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3 dinners in Montreal - very long

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3 dinners in Montreal - very long

shopgirl | Jun 11, 2006 04:02 PM

Our 3-night trip to Montreal was wonderful, never did get to Olive et Gourmande, but did hit Claude Postel a couple of times. Atwater and Jean Talon had wonderful strawberries and, of course, Le Fromentier the best bread ever! We tried Montreal bagels at St. Viateur Bagels and, as has been said, not at all like the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area bagels – much different – but still delicious! We did catch a breakfast at a Deli/12, right across the street from the Palais de Justice. What a wonderful little place! For about $6.00 they serve you coffee, eggs, a pancake, bacon, sausages, ham and potatoes and toast! Enough to last through a day of walking and keep you until dinner! It seems to be a favorite of all the Judges across the street!

I know these three restos have been reviewed before, but here’s my take on them:

Le P’tit Plateau – Made the later seating reservation, 8:30 p.m. The hostess, Genevieve Desnoyers (wife of Chef, Alain Loivel) sat us at what was the perfect table. Our first course was a cup of the most delightfully light cucumber vichyssoise. Delicate and flavorful. Next came cassoulet of escargot, which was prepared with a thick, rich cream sauce with diced tomatoes, garlic and croutons – delish! Our entrée was fillet of duck which was prepared Asian style, with black crushed pepper and soy sauce. It was accompanied by what was described as julienne vegetables. Never have I seen such a thin julienne! Carrots, enoki mushrooms and sprouts…all served cold with a very light Asian dressing. Dessert was a classic crème brulee. (BYO, but no degustation menu available.)

Les Heritiers – Our third time here and a place we will always return to! We had the degustation menu, 5 courses. First was a cup of mushroom soup with cream. Wonderful flavor and very light, not heavy at all. We both had the warm gizzard salad which is prepared with fresh local greens and topped with chopped, warm sautéed gizzards. Then came the Trou Normand of grapefruit sorbet floating in vodka. Hubby had the filet mignon topped with blue cheese and I opted for their wonderful rack of lamb with rosemary. Each came with a medley of mashed squash and mashed sweet potatoes, which I am certain were prepared with sour cream as they had just a hint of sourness to the sweet potato. For dessert we each had the praline and chocolate mousse. Delicious, even if it was impossible to finish after all that food! (BYO)

Les Infideles – Here we again had the 5-course degustation menu. First was a creamed vegetable soup, with a wonderful asparagus taste. Smooth and light. Then came appys of grilled seafood. A scallop, a large shrimp and calamari, all grilled to perfection, served atop local greens. Next came again the Trou Normand of grapefruit sorbet in vodka. Wonderfully refreshing. For entrees, hubby had the caribou (their signature dish) served with a cassis sauce, and sprinkled with cassis berries. I opted for the roast veal which arrived in slices atop a bed of spinach which was lacking in flavor. The veal was dry and bland. I was sorry I did not choose the caribou, which was cooked very rare, much to my husband’s liking. Dessert was crème brulee for hubby and I ordered the goat cheesecake which, like the veal, was very dry. (BYO)

Thanks to everyone for all help and suggestions. We are already planning our next visit to Montreal!

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