These boards are always so helpful, I wanted to report back on our annual trip to Montreal. We were there three nights and here are our food tidbits:
La Colombe (why have I wanted so long to try this place???) I'm afraid my husband and I have totally similar tastes, so we both had the magret de canard. It was served with a fig sauce that was spectacular, as well as the local vegies, also spectacularly presented and cooked. The appy was a boar aspic (reminded me of head cheese). It was actually quite good. The soup that was included was a butternut squash soup and was delicious. Our dessert was a gelatin of chocolate...flavorful and bland at the same time. The service at LaColumbe is impeccable and I stopped by the kitchen to let them know. I got a wink and a smile from the chef/owner. We did opt for the 6 pm setting, and thanks to "Jed" on this board, we did snag a table by the window -- the people watching was oustanding.
It was odd for us to eat dinner so early, but did not want to miss the fireworks in Old Montreal.
Our second night was our anniversary, so it had to be spent at Les Heritiers. Which, by the way, Carswell, has changed their menu (somewhat)!!!! They do have Reidel glassware and when they saw we had a bottle of Pommery, champagne glasses were quick to arrive. A very nice mushroom soup to start, hubby had the filet, but instead of their usual blue cheese/butter, it was served in a mushroom gravy. He loved every bit of it. I had to have their lamb chops, as I've never had any better. They are wonderful. Marquise de Chocolate for dessert and more red wine....how much better does it get?
Our last night was at Monsieur B's. We had been there a couple of years ago and remembered liking it very much. Again, both of us had magret de canard...served med/rare, as LaColombe (the only way to serve it) served again with fig...but not a gravy, but a formed patty of crushed figs, topped with pistachio nuts. Everything was delicious. The dessert was the only disappointment. Feeling too full for a cheesecake, we opted for the creme brulee (much less calories, right???). Anyway, it arrived in a dish that can only be called a vat...with much too much carmelization...to a point where it was difficult to break with a spoon (the table next to us...same problem).
However, we did also snag a table by the window, and when the a/c proved not enough, the window was opened to allow us to watch a beautiful rainstorm which stopped when it was time to leave.
Aside from a trip to Quincaillerie Dante and lunch of HUGE pizza slice in the student ghetto at Boulangerie Charcuterie and cocktails at LeLab, the only other thing I can remember is lunch at Frites Alors (had to have my fix of Belgian fries) and some cheese curds bought at Atwater, and plenty of wine (both brought into Canada and from the SAQ), we had a wonderful culinary trip!!! Can't wait until next year!!
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