Slovenia will make your jaws drop for smoked meats, bacons of many types, home made sausages, and the best filet minons anywhere. One day, we were having lunch at La Chronique; an excellent and good value for lunch. (NOTE: The somellier will open any bottle of wine and sell it by the glass from their excellent wine list). I had the filet, and it was the most tender filet I can ever rememer.
"Where did you get it?" answer: "Nearby buttcher shop; SLovenia".
But Slovenia turned out to be much more. There were 4 different styles of bacon, from saltier double smoked (slice it paper thin, and be tempted to eat it raw), to cooked and smoked bacon-all delicious and subtly different. Their sausages are incredible. The array of cold cuts was awesome. We even had them make lamb rib chops once-amazingly good, almost the best I have ever had. Local lamb, with the bone ends skillfully bared for an elegant touch.
I saw them prep their filets once; they do it the old fashioned way removing the gristly wastes and fat before creating a roll, which is skillfully cut each time.
Montreal is a major sausage town with an abundance of sausage makers. This place has about 5 wonderful home made sausages that need to be tried. They offer one of the cheapest lunches in Montreal; you can order their sausages or their smoked beef (a Montreal version of Pastrami, a little less salty) for a few bucks. ONe of the cheapest lunches in town!
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