ask for medium rare), but nonetheless the meat juices only serve to enrich the sauce which is perfect for the frites. Profiteroles were the dessert, and though I’m not much of a chocolate lover, the sauce was quite good.

Lunch the next day was at La Brioche Lyonnaise – a bakery/sandwich shop on St. Denis. Its one of our favorite places because of their brie and cornichon (pickle) sandwich – don’t knock it until you try it! We next took some advice from montrealfood.com and tried the burgers at Mr. Steer on St. Catherine for a quick and casual dinner. Supposedly they have the best burgers in Montreal, but I was far from impressed. And their poutine (frites + gravy + cheese curd) was made with shredded cheese…the HORROR!

Our favorite meal was at Au Pied de Cochon on Rue Duluth. I started with a special Ice wine martini – quite intriguing. But the real star of the show was the fois gras poutine. My goodness, it was probably the tastiest thing I’ve ever eaten. The entrees were interesting as well – I had the crab tartlet and my boyfriend had the BBQ venison ribs (that very literally fell off the bone). I preferred the ribs myself, but the crab was good too. No dessert compares to the pouding chômeur – a sponge cake saturated in a caramelized maple sauce…not for those folks without a sweet tooth!

Another great meal was had at Les Caprices de Nicolas on Rue Drummond. We went at the opening on a Monday night, and we had the place to ourselves for nearly an hour and a half! One of the coolest things was that the sommelier gave us our own wine tasting (complete with techniques and details, because we are novices) based on our entrée order and our personal tastes of three wines. We wanted to go totally outrageous on this meal, so we began with the caviar. It was “Wild Salmon and caviar potato crêpe with a lemon butter sauce” but hell, all I know is that I now love caviar. I had the porcelet (organic milk-fed piglet) which was comprised of two different cuts – one was a rib cut and the other a loin (I believe). It tasted good enough, but it wasn’t as impressive as I would have liked. My boyfriend had the caribou – a very thick cut in a rich sauce. Also good, but not as unique as I anticipated. The real treat of the night was the cheese plate – a kind server brought out a glass slab with about 20 french and quebec cheeses. We tried about half of them – including two fabulous blues and a rich cheese from the Alps (sorry, I didn’t catch any of the names). Dessert was so-so in my opinion – not nearly as memorable as the pouding chômeur from Au Pied de Cochon…

And LASTLY, we had to pick up some croissants for our drive back to Boston. So we went to Duc de Lorraine. Wonderful crispy and buttery croissants. We also tried some cheeses there…one quebec cheese called Oka that was creamy and complex....a good ending point to the trip.

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