Le Club de Chasse et Peche
I managed to convince my somewhat sceptical mother to try the Club de Chasse et Peche this Saturday night. Here's my report.
There is no sign on the door so it is imperative to bring the exact address otherwise you will wander around old Montreal all night. The interior is intimate, with those arched doorways and low-ish ceilings typical of Old Montreal, but painted in current somewhat mens club-esque colours. The chairs are extremely comfortable leather armchairs, and settings quite elegant, except for the amber water glasses. We had an excellent table with a good view of lots of well-dressed diners, speaking a mix of French and English. The rooom was loud, but not so loud that we had to shout to hear each other.
I had an excellent glass of red (wrote the name down and cannot find it) from the the full-bodied section of the wine list. Very good.
Bread was fine - not spectacular, but good whole-wheat with softened butter.
As small appetite people, we shared an appetizer of seared scallops with a sweet aioli or some other emulsified sauce. They were excellent, perfectly undercooked, and very fresh. The entire dish consisted of only the three medium-sized scallops.
We each ordrered the Magret de Canard. The duck itself was very well prepared, with a crispy skin, very flavourful meat, but not as tender as some other duck I've had. I guess that this type of duck is bigger on flavour than tenderness. I really enjoyed it. The small accompaniments were amazing - the puree of cauliflower (I think) had the most incredible texture and flavour. It really was outstanding. The spelt was very buttery, and the roasted cauliflower very good.
Dessert was an interesting experience. I have decided I am not an "adventurous" dessert person - so my review may not be useful for those who are! The dessert, which I cannot remember the name of, maybe "cloud" consisted of a cross between panna cotta and a mousse, with a puree of a sweet-potato like substance on top. On the other side of the plate, there was a small pile of excellent mango (the small flat kind), slightly sour, with a very good sorbet of some sort of exotic fruit, a bit sweet, but with a nice bitter undertone. There was also a thin sugary wafer-like thing that resembled a sail.
Very good, although the waiter didn't bring our bread til almost immediately before the scallops arrived. He also asked us whether we wanted vegetables on the side well after we had ordered, and we had not seen any mention of said veg on the menu.
Price to quality ratio
Decent. The food is excellent, but the portions are small. As a small eater, I had no problem. The cost of the meal could get pretty high if you added on more appetizers, side veg, cheese course, bottles of wine etc. First courses are approximately between 8-15, mains 24-28, desssert 9.
Overall: Very good food, good service. Recommended.
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